Tuesday, 2 February 2016

WOYWW - From Sashimi & Shrines to Acrobatics !

I have been missing from the Blogasphere for a few weeks as my work has been taking me on a few travels !

Dublin overnight for a training course, then a very memorable trip to Tokyo !

Given it was a 12 hour flight there & 13 hours back, it was a lot of travelling for 4 days there but we packed a lot in !

The purpose of the trip included eating & seeing lots of the unique foods of Japan - and I got to try lots of amazing new dishes & flavours !

The perks of working in the food industry !

And I managed to squeeze in a couple of cultural sights too - a Buddhist Temple & Shinto Shrine.
It was all so very different & fascinating !

Back home & refusing to give in to jetlag, we set back off for London to The Royal Albert Hall to see Cirque Du Soleil - what an amazing show !

The acrobatic acts, the costumes & lighting were all brilliant and absorbed our attention so that the evening just  flew by !
As did the acrobats !

So It was Sunday before I got to play in my Journal - I am trying to do Journal 52 this year.
Here are the past 3 weeks challenges

This was week 3 - done before I went away.
Iin the week that he passed away, we were challenged to create a page inspired by David Bowie's lyrics.

Week 4 was inspired by the Full Moon.

This image came into my head on the long flight home - I was in Tokyo for the full moon - so this image of a shrine against the full moon seemed apt !
And I created a little verse to go with it ...

And week 5 was Monochrome and it seemed a good way to express how I feel about the long grey winter !

On my desk this week are a mountain of photos printed & ready for a scrapathon of my Tokyo trip !

Have a great crafty week !
Ali x


  1. wow, Ali - what a fabulous time you've had - no wonder you haven't been here for a bit... Love all the photos; and some great journal pages too.

  2. Oh my word what a lot of interesting things you have been up to - how wonderful!!! Japan - so envious. Great pages as well for your journal. Anne x #19

  3. wow, how lucky are you to go to Tokyo and eat such wonderful dishes and get paid fort that. You remembered that I should have a look into booking some tickets for cirque du soleil.Your art journal pages are one by one stunning. Have fun with your scrapathon. Vicky #9

  4. What a wonderful if busy time you've been having! I'd love to see Japan, I'm very keen on their food and art. And I've seen Cirque du Soleil and am in awe of what those performers do!
    Love the monochrome trees btw!
    Hugs, LLJ 17 xx

  5. I know that sort of tiredness isn't glamorous, I really admire your determination not kkep going! Tokyo must have been amazing,m the cultural differences alone must make it unforgettable. I love the full moon page in your journal, so totally fitting! Am excited to=o see your scrapping now!

  6. WOW! WOW! WOW!

    Have a good week
    Bishopsmate #31

  7. Good to see you back Ali, you do get around, not sure how you find the time to do all the scrap book pages with all the travelling, looks a great trip though,
    Jan x no 38

  8. Wow all that travelling! I'm so jealous. Looks like you took loads of pictures. I can't wait until the weather gets better so I can get out and about. Nice pages! Sounds like you've been ultra-busy.

    Sharon K #44

  9. Me again! C&H Fabrics is on the main shopping street, down by Debenhams and the Guildhall. It's a funny, old fashioned kind of shop, a bit like Grace Brothers, but has a great range of crafting stuff. It's not the same without seeing Janet in there though..

  10. Wow! You lucky traveler!What a privilege to go to Japan! I would love to go. Such an interesting culture. Thanks for the photos.
    And your art work is beautiful. Especially the full moon, but I also appreciate the David Bowie page.
    Cirque du Soleil is on my bucket list...
    Thanks for your visit and your encouragement,
    Happy WOYWWednesday,

  11. Happy WOYWW. You are living the life that I would enjoy if my health allowed. I used to love travelling, nights out etc. I struggle with a short trip to Haverfordwest now! Ali x #64

  12. You must have been so excited about going to Tokyo! Lots of memories to scrap! Love your journal pages, my favourite is the monochrome trees. Thanks for popping in earlier! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #32

  13. I cannot believe you did all that traveling and still found the time to create... you must be a super-energetic woman! I really enjoyed all the photos in this post! Happy crafting & love from (still noisy) Holland, Marit #29

  14. What a fascinating post, Ali. Your Tokyo trip sounds amazing, and I particularly love the photos of the food and the shrine - I love Oriental culture - so beautiful. Your piece inspired by this is just gorgeous. I am sure you will do something inspiring with all your lovely photos too. Thanks for your visit, and I'm so glad you like what I'm up to. Like you, I do sewing in fits and starts, and can't do it consistently as there's always lots of other stuff to do too.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #28

  15. Awesome post! Sounds like you are a busy, busy woman. I can't find time to create and I am sitting here at home doing next to nothing due to the broken leg. It will pass! Anyway I am in Journal 52 also but haven't gotten anything done as yet. I am a little late getting around but I made it! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great week. Vickie #71