Category Archives: Photo Challenge

Wave

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remembered childhood

when the flames of friendship grow

embers never dim

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Combining our One-a-Week Photo Challenge and Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: prompt words – EMBER and FLAME

This photo was taken on a very special New Year’s Day on Mwnt beach with my cousin.

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You can see more about the event in this post: Mwnt beach on New Year’s Day

Gosh the weather was fierce that day – the wind blowing up spray from the breaking waves.

My cousin and I met as small children, but not since, and now over 50 years later we have discovered a very special friendship. I do love the way life goes round full circle.

More Wave – related goodies:

Have you heard of the book  The Wavewatchers Companion by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

I hadn’t either until listening to the Museum of Curiosity which is my absolute favourite Radio 4 progamme.

Then there are the wonderfully relaxing waves of crochet in

Attic24’s Neat Wave Pattern, Crochet Wavelength Stitch

and this ripple pattern which has featured in quite a few of my cushions and throws

 

 

Please leave link to your WAVES in the comments and I will include it in our monthly round up.

Some old photos of my children waving …….Bye for now

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Later addition – after Alastair’s comment (below) I had to go on an explore and just look what I found

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Spectral Waves

How cool is that!

Fiction

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deep thinking

even at six years

darkness lurked

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Ronovan has given us DARKNESS and DEEP this week in his weekly Haiku Challenge.

Mixing that with our Photo Prompt – FICTION.

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My childhood was not always a happy place to be. There is a hint of that in my expression in the photo of me at about 6 years old, that little frown. The photo is in its original 1950s frame.

My Grandad and step-grandmother, Dabbity, provided me with a haven of books, cooking, gardening and needlework, I was always supremely happy when I was with them.

I learnt to read early and loved reading fiction as an escape. Perhaps that is why I hardly ever read fiction nowadays – no need to escape.

These are three favourite books of my childhood: Swiss Family Robinson, Monty Woodpig’s Caravan and Miss Richard’s Mouse

The illustrations in Miss Richard’s Mouse are a bit deep and dark and I remember feeling a bit scared of this book

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Please leave your link to your work of FICTION in the comments, we’d love to see them.

One-a-Week Photo Challenge: Cross

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the stars in my world

creativity blooming

with needle and thread

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Three generations of cross stitch.

The blue and yellow Binca pieces on the top were made by my children (now 35 and 41) at school. The white Binca is being decorated by Little Miss M (4) and Master R (7), he has made the first arm of the cross stitches, but got frustrated when he came to the corner, his mathematical Virgoan brain could not get it to be precise enough, so we had to take a break. I hope we can return to it next weekend. Shall I undo the corner bit? …… Hmmmm these moral connumdrums we Grannies face.

You can see my cross stitches on the fabric collage underneath, the start of another textile experiment.

Linking with Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge.

This week’s prompts: STAR and BLOOM

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Cathy and I have put together a list of subjects for the whole year – jump in as and when you feel like it with current or archive photos, and leave a link in the comments to be included in the monthly Round Up.

One-A-Week Photo Challenge Round Up: May

Cathy of Nanacathy and I have put a list together for you to have fun with. Thank you so much to those who enter our ‘challenge’. Not really a challenge, more a list to inspire. Sometimes I like to combine our prompt word with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku challenge, as does Denis of Haiku Hound.

My May photos

So many fabulous entries in May:

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Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane and Rainbow Junkie

Denis of Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Beth at I Am Branching Out

Kathy at Sewing Etc

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Please welcome a first time entry from Co from Berlin at  Photography and Co

CYCLE

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at RainbowJunkie

Kathy at Sewing etc.

Denis at Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Beth at I Am Branching Out

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

STATIONARY

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Denis at Haiku Hound

Kathy at Sewing Etc

Postcard from Gibraltar

Beth from I am Branching Out

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

LOST

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Denis at Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Murtagh’s Meadow

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

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I do hope I haven’t missed any entries – please let me know if I have and I will them to the list.

Subjects for June are: FAVOURITE, CROSS, FICTION and WAVE

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New or archive photos and posts – all are welcome.

Favourite


dusty blue

Teddy’s favourite

keeps her warm

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Miss E very sweetly asked me if I could mend the first dress I had made for Teddy as it is her FAVOURITE

Of course I could not resist this Boro-esque challenge.

First I needed to darn the holes and stabilise the edge with a running stitch

Then I carefully washed the dress and took it to Miss E for further instructions.

She asked for a daisy to cover the darn in the front and for me to neaten the edge. I hope she approves of the result as seen in the first photo.

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“Work is love made visible”

Kahlil Gibran

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Joining in with Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words: COLOUR and WARMTH

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My entry for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge: FAVOURITE

Please leave a link to your FAVOURITE photo in the comments to be included in the monthly round-up.

Lost

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Meet Teddy.

Teddy was given to Miss E as a baby and has hardly left her side since.

This photo was taken back in 2009 october09 071

Teddy has become one of the family. You can see that she has aged a bit since the 2009 photo was taken and eventually, her red gingham dress was beyond repair. I knitted her a new dress, which I made up as I went along and now looks like this

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I had no idea Miss E had lovingly saved this relic.

Since then I have made a few garments for Teddy’s wardrobe.

Including this jacket from the book ‘Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards and Fairies’ by Annette HeffordDSC_0201

which in turn inspired me to experiment with the pattern and scale it up for babies and toddlers (with permission from the publishers).

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You can find the pattern here in my Etsy Shop, or here on Ravelry

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One day about 4 years ago Teddy was LOST – Miss E was distraught, the whole family were traumatised, she was lost for over 24 hours, it was awful – we searched high and low thinking of anywhere and everywhere Teddy could have gone – what on earth were we going to do. …

At last Teddy was found amongst other toys, her colours so muted that we had not seen her, even though we had looked there before.

I decided that Teddy should have some bight clothes so that she would never be hidden from us like that again. I knitted these

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But Teddy continues to favour more muted colours and only wears these dresses during the Strictly Come Dancing season. Thankfully she has never gone missing again.

Here she is with her friends and her collection of clothes minus a pale yellow cullotte outfit that is in the wash……. we hope….. we couldn’t find it ……. it might be ….

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LOST

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Do you have any photos that fit the ‘lost’ theme?

We’d love to see them, just leave a link in the Comments, to join our Photo Challenge.

Stationary

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More photos of Weymouth Harbour

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I have been told that about 50% of leisure boats never leave their moorings, although i can’t find any statistics to back this up.

Joining in with our One-a-Week Photo Challenge.

Short post again this week – life is still rather full-on!

Leave a link in the comments to be included in the monthly round-up.

Happy Snapping!