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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Q is for QUAINT

Welcome to ABC Wednesday where this week we honour the letter Q as in queen, quit, quiet, quintessence, queer, and quench.  This time, I'm basing my post on the word QUAINT and would like to share with you a few photos from my summer travels in England and Wales that I felt were rather quaint...like shops, gardens and garden pots, artwork, restaurants, and more.  The word "quaint" defines things that have an old-fashioned charm, are oddly picturesque like a quaint old house, are peculiar or unusual in an interesting or amusing way, or are skillfully or cleverly made.  Dear friends John and Marion took me to see Jane Austen's museum where I saw her bed, writing desk, and artwork while other dear friend Liz took me to the most quaint town of Tenby in Wales. Wait until our T week!  And because my dear friend Jill has lived near Whitby, North Yorkshire all her life, she knows all the shortcuts to out-of-the-way spots that most tourists would never see.  Thus, I got to wind my way through narrow alleys to see the most beautiful and quaint back gardens and quaint little shops that only the locals know about.  So click on the photo below, turn up your music, click the arrows for full screen, and enjoy!

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Melody Steenkamp said...

what a wonderfully well chosen word leslie, I would not have thought of it but i like without any doubt, as I do your photo's of course.

Have a wonderful ABC-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Layne Gerald Wade Cutts Hansen said...


photowannabe said...

How delightful.
Thank you for the loo at all things QUAINT.

carol l mckenna said...

Love the 'Bobbie' ~ and other quaint items ~ When in London, I only saw one ~ don't they have them anymore?

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

ellen b said...

Oh how I appreciate quaint. Thank you for sharing and I hope this week is going well for you...

ellen b said...

And...we tried climbing to the top of Snowden in 2006. It was such a windy day we had to turn back. We stayed in Conwy which was great. Thanks for the memories in your slide show!

Roger Owen Green said...

why is "quaint" sometimes pejorative?


Amit Agarwal said...

Absolutely wonderful!
Incidentally my word is Quaint too this week:)

Indrani said...

Such a wonderful post for Quaint with Q.
Happy ABCW!

Anonymous said...

Quaint it is, Leslie:) Am glad you didn't choose queer. Sorry, that naughty streak of mine just popped out. Thanks for visiting me today!

Reader Wil said...

You certainly have enjoyed your stay in Wales, which is so interesting and quaint, that I can feel the Jane Austin atmosphere in the old villages and small towns. I've read all Jane Austin's novels most of them were set in castles and beautiful mansions.

Hildred said...

As always, a wonderful Smilebox - loved all your quaintness...

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I enjoyed your quaint photographs in the quietness of my studio. Blessings, my friend!

Trubes said...

Hi leslie,
love the bobby on the opening page, They don't often wear the big
helmets on duty now. He looks like the laughing policeman at the fairground.
I loved the Jane Austen Museum, I would love to visit that,
maybe I will on one of our travels.
Conwy used to be a favourite vising spot on days out with our parents
when we were small, that little Welsh lady was standing out side of
her small house all those years ago. She's wearing well!
Nice and interesting post.
love Di,
ABCW team.

Joy said...

Quite quaint and lovely photographs. I wonder if the Jane Austin writing desk was for letters because I remember some 'where authors wrote' photographs that showed something that looked like a tiny pedestal coffee table which was said to be where she mostly wrote her novels. I wonder if that is in the museum.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Gosh that was a lovely journey of quaintess. I like Liz's garden. That's my goal for our front yard. Thank you!