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100 Steps – April

And now for something just a little different.

Today we met our family for lunch. We celebrated two birthdays – two generations in fact, and had a lovely time. A cooked lunch on a Sunday is a rarerity. Our main meal of the day is usually in the evening, nothing to prepare tonight, though. Instead of travelling home by the direct route we took a ramble around the countryside. It was almost a Sunday afternoon drive (the weather was perfect for such an event) but our way was more directed – we were visiting a friend who has a farm.

The farmhouse is surrounded by a perfect cottage garden. The plants are all waking up but two, by the gate, were absolutely stunning.

I couldn’t resist a closeup of one.

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The flowers reminded me of little ballet dancers.

Normally I take detailed shots for my 100 steps. Today, though, I was too involved in the general views. And why not? Just look at what was in store just a few steps away from the trees

However, only a few more steps and we were able to see the reason for our visit today

And all within 100 steps

Weekly Photo Challenge – Monumental

Size is relative.

When walking along the prom even the smallest cliff seems monumental

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Full details of the challenge can be found here, and one from Just Snaps, featuring something slightly different, will be along shortly.

What fun was had by all!

Last weekend saw another of the Be Creative Weekends on Facebook. It was a little odd for me because I was unexpectedly away from home so couldn’t follow in the usual fashion – even though I had organised it. However, it all passed without a hitch and work is still ongoing on many of the projects.

This time I added a twist to one of the prompts. Small pieces of Art are being produced and then ‘LOST’ in various places and left waiting to be ‘FOUND’. It’s an exercise that has created fun over many years, and I decided after a very successful exchange of postcards last month that the group was ready to take things a step further. Some of the pieces are already ‘lost’, others are travelling to their losing destination as I write, and still more are in various stages of construction. You can see some items here (all photographs supplied by the participants) and it will be worth looking again in a few days as more and more will be added. More information about the towns etc will be forthcoming too, you never know, you might find one.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflections

The waiting room at the dental surgery is somewhere I reflect at least 4 times a year. Whether there for a ‘check-up’ or visit to the hygienist I often reflect on how I’ve actually been brave enough to come. Memories of dentistry in my early life are not for this post, but they weren’t pleasant. The surgery is housed in a building with many of the original Edwardian features still intact. A recent visit revealed a change-around of furniture and, as I was called quickly for my appointment, this was the only reflection apparent during that time.

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One of its ‘companion’ windows, showing bluebirds, is here. Full details of the challenge can be found here, and another will appear on Just Snaps shortly.

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Today I was very brave

I’m willing to bet that most of you are more brave every day than I was today, but first of all let me set the scene.

I wear glasses – spectacles to correct my short sight. Without them everything is very blurred.

Really blurred!

Really, really blurred.

So, when I went outside to sort out my dyeing area prior to sorting the next batch I shouldn’t really have gone out without wearing them.

But I did.

Everthing was as I had left it, all was in order, except……

…… there was something moving.

It wasn’t moving very much, but it was definitely moving. It was also most definitely where something should NOT be moving!

So what did I do?

Well, without thought of risk or safety I carefully took hold and moved it to the nearby earth patch.

Thankfully I had my camera with me. My camera doesn’t need specatcles so I photographed to record the spot! After donning said specs I knew I could return and tackle the wriggling, squiggling thing.

But then I learned a hard lesson.

The camera DOES lie!

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You see, when I inspected the photograph all I could see was a worm! Can’t see it? Well it’s there – amongst the greenery just above left of centre. If you still can’t see it send me an email and I’ll give you a grid reference. The trouble is, the squirmy thing I saw was about 10 times the size and all shades of red orange blue and green, breathing smoke and flames and certainly had scales and probably wings. After all – how else could it have arrived on my outside dyeing table?

So all I can say is – never dye without your specs, and I’ll never trust my camera again.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside

This is not the most original of interpretations, but this picture has been waiting in its album for an outing. So here it is.

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Every now and then we park outside this shop on our way home from a visit. It is always empty – apart from the occasional girl sitting behind the till and communicating on her mobile. She was missing when I took this picture. I like the pink chair, though. But I bet it’s uncomfortable ;)

Full details of the challenge, and many more entries, can be found here.  Just Snaps is up an running – with a similar not very original interpretation, but a shot that is no longer available…. and something that is a little obscure as well! There are also a few below

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100 Steps – March

The weather has been better, but there is till a lot of water lying around. I haven’t been able to go out much as I have been performing ‘nursly’ duties, however, it looks as though those won’t be needed for much longer. Yesterday I had to go out to make sure there was something in the larder! I opted to walk because I really needed a little extra time – and the fresh air was good. Although only March the weather seemed to be offering April showers – thankfully I avoided the heaviest, but I kept my eyes firmly on the ground so as not to step in too many of the currently ever-present puddles!

The sun is shining today – but those puddles will still be there. Hopefully they won’t feature in another 100 steps, though ;)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Abandoned

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Abandoned or waiting for a bucket? Full details of the challenge can be found here and one from Just Snaps via the link.

This will probably upset someone

You have been warned. If you don’t want to be upset don’t read any further. These are my thoughts – and if you don’t agree with me you won’t be seeing it from my point of view!

So there!

What on earth?

Well, let me tell you a little story.

It all started a couple of weeks ago (actually it started a lot longer ago than that – but let’s just go back 2 weeks for now). Dearest younger grandson has joined Beavers. Inevitably the question came. ‘Please, Grandma, will you sew on my badges?’

Now, how could I refuse? I had no intention of refusing, but Beavers was not around when his father was the same age so the placement of badges was a little uncertain. Also, the ‘costume’ (I use the right word here, they don’t wear ‘uniform’ in my humble opinion) (that’s the first ‘upset’ out of the way) is different, so where to sew them?

Aha! The website! Of course, it will be easy!

Easy?

The website and informative pdf don’t even mention one of the badges – it would appear that it doesn’t exist, so I’m presuming that he hangs it around his neck. (Actually, there is someone around whose neck I would like to hang it, but it isn’t that of a family member so I’ll stay quiet in case I get to upset 2 too early……)

By chance I then came across a ‘helpful’ forum where frustrated mothers (and probably grandparents) ask for help about such things as badge placement. What a lot of twaddle! The answers were written by apparently grown up men (there may well have been associated women but I gave up very quickly) with advice like ‘don’t forget to tack’ (the only tacking they have probably ever done is in boats, no doubt) and ‘Glue! How dare you glue!’. The one I liked best was the one that said ‘make sure you don’t sew it on wonky’.

Wonky? If a grown man has time to sew his own badges on straight it is a sure sign to me that he hasn’t got enough going on in his life. Suddenly all the distress and frustration caused all those years ago by ‘Leaders’ of Scout troups, Cubs and Scouts, came flooding back. I was so relieved when dear son finally left, and now it’s all starting over again. Anyway, enough of that…..

Will I sew on the badges? Well, yes, of course I will, however…….

At the moment my work table is still covered with bits from our Creative weekend.

Undaunted, though I found the thread, and reached for a needle. As I did so I knocked over a tin of pins. It fell to the floor, removing the lid as it did so! Half an hour later I think I had found them all….. so, back for the needles. As the tin had fallen, though, it had dislodged a pincushion which had fallen into the above papers. That would have been fine, but attached to it was a pack of ‘betweens’ These, to the uninitiated, are tiny, fine needles for fast sewing. Some of them were now buried within the paper scraps. Another half an hour went by while they were retrieved – not something to come across by accident.

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Then the phone rang. So, hopping between phone and workstation – flapping arms to stop dear DH from moving bits around – i then had to return to the task of finding them. What a chore! Thankfully, all found! The above picture doesn’t really give a hint of scale as the peg is a tiny craft one.

However I still have to sew on those labels – so that’s what I’m about to do now! Tacked? Well, what do you think?

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Thank you all

Many thanks to all of you that shared the details below, and especially to those of you that helped in the search. Mike was found safe this morning and is now back with his family. He was found not far from the route mentioned earlier. His family have asked for their thanks to be passed on.