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Weekly Photo Challenge – Endurance

I know that many of you are aware that I dye. In fact, here are some fabrics that I have been dyeing just this week!

 

There is an element of endurance involved in the dyeing, nothing is instant, taking time improves not only the colours but also the effects.

 

My subject of the Weekly Photo Challenge, however, is none of the above! The subject is some of the vital equipment that I cannot do without!

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After many months of searching, I have finally found rubber gloves that don’t disintegrate after just two days of use! Not only do they last…… they also fit the length of my fingers which mean that I can manipulate the fabric and threads within the dye!

 

Well worth the enduring search………………..!  ;)

 

Just Snaps is now here!

Sometimes Life’s a Magpie!

When I was a child I spent a lot of time with my lovely grandmother. She had a saying that has stayed with me, and this morning I had cause to think of it.

Many of you know that I take a photograph each day of the tree at the bottom of the garden.

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The berries are ripened, and gradually disappearing as avian visitors come to feed, but this morning I was greeted by the beautiful sound of a robin singing his heart out. You can see him in the above picture if you look closely, but here he is a little more clearly, although not so sharply!

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In spite of the season he was obviously,  as Grandma would have said, ‘full of the joys of spring’. Sorting my outside dyeing area was a pleasure until his singing was interrupted by an unwelcome visitor

Although happy, (who wouldn’t be with such ripe red berries to enjoy?) the chatter of the magpie is much less melodic, but his real fun was chasing away the smaller bird. His visit didn’t last long – as with all bullies he was soon off to annoy elsewhere.

So, what happened next?

Mr Robin returned and continued his serenade

He returned to almost exactly the same spot – and his song was as joyful as ever, in fact, he’s still singing some forty minutes later.

You see, occasionally life’s a Magpie! But if you wait you will discover that life’s mostly a Robin.

I hope that today your day is mostly a Robin. Take time to listen.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Dialogue

Hot houses are always hot and steamy – photographs have to be quick – before the lens becomes ‘cloudy’. Here is the roof and the reflection.

Just Snaps is here, and full details of the challenge can be found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fray

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This photograph is of an unusual textile technique. One thing that is definitely not required is fraying! However…….

Look to the left! – Yes, it’s starting to happen ……

 

Full details of the challenge is here and Just Snaps  has one for you and so too has Unblipped

What made me take out my camera today?

Just a quick post in response to this one by Ben Hubermann.

I use my camera to capture the moment and also as a tool to record textures and ideas that can later be translated into fabric or mixed media. The photographs are not translated in a pictorial manner, but rather interpreted in a variety of paints and media.

Today my eye was taken by the placements in this picture, which probably won’t appeal to anyone else.

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Capture the moment – August

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Breakfast this morning could have been interesting! I opened the door for the marmalade.

I took out a jar, orange is easy to spot

Thankfully, I looked at the label before I spread it onto the bagel!

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The moral is – always wear your glasses when looking in the ‘fridge!

Weekly Photo Challenge

I’m always looking for patterns. They are all around us – sometimes in places you least expect – but always obvious once you see them. These zigzags were spotted whilst on the hunt for ‘broken’ lines. Can you see those too? Not sure what the challenge is? Take a look here – then spot the zigzags over on Just Snaps and discover UnBlipped

Where I am today!

Well, truth be told – I’m not sure! Where I am, that is.

Some of you know that the months of July and August are Journal months! Prompts are being posted here and as a result some amazing pages have been produced. There are also various blog posts around the interweb that relate to the prompts, and it’s an exercise that I think I will repeat later in the year. Today I decided that instead of writing in my journal I would write a blog post in answer to the prompt – which, selfishly, is aimed specifically at TODAY – as it is my birthday!

The prompts were written (and scheduled) before the event started. It’s the only way I could consider doing it – this post, however, has only been written within the last few days. I was hoping that something would ‘slip’ and I might have an inkling of something going on!

As a family we don’t really celebrate birthdays. My other half, who is so good in so many ways, almost always forgets. Our son and family will be away on holiday – and our daughter will be busily working – Friday is her busiest day of the week. So, I will probably be celebrating on my own, but who cares – I won’t actually feel any different to yesterday and instead of another year – it’s only another day for which to be thankful.

When my mother reached just a little less than the age I am now she made the decision that she would start to count backwards. That means that as far as she is concerned she is 24. I’m beginning to wish that I’d done the same – I’d almost be reaching the prime of my life ;)

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post (yes, there really is one) which is to answer the prompt.

In the good old days of my childhood my birthday invariable fell in the week of the Summer Bank Holiday. Yes, I really am old enough to remember that once upon a time the Bank Holiday was the first, not the last, Monday of August. It was also usually a fine and sunny day. Now it isn’t just my imagination that’s telling me that – it’s the fact that my birthday party was usually a picnic at Newlands Corner – and I can assure you that Newlands Corner was no place to be on a wet summer’s day when there were a number of children to entertain.

(I would have added a photograph here to show you the beauty of the place, but as it was taken from a spot owned by the National Trust I have refrained and this link will have to do instead. Apparently the NT claim copyright of all photographs taken of or from any of their properties. That might just be hearsay – but I’m not about to risk one of my photographs – it might also be useful information for you too)

Our car was large. It was old, and probably an Austin. No seat belts and no upper speed limit on the main roads – but we rarely travelled above 30. The roads were twisty and with a car load of children – always on their best behaviour, of course – and a massive picnic it’s honest to say that it wasn’t the most comfortable of journeys….

And so, on this particular occasion, we arrived. Children went off to play amongst the trees and the adults (just Mum and Dad) prepared the picnic. Sandwiches, sausage rolls, stuffed celery (my favourite – just bite-sized chunks of celery stuffed with grated cheese, nothing fancy), scones, birthday cake……

The cake was often a marbled cake – vanilla, chocolate and raspberry – but on the occasion I have in mind to everyone’s horror IT HAD BEEN LEFT BEHIND!

Someone was not happy

Me!

Hearing everyone sing Happy Birthday (please don’t do that now, though, – apparently that is now under copyright to Disney, so be warned…..) while I munched celery just wasn’t the same, even if the cake was safe and waiting for our return home.

I am ashamed to say that I sulked.

I sat in the car and sulked

Everyone else had a really good time

But I sulked………………….

However, the cake WAS waiting when we got home. They all sang that song again (I won’t mention which one, just in case ;)  ) and gradually I began to realise how stupid I had been.

I won’t say it was the LAST time I sulked – but I didn’t do it very often – and I honestly can’t remember when I did it last. One thing is sure, though, even if I’m at home washing dishes as you read this – I’m not going to sulk today….. I’m just going to enjoy whatever I’m doing because in truth I have a pretty good life each day – and today?

Well, it’s just another day, isn’t it……?

Happy Birthday to all other celebrants today – especially this one :)