Friday, 9 July 2010

Summer for Polkadoodles

It was my turn to set the challenge over on Polkadoodles this week, and I chose a summer theme. This card is made with PD papers that I printed out from the CD All Around and Everywhere. The boat was cut from the New Arrival cartridge, and the sun from Doodlecharms. I printed the blue pattern onto white card, and tore it to form the waves.
Edited to say, I use the Georgia Pacific card available from Walmart to print out. If you want double sided card, well, just pop the cardstock back in to print the back

As so many of our friends in Florida are fascinated by the differences between Britain and the USA, I thought that if you are from North America you would be interested to see some of them here
It's a LOT more expensive to live here than the USA - gas is $9 a gallon, a good bottle of wine will cost you at least $10. Sales tax is a uniform 17.5% throughout the country, going up to 20% in 2011
Our climate is usually very moderate, we don't have extreme weather, no banks of snow in the winter, and the summer temperature is usually in the 70's, if we do have a hot spell, we all melt because none of the houses have air conditioning. Contrary to popular belief, it is not always raining here, and we don't have fog in the winter either - no hurricanes, or tornado's either, although there was a hurricane once, about 20 years ago, we still talk about it!
We don't have bugs as such, only house flies, bees and wasps, so in the summer you throw open all your doors and windows, and keep a can of fly killer handy to zap the invaders if they fly in.
We walk - unlike the USA where all the stores are generally in strip malls ours are all in town centers, so people wander down 'into town' on foot quite often, which is just as well, to park for an hour in my town centre costs around $4.50
A pub here is not really a bar, it's more of a social meeting place, you can sit and have a coffee in a pub, and pub grub can be really good, so a cross between a cafe, restaurant and bar really.
We don't consider anything to be old unless it has been around for at least 300 years - it is not uncommon for towns and villages to have a church that was built at least 500 years ago
None of our towns are built on a grid system as most towns in the USA, ours in the main follow no pattern, roads wind around all over the place, so you can't really go 'round the block'
The population of the UK is in excess of 60 million, all in a space not much bigger than the state of Florida, so we are pretty crowded, but once out of the towns, there are acres of green fields and country lanes with dog roses and queen anne's lace growing in the hedgerows, and yes, there are still thatched cottages to be seen.
We don't generally have 'afternoon tea' that tradition died out a long time ago, but if you are ever in London, be sure to go to Harrods, the Dorchester or Fortnum and Mason to sample a real English tea, including cucumber sandwiches and scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream
We can hop over to France for the day on a ferry or on a train if you don't mind being on a train under the sea (I do have a few issues with this and have never been on Eurostar)
Our stores don't have sales every weekend, and we don't have coupons in the Sunday papers either. We have sales to look forward to twice a year, January and July, in fact, they are on now, what am I doing sitting here waffling on about the UK when I could be bargain hunting....................see you tomorrow

31 comments:

Nettie said...

Great challenge this week Enfys. Really like how you have created the waves. Oh and I enjoyed reading the comparison between UK and US.x

It's Jenn! said...

Great card! I love the waves! Thanks for the comparison btw. It sounds beautiful, peaceful, but expensive!!! I live in one of the buggiest states (South Carolina) so the idea of leaving all the windows open is simply a fairytale down here, loL!

Nannieflash said...

Oh Enfys you really make me smile, you are so right with all your comparisons, though I think Milton Keynes has a grid formation of houses well at least the shopping centres do.
Anyway fabulous card and you do use your cricut a lot more than I do, its one stunning card. With love and hugs Shirleyxxx

iluvmybugs said...

Adorable card En! What kind of printer and paper do you use for printing the dp?

Enjoyed your comparisons between the UK and US! Have fun shopping!!!

Hugs,
Terry

Lean said...

love you card great waves and a sunny sun.
have a great weekend,Lean.

Sharon said...

Awesome card! Looove the yellows. Great reading about the differences between the US and the UK. Really enjoyed it. :)

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

I jsut love this little card!!! I have been so busy with summer goodies I haven't been here often enough to see all your wonderful designs. Love them and I just love your style and the class you have in your card making.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

You are so amazing Enfys.. so enjoyed reading your post today...

Linda Kaiser said...

I love your card! Thanks for the comparison! Sounds like a place I would love to visit. Take care.

Linda K

BugJunkie said...

This is such a cute card. Love the gingham sunshine!

Caroline K. said...

Thank you for the cultural and lifestyle info. Just yesterday my son traveled to London for a six week college study program. Of course we can just beg him to take photos and give us an insight as to the goings on, but you already gave me more than I knew, such as the climate...now what did he pack?

Lynda said...

I love this En - I have a real passion for seaside cards... probably because I don't see it often enough!

Love Lynda xxx

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Enfys.

Hugs Riet.xx

Crystal said...

adorable enfys! love it...the colors are so summery! and i love how you tore the waves so that the core showed through like whitecaps on the water! such a fab idea! loves it! hugs girl!

Sandy Bayles said...

Enfys,
Thanks for a trip to London today. I needed a place to escape to and I almost felt as if I were there. Your stories are only topped by the cards you make. Have a great day and I love the card. I have posted some new cards of late. Yes, I found a few minutes to work on cards.http://lovethatexpressions.blogspot.com/
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mckinkle said...

I love your card En, those waves are so cool! I love the varying depth of them from the page too.

Lovely to read how you described our land!

My only drawback living here is the Customer Service falls short on it's description most of the time here!

Hope you have a lovely weekend En.
Keryn x

Kristie Maynard said...

Very cute card! And I love your little bit about what the UK is like. I have been there a few times and love it. One of our trips was when my kids were young and we took them out of school. Kelsie, now 20yo, made up a game for the kids in her class of words used in England that they matched to the words we use here. Like boot and car trunk, lift and elevator. We had the best time finding differences in the language.
I miss traveling in the UK, hopefully we will be back sometime soon. Such a lovely place!

Kristie Maynard said...

I'm having trouble with posting here today, so forgive me if I end up posted more than once.
Love your card, very cute!
I love you comparison and it makes me miss the UK. I have been there a few times and hopefully will travel there again soon.
When the kids were young, Kelsie, now 20yo, did a project for school. She made a list of words used in England and their American counterparts in another list. The kids had to match them up. Things like lift and elevator, boot and car trunk, we had such fun looking for the differences in the language.

Kristie Maynard said...

I'm having trouble with posting here today, so forgive me if I end up posted more than once.
Love your card, very cute!
I love you comparison and it makes me miss the UK. I have been there a few times and hopefully will travel there again soon.
When the kids were young, Kelsie, now 20yo, did a project for school. She made a list of words used in England and their American counterparts in another list. The kids had to match them up. Things like lift and elevator, boot and car trunk, we had such fun looking for the differences in the language.

Fliss said...

Great card En and I really enjoyed doing mine although it was done in a rush due to being up to my eyes in samples.
Your post is very interesting and the parking thing caught my eye as I found out this week that the meter charges have gone up by 40% in the town centre and a huge 66% a little further out. I tend to park further out where it's free and walk in but I do feel sorry for the elderly who have no choice but to pay the increased charges.
Hope you have a lovely weekend. xx

scrapn_momof2 said...

Adorable card Enfys. I loved reading about our comparison between the US and the UK. The Uk weather sounds delightful!! I am not a heat person at all and would love the 70's.

shari said...

Enfys, I love your card, I like how you did the waves. Interesting facts on the UK. I loved reading all the differences. Shari (cricutrookie)

Lisa Macomber said...

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Lisa

oh love that sailboat card, so cute!

Serendipity Stamping said...

Really cute card Ens, love the waves and sun. Thanks for the little travel through the UK. Since my heritage is English, Scot, and Irish it has been on my Wish List for a very long time, but I don't think a trip that far is going to get crossed off the list.

liz said...

thanks for sharing! now I want to go there more! ;o)

Melodie said...

Such a wonderful summer-card, dear Enfys.
Hugs
Melodie

Anonymous said...

Hello love, Joan here. Great photo of Monty, yes wear old clothes. Card is just terrific and one I shall steal. Have fun in London. I had forgotten walking to the shops everyday so that is why the women keep those girlish figures.

dj1952 said...

Enfys,

Thank you for the information about the difference between Tombow and Promarkers. I appreciate the knowledge.

Hugs,

Debra (dj1952)

Kim said...

I assume you meant to put a £ sign instead of dollar Enfys?!! Your fuel is very expensive there, ours is between £6-7 a gallon!! I love England's countryside in the nice weather but adore Florida although I have never experienced a storm there (yet!) and we hope to be in your position in the next few years and be homeowners rather than just visitors every 2 years!

Cindy said...

Awesome card! The torn paper waves are perfect.

Eiglas said...

Gorgeous card Enfys - as always!
Hugs,
Eiglas
x