Saturday, 21 September 2013

Scavenger Hunt 2013


Rather like Shakespeare, I feel that this Summer's lease hath all too short a date. It passed so quickly while my time was occupied elsewhere. Having entered into Rinda's Scavenger Hunt last year - and loved it - I so wanted to join in this time round. Let's get going!

It's still the 21st September as I write this, so if Blogger is kind, I may yet get to post the photographs from the list. Here goes!

An open air market

Theatre in the Park

A Civic Building


A sunset

Someone taking a nap

unintentionally funny sign (makes me smile!)

A tower

Something out of place

An outside bench

An animal in a zoo

A cloud in the shape of a feather

A fence

A stained glass window taken outside

A fire engine

A windmill

A candle

Local coffee house

a fisherman

A dinosaur (or three)

Holding an artistic tool - doodle time!

I feel a real sense of achievement being able to join in. I will get round to putting them all into my Project Life album soon, which is how I presented them last year. Now to go and link them up...

My thanks to Rinda for organising this yearly event. It is such good fun and my grandchildren really enjoyed helping me look for several items this year.

I am looking forward to some time to visit other participants in the near future. I bet there are some amazing photographs. If you want to check these out, pop on over to Gallo Organico to follow the links.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Curious Collections


During a recent stay with my daughter and son-in-law in Kent, I had the opportunity to visit the Turner Contemporary in Margate to see the exhibition Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing. You can read more about it here. As a collector, I was fascinated by the diversity of the shown collections, everything from photographs to a collection of Rolodexes from the Center for Land Interpretation. I particularly enjoyed seeing five pen and ink studies by Leonardo da Vinci, a favourite being A cloudburst of material possessions in which household articles appeared to be raining down from the clouds. He drew this sometime between 1510-1513. The drawings were in amazing condition considering the paper used and their age. Can you imagine the journey they have been on? The tales they could tell?

In the foyer of the gallery were several sculptured pieces by the artist Juan Munoz: Conversation Piece III, 2001. They were arranged as though frozen in mid conversation. My daughter was greeted by one of the sculptures. 

Another delight of the exhibition was the opportunity to leave a message of curiosity and this wall of notes was a paper lover’s dream. It looks choreographed but people had just placed their messages randomly.

As we were leaving Margate, along the seafront I spotted a clock tower. I am rather late in publishing my Scavenger Hunt finds this year. The photographs are in my camera but several haven’t yet made it on to the blog and I must remedy that soon as the deadline is fast approaching... Here’s number 8, a tower, taken from the car as we drove by.

Be back soon. 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Planning a fun weekend


This weekend will be my eldest grand-daughter's 7th birthday. I can hardly believe that seven years have elapsed since that incredible day when she was born at my home. My daughter elected to have a home birth and I had the privilege to witness the birth together with her husband and two midwives. It was such a special time being with my daughter as she gave birth to hers. 

In September 2006, my daughter and her husband were living with me prior to moving into their new home and now, seven years on, we are all living together again. I am in my lovely granny annexe and they are in the main house. This arrangement is working out so well. We each have our privacy and really enjoy the times we are all together. And, I get to spend as much time as I want with my three grandchildren - lucky granny!

The children's new school term started yesterday; my eldest grand-daughter's third year and the first for my grandson. He was a little apprehensive as he left for school but had a really happy day. I tried to get a photograph before they left the house but couldn't get the children to stand still, hence the blur. This is the best I could do for the family album. At least it is some kind of a record for this momentous day...

And now, back to that birthday. I have been rather busy making decorations for the birthday party with the aid of my eldest grand-daughter and my younger daughter and son-in-law. The party has a fun theme. Can you guess from these photographs what we have been making?

For these decorations, we used pages from the numerous catalogues that find their way to my door. 

And lots of scrapbooking paper for these.

Next week, I will post some more photographs of them in situ

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Show me the Way

Hello to you all

The suggested theme for this month's Storytelling Sunday is a small story; it can be about a lucky charm or a talisman. This theme is very apt, for I had already chosen a precious item about which to write. Here it is.

It is hand-carved and measures a mere 1 1/2 x 1 inch. I love that it is so beautifully pieced together, the small heart fitting neatly into it's chosen spot, the smoothness of the wood in my hand. This compass has been my travelling talisman for a great number of years. How many more journeys will we make together? I am hoping for a few! 

If you enjoy a good story be it short, long, small or tall, then do pop on over to Sian's blog, From High in the Sky. You will be glad that you did.  

Thank you for stopping by.