Sunday, September 25, 2016

Thought for the Day

Julie Sherwood Carefree Kit, Wendyzine You Are Shaky Thin font

Friday, September 23, 2016

Some Favorite Shots from on the Road

Here are some of my favorite images from on the road -- literally.  And a few from the water.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nighttime Aquatics

I'm a certified SCUBA diver, but night diving is one thing I've never tried.  I'm told it's amazing, but it scares me at the same time.  I guess that's exactly why I should try to do it!

Here's a (hopefully fictional, ha) image of a nighttime scene, where the aquatic creatures roam the land, too.

using Foxeysquirrel Isabella, Spells, and Nightfall and Delectable Backgrounds 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Camino de Santiago

Foxeysquirrel Abstract background and image mask

There's an ancient hiking route runs across Northern Spain (and across others parts of Spain, too), called the Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James.  It's an ancient pilgrimage route that Catholics began to take,  and many pilgrims still do, that leads to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.  It was/is believed to be the final resting place of James, from the Bible.  The symbol of the route is a seashell.  When you travel across northern Spain, you see the shell everywhere, indicating the Camino's route.  Also, you notice hikers with the shell hanging from their packs, a symbol of their trek.

Below is an image I created about the pilgrims and their route along the Camino.

created using Studio Girls Summer Harvest at

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Simple Things

I take pleasure out of simple things, not only in day-to-day living, but also including how I am entertained on a vacation.  It doesn't take a big city or blockbuster sights to wow me.  Instead, I am pleasantly content with wandering a village, taking in small details of a place, or just sitting in a natural setting reading or picnicking.

Our stop in Argómaniz, Spain was an overnight one.  We didn't do much there, but still enjoyed wandering the few streets near the hotel, as well as inside the Parador de Argómaniz where we stayed.  The accommodation is housed in an old palace, and has been tastefully decorated in soothing neutral tones with lots of light filtering through windows and doorways.  It's perched on a hill that overlooks the valley and plains spread out below.

The breakfast at this Parador was included (a great value, when that's the case).  And the upstairs dining room was beautiful.  I loved that old, wooden-beamed ceiling and the port-hole windows. Our room, though it faced an uninspiring concrete wall, was still pleasant for an evening snack and relaxing outside at the table.  For a getaway or overnight stop, the Parador de Argómaniz is a pleasant place to stay.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Galicia's Costa da Morte

Galicia's Costa da Morte, aka the "coast of death" is a beautiful, windswept coastline on Spain's northwest coast.  When we visited, there had been a significant lack of rain, so the grasses were not their usual green.  However, I found the yellowed landscapes against the sandy shore line very picturesque, especially seeing pops of color in various plants scattered in the dunes.

This particular day began as a rainy one, and the gray clouds and fog that lingered over the horizon made it even more scenic.  Even the old statues and carvings seemed to take on that soft, yellowed hue.

And, finally, a digital scrapbooking layout of our trip to the coast.

Manu Designs' Silence kit