4 Mar 2016

Five on Friday

Hello everyone.  I hope you're well and you've had a good week.
Friday is here again and I'm joining Amy for Five on Friday.  Thank you Amy for setting up the link once again and I hope you recover from the bout of 'flu very soon.

1. leisure activities 

When our daughter was with us at Christmas we opened our presents together and one of the gifts she was given was a book of postcards that you could colour in yourself before sending off. I thought that was a great idea as there are plenty of these colouring books for adults with pictures and patterns and one that has a practical use appealed to me.  Later on I had to smile when our daughter sent us a thank you card, having coloured in a picture of a peacock, as we've spent some good times visiting places in our area where these beautiful birds roam around the grounds such as Whitley Hall (photos below).  When I was browsing in Waterstone's Bookshop I saw a display of these books, including the one with the same designs.  Using the rest of the money from a gift voucher I bought a tube of coloured pencils and a book of postcards. They will come in handy for sending notes to friends and family. 


2. visiting places


Whitley Hall is a C16th house located in the countryside north of Sheffield. In the 1970s it was converted into an hotel and now has facilities for conferences and other private events such as weddings.  The restaurant is open to non-residents.  Although there's no documentary evidence to prove it, Mary, Queen of Scots is said to have spent a night at Whitley Hall in the 1580s which is possible as during the period she was being escorted around the area and spent some time in captivity in Sheffield Castle.  





3. meeting friends

On Monday I met my good friend and we had a browse around the charity shops in our neighbourhood before going to one of the small teashops that specialises in home made cakes. We had a coffee and a fruit scone with jam. We declined the cream and no, I didn't use all that butter!  I'm not strict about giving up sweet food and drink for Lent, but I try and do something practical to prepare for Easter instead.



4. St. David's Day

I hope my Welsh friends had a good St. David's Day on Tuesday.


5. This and that

I went to a midweek Lent Course.  We're looking at scriptures in the Bible and how the incidents described are depicted in art.  This week was about how an encounter with God had impacted and changed the person involved. We read about one of Jacob's experiences and looked at two paintings,  Jacob wrestling with the angel, a mural by Eugene Delacroix in the church of Saint-Sulpice, Paris and The vision after the sermon, oil on canvas by Paul Gauguin which is in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. There was opportunity for discussion with the help of some thought-provoking questions.
There's a Continental Market going on this week in one of the main streets and I took a quick look around the different stalls. There was an area dedicated to selling plants and I might have bought some if I could have carried them back home on the bus. We shall have to visit our local nursery centre instead although the brighter weather has changed again and we're back to rain, sleet and on the high ground in the region more snow so outdoor gardening is not planned for the weekend.







Whatever you're doing this weekend I hope you have a good one.



68 comments:

  1. The market looks amazing what a delightful stroll. Sounds like you have had a great week, Whitley Hall looks like a great place to visit. Love the idea of the postcards.

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    1. It's been a good week with various activities and time for relaxation too. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

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  2. Loved the beautiful sights of Whitley Hall and the market. The little windmills are so cute. Thanks for taking us along! x Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen. Glad you enjoyed seeing what I've been doing this week.

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  3. You've had a bit of a peacock week! Lovely photos, the market looks wonderful :-)

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    1. The continental market that comes from time-to-time is a popular one. The good weather must have been welcome for the traders, although snow is setting in for the weekend, which is a shame.

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  4. All your photos are so cheerful and colourfull in this gloomy, sleety weather and I've enjoyed looking at them. Whitely Hall looks wonderful and your photos of the cathedral and market are lovely. I love your little tub of pencils and the colouring postcards. I don't know why some cafes give so much butter and jam with scones, with two people there is usually enough to share one between two, the scone looks delicious though and it is always good to meet up with friends. Have a lovely weekend:)

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    1. We have to make the most of the good hours of sunshine. It looks as if we're in for sleety snow again! I know what you mean about the butter/jam and better to share rather than leave and waste what's offered. Hope you have better weather your way and enjoy your weekend.

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  5. I heard the weather reports this morning. I hope you aren't too snowed up. (They said Snake Pass was closed - but it doesn't take much to close that!) Your photos are supremely spring-like, however. Love the peacocks!

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    1. The snow showers are becoming thicker and beginning to settle. I expect if we went out a few miles towards Ladybower and Snake Pass the landscape would be even whiter.

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  6. Whitley Hall with its surroundings and peacocks is lovely. I love the grey stone walls.

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    1. The historical aspect of Whitley Hall is interesting. It's also a pleasant place to visit as a non-resident and enjoy a meal when celebrating a special occasion.

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  7. Beautiful post with beautiful photos. Love the peacock and the flowers. The central market is an interesting place to visit.

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  8. What a wonderful five, Linda! So much beauty, happy blue skies and delicious treats!
    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos and thank you for your kind comment today. I had tried to organize the photos in some kind of "chromatic" order and I'm happy that somebody noticed it. :)
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  9. Just look at those blue skies, none here today, we woke up to snow but it's raining now so I'm hoping that the snow gets washed away. It sounds like you've had a busy but enjoyable week.

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    1. What a difference today with the weather! The snow has gone in these lower areas although we are still high up compared with others. We have blue skies once more!

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  10. What a lovely five and ended up feeling so Spring like, exciting days ahead me thinks ...

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    1. Gradually, gradually Spring is on the way in nature at least if not in the weather!

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  11. Enjoyed your 5 and all the beautiful photos. I want to be walking at that outdoor market. Those peacocks really showed off for you! I'm skipping this week since my sisters are arriving soon and I won't have time to visit blogs on the link-up. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Enjoy the time with your sisters this weekend. I'm sure we shall catch up with you soon.

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  12. What a very varied week you've had. Your Lent course sounds very interesting. Like you, I try to do something positive in preparation for Easter rather than simply giving things up.

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    1. Times of activity and times of quiet are a helpful balance. The midweek Lent course is a blessing with some challenging questions to reflect upon during the rest of the week.

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  13. You have shared lovely things this week. I love your beautiful post card and all the lovely pictures too. The market looks like a fabulous place to visit. Enjoy your weekend, Pat xx

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  14. That market looks fabulous. I also think you deserve a medal for resisting the cream with your lovely looking scone. Those postcards are a great idea. Have a lovely weekend xx

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    1. I'm going to colour in some of those postcards this weekend as part of letter writing to relatives who live abroad. Thank you. I hope you have a good weekend too.

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  15. I think it's great idea to have colour in postcards, whitley hall looks like a great place to visit and those scones look yummy. Have a great weekend. :)

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  16. my two favorites of all your beautiful photos are the peacock looking in that gorgeous window and the pic under it. and wow on coloring book post cards. i need to send a gift, will see if i can find one of those.

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    1. The peacock is beautiful, but I also think the female looks at home in that garden environment.

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  17. You have had an interesting week. The colouring cards are a lovely idea. Hope you enjoy the rest of your Lenten studies. Thank you for sharing at Five on Friday, hope that you have a great weekend. xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. I hope you feel better soon.

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  18. Beautiful post, Linda... Love the Daffodils... We have a couple blooming so far in our yard... BUT--it snowed yesterday and is quite cold here today.. SO---spring is NOT here yet.

    I don't give up anything for Lent either. Instead I always ADD something: such as contacting old friends or sending cards to friends/family, etc.... That works for me rather than 'giving something up'.

    Your daughter's gift of the postcards is GREAT... Bet they turn out fantastic once you work on them and add lots of colors...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. I used to make my own cards especially for Christmas and Easter, but have got out of doing that lately. The postcards will be enjoyable to work on and send instead.

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  19. Wonderful photos. I love the adult colouring books that seem to be so popular at the moment, I did buy one when I was on holiday last year but must admit I haven't touched it since arriving home. xx

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    1. Thank you Jan. I'm sure you have crafting activities on the go. I wanted to take up some sort of artwork again that had a useful purpose and the postcards are perfect for that.

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  20. some fantastic photos, thanks for sharing, hope you have a great weekend
    all the best
    Fast SoS

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  21. The postcards are a great idea! I did enjoy those peacocks, funnily enough I spotted four wild ones across the road from my house this week, I must post the pics. Wonderful fives....I would have enjoyed perusing those markets and would have probablly bought a shed load of plants to struggle home with!xxx

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    1. I would like to see the four wild peacocks, Dina. Looking forward to seeing the photos.

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  22. Oooh, look at the pretty Peacock! So nice to see one with a full tail- they usually look a bit motheaten when I see them! The daffs are lovely. I taught my year 2 class all about St David's day and primed them to greet the Welsh teacher who would be having them next- she was so chuffed!x

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    1. Peacocks fascinate me. I love the colours of the male tail feathers, but the females are attractive too. I can imagine the teacher was pleased that the children greeted her in Welsh. I'm sure you had fun, as always, in teaching them new facts and some new language skills.

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  23. Peacocks, so pretty, so noisy! We got our daughter a Game of Thrones coloring book for Christmas, never thought of postcards, have to get her some for her birthday.

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    1. Peacocks are noisy especially in the mating season! We were at Whitley Hall for a few hours, but I'm not sure about sleeping there with the peacocks calling out to one another! It's a lovely hotel beautifully furnished in period style and the grounds are picturesque.

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  24. une méthode garantie anti-stress le coloriage
    j'aime beaucoup les paons , mais ils ont un cri épouvantable ( léonnnn)
    j'aime aussi ce marché printanier , les petits moulins sont trop mignons
    bon weekend
    gros bisous

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    1. The wooden windmill ornaments in the Continental Market were in the area selling plants from the Netherlands. They would look good in a big garden, but were quite expensive. I hope you have a good weekend.

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  25. Your post has made for a lovely read. The birds are so lovely with their colours but oh my they are noisy things aren't they.

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    1. The peacocks certainly have a raucous call, but the males are so beautiful when they extend their tail feathers and strut around with all the colours that are my favourites in the feathers.

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  26. Hi! It's been awhile since I visited. I'm going to try and do better with blogging. I miss it.
    Lovely pictures as always. Love the gorgeous flowers and the peacocks. I really like the color the postcard idea. I bought myself a coloring book and pencils, but it's designs and I'd rather something concrete like birds. But it's still fun and relaxing.
    Things are well here. I'm keeping busy with volunteer work and am reading a lot. Enjoying retirement. :>)

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    1. I'm glad that all is well with you Beth and you're continuing to enjoy your retirement.

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  27. Is that you in the photo? Your colors perfectly matched those of the peacock. Fun photo. It looked as if you were checking out each other.

    How I'd love to visit that outdoor market. Your flowers are so much more exciting than those in the USA.

    Always look forward to your posts.

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    1. Hello Patsy. Thank you for the visit. There were different varieties of plants and I would have liked to have bought some, but wouldn't have been able to get them home by public transport. The continental market stallholders travel around the UK and set up in different cities. They come to our city once or twice a year.

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  28. Loving the peacock and the scone looks delicious.
    What a gorgeous day you had to go round the market.
    Happy Mothering Sunday Linda, have a lovely week :)

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    1. Thank you Prunella. All the best to you too.

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  29. I wish I could have a nice cup of tea, or a cappuccino, with scones right now. That is one of the things I miss about England. Your market also looks so very nice with a good variety of plants. We get a small market here on week-end, but I do mean “small.”

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  30. I take several boxes of breakfast tea to Italy when we go there not just for myself but for my husband's relative who lived in England and who also enjoy a good cup of tea. We have a new covered market in our city centre. However, the specialist markets that are set up from time-to-time offer something different from the ordinary food, drink and other goods.

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  31. Lovely pictures Linda. One of the many things I'm looking forward to when I come to England is tea and scones.

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    1. Hello Tracy. I'm sure you're going to enjoy some quintessentially English experiences when you come to England. Visiting teashops is one of them.

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  32. e' sempre un piacere venire a trovarti e vedere le tue meravigliose foto..con il traduttore mi aiuto nel comprendere anche i tuoi pensieri...grazie per queste belle condivisioni

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    1. Grazie per la vostra visita Dalmazia. Sono contento che ti piace il mio blog e puo capire con l'aiuto di Google Translate, Tutti i migliori. Baci.

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  33. Coloring is such fun and so relaxing. I have been thinking of getting a coloring book but I rather like the idea of coloring post cards that you can share with others when you have finished. It looks like you had another lovely week, loved the peacocks and the daffodils plus an opportunity to speak of God with others who are like minded. I could have spent hours wondering the street market. Does one wish another Happy Lent? Hard to believe Easter is just a few weeks away.

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes Gloriade.

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  34. I loved the views of the open air market. It would be nice to have a few moments at The Cheese Board and to pick out a new cheese or two.

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    1. The Cheese Board stall does look inviting. As well as trying different varieties of food it's a good source for buying unusual gifts.

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  35. Well, there you go - I can stay at Whitley Hall when I come to visit you!

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    1. That would be fab, Lisa! Start saving up!

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