Angles in Architecture

IMG_2709We had never built a house before.  So a few years ago, when we decided to go ahead, we spent a significant amount of time researching architects and were very happy to finally get to work with Hagman Architects based in Basalt, Colorado.

We knew what we wanted; a contemporary house with lots of sharp angles, clean lines, masses of glass, concrete floors, stainless steel, and interesting mixes of metal and wood.

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The Old and The New

IMG_1881Atyrau is an interesting and slowly changing city.  The main roads in the city are lined with gleaming glass fronted modern office buildings, interspersed with Soviet style apartment blocks.  The back streets are lined with a mishmash of old wooden and corrugated homes (often painted blue) all rubbing shoulders in a city of contrasts. Only just over 20 years ago the country obtained independence and these things take time, generational time in fact.  In the meantime the eclectic mix of the old and new makes for interesting viewing.

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It’s not Sainsbury’s or Safeway’s

IMG_1901Shopping has always been an adventure in Atyrau not knowing what you are going to be able to buy, and having to go to at least three or four markets or shops across town.  One thing is for sure that over the last five years since we have lived here, the variety of food stuff has increased dramatically, and as with any free market so have the prices. WordPress has been blocked in KZ so my posts haven’t been as frequent as I would have liked, sorry.



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View from the top

Yesterday we peaked Peak 8 part of the Tenmile Range here in Breckenridge.  The mountain range is an extension of The Rockies and lies to the west of the Continental Divide. Peak 8 is best known for having the highest chair lift in north America, The Imperial Express at 12,840ft. Not quite one of the famous forteeners but we peaked out at just over 13,000ft. Unfortunately the lift only works in the   winter, so we had to climb.  The view from the top was worth it though ….just!









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All creatures great and small

Our objective this year is to see a bear, at a safe distance of course.  However we’ve had to content ourselves with an assortment of smaller creatures and some more domesticated than others.  However we wake up each day in the Rockies wondering if today will be the day…

In the meantime, waiting for the rest of the family to arrive from England and Kazakhstan, we’ve had to content ourselves with an assortment of other activities: hiking, swimming, paddling in the Blue River, riding the mountain chair lifts, snowball fights, general exploring and, as the kids would say, chillaxing.



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20th Wedding Anniversary

Saturday June 20, 1992 we got married in a small church called St Benedict’s in Glastonbury, Somerset.  It was the same church where I was christened and where my parents were also married.  I remember the day, it was sunny, warm and windy.  The men all wore top hats and tails and my dress was of ivory raw silk.

20 full and exciting years living and traveling all around the world.  Three children a dog and never a dull moment.  I’m a lucky girl to have found the man of my dreams.



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The National Trust

The National Trust is a UK conservation charity set up over 100 years ago.  Its objective is to protect historic buildings and preserve green spaces.  They make wonderful places to visit.  My husband doesn’t care much for the houses, and I can only with a clear conscience declare a passing interest.  However we enjoy exploring the wonderful gardens & grounds and playing croquet when the sun comes out.  Every trip is also never complete without a delicious cream tea and trip to the National Trust gift shop.




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