Jo doesn’t know it yet, but Christmas Eve dinner has gained a head count (or two) at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. Jo gets so restless sometimes it seems. She has taken a really nice selection of shots of this lovely old castle, built some 300 years ago, damaged by fire, then restored. Jo will tell you all about it, if you drop in on her for dinner with the Orples.
While they’re doing that, I think I’ll check it out and see what our neighbors have been up to. If you follow along and see somewhere you’d like to stop, just click the post title to open it and leave a comment, then hit the orange title key to take you back to the beginning again. Happy blogging, and Merry Christmas everyone.
Meg’s been out Christmas Shopping it seems. Meg travels a lot, and the orples tagged along, just now realizing that they don’t have a chimney to hang their stockings on. Maybe Meg will them use hers —if she has one.
While Olivia and Oscar figure out what to do about their situation, please feel free to hit the orange title key (my homepage key) to see what else the orples have been up to lately. In them meantime, the Orples and I are wishing you all a very happy Holiday Season, no matter where you live, or how you celebrate the season.
The orples were dying to go back to Gerry’s blog to hear the ladies of Celtic Woman sing O Holly night, among other things, including a second video featuring Jim Malcolm, another talented artist. If you are unfamiliar with Orples, you can check out the‘Rules of the Game’to find out who our other neighbors’ are, and how we try to work. Please feel free to play along, if you’d like to add your name to our list. You can be a neighbor, too.
The Orples tagged along over to Amazon’s site to try to find some toys for the grand-critters and look at what they found. Who knew these things even existed? There’s a little digital camera hidden in those buttons and everything. The cool thing about their Amazon Listing is that they have zoom features where you can toggle over the image and get a real close look at what this watch can do.
It is amazing how different things are now. When I was a kid, having a telephone was a big deal. Computers were just coming out when my children were children, and now five-year-old kids can be photographers among other things. And yes, this little watch does tell time. This thing is amazing and the way Amazon sets their site up, you can watch a video, and check out all of the features right there. Better yet, there is still time to nab one before Christmas.
Anyone unfamiliar with Ute Smiles is in for a treat today. And if you’re looking for Christmas ideas, then you really must tag along with the Orples and me while we indulge in some of her delicacies. She has strawberry Santa Clauses and broccoli Christmas trees and marshmallow snowmen, plus lots more.
Ute is one ofour neighbors. If you would like to be a neighbor, too, read the Rules of the Game to find out how the game works. If you would like to see some of our other Adventures, feel free to click on my orange Title (text) to take you back to the beginning, and you can scroll down from there. We thank you for today’s visit.
The orples always love to meet new people and we love helping them meet each other. So come play!
Olivia ain’t got nuttin onAD Martin. I think he has humbled her with his good advice on writing books, beginning with chapter one. I wish I had run into his blog BEFORE I began writing. Our fellow authors, especially, should check him out and then you will know what the orples know—Mr. Martin is a smart dude, kind enough to share his wisdom with us.
Also, in playing with my new blog I have discovered that if you follow a link to another article, then want to come back to my home page on THIS blog, the orange ‘ORPLES’ title is also my homepage button— I learn something new everyday and figured I would share that bit of knowledge with those of you who might not have known this valuable little tid-bit already. The ‘Title’ button allows you to scroll down through all of my postings for anyone who is not familiar with Orples and the games that we play.
The daily post submitted a challenge entitled ‘Gone, but not forgotten. I immediately thought of my oldest brother. So today, The Orples and I are paying tribute to my big brother, Chuck, may he RIP. Although he died in 2005, he will always be in my heart, especially at Christmas. There were 21 years age difference in the two of us. He was the oldest child, I was the youngest, and there were five more siblings sandwiched in between us. In spite of our age difference, the two of us were extremely close as adults, although as a child, I barely knew him, since he was grown and gone by the time I was born.
This was the last photo of the two of us, taken Christmas, 2004. Chuck did not live to see Christmas 2005. So with teary eyes, I pay tribute to my big brother who may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
Today, Oscar and Olivia are planning their day around Madhu’s schedule, gazing out from one of the salvaged balconies in Lima. Madhu does get the Urge to Wander. If you go to her place, Madhu has taken some beautiful photographs to accompany a wonderful article she has written about Lima’s historical wooden balconies. These beauties have only survived because a hand full of people cared enough to try to save them from demolition.
While the orples are trying to decide where to start for the day, the rest of us can visit the neighborhood. If you care to join us. Feel free to peruse our previous posts and find out what is going on. All are welcome to be added to my list of participants in the Orple’s Adventures.
Today we are strolling though Justin’s blog. He was evidently hanging around in some ice caves somewhere along the line. The orples had so much fun in the snow the other day, they decided to check out the ice-cycles clinging to the caves. It seems they favor the cold temperatures, but are having a little trouble standing on their twigs.
While the Orples are trying to regain their footing, please feel free to cruise the neighborhood to see where else they have been. The way this ‘game’ is supposed to work is that I take a screenshot from your blog, if you let me know you want to participate. Then, I create a skit including the orples. I link back to your blog giving you credit for your work. Of course, because Olivia would really love to be famous, we love it when you reblog or pingback the post, so your followers are introduced to the orples, just as my followers are given the opportunity to meet you, if they haven’t already. Win, win, for everybody involved. Please let me know if you would like for me to add your name to my list.