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Sunday 12 August 2012

A Fond Farewell to the Olympics & Travel Journal Pages

As we await the closing ceremony to what has been a fabulous Olympics....

(Munchies for the family to scoff while we watch the Ceremony)

...I have just got time to show you the latest pages of my Ireland Travel Journal.  To be honest, I never thought I'd be interested in the Olympics at all.  For someone that is not remotely sporty, this one took me by surprise and had me hooked.  Especially last Saturday (not yesterday, the one before), Britain did so well that day and I was getting almost as emotional as the athletes.

Anyway, on to the latest pages of my journal.   

The sun finally shone this day and we went along to an old fashioned Agricultural Show.  It took me back to the 1970s with its dog, sheep, and cattle shows. There were showjumping competitions and a 'Home Industries' tent with competions for things like best tapestry or springiest sponge cakes, etc.  I haven't been to one of those shows in years and didn't know they still existed!

There was a slightly newer area with sideshows like Zorbs, those great big inflatable neon floating balls, that my boys had fun in.

On to the next day and my sister-in-law had us on a tight schedule, she knew of some fun places to visit - like these old gothic style castle gatehouses.  
I made a distressed background with splattered gesso and a background stamp stamped with brown distress ink.
I think they have to be my favourite pages so far.

We did lots of walking in the country, which makes a change for us 'townies!'

And finally, for my scrapbook, so far:
We popped along to the Ardmore Pattern Fesival and there were some free workshops.  This one was for children, a famous-in-Ireland wildlife artist called Don Conroy presented a cartooning session.  The adults were allowed to sit at the back and I joined in!  Good fun it was too.

Right, off to watch the Olympic Closing Ceremony, and to scoff the choccie! ☺  Hope its better than the Opening Ceremony, I wasn't all that keen on that historical stuff :O

Thanks for looking and for any comments,


theboelemas@aol.com said...

The Olympics have caught me by surprise too. I was all bah humbug about them, but have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute! I loved the opening and closing ceremony and I've even managed to snag some txs for the Para Olympic Basketball :D

Fab pages btw and how lucky for you to be able to sit at the back of the class! x

Carmen said...

Oh I was exactly the same when it came to the Olympics - no interest whatsoever. Amazing how it drew us all in wasn't it? I was also pleasantly surprised by the closing ceremony... though I was hoping one of the cabbies would speed up and do a sharp swerve while one of the Spice Girls was balanced on top :D :D

Got quite emotional with the Freddie, John Lennon and Eric Idle moments :) And forgot how much I love Annie Lennox :D

Gorgeous pages, love how much you've crammed into this journal :)

Richard Norman said...


I stumbled across your blog.

Always a pleasure seeing another crafter getting pleasure from what they do.

I sometimes make my own Christmas cards, I make lino cuts and print them on my old hand press.

I do quite a lot of gilding, but I am primarily a bookbinder,I see you are using spiral bindings

Do you ever use simple 3 hole sewing to join several pages together? It could be sewn with ribbon.

I run a site devoted to craft bookbinding, there are a lot of free bookbinding manuals which may interest you.

Come on over if you have a moment.

Good luck to us all.


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