Wednesday, 22 July 2015

A Tour of a Trip in Twenty Photographs


(though maybe not all of them will appear today..)

Well, scrapbook me sideways but it's good to be back. We've had a lovely time; and we're home at just about the right point: you know? that moment when you start thinking a cup of coffee in your own kitchen would be nice? and internet, working, reliable internet..

The Monday before we left I posted the first of my pictures for Rinda's Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt ( no 21: me with a sign) because I couldn't wait any longer to begin. The rest? Let's see if they can tell the story of our trip..

We started out bright and early one Thursday morning (no 18: overloaded vehicle) 


with only minor grumbles from the one who had been left with the pink flowery suitcase. But dads generally do Dad Packing, which doesn't take up a lot of space, so really, what else can he expect? 

It didn't take long (approximately three minutes into our ferry trip) for me to spot no 8: someone plugged into social media. "But Mum: if you post that everyone will think I'm on my phone all the time." You think?



We headed onto the motorway and drove until blood sugar levels got low. Two bags of winegums later and it definitely was time to stop for the night. Just us and a brace or four of travelling policemen. Now there are their bikes, so where are their owners? (no 17 at least two people wearing matching uniforms).



The next day we reached the ship. Our first day at sea had its ups and downs and I mean that in the fullest sense of the phrase. But we're good sailors and we can always find something to do (no 4: people playing a card game. Also note no 5: architectural columns in the background); and the next morning saw us refreshed and ready for a little land action. 



We wandered the streets of the beautiful Norwegian port of Stavanger and along the way I spotted an ornate door knocker (no 2), a satellite dish (no 11 - don't you just wonder if the person who built that house could ever have imagined such a thing?) and, during a gentle spot of shopping, a carousel (no 13)





Back on board and onwards as the scavenger hunt gathered pace...

...but maybe that's enough for one day? I have unpacking to do and many, many pairs of socks to wash. So to end today, here's an out-take:



I thought it was a beautiful body of water (no 20)  or even a panoramic view taken from somewhere high (no 16) but then I realised it's of me but not by me. I got the photographer to send it to me from his phone. His autocorrect changed the title from body of water to body of waster. I'm saying nothing.

With warmest thanks for the have a nice time! messages. We did. Thank you. And now I'm looking forward to finding out what's new round here, and to getting back to waving on a Monday. See you soon. 

39 comments:

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Welcome back! On the evidence here, it's looking like a successful trip. Will look forward to seeing a few more. Auto correct can be so funny! I was texting The Mechanic to tell him I was going to the park with my book, which got changed to boss! Good job I'm self employed.

helena said...

welcome back - looks fabulous and loving the photo of the body of ...

Julie Kirk said...

If you can't have the body of waster on holiday then when can you? Welcome home. [I'll look forward to more photos/stories].

Eileen T said...

A good start to the hunt and a lovely way of showing us your holiday.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Welcome back! What a great collection. Clara is due back on Sunday, b
And she is very ready to come home.

Sandra said...

How lovely ... I come back to blog reading and you pop up. Its meant to be x

I will say though, are you sure you stayed overnight at a motel, or was it a police station lol.

debs14 said...

Welcome back! The town I grew up in was twinned with Stavanger. Looks like you have returned well rested after a lovely break. It's good to have you back!

Louise said...

A holiday these days wouldn't be the same without a scavenger hunt. Looks like you had a super time x x

scrappyjacky said...

I'm always impressed by how many Scavenger Hunt photos you manage to get on holiday. Glad you enjoyed it.

Becky said...

Glad to hear that you had a lovely time and a great lot of finds for the Scavenger Hunt!

Karen said...

Welcome back and I am looking forward to the next installment of your Scavenger Hunt.

Ruth said...

Third time lucky, as Blogger is eating my comments!
Welcome home! That last photo is simply stunning!

Missus Wookie said...

What a lovely collection of photos - so glad to hear you had a good time.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Such fun photos, Sian! And I love your narrative too. :o) Vacations are the best way to check off items on Rinda's list. Well done!

Ali said...

Glad you had a great time the pictures look fab xxx

Maggie said...

What a lovely place to go! Well done on so many photo finds. I think you could have fitted a bit more in that car. I can't see the kitchen sink!

Karen said...

We're still on vacation and have intermittent internet. When I can I try to catch up on blogs, but haven't taken the time to comment. I needed to stop by here, though, to say I love your photos, and am hoping for more from your adventures!

Ladkyis said...

missed you - one day I'll tell the story of why I never ask if anyone has missed me. I have picture envy

Lizzy Hill said...

Wonderful photos....I got enthused but quickly that diffused about the scavenger hunt. I guess it's cos it's not summer or going out and about weather so much over here! LOOOOVED seeing your photos, wonderful! So glad you're back, too:):)

MonicaB said...

Beautiful photos. You did a great job on the scavenger hunt.

Jane said...

welcome back Sian, I know just what you mean about suddenly wanting your own home again. You managed to find some great photos.

iwillbloom said...

Oh, Sian, you made me laugh out loud at both the beginning and the end ('body of waster' indeed!).....your post made me so happy! So happy you managed to have a (well-deserved) rest and so happy that you took me on a wonderful journey with you (my, what CUTE houses! OMG! I *want* the pink carousel for my littlest little! Wow! I would love, love, love to sit on that little bench and drink in the calm!).......thank you! So good to see you back! [How grown up TTO looks! And the spit of his Dad!!].....

Lea Lacoste said...

can't wait to hear/see more about that trip!

alexa said...

What a perfectly glorious way to tell the story of your holiday :). Masterful. Speaking of which, I don't think I've seen a photo of the two bearded gents together before :). And I am sure that phone was put away forthwith, and didn't emerge for the rest of the holiday. (Not!). Beautiful photos - I feel as if I am on tour with you.

Lisa said...

wonderful photos and it looks like it was a fantastic trip - I want to do this one day

Melissa said...

It does look like a nice time was had by all! So glad y'all had a nice trip & you were able to capture these great shots for the summertime hunt!

KraftyKaren said...

Looks like you had a lovely time and have made a good start on the scavenger hunt - I must collect up those that I have so far and start posting them

Jennifer Shaw said...

It's good to have you back! Love this post and seeing some of your challenge photos. You captured great finds!

JO SOWERBY said...

Oooh ferrys and me dont mix lol but yay for getting to Norway I'd love to visit one day. Loving the photos so far, I must share mine soon
Jo xxx

Julia said...

Looks like you've had a great time and fab finds for the hunt :)

Lady Ella said...

Enjoyed looking at your finds. What great carousels! I'd love to visit Norway so look forward to seeing the rest of your pics as and when...

Susanne said...

Looks like a lovely trip so far, kudos on ticking off the list.

Jo said...

A great collection of photos, can't wait to hear about the rest of your holiday x

Cheri said...

I'm playing catch up and loved how similar this feels to the post I just finished which will go up on my blog later today. Vacations are the best time to relax into the whole photo taking mode!

Carmen said...

Oh I just loved this post :) You should have done all 20 in one post - I am left wanting more!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I not only enjoyed the wonderful photos, I also LOVED the narrative. You have a way with words and that match those photos. These photos are made even more beautiful by your narrative, or maybe it's vice versa!

Kat said...

Oh, I love that Body of Water ... and I've never thought of the overloaded vehicle being a CAR ... :o

Nathalie said...

What a fun way to display your finds! I am boringly just listing them in order ;)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

This is super!! Wonderful interpretations of the list in photos. My brother in law's parents came from Norway.

I joined in this time around and posted my finds. If you'd care to stop by for a visit, I'd love your company!!

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