July 24, 2011

Weekend Update, No. 140

Still hot as the hinges of hell this weekend, nevertheless, I managed to accomplish a lot. clouds 004 I took care of Connor’s Hallie-Pallie on Friday, and while I thought they’d love the pool, they loved the air conditioning even more!clouds 001Here, Connor demonstrates his amazing wall-walking abilities. He learned watching the closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics.

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As I drove around town this weekend, I kept spotting places that were an oasis of coolness, like this classical fountain in one of the downtown parks.

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One of my friends sent me the link to a series of new adverts extolling tourists to Visit Britain. This one features Dame Judi Dench at the incredible Hever Castle. visit brit As I was looking around for the others, starring Jamie Oliver, Twiggy and more celebs, I came across an older Visit Britain video, so I stopped to watch it. Buried in the most miniscule part of the video featuring Wales, my sharp eye spotted this split second shot:visit brit 2 Nothing special, you say? Well, the mosaic around the old ship’s hull was created and installed by my former housemate in Wales! Very exciting. The mosaic tells the story of Wales’ history as a sea-faring country. Here are some of the images from the piece.6d 019 6d 025 6d 027Well done, Andy!

I think that the advertising campaign worked, because now I want to back to England!


  1. Meg, seriously? Bravo Andy!!


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  2. The mere mention of Hever castle had me bouncing. I visited Hever when I was 14 and obsessed with Anne Boleyn. My visit to Hever was the highlight of my trip to England.
    Now I want go too!

  3. I think that Connor has it right---just chill until it cools down a bit. And then--play, play, play. I hope that Baltimore is cooling down just about now. Mary

  4. Great post! I love Connor!!! Amazing boy!!! Good for Andy! Such a gifted guy, to be sure! Don't you love that couch that Dame Judi is sitting on??? Have a great week.....we are just sizzling down here!!!

  5. Oh Connor: you have SO many talents!
    And as for Dame Judi Dench: there are no words!! That's a wonderful clip for the UK...

  6. I take it you liked the settee? :)

    The fountain in Baltimore you photographed is I believe in Preston Gardens, a rather unpleasant history of which can be found here: http://baltimorefuture.blogspot.com/2010/12/preston-gardensplanted-on-seeds-of.html

    The mosaic in Wales is stunning. You know so many talented people!

    I hope you and Conner are enjoying this cooler weather.


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