Scrapbooking in 2020 #7

The Boy Child and I sat down and looked through his current scrapbook (I think it's Volume 6) and I was shocked to see that I hadn't added anything since our road trip to Normandy last October. I asked him what he wanted me to add and his first suggestion was ... Christmas. I turned … Continue reading Scrapbooking in 2020 #7

Covid-19 | The Journal | Part 2

Added to our Covid-19 journal has been a spread about our attempt at making face masks. I filled one half of a 3x4 pocket with embellishments and stitched diagonally across it. (The embellishments are actually highlighting the other side of the spread, which details the scarcity of paracetamol.) We were suppose to have travelled to … Continue reading Covid-19 | The Journal | Part 2

Social Distancing and What It Might Mean for Content

What now for This West London Life?  If we're not going anywhere, what will I write about? The lunch we were throwing for family and close friends to mark The Boy Child becoming a teenager?  Cancelled. The Road Trip to Bruges in Belgium during the Easter holidays?  Cancelled. The return visit to Jersey at the … Continue reading Social Distancing and What It Might Mean for Content

Road Trip to Normandy | The 6×8 Travel Journal

As with the two other 6x8 travel journals from our travels this year, I created all the foundation pages before we went to Normandy. And just like with those other journals, I used Project Life style cards from In a Creative Bubble. Album spine damaged either at the wholesaler or en route to the stockist. … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | The 6×8 Travel Journal

Road Trip to Normandy | Bayeux and Ranville War Cemeteries

It's all very well visiting the towns and beaches from the Normandy campaign, but I also felt that our visit wouldn't have been complete if we hadn't paid our respects to Britain's war dead. The cemeteries offer an opportunity to pause, reflect and remember. Bayeux War Cemetery Cpl Sidney Bates, VC, lies in Bayeux War … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | Bayeux and Ranville War Cemeteries

Road Trip to Normandy | Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge, originally called Bénouville Bridge, is a crossing over the Caen Canal just outside of Caen in Normandy. In the early hours of D-Day the bridge was, along with the nearby Ranville Bridge over the Orne River, the objective of members of D Company, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, a glider-borne force.   … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | Pegasus Bridge

Road Trip to Normandy | Ste. Mére Eglise and the Airborne Museum

Look closely at the tower ... The small Norman town of Ste.-Mére-Eglise is famous today because it lay at the epicentre of the D-Day drop zones for the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. In the early hours of 6 June, 1944, a house in the town square was burning. The German commander ordered the … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | Ste. Mére Eglise and the Airborne Museum

Road Trip to Normandy | The American Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach

High up on the bluffs above Omaha Beach lies the American Military Cemetery. The 9,386 marble crosses and Stars of David constitute the most striking American presence in Normandy today. The 30,000-square-foot visitors' centre provides displays and films which help to provide a visual connection to the D-Day events on Omaha Beach. Numerous photographs and … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | The American Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach

Road Trip to Normandy | Arromanches

The town of Arromanches-les-Bains was chosen by the Operation Overlord planners as the site for one of the two Mulberries, the artificial ports planted offshore to handle the movement of men and supplies before established ports could be captured. The remains of what was called Mulberry B are still clearly visible on the beach. For … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | Arromanches