… and we didn’t know that John and Stella were having a little kiss until I saw the photo on my computer when I got home. I was trying to get our Christmas family photo done – 2 sons, their wives and Richard and myself – John and Stella and of course – Henry (Springer) and Wembley (Golden). Finally got the shot but I will post an “outtake” too – I didnt make it up the steps and into position the first time! I love seeing everyone cracking up.
The Hillsborough River in Tampa to be correct. I was standing on the ground of the University of Florida campus – whoa – is it a gorgeous looking place. (need to go back and check out Plant Hall sometime – magnificent building). So looking over the river at this tubular shaped building (Rivergate Tower) – I see on the google map that the smaller building behind it is the Florida Museum of Photography and Arts so thought appropriate to post this photo. It looks very interesting – you can see the round shape on the side of one side of the building – its only 6 storeys high. (to the left on this photo).
Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance.The game is played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. In most variations, each player begins by receiving 13 tiles. Having grown up in Hong Kong and lived there many years, I have clear memories from a young age seeing old men with thin whispy chin beards playing mahjong at a table set up on the sidewalks – always men, never women. The noise when they would “mix” the tiles was so loud – they really got stuck into it – no half measures! My mother would smile to see me playing now – I never wanted to learn before, she played every week for years. My mother-in-law also played and we have her tiles with instructions in French! You will see from the photo that I have highlighted one tile – its a joker, this can represent any tile – a game changer! – these were not used in the original game of mahjong. Also – the game IS for 4 people, you will notice some paws on the table – that is Bogey my friend Weezies dog who was trying to get in on the game!
I hit the “I feel lucky” button on Photoshop and I got this – love the crazy colors. It wasn’t a great shot with my i-phone but I thought this helped it along! – man driving around in his security car must have wondered what the heck I was doing almost kneeling in a puddle to get it! (he never asked though!)
Stretching the meaning a little here – this handsome fellow was in the library in Cleveland when I was visiting – all injured birds.
This has taken me ages to find! – why on earth was it so difficult I have no idea. Well here is my Granddaughter Stella in the playground – her absolute favourite place to be!
I was recently visiting Selby Gardens with my daughter-in-law Victoria and her son John, when we came to the Pagoda. I like to think she was telling him about that lovely memory 10 years ago almost to the day now.