Thursday, 30 August 2012

One more to be ticked off the list

There has been a lot going on in my head this past few days. It all started with a negative, wholly unpleasant, untrue comment on my blog, and my concern that I had somehow offended someone who I greatly admire. It had not been my intention to mention this matter at all but then I remembered that some time ago, I had seen a similar post on Kirsty Wiseman's blog. I cannot now find the link, sorry. I know that it caused distress at the time, but Kirsty dealt with it in her usual fashion, and put the anonymous commentator firmly in their place. And I am now thinking that is what I must do too. It's easy to think that everyone is nice and friendly but I know that not to be true. Given my age, I have experienced a lot of life's hard knocks at the so called door of friendship. I thought about turning off the comments box but then what about all the lovely people who do leave such warm, supportive comments? I wouldn't be doing justice to them.

Time to put the matter to bed, as my ol' granny would say. So here's my next to last scavenger hunt photograph.

My granddaughter Playing A Musical Instrument. Enough to make anyone smile. Sorry for the photo quality. I took it on my phone. Just need one more photograph of me being typically British and I am done. Now there's a challenge!

I hope you enjoyed the links on Sunday's post here. I may make it a regular feature. What do you think?

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Sunday Round-Up

Sometimes it is good to change one's outlook.

Thursday's blog post over at From High in the Sky certainly got me thinking. Sian is wondering about the 'perils of Pinterest' and voices her thoughts about 'finding her voice' and wanting to be the 'real' her. The post received some very interesting comments and I couldn't help but observe that around the creative blog world, similar views are being made.

Here are a few links to things I have read and listened to this week.
  • Occasionally, I pop over to Monica Lee's site Smart Creative Women and play one of her podcasts while I try to design patterns in Illustrator. There were a couple of interviews this week about blogging: Amy Anderson of Blog Brunch makes a couple of poignant remarks about having your blog show 'strong, original content' and not to 'let numbers drive your blog' and explains how Blog Brunch came about. And Laura Gaskill from Lolalina details how she grew her online audience into becoming a business.
  • Claudine Hellmuth wrote on Monday 20 August about Blog Envy. The piece reminds me that it's not just low key bloggers like myself who can experience self-doubt. It is true that we should all remember that 'what you see on blogs is a filtered view of someone's life'.
Plenty of food for thought, so thank you Sian for making me more observant.

On a different note, I would like to mention a couple of posts relating to surface pattern design:

  • Kelly Rae Roberts, on her blog, deservedly appoints Jessica Swift a Possibilitarian. Jessica is a very colourful surface pattern designer who has a remarkable success story. Her zingy patterns always bring a smile to my face.
  • I am sure most of you by now know that this week saw the launch of Moyo, the first ever online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design. Beth and Rachael have done an amazing job. You can check out the first issue here. 

And remember Shakespeare's words, This above all: to thine own self be true. I feel that is what most of us are trying to be as we write our blog posts. 

Happy Sunday listening and reading.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The Bride is found

You know how it is when you are not looking for something, and then it unexpectedly appears?  While my Yorkshire friend has been visiting, last weekend we went to a local Stately Home. The weather was wonderful and we had lunch sitting outside under a shady tree. As we were chatting, we observed a bridal party gathering on the lawn near to the restaurant. After lunch, we had a walk in the grounds and then I spotted her - A Bride - sitting in the conservatory having afternoon tea.

How lucky am I after these many weeks of searching? I love that a random horseshoe was sitting on the windowsill. Just two more photographs to take for the 2012 Scavenger Hunt, details of which you can find here.

I have had such a great time with my friend, we haven't stopped laughing for days.

And, I have had a haircut. I feel quite light-headed!

Just a few days to get ready for my American friends to arrive. They can't wait to see my grandchildren. It has been a few years. 

Here in the UK, this coming weekend is a Bank Holiday. Enjoy it wherever you are.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Hunting and an Outing

As the summer is drawing to a close, my diary is being filled with last minute visits from friends and lots of family events. This weekend, a friend from Yorkshire will be arriving and at the end of August, some very dear friends from Rhode Island will stay with me on their whistle stop tour of the UK. I haven't seen them since 2008. There's a lot of catching up to be done.

Speaking of catching up, I have managed another couple of shots for the Scavenger Hunt.

Found in the village graveyard, this Angel Statue stands looking to the sky and is no doubt thinking heavenly thoughts. A dear friend, who died of Cancer, is buried here. I hope the Angel watches over her too.

Next up is A Swing from a friend's garden. Doesn't it entice you to sit under the tree and while away an hour or two? The children all love it.

I have just three more photographs to take. That A Bride is eluding me. When I heard the church bells on Saturday, I was too late to capture her. I may have to resort to other ideas, maybe hang around the bridal shop in town.

The grandchildren enjoyed an outing to Peppa Pig World recently. My two son-in-laws gave them a wonderful day out, which I thought was very kind seeing how neither of them could get the Peppa Pig soundtrack out of their heads for at least the next couple of days!

Now, if only there had been a pink pig instead of a bride on the Scavenger list... I would be as happy as a pig in muck. 

Enjoy your day.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

A little more Scavenging...

A day out at the seaside with all the family was an opportunity to capture A Pier. 

Such is the vagary of the British weather, the above photograph was taken on Wednesday and the photograph below of A clothesline, on Thursday.

So on Wednesday, we were in raincoats and cardigans

And on Thursday, the grandchildren had fun being sprayed with the hosepipe

at a barbecue in granny's garden.

After lunch, our two little Olympians were awarded gold 'medals' as they had performed well in the mini-Olympics held earlier, Catching a Ball being a new sport added this year!

Let's hope it stays sunny for the weekend and the final two days of the Olympics. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Holiday Scavenging

It's taking some time to sift through the holiday photographs, catch up with telephone calls, the mail, the laundry... you know how it is after being away from home.

In the meantime, here's a few more Scavenger Hunt 2012 photographs captured while in Majorca.

These roof tiles were lying around our holiday property and sang out A border to me.

This fountain is on the promenade at Port Pollenca

The football was a great attraction for my grandson

A couple of evenings, my grandchildren put on a show after dinner. This is my granddaughter's curtsy at the end of her dance.

Just a few remaining photographs to capture to complete the list. A Bride seems in short supply at the moment. Think I am going to have to hang around our Church porch on Saturday in the hope that someone is getting married then. 

Today is also the 3rd wedding anniversary of this couple; my younger daughter and son-in-law. Here's a lay-out I did as they set off for their honeymoon. Bongo, the camper van, was the vehicle that they used for their wedding and honeymoon.

I think the papers etc were Cosmo Cricket, circa 2009

Happy Anniversary and wishes for a brighter, healthier future.

On with the hunt!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Life is for Living

Sometimes, just sometimes, you have to have faith. Faith that everything will turn out just fine. Faith that everything you have planned will be a success.

We have been on holiday, to Majorca, some sunshine for us all. A family holiday, no big deal you might think. But add in to that equation, one pregnant daughter, one sick daughter, my rickety knees, two small children,  two healthy sons-in-law and you may begin to see the difficulties. We had to arrange for my sick daughter to be airlifted on and off our flights in a wheelchair. We placed our faith in the hands of many people who not only performed well but went that extra mile to ensure her comfort.

Now we are home again with our memories and photographs of the happiest time spent together and as this is Storytelling Sunday, this is my story. Whatever life throws at you, just have faith. Miracles can happen.

Do join in the telling of stories today. You won't be disappointed. Sian is always delighted to have you join her.

Enjoy your day.