Category Archives: creativity

Amber Skies by Aaran Daniel

Do you remember last year when my nephew and his friends were on the Mongo Rally and wrote a song for me?

Well Aaran who put it all together has a new song just out: Amber Skies

 

I think it is beautiful.

And if you want to see and hear the song written for me – I’m known as Dondi by my nieces and nephews – here it is again – earworm alert!

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Silent Sunday

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A Very Silly Upside-Down Saturday

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I took my lovely friend for a surpise day out – we had FUN.

Friends who you can be silly with are precious!

Silly Saturday with a Twist

“Let’s play a Game,” says I.

I was thinking a card game, Snakes and Ladders, or Ludo.

Granny plats Twister

Off Big Bro and Little Bro went and brought back Twister – Little Bro was spinning the pointer and taking the photos.

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Silent Sunday

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Dalby Forest: 1

One of the best days in Yorkshire was when Cathy took me on a favourite walk of hers in Dalby Forest, to the Bridestones, you can see a map and description here.

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We climbed up through the woods

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and were both in awe of the colours, especially the larches

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Which are particularly gorgeous this year

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I can just imagine one of Kate Davies’ designs knitted in the colours above

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My hair used to be the colour of that bracken! Seems like another life entirely.

Dalby Forest, Bridestones

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We arrived at the top where the Bridestones are.

Now this stoneYorkshire is referred to as the Pepperpot, but to me she was an old lady, maybe the wise old matchmaker calling Coooo-eeeeeeeee, down the valley

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this is her view

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A little further along there is an Elf’s tunnel, I had to squat right down low to get this picture, a 3 year old could just about walk through it, and elves of course.

Elf's tunnel

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now down into the valley

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where we could hear a squawking bird

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With a wonderful free App on my phone ‘Chirp’ I could identify it as a Jay, then we saw the Jay flitting through the trees, sounding very perturbed about something – like this

looking back

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and nearly back to the car now

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Oh what a fabulous walk.

Click on any photo to see it full screen.

The day was not over    ………

off we went to see Rachel Whiteread’s Nissen Hut …………

 

 

Monthly Photographic Meet-Up: PATINA

It’s November and our Prompt this month is PATINA

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Last Thursday I entered the delightful sepia world of Nuffield Place, nr Henley-on-Thames, where my camera could have a patina feastold furniture

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and I found myself falling a little bit in love with the man who had this little workshop

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….. in his bedroom!

and with his wife who loved needlework and made clothes for her staffvintage chair

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This quote is taken from an article written in the Telegraph

Morris, later Lord Nuffield, was Britain’s greatest ever philanthropist and gave away over £30m of his fortune, equivalent to £700m in today’s money. Yet, despite his enormous wealth, his lifestyle could not have been more modest.

William Morris, the designer of the car the Morris Oxford, left school at 15 and started his working life repairing bicycles. How is it that I have never heard of this man before now? This is the sort of person children need to learn about in History! This is the sort of role model we need to know about.

I feel quite cross that my teenage history-hungry mind was filled with the war-mongering men of yesteryear when there was THIS MAN to learn about! as well as plenty of wonderful women through the ages.

The couple had no children and the house is full of evidence that they enjoyed the company of friends

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Nuffield Place

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The room guide explained that the carpet we could see was in fact a photograph of the original carpet printed onto fabric and laid on the floor. The original, which was being restored, when new, had been the same blue as the glasses.

They each had a bedroom, with a delightful connecting room and it struck me how modest their rooms were compared to the more luxurious feel to the guest bedrooms.

vintage guest bedroom

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Every room of the house had windows framing views of the garden, but Thursday was a dull day and I only had time for a quick visit so I did not get out into the garden.

The house held so much evidence of a gentle cosy life well lived

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some of the photos are a bit blurred as the lighting was low, no flash allowed and I was in a hurry…….

as I am now …. there is more I want to tell you about this marvellous William Morris, but I can tell you another day (hint: iron lung)…. and you can click on the links to discover more

EDIT: since writing this I have discovered some disturbing and hideous information about this man: link to an article in the Daily Mail

Now I understand why this man can not be publicised as the hero he so plainly wanted to be seen as.

 

For now I leave you with a photo of the patina put on my cappucino in the suitably modest little coffee shop on site coffee

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To join us in our Photographic Meet-up please leave a link in the comments – I’m really looking forward to seeing what you have found to photograph this month.