Friday, 30 May 2014

Forty Winks Friday. Frankfurt Edition.

I had a fabulous adventure to the Esprit Montmartre Exhibition 
at the Schirn Kunsthalle art gallery in Frankfurt.

After spending hours wandering around and soaking up the
artwork of Picasso, Van Gogh, Steinlen and
Henri deToulouse Lautrec,
I looked down into the atrium and was rewarded with
a group of Frankfurt Nappers.

Comfortable cushions perfectly placed
for a little rest after visiting the exhibits.

My Shanghai Nappers would be jealous!

Frankfurt Nappers

Frankfurt Nappers

Frankfurt Nappers

Thursday, 29 May 2014

German Gems #1

Excuses to drink more wine!

Save water, drink riesling!

Drink wine and save the planet..

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Moments in Time: 10 April 2010, Fuxing Park, Shanghai.

Today's random date selector landed on 10 April 2010.
Shanghai has many public gardens, lovely spaces
to get out and enjoy life, socialise and exercise.

Fuxing Park, located in The Former French Concession,
is the only French styled park in Shanghai with 
symmetrical flowerbeds and fountains.
Fuxing Park is always full of colour and vibrancy
and is one of my favourites.

Dancing, Fuxing Park, Shanghai China

Ballroom dancing along the avenue.

Card game, Fuxing Park, Shanghai China

A game of cards in the sun.

Spring flower, Fuxing Park, Shanghai China

Busy bee making the most of the new spring blooms.

Amusement ride, Fuxing Park, Shanghai China

An amusement ride, where you can shoot endangered species
for points as you race around the track. Really!

Music, Fuxing Park, Shanghai China

A little concert in this corner of the park.

Dancing, Fuxing Park, Shanghai China

Enjoying a dance to the music.

Balloon, Fuxing Park, Shanghai China

Some special time with Grandma.

Fuxing Park: 516 Fuxing Middle Road, Luwan
near Chongching Nan Road, Shanghai.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Forty Winks Friday. More market snoozing.

I have visited the Shanghai South Bund Fabric Market
many times and it has been the first place I go to
on my trips back to Shanghai.
Well, maybe after a dumpling stop!

It is the place to go for new clothes.
You want it, they can make it,
any size, any colour, any style!

As well as filling my wardrobe with clothes, I have also
captured a few nappers on my Fabric Market adventures.
From couriers waiting on deliveries, tailors waiting
for clients, or bored husbands waiting for wives,
I found them there.

Robyn's Shanghai Nappers

Robyn's Shanghai Nappers

Robyn's Shanghai Nappers

Robyn's Shanghai Nappers

Shanghai South Bund Fabric Market
399 Lujiabang Lu.
near Nancang Jie.

Metro Line 4, Nanpu Bridge.


Sunday, 18 May 2014

Moments in Time: 18 January 2013

Today's random date selector landed on
18 January 2013

We had just had our first English Winter and were a little
disappointed that we didn't get a longed for 'White Christmas'
so were all happy when snow was forecast.

The 18th dawned and many schools were closed, but not ours.
I took the dog for a walk with no snow in sight. By the time we returned home
the snow had set in and our backyard was covered in white.

Dog catching snowflakes

Plenty of snowflakes for Ralph the dog to catch.

Driving in the snow

School closed, had to hit the road to pick up my girls.
Happy to have a 4x4 with anti skid!


We learned that not all snow is suitable for building snowmen,
this stuff was like building a sandcastle with dry sand...
hence our 'snowblob'

Snowy tunnel

The walkway to our dog walking field, clear that morning
had become a beautiful white tunnel.

Robin in snow

Spotted a cute little Robin.

Field of snow

Dog walking field turned
Winter Wonderland.

Haddenham Church End

Church End and the duck pond
take on a postcard look.

Snow covered red phone box

Snow topped red phone box...
and time for a pint at The Green Dragon!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Forty Winks Friday. Water town dreams.

There are many fascinating water towns
close to Shanghai.
Qibao is a short subway ride on Line 9,
a little further out you will find Tongli 
or Zhujiajiao.

It is lovely to explore, relax and enjoy the
history and charm of these ancient villages.

Robyn's Shanghai Nappers

You can ride on a canal gondola and view the town from the water.

Robyn's Shanghai Nappers

Have lunch at a waterside restaurant,
watching the gondolas glide by.

Robyn's Shanghai Nappers

Do a little shopping at one of the countless stalls.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Moments in Time, 12 September 2011

Today's Moments in Time 
random photo file is 12 September 2011, Shanghai!
Here are a few shots of my day.

Wanshang Bird and Flower market,
buying crickets is serious business.

Shanghai Wanshang Cricket Market

The chosen one.

Shanghai Wanshang Cricket Market

Perusing the Cricket keeping paraphernalia.
Tiny food bowls, nets and of course cricket ticklers!

Shanghai Street

Shanghai transport
Cheap and cheerful to luxury.

Ladies on Shanghai Street

Relaxing on the street.

Fabric, Lujiabang Lu

Fabric purchases Lujiabang Lu.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Forty Winks Friday. Auto slumber!

The drivers of Shanghai often have lots of time to wait around, 
so they get to nap, in relative luxury, between jobs.

Robyn's Shanghai Nappers

Comfy padded seats to sprawl on, doors to open and provide fresh air,
a foot rest and an opportunity for this napper snapper to snap!

Robyn's Shanghai Nappers

The joys of a reclining seat with headrest.

Robyn's Shanghai Nappers

This school bus driver was always well set up
with his chair and foot cushion stashed 
in the luggage area ready for his daily nap, 
after he had finished reading his newspaper of course!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Moments in time

I have just completed a 'Document your every day life 
for 5 days with photos' challenge on 
my personal facebook page.

I really enjoyed the challenge 
and remembered my Shanghai days when I 
would usually put up a few photos a day,
giving my friends from home a taste 
of my every day life.

Seems my friends want me to keep snapping away, 
so every week I will post photos, either from the week or 
chosen randomly from my catalogue.

Moments in Time

My everyday life for 5 days last week.

Ralph catching bubbles

Day 1: 29 April 2014 16:49

Ralph the dog catching bubbles.

Spring Wisteria

Day 2: 30 April 2014, 10:23
Wisteria on our walk

Chinese tea quail eggs

Day 3: 1 May 2014, 13:34
Making Chinese tea quail eggs

Spring blossoms

Day 4: 2 May 2014, 09:46
Blossoms next to the bottle recycling bin.

Bratwurst in a bun on the run

Day 5: 3 May 2014, 14:34
Bratwurst in a bun in down town Frankfurt

Friday, 2 May 2014

Forty Winks Friday. Market snooze

I have always been fond of a good market and
I spent many an hour wandering through
the markets of Shanghai.

I was lucky enough to have a small bird and flower market not
far from my Shanghai home, a nice stroll to pick up some flowers 
or food for our pet hamsters.

I was also rewarded with a napper or two on each visit!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Suzhou Spring

I am loving my German Spring in the forest, extraordinarily green with colourful blossoms everywhere. Spring was by far my favourite season when we lived in Shanghai. After the long, grey months of Winter, the city came alive. The bare plane trees in the Former French Concession become tipped with green, pink and white blossoms on trees appear, shedding the cloak of Winter. We loved escaping the big city of Shanghai and heading out to Suzhou for Spring weekend breaks.

ShanTang Old Street, Suzhou, China

The Pan Gate garden in the south west corner of Suzhou is smaller than it's famous counterparts, the Humble Administrators Garden and the Lingering Garden and much more peaceful. The Pan Gate is the last remaining water gate in China and is over 2500 years old. The RuiGuang temple in the garden is said to be over 1000 years old though the main attraction in the Spring is the garden.

The Pan Gate Garden, Suzhou, China

The Pan Gate Garden, Suzhou, China

The Pan Gate Garden, Suzhou, China

It is lovely to stroll through the pavilions and enjoy the enchanting, colourful blossoms in the springtime. Walkways take you over bridges where you can stop and feed the biggest Koi you have ever seen in the ponds.

Koi, The Pan Gate Garden, Suzhou, China

Not far from the Pan Gate Garden, you will find ShanTang Old Street, with brightly coloured lanterns blowing in the spring breeze. You can wander along the canal and sample the delicious street food on offer, stopping at shops for local handicraft.

Watermelon guy, ShanTang Old Street Suzhou, China

We loved to jump on the tourist boats, the calm and quiet man powered wooden boats rather than the motorised ones, so we could meander along the canals and delight in the daily life along the way. Locals fishing, doing the washing, whitewashed houses along the water's edge overhanging trees covered in blossoms.

ShanTang Old Street, Suzhou, China

ShanTang Old Street Canal, Suzhou, China

ShanTang Old Street Canal, Suzhou, China

ShanTang Old Street Canal, Suzhou, China

Perfect way to spend a Spring day in Suzhou!