Category Archives: Photo Challenge

Egyptian Windows

Egypt, El Gouna

Ooof! Don’t you just love the terracotta against that amazing sky.

For my last post about my trip to Egypt, I bring you some Egyptian windows

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In the background of the photo below you can see one of those abandoned building projects that punctuated street scenes everywhere we went

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We went in search of an art gallery, but the only one we found was closed.

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Egypt, hurghada

I was surprised to see so much English signage in Hurghada.

 

What windows you have found to share with us this month?

I’m looking forward to seeing them. Please leave a link in the Comments below.

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Windows

Here we are again at the first Tuesday of the month and time to share our WINDOW photos.

We had snow here, in the South of England, last Friday and this was the view from my bedroom windowsnowy view

It is really difficult to adequately describe the joy of sitting in my cosy bed, crocheting rainbows for my granddaughter (Big Sis, aged 8 – yes she chose the Rainbow Amanzi) with Radio 4 playing The Book of the Week: Silence

I still get a warm fuzzy glow remembering the sheer pleasure, delight and gratitude for all that has brought me to this place of peace and joy.

Life has had it’s tumultuous ups and downs and in the darkest times I used to dream of a scene like this, a feeling like this. Dreams really do come true, feels good to acknowledge that and know that if things go wambly again in the future, I can always look back to this for comfort and to realign those dreams.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing the WINDOWS you have captured with your camera this month and perhaps the thoughts or stories that go with them.

Just leave a link in the Comments below.

A window on your world – or keeping the curtains cosily drawn; one photo, a group of photos, current or archive – all are welcome!

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If you would also like to join in with Jenn’s Photo Challenge : Comfortable and Cozy, pop on over to Travelling at Wit’s End.

 

Windows

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Happy New Year!

I do hope the festive season has been kind to you all and you were able to spend it in the way you wanted to.

Here we are at our first photographic meet up of year – I really am excited to see what windows you have found to share with us over the coming months.

But first a Round Up of links to the posts in 2018:

January: Sparkle,           February: Warm              March: Scale.           April: Yellow            May: Flower            June: Sunlight.           July: Sculpture           August: Flake           September: Case          October: Tree           November: Patina.         December: Glitz

And a very warm THANK YOU! to all who entered the challange in 2018:

Nanacathy,         Gillyflower,             The Crafty Creek,             Postcard From Gibraltar, Rainbow Junkie,             Sewing Etc,            Murtagh’s Meadow,                Quaint Revivial, Cathy @ Still Waters,                    Kristabella’s Hodgepodge,               The Grange RangeSusan Rushton,              Hook This, Weave That,

You all made it such a fun challenge and it was lovely to link in with you on the first Tuesday of each month.

So here we go again: I wandered round my village last night and got some very blurry photos, but I kinda like them

Must get myself a tripod if I’m going to take photos at night again

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They look a bit drunk! Very appropriate for New Year’s Eve.

Cheers!

Join in by leaving a link in the comments any time up until Tuesday 5th February.

Have fun!

Glitz

Our last Photographic Monthly Meet Up of 2018!

Thank so much to everyone who has joined in – it has been FUN to see your entries and the stories that go with them.

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I was thinking, I don’t have any glitz nowadays, but then I remembered the dressing up box where my old clothes now reside.

This is a party dress I had when I was 14 (1966/7!) with a reversble middle panel,  the other side is black.

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sadly the zips no longer work, but I loved that dress and have just not been able to throw it away……

then there is all my ancient festival gear

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I do love these shawls, but what to do with them now?

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And my son’s Christmas tree – I’m so glad to see the snowflakes I made for the boys last year, up there in the tree

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and a decoration that has been made by Little Bro out of the bottom of a plastic bottle

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What glitz do you have in your life at this time of year?

Leave your link in the comments so we can come over and enjoy the glamour and the glitz.

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Next month – in fact next year, each month for the whole of 2019 we have WINDOWS!

Next Year’s Monthly Meet Up

Next Tuesday, 4th December, is our last Photographic Meet Up for 2018

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It has been a great year. I have loved seeing what each of you make of the prompt each month.  Thank you so much to all who have joined in this year and shared your fabulous entries.

On 6th November I was travelling and I forgot to tell you about my plans for next year,  so here goes…..

The photo below is a clue

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The challenge will still become live on the first Tuesday of each Month and remain open for entries until the following month.

My cunning plan for 2019 is to have just one subject for the whole year.

A chance to get creative, inventive and to look out for interesting and quirky aspects of. ………..

Another clue

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Can you guess what our one word prompt for the year will be?window

Yes of course …

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Windows!

(Cathy I’m sure you recognize the last one from our day in Whitby – we forgot about going in there on the way back, drat!)

We start on Tuesday, 1st January – New Year’s Day! Which might not be a day when you want to think about blogging and photography but remember the challenge is open for the whole month so pop in any time and leave your link in the comments.

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I’m off to find some GLITZ.

 

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

vintage writing desk

vintage fan

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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.

 

 

 

Monthly Meet-Up: Tree

gingko tree Japan

Gingko in Japan November 2015

clipped fir tree

Clipped fir in Doreen’s Garden September 2018

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Sturdy little oak at Cerne Abbas October 2015

vintage fabric with fairies and elves

Vintage fabric from 1946

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Weeping Willow Cerne Abbas 2017

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The oak tree at the bottom of my garden September morning 2018.

Yippee it is the first Tuesday of the month and so time to meet up with our photos of trees – either recent or archive.

Please leave a link to your tree photos in the Comments – I’m really looking forward to seeing them.

You can see the list of photo prompts on the Photo Challenge Page

Next Month’s prompt is

PATINA

and next month I will tell you what I have in store for 2019