Seattle and Flying Fishies

For August Break
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(Seattle Skyline and Pikes Place Market)

Because of really big transport issues I wasn't able to stay in Seattle as long as I wanted to and meet up with all the people I wanted to see.  However, I did get to the city for an hour or so.  It was nice to see Pikes Place Market  (and the flying fishies) again after so many years.  I know its touristy as heck, but it was still nice.  It reminded me of London with the fruit and veggie stands and the buskers (street musicians).  

Speaking of London, I'm really starting to miss it.  I've had so many people ask me this trip whether I'd ever move back to the states again in particular maybe Seattle so it would feel like my life in London I guess.  I've addressed the answer before on this blog but after spending time here in WA and in Seattle I'd have to say I don't think I could ever live here again.  Its not me anymore.  Its a different 'past' life and I'd be going backwards in a big way.

Although I don't know if I'll stay in London forever....right now its my home.  I wish I could be more settled when I'm actually there though.  I worry too much about my future but right now my present moment is my life in London.  Leaving is something I need to get out of my mind...at least for the short term.  I've got so many wonderful experiences in London being given to me on a daily basis.   I'm meant to be there, I really am.

This is the last post for a while as tomorrow I leave for Paris and my computer access will be limited.  It will be so nice to see James again and to see my favorite city in the world.   We've got a cooking class planned and lots and lots of lazy cafe stops.  It will be great to de-stress there before I head back home.

So see you in September!

Lots of Love



Trees and Beaches

For August Break

around the Olympic Peninsula, WA state


Saying Goodbye

About 11 years ago my older brother Spencer left for a 'mission' for my family's church.  He was never able to complete it because had a mental breakdown.  When he came back he was a completely different person...not my older brother anymore.  My parents tried to get him a life but it never really came together.  One day about a year after he had got home he got up and left and we haven't seen him since.  We don't know what happened to him....don't know if he's alive, where he is...if he's ok, etc.  Its been 10 years this year since he disappeared.

On Saturday we had a memorial service for him to try to bring some sort of closure to this situation.  This was why I came to the states and flew an ungodly long time all the way from London to be able to say goodbye to my older brother. 

Earlier in the day Saturday morning I had done a very long meditation session, nearly an hour.  About 1/2 way through it I got the most powerful message that Spencer was ok.  Call it god, the universe, Spencer speaking to me from the other side or whatever but I suddenly had a great deal of peace about my brother.  It was incredible. 

The service was long, a bit emotional but fitting to my brother.  I also finally got to meet my niece and nephew for the first time and my sister in law (a little earlier in the day).  Saw extended family that I haven't seen in over 10 years as well. It was strange, a teeny bit awkward but I think good for me.  Sometimes family can be a real pain in the arse, but sometimes they can be healing too.  I think Saturday, I had a chance to have a little healing and I was very very grateful for that.  Everything is for a reason and maybe that's why I'm here.

We're off today to Pacific beach all of us.  We had the hard part on Saturday and now we're off for a bit of fun.  Should be good.  I always love nature and the ocean.  I'm looking forward to taking lots of pictures too.  I will post again hopefully when I return. 

Pictures for August Break


Farmers Market USA style

For August Break

Good news is I can load my pics to my parents computer whilst here on holiday so no need to wait till I get back to tell you what I've been up to!

Arrived here in Seattle yesterday and after nearly 24 hours being wide awake I finally got to sleep.  Only slept like 5 hours and woke up at 5 am.  I have a feeling by the time I get used to the time difference, it will be time to go to France.  But that comes with traveling I guess--the complete exhaustion.

This morning popped to Olympia Farmers Market with my mum.  It wasn't the same as the farmers markets in Europe, but managed to get a few organic things which was nice.  I'm really trying to impart some healthy eating habits on the ole family whilst here.  I think the large boxes of fruit for smoothies should be a great start.

Later off to see Eat, Pray, Love.  Can't freakin' wait.

Lots of love to you all.



new haircut

For August Break

Oh my has it been a trial getting this new iMac installed and internet going again.  I have a feeling this thing is going to make my life a whole lot easier though.  I've already discovered the picture taking buttons.  So this is me.  Got my hair done today...what do you think?

I'm signing off for a little while cause I'm off to the states and then on to Paris.  Hopefully I'll post whilst I'm out.  If not I'll see you when I get back.



Monday, 4:30pm

For August Break

The current state of my coffee table.

The rest of the house is worse.  Sickness and keeping a clean house are not two things that go together right now.  Trying to get the energy to clean before I'm supposed to fly out in like three days.  There's nothing worse than galavanting through the streets of Paris, then coming home to caked on pots and pans.


Jamie Cullum at Kenwood

For August Break

Although still not feeling amazing, managed to get to a Jamie Cullum concert at Kenwood House, Hampstead yesterday.  Funny I hadn't really heard much Jamie Cullum but heard he was a Jazz singer so decided to go (sans James because he's really sick now too) just to do something different and be around music again.  I think Jamie is one of those that out of 10 CD tracks, you play over and over the last track.  He's a mixture of Jazz, blues and pop although I think he's best at jazz.  Not surprising I only really liked his jazz stuff and an amazing rendition of 'Moon River' (his wife's gran is the recently deceased Patricia Neal who was in Breakfast at Tiffany's).  It was still a fun night out anyway and I'm glad I went though.  Next week America, then the following week is France.  Not sure how much I'll be able to post, but I will definitely try to do as much as I can.

Hope you are all well.



Duvet Day

For August Break
Pictures:  Views from my windows and lunch

Really under the weather the last day or two.  Have been curled up in my duvet in bed most of today, can't eat much and most of what I have eaten....well...........I'll leave it at that .

Hoping this will pass quickly.  Supposed to see Jamie Cullum Saturday night and I don't think they'll allow me to bring my duvet to the concert.


Wordless Wednesday


Summer Reading

For the August Break

Nearly finished reading about the NY upper classes in Wharton's The House of Mirth.  Thinking I'll read Virginia Woolf's The Waves next.  What are you reading this summer?

I'm off on holiday starting next week.  I'm hoping that I may get to post whilst away, but in honor of travelling...here's a bit of inspiration in the mean time:

Dreams come true in Paris
Italy via Toast


Blooming again

August Break day 9

I had no idea orchids re-bloomed if you cut them back and let them rest several months.  We've been watering the base of this orchid since its flowers died about a year ago, no clue if the plant was dead or alive wondering if our efforts were pointless. Well about 2 months ago, it started sprouting and growing again. It now looks as if there's more branches that will yield flowers than last year. Yesterday our first flower bloomed again and its beautiful. Thank Goodness we didn't give up and kept tending to it everyday.

Its amazing how you can find lessons of faith, love and persistence in the oddest of places.


Sunday afternoon and a bit of 'Niles'

August Break Days 7,8

Got to meet David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane from the television show Frasier) after his West-End play La Bete.  As a bonus Saw Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) walk by who was there to see the performance too.

Enjoyed Blackheath Farmers Market and wandering round Greenwich with glorious Sunday weather.  Passed by a castle (Vanbrugh, 2nd pic from bottom) and ate felafel's and quinoa next to the Thames.  

P.S.  If you're wondering what August Break is.....its a photo challenge by Susannah Conway during the month of August.  There are no rules but its a bit of fun and a chance to try something different with your blogging.  You can read more about it here.


To and From

Day 6 August Break

To and from yoga and some photography exhibitions with a bit of Liberty and Aquascutum on the side.


Smiling Buddha

Day 5 August Break

Buddha and our meditation altar


A bit of Greenwich to clear my Head

Day 4 August Break

Feeling rather out of sorts this week. A lot of drama going on right now with trying to get a new computer (ours is beyond its final breath). Feel helpless that my ability to try to improve my life through job applications, writing and photography (which all need a computer) is completely dependent upon others. I'm a bit angry that I'm in this situation but it is what it is. I'm going to surrender and try to focus on what I can do and get myself to the city tomorrow for a long yoga session. Could still use a few prayers thrown my way though that the resources I need to change my life will come.

Lots of Love to you.

Christine xoxo


Prayer Flags through the Window

Day 3 August Break
Near Blackheath Common


Secret Garden

Next to the Fan Museum/Orangery in Greenwich Village.


On the Way to Yoga

As part of  'August Break'.