Thursday Challenge

Thursday Theme – Hard

It was actually very hard to get this shot!  I wanted the contrast of the soft orange barrier with the hard unforgiving wood and steel.  The shot was taken with the camera held through a hole in yet another fence,, and was intended to be used as an example of a source for a specific design technique.  It just seems to fit the bill for this challenge too.

There are lots more entries here

Thursday Theme – Thankful

At the end of last year I embarked upon a list of things for which I am thankful.  It was quite a sobering experience, not something I wish to repeat for this post.  I decided that I wanted this post to be somewhere between the serious and frivolous.  I could have shown you a photograph of my slippers, or, indeed, of my early morning coffee, but as the batteries were almost out on the camera, and the resulting photographs not worthy of such an important blog…….  ;)

So, here it is, a photograph of something for which I am eternally grateful each and every day…..

It’s the humble ‘OFF‘ button  :D

(And I’m sure you can find a few things to say about the quality of this photo too…  I promise I’ll try harder next week, in the meantime you can also find a couple more of mine here and here)

Thursday Theme – Family – It’s surprising what you find

I have two posts for you today, and I hope you will take time to look at the other which features an interesting technique that I use in my art.  It’s almost like a free tutorial, so it might inspire you.  You can find it here.   Don’t miss reading this post, though, as there is a rather interesting but sad story included.

The Thursday Photo Challenge this week is Family. I haven’t taken part for a while, but it does fit in with the post I intended for today, so this post will give you a flavour of what you might see if you follow the link.  I’ve been thinking a lot about family recently, for a variety of reasons, and next week I’m seeing my favourite uncle, so I’ve been sorting through a few photographs to show him.

Well, now you know what I looked like at 13 months!  Of course, there are many more, including this one taken a while later.

Mary, Mary.  Quite contrary

How does your garden grow?

I must have been about 5 when this was taken.  I remember the costume, it was very pretty, in retrospect maybe much prettier in my memory!

However, the real photograph I want to show you is this one.

The two important people in the centre of this picture are my mother and father.  The bridesmaid was a family friend of my mother’s, and the best man….. well, thereby hangs a little tale.

My father came from a small town in Wales, Brecon.  In fact, it has it’s own cathedral.  It’s a delightful place, and hasn’t changed in many years.   He went to school there, and served in the RAF during World War 2.  All the boys in his class served in one or other of the armed forces, including the man above on the left.  Unfortunately I don’t know his name, but I do know that he joined the army, and served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers.  Dad travelled all over the world during the war, but at one point was stationed in Crete with a Sunderland Flying Boat. One day Dad heard that the Royal Welch were on the other side of the island.  He walked across, and managed to find his friend from school,  and they spent a while together chatting.  Dad then walked back to base.  The very next day the Germans landed and the friend, and many others became prisoners of war.

The Sunderland Flying Boat was the last to leave the island.  Several nights were spent rowing to a variety of coves to collect escaping British airmen and soldiers.  Dad was hidden by a Cretan policeman during the day, and owed his life to this.  It was a while before he and his friend were reunited, after the war obviously, and back in Brecon.  The sad thing is, though, that out of the entire class they were the only two boys that survived the war.

My mother is the only one of the above that is still alive.

Fancy a Game?

According to the dictionary a Shovelboard is ‘A board on which a game is played, by pushing or driving pieces of metal or money to reach certain marks; also, the game itself.’

How far do you think you could ‘shove’ it?  Could you reach the end of this table?

On the right you see the world’s longest table, and on the left there is a modern day 6′ table by way of contrast.  There’s a little more information here.  Frankly, I think I need to build up my muscles a little before I can tackle even the one on the right.  Imagine, though, the right hand table is made from one length of wood.  Amazing!

Confession Time

OK, I confess, this IS a scheduled post.

Now, I can’t tell you where I am, but you might see me somewhere in the UK.

Today, and today only, I’m the one in the Diana Dors Dark Glasses and Head Scarf

I’d like to say that I look like this

But the truth is, I probably look more like this

Am I in disguise?

Or am I just incognito?

You’ll have to wait to find out!

In the meantime, today’s photo challenge is Pets.  Here’s my entry.

This very bad photograph is our daughter’s new kitten.  Sadly we don’t have pets at the moment, but I can always stroke and cuddle this one when I visit.  More entries in the challenge can be found here.

I love surprises

If it is a pleasant surprise, we all love them, don’t we?  If we don’t it’s usually because we don’t know the ‘right’ way to handle them, of course, that’s easy – just be ‘surprised’!  However, I have found a way to be surprised – and it’s so easy…..

As regular readers will know I’ve joined the WordPress postaday 2011.  Well, my first surprise is that I’m still here as I thought I would have run out of steam by 1st Feb, however, it is fun, and you know that I don’t always write much.  I have a busy life, and sometimes it is just good to sit down at the computer and prattle away.  I have masses of emails each day, and blogging is a little light relief, so I set aside 15 minutes each day to ‘record’ my entry.  Sometimes I can write more than one entry in that time, and so the ‘sheduled post’ is born.  In fact, this is one that I am writing now.  It means that I always have something in reserve for the days I’m either too busy, or not here and travelling.  (Now that you know this is a scheduled post you will be wondering if I’m here, won’t you.)

That’s the surprise.  Sometimes reading the blog is as much a surprise to me as it is to you.  I totally forget what’s coming.  Thursdays are the best, though, as I’m part of Thursday Challenge.  Not only do I get to see lots of lovely photographs on the same theme – I am also reminded that it’s Thursday and that the week is almost over!

Thanks for reading (and yes, I am here, just wrote it a day or so ago…)

Thursday Challenge – Beautiful

OK, I’m biased, but I think she’s beautiful

It’s just a ‘snap. you’ll find much better quality photographs in the challenge if you look here.

Thursday Challenge – Spring

I think you’ll agree that there are one or two spring greens in this picture.

The view is taken from one of my favourite places last Monday.  Lots more entries to this challenge can be found here.