Thursday’s ‘Cold’ Windows

For Sandra Conner’s ‘Thursday’s Windows’, I took a few pics from inside the house, after our slow drive home from the mall, yesterday afternoon. The houses across the road looked so pretty in the snow.

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The play house in the back yard, the scene of so much fun in the summer months, must feel very abandoned in the winter.

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The garden furniture gets no “bums on seats” either. 🙂

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The next door neighbour’s  house looked very cosy through the playroom window.

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There was a bit of work to be done on the driveway, after dinner.

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Lastly, here is another couple of store windows which we saw in New York on Christmas Eve.

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Thursday’s Windows – Pinocchio

Sandra Conner’s Thursday’s windows has come around once again.

On this Thanksgiving Day, I decided to post a shop window in Venice for the theme.

You might be wondering what Pinocchio has to do with Thanksgiving. Well, really not a lot, except that he was first seen floating through Times Square with his 44 ft nose, in the 1937  Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

Photo from The New York Times Photo Archives.

This parade has been held almost every year since 1924, when Macy’s Department Store held its first Thanksgiving Day parade. It has been cancelled only twice, during World War II, when rubber and helium were needed for the war effort. This year will be the 86th annual parade, and once again, Pinocchio will be there amongst the sixteen giant balloons which will be marched down the parade route. They’ve certainly scaled down his nose this year, and he no longer looks as though he’s been stung by a whole hive of angry bees. 🙂

Photo from Google Images.

My son and grandchildren are there in the thick of it, and he informs me that later today, they are expecting fifty people for Thanksgiving dinner, and twenty of them are small children. 😯

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Thursday’s Windows: Singapore

Whilst on a stopover in Singapore a few years ago, we did the ‘Hop on, Hop off’ bus tour to take in some of the city’s sites. This is a marvellous way to see the rich ethnic, cultural and historical heritage of the city. I was very excited to see ‘Raffles’ one of the world’s most famous hotels. This hotel, built in 1887 was the first modern building with electricity in Singapore. The hotel survived the second World War, and was used as a transit camp for prisoners of war. It was declared a national monument in 1987, and in 1989, was renovated at a cost of S$160 million. We had tried to book into Raffles for the weekend, but it was fully booked up for an international conference, but I would love stay there if we go back again. It’s such a beautiful building, and those windows are lovely, aren’t they?

Along the streets of China Town, Kampong Glam and Little India, there are quaint ‘shop houses’. We saw this beautifully renovated one, overshadowed by the massive high-rise apartment block behind it. What a contrast in window styles for sure. The one on the right of it was still being worked on, hence the skip outside.

Singapore is mix of old and new, but one thing’s for certain, there are so many windows to be seen. This is the Elizabeth Hotel on Orchard Road, where we did manage to get a booking.

As I was doing this post, it occurred to me  that window cleaning must be a really dangerous business here, and I was right. I read that Singapore has recently tightened the rules on window cleaning, after nine maids fell to their deaths this year from high-rise apartments. The Manpower Ministry said that seven of these deaths were due to dangerous window cleaning or hanging of laundry.

One maid was fortunate enough to be rescued as she fell from her employer’s 12th floor apartment window. 😯

(pics from Google)

We just had to take this next photo because of the name, even though the man after whom it’s named, is no relation.  The name “Shaw” pops up all over the place in this city, as Chinese born Runme Shaw is greatly revered as a great philanthropist and contributor to the movie industry in Southeast Asia.

This post is in answer to Sandra Conner’s “Thursday’s Windows” challenge, week 9. Why not pop over to her blog and join in the windows challenge every week?

Thursday’s Windows – Week 7

It’s strange how one can pass by something beautiful, almost every day, without really seeing, or noticing it. Yesterday, as I was just about to swipe my access card, at the gym here, I looked at the door I was about to enter, and thought, “How gorgeous is that!” The  three glass panes are so lovely. I passed my iPhone to hubby, as he was much more likely to get the photo straight, so the reflection which you see is his.

I love this gym. There’s no-one there under fifty, and some of the people may even be in their eighties, but they are all having fun, keeping fit, and socialising like crazy. There was a Zumba class going on in one of the studios, several tennis games in progress just across the way, and a steady stream of golf carts passing the window. The best bit for me, was when the manager called across, “I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it, because you’re looking great.”  What an energy booster! 🙂

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Thursday’s windows

Sandra Conner’s ongoing challenge, “Thursday’s Windows,” inspired me to post a few of my window photos.

Here are the pretty windows at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca, designed to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the movie ‘Casablanca’.

And here are some of the most recognisable windows in the world, albeit a bit blurry.

Here at the ‘New Sun Hong Kong’ restaurant in San Francisco, it’s not so much about the windows, as the decoration around them.

The windows at the Salem Witch Museum in New England, are really lovely.

Last but by no means least are the hundreds of windows in the Chrysler Building, New York. I wonder if the outsides ever get cleaned? I’m so glad it’s not my job. 🙂

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“Thursday’s Windows” photo challenge.

I saw another photo theme last week at Sandra Conner’s blog. It’s a Thursday challenge, but I’m sure I can sneak in a day late, and she won’t complain. It’s really easy challenge, simply titled, “Thursday’s windows,” so I thought I’d have a go at it. Looking out of my window today, all I can see is grey sea and sky with a generous amount of rain, so I’m staying put.

Last year whilst in England, visiting my mom-in-law, who will turn 100 next year, we took her and my sister-in-law, to the 11th century Chichester Cathedral. I put this next photo in, just to show you what a 99-year old looks like. 🙂

This beautiful cathedral has both Norman and Gothic architecture and has been called “the most typical English Cathedral”.

It has a really majestic free-standing medieval bell tower

The inside architecture has such beauty and grace.

The choir was practising the music for Evensong, and it was just heavenly to sit and listen. Those young boys’ pure, clear voices, transported me to another world.

Now I’ll get to the windows for the challenge.

Here are the ones which most enthralled me. I’m a real sucker for old stained glass windows. Craftsmen of the Middle Ages raised the practice of creating stained glass windows to a high art in the era of Gothic cathedral building, and developed techniques still used today.

Of course, I’ve saved the best for last.

I hope you enjoyed my visit to this wonderful cathedral. Have a great, relaxing weekend, doing only what you feel like.