Tag Archives: travel

Globe Trotting

16 Jan

Since 2014, I have made a list of countries travelled to by friends and family.  In five years the list is:

Thailand, Ecuador, Peru, Sweden

Germany, Australia, Canada

China, Japan, Mexico

Scotland, Iceland, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Spain, England, France, Holland, Italy

Switzerland, Israel, Argentina

Jamaica, Haiti

My interest in world travel started early.  My grandmother brought dolls in native dress home as gifts for my sisters and me.  (Perhaps that is another post.)

From an early Elfcroft post (and a suggestion for my globe trotting friends):

What happens when you rummage through Grandmother’s end table?  The risk is discovery of something that needs to be dealt with, such as hundreds of postcards sent and received over three decades (1964-1994) of world travels with teacher groups.  The first sort was to separate sent from received.  Then, thanks to Mom saving itineraries, the post cards are arranged by trip, in chronological order.  I used three binders, two for Mam-ma’s travels and one for friends and family.

Mam-ma’s world travel

I chose binder pages so the cards could be viewed from both sides without removing from the sleeve.  The text, date and postage from country of origin are easily observed.  Post cards from Iceland are featured in the photo below.

Why use a camera? Buy post cards.

Having reference maps was essential to understanding the many regions Mam-ma travelled.  Originally, I was going to remove the pages from atlases purchased at Half Price Books, however many times I wanted to use both sides of the pages in different section of the binder.  Solution:  I made color copies from the atlases.

Maps provide context

Itineraries as table of contents

Mom saved all Mam-ma’s itineraries typed in the format shown above.  This was very helpful with sorting.  World travel of our grandmother’s life time ready to share with inquiring minds.

On the road

17 Apr

Kentucky Artisan Center

This outstanding art center is conveniently located off of I-75 in Berea, KY.  It is an expansive building with many custom features.  High quality art pieces of different mediums are on display and for sale.  http://www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov/

Cafe dining

There is an excellent menu for the café.

Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers in the restroom is not just for high-end hotels.  I have never used sedum and asters as a cut flowers.  Delightful.  I believe I will now!

Perfect souvenir? circa 1985

11 Oct

Needlepoint canvas purchased in France

“Margot, Creations de Paris.  LE CASTEL d’apres Laura”

Yes, this canvas was well within my budget for a souvenir from France in 1985.  The merits also included being light weight, easily packed and a remembrance of travels while needlepointing.  The problem is… it is still unfinished in 2017…over 30 years later!

I’m back to work on it with great lighting, a support frame and good seating.

Global Style

14 Feb

Emily Henderson’s (HGTV Design Star) blog post on “Global Style” reminded me of my grandmother!


Mam-ma Tuggle taught elementary school then traveled to the far corners of the world with teacher’s groups on her summer vacations from 1964-1990.  MDT’s living room was a treasure box of images and objects from her travels…Europe, Philippines, Japan, South America, Alaska, Greece, Australia, Canada, Central America, Caribbean, Hawaii…

"Mola" handmade in Panama. (Reverse applique technique using 2 to 7 layers of different colored cloth.

“Mola” handmade in Panama. (Reverse applique using 2 to 7 layers of different colored cloth.)

Sheepskin rug, Australia/New Zealand Love this sooo much, I have four!

Sheepskin rug, New Zealand Love this sooo much, I have four!

This reminds me of Morocco

I believe this is from the Philippines.












Having grown up with “World Style”….I chose this Chinese wool rug for myself at the 1980 World Fair.


Thank you Emily Henderson for naming this style, which sometimes feels like Pier One but is not.

Friday Photo: I Ching No. 22 Elegance

8 Apr

“Elegance” as translated by David Hinton.  Also translated “grace” or “adorning”.

Mom @ Hampton Court 2012

Mom @ Hampton Court 2012

Friday Photos: I Ching No. 43 Displacement

4 Mar
Thames River cruise (2012)

Thames River cruise (2012)

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Inside the lock

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Displaces river water

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Friday Photo: I Ching No. 31 Influence or wooing

5 Feb
Diamond Jubilee, London 2012

Diamond Jubilee, London 2012

Friday photo: I Ching No. 56 Wanderer

21 Aug
Travel from Zurich

Travel from Zürich

What a blessing to have spacious accommodations after a red-eye flight!

I Ching No. 56 discusses “The Wanderer”.  The contemporary translation is travel.


Friday Photo: I Ching No. 16 Enthusiasm

29 May
Mom's enthusiam

Mom’s enthusiasm

Why is Mom so excited?  It was May 2012.  We got to board the plane for the second leg of our trip to London after weather caused the first leg to be diverted, unplanned overnight in wrong city and a flight crew that did not all show up.  What’s in store for us?  London gearing up for the Diamond Jubilee and a very special birthday tea at Kensington Palace Orangery.  The first adventure was to see the crown jewels at the Tower of London.

For the rehearsal dinner

For the rehearsal dinner

For the wedding

For the wedding

Mom is also enthusiastic about formal weddings…fantastic!  This is what she has selected to wear next month.

I appreciate Mom enthusiastic follower of this blog!  She has read all 239 posts from the beginning in 2010.

Thank you Mom!…..and Happy Birthday!  Best wishes for many more!

Friday Photo: Out there Over the Ocean

22 May
Ulua Beach Maui

Ulua Beach Maui