08 December 2012

March 2012

Another sunrise from our living room window.
Finally finished the tiger puzzle, only two pieces missing :-)

Craig and I were invited to the Irish Ball which benefited several charities.
We actually had a mini-blizzard during the night.
Early the next morning everything was still white.
...but later in the morning most of the snow was gone. This group of people have their daily exercise together before starting their shift.
A few elderly braving the cold, snow and possibly slick spots. I shot these out the car window, sorry for the quality.
One of my favorite shopping areas, totally Chinese, which means next to no one speaks English.
These ladies do a lot of sewing for ex-pats, they understand our meager Chinese and pantomimes.
At another shop, we were invited to visit their "other room" which was upstairs and down the hall. I think this room would have been their storage room but was converted to a more exclusive shop that catered to wealthier patrons.
You can find almost anything here. This outfit was so tempting but we both passed on it, lol.
Our wonderful home teacher and his lovely wife.

07 December 2012

February 2012

Early morning sunrise.
Each morning is beautiful.
Valentine's Dance at Church. The young moms came up with this arch. They're so talented!
This is a very famous street near Tienanmen Square. It's being renovated, keeping the flavor of Old Beijing.
Three-wheeled car. Would love to put one in my suitcase and bring it to Texas with me.
Old rickshaw on display at one of the International Schools in Beijing.
We have the MOST interesting guests for Sunday dinner. Bro. and Sis. Crook are some of our favorites.
Nikki's first banana bread.
This is the Trashman and his shop. Everyone comes here to shop even though it's so far out from the city. I  thought about giving him his own blog and posting a hundred pictures of what treasures you're likely to find.
This is the front door.
You never know what you will find here.

Don't forget to look up or you will miss a great buy.
Not sure if it's a pet or dinner. Another day it was a crazy squirrel, or you might find a bucket of red ear slider turtles, or even a cage of rabbits.

03 December 2012

January 2012

Craig was out of town and I almost didn't go. At the last minute I grabbed my camera and headed to the bus where a small group from church met and we all headed to the Long Dragon Gorge.
The ice slide was made for children but all the skinny adults were trying it out, too.
The dragon entrance to the green and gold dragon, the ice city, the dam, the chair lift across the gorge and a lot more things to do.
Walk through the dragon's mouth and take the stairs and escalators to the tip of his tail and climb down a short, scary ladder to walk across the dam.
Black canvas is anchored across the gorge to create the roof or sky above the ice city beneath it.
I really thought the blossoms were real. Even so, it was beautiful.
Beneath the black canvas is the ice city.

It was hard to pick which pictures to use to show you the wonderful buildings made of ice. Be sure to notice the "stars" attached to the "sky".

A well, water vessels, all of ice.

The flash knocked out a lot of the color.
Wouldn't be China if there weren't vendors. I bought a hot cooked baked yam to warm my hands then ate it to warm my body. I also bought a little can of soymilk. She pulled it out of a pan of steaming hot water. Great idea to warm it up.
One of the bridges.