Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Creative Juices

                                                                                

The awesome Jacqui, over at: Wacky Jacqui' s Designs sent me an interesting e-mail the other day; She's starting her business for blog designs, (Blogger only for now) and she's doing a launch party. I'm so happy for her!
How cool to be starting her own business; Oh well, challenges 
are so important to her.
I have to tell you how in love I am with creative activities and 
special creative spark that ignites the entrepreneurial flame.
I love how creative she is and her taste in design is really 
an attraction to me.
She's definitely a gal of great enterprise. I wish her all the best 
in her success.

Please check Wacky Jacqui's Designs out and embrace
her venture.
A venture worthy of support. xx
Sprouting flower.
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
Albert Einstein. 
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
John Steinbeck.                                                                                                                                        
One who's ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something
about it who makes a difference.                                                                     
Nolan Bushnell.
                                                                               
It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
Edward de Bono.                                                                                   
                                                                                   
(Photos by B.M.)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Frankly, Mrs Tomato, I Love You!


Oh, your vine-ripened sweetness!    


Looking for something tempting and colourful, tomatoes seemed the obvious choice as willing subject.

Are you in on this Tomato Love Fest?

I love this tomato time of the year. As I can remember there is a folk song that goes...
"Τhere's just two things that money can't buy and that's true love and home grown tomatoes."

"Ah, your juicy flesh is my food, your aroma is my wine and the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness."
Ηow I love the incredible taste of biting into a just picked-up right off the vine sun-ripened tomato! 
Your tongue says to your brain.." Oh my gosh, that's good..."
Tomato is a fruit and one of the most treasured gifts from the garden.

Did you know that it has been called everything from the Moor's Apple to the Wolf Peach, to the Love Apple? Interestingly enough, in French, the word for tomato really translates as "apple of love"
pomme d'amour.          
          
Shots of mayonnaise, olive paste (tapenade) and tomato and cucumber slices. Yummy!
                                                                                    

I like tomatoes, particularly in the summer when they are ripe off the vine. How about you? xx                                                                                                                                           

Monday, August 23, 2010

Albert Kahn the Visionary

Albert Kahn (1860-1940) was amillionaire Parisian banker and philanthropist who in 1909 launched a monumentally ambitious project:
To produce a colour photographic record of the world in the early
20th century just on the brink of being lost forever. 
He strongly believed that showing the diversity of the world and 
its inhabitants would promote cross-cultural understanding and
peace.
He called it "The Archives of the Planet".
Over 72,000 colour photographs. More than 180,000 metres of
films. Hundreds of letters, testimonies and diaries.
An internationalist and pacifist, Albert Kahn believed that he  
could use the new autochrome- the world's first portable, 
true-colour photographic process. The autochrome was invented   
in 1907 by the Lumiere Brothers- Pioneers of Cinema and Colour
Photography.

Based on potato starch, it enabled the first user-friendly colour
photography. Kahn was one of the first people to exploit the
potential of colour photography.
He was definitely a man capable of amazing grace.
A colour photo of a river in Ireland.
Kahn's team of photographers documented many world cultures,
including Ireland's Celtic villages, the late days of the
Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires, and the birth of new
states in Europe and the Middle East.                          
                                                      
Hand painted portrait photo.
I have always been fascinated by old cameras, and old photos  
make me chuckle.                                                                                                     

Here's The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn. And I hope you'll love
this remarkable video as much as I did. xx

(Photos via NET TV Archives). 

Friday, August 20, 2010

Guess Who's Back!

How small and soft you are!

When I got back home from vacation I was pleasantly surprised to see these cute baby kittens in my backyard.
Oh yes, these stinking cuties have had invaded my backyard. Oh my goodness, her blueish-grey eyes are so beautiful! Kittens are adorable and make my heart melt.
Even if you are not a cat lover you must admit that baby kittens are cute, beautiful little balls of fluff! They are precious little darlings! Aren't they?

Congratulations guys! I've just adopted you!                                           
Oooh, I so love these baby kitten photos! I'm sure they'll add some cuteness to your day. 

I look forward to catching up on your posts and getting back to you soon.

Hope you have a blissfully blissful weekend, my dears! xx                                                          

Sunday, August 08, 2010

A Quickie

Hello, my dear friends, I hope you are all well. I am still on vacation. I'm so sorry for my lack of updates.
I'd love to share a few of my vacation photos if you'd like to see. 
Ok, well, I miss you all, I apologize again, and I send you big kisses
from Sealand! xx
It's here, that Mario, serves an extravagant breakfast: Eggs, 
cheeses, cold cuts, croissants, lemon curd, an array of marmalade, honey, coffee or tea, and fresh juice. All this I must devour by myself, since my friends are still asleep. It's almost noon.

Somewhere beach-y, somewhere nice, somewhere warm. 
                               
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Monday, August 02, 2010

Mini Brain Vacation

Drifting down under.

Hi there all my blogging friends! I just wanted to  let you know that I'll be taking a break for a few days. Nothing better than a little fresh air or listening to the waves hit the sand and soaking up some sun clear and de-clutter my head.
Right now is all I need to recharge my batteries and I really got to goooo!
I will be trying to recover my brain's "data".
Also known as "mini brain vacation"! I shall return later next week or so.
I'll miss all of you immensely, my darlings.

P.S. Oooh, there was just an avalanche (barrage) of movie ideas regarding my previous post!
It actually was amazing to see way too many movie lovers like me, more than I'd have ever thought.
Thank you all so much  for the great and extensive list of good movie suggestions. xx                              
                               
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