Every year I will tell my other half that I don’t want any Lilliput lane cottages anymore. I have enough Lilliput Lane cottages in my collection and have no place to display them but… he still purchase them for me. Thank you for being able to read my actual thoughts hehehe. He normally purchased them via eBay and get them to be sent to our daughter’s house in the UK as the postage within UK is free. If you intend to purchase them from the shop… be prepared to pay a very premium price as I think the price has gone up since the demise of the founder Dave Tate in January 2017 after a nine-year battle with cancer. So my advice is.. get them from eBay.
Let’s look at two of my collections..
Make A Wish.
It is from The British Collection and was introduced by Lilliput lane in 1988 and is now retired. This lovely little wishing well is truly amazing. It measures approximately 2.3″ H, 2″ L, 2″ W. You can find this type of fancy well head in a formal gardens or parks.
Gulliver’s Wishing Well
It is from Visitors Centre Special collections. It was introduced in 2003 was retired in 2009. Measures approximately 7.4cm x 5.6cm x 5.4cm. Gulliver’s Wishing Well was located on the original company site at Skirsgill, Penrith, Cumbria. A lot of Visitor Centre tourist has had their photo taken at the well and Lilliput Lane finally decided to issue a memento for those dedicated collectors.
Okay.. that’s all that I have time for today. See you again next time.
Switzerland is one of the country that I always wanted to visit… fell in love with its beautiful scenery and landscape. Switzerland is always breathtaking no matter when you decided to visit… its just amazing masha Allah.
Here are some great shots that we managed to capture during our last trip to Switzerland…
The lake at the bottom of Mt Cox and King, Switzerland
Tell me if this is not breathtaking….
Top of Mt Cox and King
Thrummelbach Fall from far…
Trummelbach Fall entrance
Jungrfau… Top of Europe
Okay… now these are my new FMs for Switzerland, France and Austria for your viewing.
My Swiss Army Knife FM
Champs-Élysées – the famous street in France
Mont-Blanc – Plate Number FM
Mont-Blanc – Coin FM
Le Mer de Glaze (Sea of Ice) – France
Aiguille Du Midi (Needle of the South)- France
Austria Symbol Flower – Edelweiss
Assalamualaikum and a very good Monday to all. Hope you will have a productive week ahead. I know that it is only Monday but I’m so looking forward to Friday he he he. Gatal je kaki ni nak go window shopping this morning… but apakan daya, Sofea is on study break which means “day dreaming” if I’m not here to supervise… and my eldest daughter Aina is also on study leave. Her last paper is Thinking Skill… macamana nak study tu? She been doing lots of questions on that subject because that is the only way to prepare yourself for the exam. Want to have a peek at the question? Okay.. I’ll give you one or two just to test your thinking skill.
1. If you were alone in a deserted house at night, and there was an oil lamp, a candle and firewood and you only have one match, which would you light first?
2. You have to choose between three rooms.
The first is full of raging fires
The second is full of tigers that haven’t eaten in 3 years.
The third is full of assassins with loaded machine guns.
Which room should you choose?
3. To the nearest cubic centimetre, how much soil is there in a 3m x 2m x 2m hole?
Orait… enough with that. Let me know if you know the answers. Back to our business haha ha. Okay… Italy. The weather was so hot and humid during our visit to Rome, Venice and Florence, and we had to do a lot of walking while we were there. The temperature was about 40C and super duper humid. If you are planning to visit Italy, do not go during summer… you won’t enjoy it. We spent so much money on water and mind you, it was not cheap. A bottle of 500ml mineral water cost about 2 euros. Let me just just give you an example… when the bus stop at the Colosseum, we bought 5 bottles of water which cost us 10 euros and on the way back to the bus we need to buy another 5 bottles… so in total it cost is 20 euros which if you were to convert that to RM… it will be about RM 80 or in KD it will be KD7. Crazy…. duit habis memang macam air.
Anyway, I bought tons of fridge magnet in Italy… my other half said that I went “crazy” due to the heat… ha ha ha. So we decided to give away some as souvenirs. So these are all that I decided to keep for myself.
My Italia FM
Venice Stamp FM
St Peter’s Square FM
Italy Map – Wooden FM
Italy Map – Metal FM
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Last Saturday Kuwait marked the golden jubilee of its constitution with a spectacular KD 4 million fireworks display along their Gulf Road. How much is KD 4 million again? Well, it is about $15-million, which is equivalent to £10million and if you want to know the cost in RM… it is about RM44 million. It is a really huge sum of money to be spent on fireworks don’t you think? Anyway, that night Kuwait made history… a total of 77,282 fireworks were displayed over a duration of 1 hour which earned them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Mabrook!
Here are some of the images that I took from dailymail UK website.
Spectacular fireworks in Kuwait
Kuwait celebrates Constitution jubilee
KD 4 million worth of fireworks
Bright white fireworks
Red and purple ray of colours…. masyaallah. So beautiful..
Okay… back to our business he he he. Germany was one of the country that we visited during our last summer holidays. In Germany, we visited Cologne, Boppard, take a cruise along the River Rhine, Heidelberg, drive through Black Forest and our last stop was Drubba where the Cuckoo Clock Factory is located. And now I present to you my new Germany’s FM … happy viewing.
Deutschland aka Germany
Heidelberg… education city
Cuckoo clock- Black Forest,Germany
Our 3rd country in this 15 days tour was Netherlands or to most of us it is referred as “Holland” which is technically incorrect, as “Holland” is actually a region in the central-western part of the Netherlands. “Netherlands” actually means the Low Countries… 20% of its area is below sea level and and 50% of its land lying less than one meter above sea level. So, due to the nature of this low land, you can see lots of ditches along the countryside especially around farmland that are used as a drainage to drain water from these low lying areas. Their countryside sceneries are breath-taking…
Okay… enough with the facts… lets look at my new addition of FM… the Netherlands… where selling marijuana at “the coffee shop” is legal…
Marijuana in Amsterdam
My Amsterdam Alphabet FM
Holland is famous for their tulips and windmill
My Netherlands Map FM
Pointed toes Clogs are for the fisherman
Rounded edges clogs are for farmers
Has to be farmer’s clog he he he
Before we flew off to London last June, I told my other half that I’m not gonna buy any London fridge magnet anymore since I already have few of them from our last trip in 2010 but what can I say… I got to have the 2012 Olympic FM right …. he he he. So, I present to you my new UK FMs collection muahahaha.
Official London 2012 Olympic fridge magnet.
London 2012 Olympic
Bought this at Dover, UK before crossing over to Calais,France
Bought this in the gift shop at Dover
Beli kan mana lagi kalau tak kat Harrods.
Roman Bath FM that I bought on our 2nd day in UK
Brussels was our 2nd destination. Time given by the tour manager was rather short for us to shop around but we managed to grab a few FMs while we were at the Grand-Place…. siap kena marah lagi sebab lambat balik ke bus ha ha ha.
Broodhuis at Grand-Place
Grote Markt (Grand-Place) Brussels
Mannequin Pis, famous Brussels landmark
I love this rubber type of FM
Got to have this one as I got the similar type of FM from other cities he he he
Have you heard of Ebru Art before? Well, I didn’t know this kind of art ever existed and I was so impressed when I saw this guy creating this beautiful painting on water and then transfer them onto a piece of paper. Yes… that’s right… painting on water. Me and my other half said that this is truly a water painting… So impressed by this we decided to stick around and talked to the guy. He told us that he was invited to do this art demonstration for 3 days as part of Mother’s Day celebration at the Avenues Kuwait (This was a couple of weeks back).
Artist demonstrating Ebru Art in Avenues Mall
Ebru is another name for Paper Marbling and it is one of the oldest Turkish arts. Paper Marbling is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing insoluble paint over dense water and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric.
Ebru Art - Flower and birds
If you look at the photo above, you can see that the background of the painting has some sort of marble effect. This can be obtained by dabbing your desired colour of paint in the water so that it creates blobs of paint on the top of the water and then used the other end of the brush to drag through the water and create the marbling effect. Well… same technique used to create marble effect on your cake really! Drawings or patterns can now be added onto this background. Flowers, birds, geometric designs and calligraphy are common choices for the Ebru Artist. The brushes that are used here are made from horse-tail and rose wood. Once the artist is satisfied with his painting, the absorbent paper is gently laid onto the surface of the water. Then the paper is lifted off and hung up to dry.
The artist - Garip Ay
Completed paintings on that day...
These are some of Garip Ay paintings that I took from his blog. Beautiful….
Garp Ay painting from his blog
Garip Ay Kervan
Garip Ay collection