Friday, 6 July 2012

Cissie on the Isle of Man

Friday is Party Time, so welcome to Paint Party Friday, week 17 0f year 2, hosted by Eva and Kristin, and Darcy's postcard challenge, week 27. Our participants are off to the Isle of Man this week.

Last time Jason and Shannon were exploring Illinois along Route 66.
Jason can’t believe his eyes when he sees his Mum sitting at the table with Cissie and Thelma when they get home. Being Jason, he says ‘Bloody 'ell, Mum, what you doin’ ‘ere?’ But he- and Shannon- are very happy that Queenie is there, and Jason spends a lot of time sitting with his Mum, catching up on what’s been going on in their lives. Shannon is a bit put out that he wants to be alone with his Mum for a couple of hours. Thelma says, ‘Give the boy a bit of time. Just think of all the time we’ve spent together!’ ‘Rather not’, hisses Shannon, it was 28 years too long, if you ask me!’
But she cheers up when the ladies tell her that they are off to the Isle of Man for a long weekend, and she will have 4 lovely days with Jason all to herself….
The Isle of Man is another of Cissie’s special missions. Queenie has told her that Jason’s dad was planning to go there when ‘he b*ggered off and left her sitting with the baby!’
The three ladies pack their cases. Queenie can’t believe that Cissie and Thelma are taking so much stuff. She just takes a shoulder bag with jeans, shorts and few t-shirts. Jason and Shannon bring them to the station, and they take the train to Liverpool, and then the ferry, operated by the Isle of Man Steamship Company, to Douglas. The weather is good, and the ladies are hungry after the long train journey, where they just had an outside hamper of snacks to keep them going. After finding their hotel, they go out to look for a restaurant, and Cissie is really happy to see several fish-and-chip shops, where they enjoy double portions of everything before going to a cafĂ© for their tea and cakes.
On the next day they do some sightseeing, and visit Peel Castle and other sights of the Island. They take a coach, and manage to see all the famous sights in one day, as the island is not exactly large.
 The escutcheon

 Peel Castle

The Calf of Man seen from the Cragneash

The Braaid, in the central Isle of Man, with remnants of a Celtic-Norse roundhouse and two longhouses, ca. 650-950 AD

The Triskelion Sculpture


Manx Loaghtan Sheep

(All photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)


In the evening they meet up with a private detective, who has been making enquiries about Henry, Jason’s Dad. He says he doesn’t have good news, as Henry got killed a pub brawl some years back, and offers to show them where he is buried. Queenie does not really want to go, but decides in the end to tag along. At the graveyard, Cissie and Thelma are very sad, Queenie not. ‘I only came to make sure he really is here!’ she says. Thelma whispers to Cissie, ‘Now I know where Jason gets it from!’
Queenie says she doesn’t want to talk about it again, and they all go to the pub for the rest of the evening….
Cissie says to Thelma, ‘She can’t help being like that, she’s had a hard life! At least we tried!’

On the journey home, Queenie is a lot more cheerful than she was on the way there, and is happy to be getting back to London.

Here is the postcard they send Jason and Shannon. I have superimposed a statue of the Triskelion over Peel Castle, and the heads show Cissie, Thelma (with the blond perm) and the red headed Queenie. The triskele or Triskelion is an ancient symbol, consisting of three branches or legs, that radiate from a centre. The symbol is found on the Isle of Man, and earlier on Sicily.The Manx triskelion is known in the Manx language as Ny Tree Cassyn ("The Three Legs"). The symbol has been associated with the island since at least the 13th century.






For Paint Party Friday I have re-used an old canvas. It originally had a clock in it, which was broken. It has been over-painted to give it more colour, sprayed, and partly varnished and then heat-bubbled to give texture. I added a photo of my Great Aunt in 1918, which has been cut with a TH cabinet card die, and then varnished and aged, before being mounted onto the frame in the middle.



Have a great day you all, take care, and thanks a lot for visiting!


40 comments:

  1. LOve the new twist in the story. When is the wedding? Great canvas of your great aunt! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. You are such a clever, crafty gal Valerie!! :]
    Both the story and the canvas... wonderful!
    Such a pleasure visiting here today, thank you for sharing. ((hugs))

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  3. Great and enjoyable story as always Valerie and loved the bit of history.
    Your canvas is just fabulous with an amazing background and your great aunt looks so pretty.
    Have a lovely day too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  4. Loving your canvas background and the smashing photograph. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  5. imaginative story with interesting facts as always!! Love the PPF piece - the background is so intriguing.

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  6. Cissi is looking gorgeous! Did she get her hair done for this shoot? :) Thanks for introducing the Isle of Man. First time for me.

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  7. Always a pleasure to catch up with Cissie and Jason :)

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  8. So glad Jason has found his mum, she has a lot of eating to do till she catches up with Cissie lol. Your painting is wonderful, I love that you have included your Great Aunt in it x

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  9. Fabulous new addition to the story line. So glad Jason was pleased to see his mother:D

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  10. Love the trip to the Isle of Man, beautiful pictures! Love the new twist to the story too. Your canvas with your Aunt is beautiful, she was a very beautiful woman too.

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  11. lovely vintage canvas, and interesting to learn about the Isle of Man!

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  12. Love what you did with this canvas! Heat-bubbled... I need to find out how to do that. Thanks for your kinds comment at ppf:-)

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  13. Well I can certainly see Jason's resemblance to Queenie and that's some perm Thelma's got! Your canvas is beautiful, I love it when you use your old family photos. Take care. Suze xx

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  14. Loving your postcard stories as ever!They do make me smile!
    Your canvas is beautiful and I love the heat bubbled effect x

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  15. The family photo is a beauty, love the canvas and the textures on the background. At least they know what happened to Jason's dad. This is like a mystery story , i always wonder what will happen next.
    Yvonne x

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  16. Great trip around the Isle of Man with the ladies. Beautiful canvas of your great aunt, it is so lovely.

    Janet xx

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  17. Love getting updates on the Jason and Cissie story each week- what will we do when it all ends?!??
    And your painting is wonderful, I love how it all looks together- just beautiful!

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  18. At least we know where Jason gets it from- that part had me laughing out loud! Fab painting- the vibrant colors and texture let the focal image just pop!

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  19. I really enjoyed all those photos and had never seen them before. I like being introduced to new things. Thanks for that. Love the postcard with cissie. :) You are very creative and with an imagination to boot. Love it Valerie. Fish and chips I love. What you did with the old canvas is awesome. Your Great Aunt is just a beauty. You look at the faces of these photos from time past and wonder about their lives and try to see what is in their eyes. I like this Valerie. Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend and woo hoo!! It's great to be back on PPF!

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  20. Wow - your travel postcards and story continue to be amazing. My brain just doesn't work that way! And that painting with your aunt is just amazing - beautiful color and texture - what a fabulous way to remember her and use that old photo.

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  21. lovin' that postcard story! beautiful canvas!

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  22. your photos are wonderful, such beautiful land. wonderful to see your art as well.

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  23. Love the story Val, and the postcard of the three ladies. The painting with your aunt is wonderful! Hugs, Barb

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  24. Another scintillating and nerve jangling story and the culmination in that postcard with the " Bevy of Beauties " of Valerie I don't know how you come up with all of this except if it autobiographical then I could understand . The canvas is amazing what a beauty. your comments on my blog post had me in tears of laughter your so funny and it seems like my dogs are getting more comments than my cards and a lot of blogging friends have commented on your and Florence's behavior !!!......must look into this


    Marie
    Hope you have a great weekend.

    Marie

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  25. a good trip around the island. another good read. also a good postcard.

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  26. Fabulous story, Valerie! OMG, your canvas is gorgeous!

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  27. Boy that girl really gets around. LOL

    Such a lovely painting.
    hugs Lynn

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  28. LOL your postcards and text always make me chuckle - great work Valerie.
    That is a beautiful photograph of your Great Aunt - gorgeous work.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  29. Love the painting of your great-aunt with it's weathered, vintage surface and lovely texture.
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  30. That canvas looks great. Love the background.. I always enjoy stopping by and reading your stories..

    Hugs~

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  31. Once againa a great story and loved the all the information about the Isle.

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  32. Great episode of the story and that canvas is so beautiful.
    Hope you're having a great weekend.
    Hugs xx

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  33. You are such a natural story teller! Love the post card and the painting for PPF :0)

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  34. Love reading your stories, cheers

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  35. Another great story, Valerie.You are educating all of us with the photos and spiel. Wish I had your imagination.

    Hugs,
    C

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  36. Fun addition to the group, those ladies certainly know how to enjoy themselves.
    Lovely canvas too.
    Jen x

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  37. I love where you take us and your use of art. I didn't realize about the roundhouse remnants. Amazing history. . . Blessings, Janet PPF

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