family

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 – Family

Family always evokes memories. Some memories are dim and distant, but sometimes they are sharpened by a sight.

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This recipe was passed down from (if not before) my great-grandmother. These were made by our daughter and enjoyed by us and our grand-children.

Family. The subject of the Weekly Photo Challenge – and full details can be found here. One from Just Snaps too.

  1. perfect | yi-ching lin photography
  2. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Family – Struggle
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Ese’ s Voice
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family (I) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  5. Family (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  6. Swimming with Pigs | The Life NomadikThe Life Nomadik
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Stephen Chapman
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family « LargeSelf
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | Chittle Chattle
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Flickr Comments
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | A mom’s blog
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | Just Snaps
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Being a Huntress
  15. Noise Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | autopict
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: FAMILY | Lost in Translation
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family – Joy and Woe
  19. WPC – Family | PHOTO & POETRY
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge : Family | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Hope* the happy hugger
  22. Laughter | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | The Wandering Poet
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge – Family | Joe’s Musings
  25. The History of Tattoo – Part 4: Biker, Chicano and Prison | Cardinal Guzman
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | So where’s the snow?

Weekly Photo Challenge – Joy

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No matter what time of year – the joy is in the Pink!

Full details of the challenge can be found here and here is one from Just Snaps

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | Ese’ s Voice
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge – Joy | Chittle Chattle
  3. Weekly photo challenge: joy | An Enchanted Eye
  4. Joy (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  5. Ecstatic | Retrofocus
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | Ritva’s Art – Photography
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy. | Hope* the happy hugger
  9. Just Snaps
  10. Weekly photo challenge: Joy | The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
  11. Other People’s Joy Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  12. Joy: Weekly Photo Challenge | The Ambitious Drifter
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | nancy merrill photography
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | From My Horizon
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | autopict
  16. MyBlog – solaner
  17. Connection and Relaxation | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge : Joy | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  19. WPC: Joy | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua
  21. Joy: Weekly Photo Challenge | Just Another Nature Enthusiast -
  22. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy of All Seasons
  23. Snow… | vic briggs
  24. Joy (Golden Gate, 27 December 2013) | de Wets Wild
  25. The Sun Is Out! | Empire of Lights
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | Under the Monkey Tree
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy | Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition

 

Just Remembering

I had a phone call today, completely out of the blue. My aunt has died.

Although I was very fond of her it was a difficult relationship. She was married to my maternal uncle, whom I love and see often, but they were divorced almost 60 years ago and she disappeared from our lives. It was many years later that my parents managed to contact her again, so from time to time I visited, but, as she lived over 300 miles away, mostly kept in touch via letters and the odd phone call. I last spoke to her after her 90th birthday in August. Last week I posted her Christmas card, and I was going to phone her this evening. Sadly her brother phoned at lunchtime to say that she had had a stroke and quietly slipped away.

I would like to be able to tell my mother, sadly it won’t mean anything. She won’t remember the happy times we all spent together nor will she remember her name. To be honest, she may not even remember that I have visited, but visit I will. I’ve left a message on my brother’s phone, and no doubt he will ring me at some point, but as he is younger than me his memories will be vastly different and he will feel much further removed from the event than I do.

Now, the object of this post is not to ask for sympathy, but it does bring bereavement nicely into the Christmas picture. This morning, while I was out walking, I met a friend – actually the mother of an old school friend of our son. She is the same age as me, but unlike me has no grandchildren in spite of having two sons. The younger (our son’s friend) is married but so far childless, his brother, however, died in 5 years ago in December in horrendous circumstances. As you can imagine he is uppermost in her thoughts at the moment, and, although she misses him every day, her sense of loss at this time of year is enormous. She hides away because she knows that others don’t want to see her distress because they no longer know what to say.

Grief takes a long time to work its way through. Sometimes it never goes. It’s easy to talk to someone about their loss immediately after it has happened, and then to move on – after all, life is for the living, isn’t it?

Please make a point of making Christmas just a little more bearable for someone this year. Instead of passing on the other side of the road – or scurrying past – or just ignoring them – take some time to visit and talk about a lost one. Husbands missing wives, wives missing husbands, parents missing children, children missing parents.

Probably not the post you were expecting from me today, but please remember that memories aren’t just for Christmas. Spread a little happiness – it lasts much longer than Santa.

I need your help

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You have seen these before. I don’t think I told you much about them – and that’s because they are really just samples in preparation for a new body of work. I’ve done a few more since then, and am slowly working my way, now around stitching techniques.

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I spent some time this afternoon creating a few more surfaces – both fabric and paper – like the above. I’ll probably collage a few of them to get the feel of the colours and textures, and then it will time to get on with the stitching. The project is around Dementia and Alzheimers. As I’ve mentioned before my mother has the disease, and I know that it has had an emotional effect on every member of our family. I also know that there are more and more families being affected, and from what we hear the situation will become more and more widespread.

Have you been affected? If so I’d love to hear from you. I would like to hear about thoughts and feelings specifically, but anything you want to add will be treated in the strictest confidence. Some words might be included in the finished artwork, but anonymously and only with permission. If you aren’t specifically affected but know someone who is, please will you point them to this blog – or to the page accessed via the header above.

This will be a longterm project. If you wish to add to your initial information you can do so at any time. Please pass the word.

To my first born

Sweet babe in arms
for then
You were the centre of my world.
I gave you life
and LOVE, unmeasured,
knew no bounds.

I gave you life
and thought not, then,
of future and of pain.
Your world was mine,
and I would give you ALL
if that were asked.

So, now as then
YOUR peace and freedom
do I seek.
Your beauty is unchanged
but now I see
you as full grown

With strength and courage,
deep within your soul,
your Spirit free,
accountable and honest.
Your heart is full with
patience and compassion.

I still would give you all
for such is mother’s love
but now your ties are broken
and my heart is glad
to see you wander free
but firmly planted.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Nostalgic

There is one plant that always reminds me of my grandparents garden.

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I spent so many happy hours with them.

Full details of the challenge can be found here. Just Snaps is here

  1. Nostalgia | Monochrome
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic (Cheers) | skpfoto
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Flickr Comments
  4. Nostalgic (Weekly Photo Challenge) | En Vers et Contre-Champs
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Ese’ s Voice
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Stephen Chapman
  7. 3 … 2 … On Board! | Empire of Lights
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | My.Vivid.Visions
  9. Street Ghosts | Good2begone
  10. My Light Through the Darkness | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  11. Weekly photo challenge (theme of the week): Nostalgic | An Enchanted Eye
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | masadiso79′s Blog
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia | suzie81′s Blog
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic – Joy and Woe
  15. Nostalgic – Yearning to Relive A Moment! | Things To Rave About
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | ZULFIKARALEX
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia | Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition
  18. Journey Called Life …
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic : It’s a Journey! | Journey Called Life …
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Beijing Daily Photo 2
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Dim Lamp/קנה רצוץ לא ישבור
  23. Photoworld 5-7-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Jinan Daily Photo
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | ILEANA PARTENIE
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | What Is It?!?
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic — Coney Island Summers | SERENDIPITY
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: “Nostalgic” | just another outlet
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge-Nostalgic | Dancing in the rain!
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Pictures for Froghopper
  31. Nostalgic in Aachen | A Happy and Beautiful World
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | No Fixed Plans
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic: Jaffna oh my Jaffna | SABAS LOG
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Travel Monkey
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic–Butterfly Surgery | Healing Through Pictures
  37. [80's] Nostalgic « Thoughts of a Lunatic
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | belgradestreets
  40. Nostalgic | Sam’s Online Journal
  41. Nostalgic | Life of a Fallen Angel
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | cet4k cet1k cet0k
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge – Nostalgic | Just Snaps
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Still and All
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | My Cycle and Me «
  46. Nostalgic for time | Thirdeyemom
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | A couple of dollars
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  49. Common Sense Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge – Nostalgia | Joe’s Musings