Sunday, May 24, 2015

Back Again

Auntie's turn for the worse ended on May 11th when she passed away.  

I left for the New England and Canada knitting cruise on May 15th.  

My surreal spring has been one of profound loss sandwiched by two great trips.

So, here are a few photos from the cruise, which turned out to provide some time for me to decompress.  

Rose the Gypsy took good care of me.


Bar Harbor, Maine:





Lucy Neatby's House (Halifax, Nova Scotia):




The cemetery where some of the Titanic victims are buried (still Halifax):


Handmaiden hand-dyed yarns out to dry (also Halifax):


An exhibit in Halifax that opened up for us:


Some purchases - Rose the Gypsy leans toward softer colors, I go for the over-dyed ones:


Decompressing in The Crow's Nest:


Barry from Boston in the piano bar:


Belfast Mini-Mills on Prince Edward Island:









Monkey towel in our stateroom:


Quebec City (the coldest place we visited!):














The Boat:


I knit a bit too, and got a shawl finished (ok, the ends are not woven in, but it's still finished):



That's it for now.  Not sure where I'll go next, or when ... 



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Back Home: Welcome to my Surreal World

Wednesday was my last day in Istanbul.


I spent the morning in Asia.


I had lunch at the train station where the Orient Express ends its journey.


I spent the afternoon cruising the Bosphorus.


I came home Thursday.


My mother passed away after a long illness while I was gone.


Girl-child and DIL took care of everything in my absence.


Now I am making arrangements for the service.


Tomorrow I will be going to stay with Auntie.


She is not doing well.


I'm glad I got to go to Istanbul.


I won't be posting for a while.


But I'll be back :-)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mostly Mosaics + Random Stuff

I'm a day behind ... here are a few shots from yesterday. For my free days I got a museum pass, which included the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum.


It's in an old palace across from the Blue Mosque.  The museum is so-so.


I never knew Muslims went in for relics, but they have relics, including hairs from The Prophet's beard.


My pass also included the Mosaics Museum, which has pieces of the Byzantine (Justinians?) palace.


The whole thing was found by accident.



There are so many layers of history here it's hard to keep track.




The detail is quite extraordinary.



Also, for Boy-child, here's what the water pipes look like at the cafes that offer them (hookas, not bongs):


Random shot of old wall with "new" (17th century) minarets.


Entrance to the Grand Bazaar.


Cool gate:


Amazing house:




I leave in the middle of the night tonight.  Can't wait to load my photos on my own computer so I can fix stuff up. (Digital cameras are great but it's really frustrating when you can't see the screen for the sunshine.  I'm a firm believer in cropping and straightening).