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Lunch

spying from my seat

beach activities below

wonderful delight

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Our Photo Challenge Week 15 : LUNCH

Ronovan’s Haiku prompts (10th April): WONDER and SPY

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Two weeks in the Caribbean! Lucky me!

I’m playing catch-up. Thank you so much Cathy for keeping the Photos purring along.

I can’t just leave out the two weeks of our One-a-Week Photo Challenge I missed – not after nearly three years of weekly postings, so I will be catching up with a couple of posts today.

A few more scenes from that balcony – not a bad place to sit and have lunch 😉

Looking towards St Kitts

Pelicans bobbing on the water in the early morning light

diving for fish

the boys going snorkelling

fishing

evening

storm brewing

Click on any photo to see it larger.

I was staying at The Hamilton Beach Villas which were beautiful, but not quite what they promise on their website. No Spa. When we questioned this we were told that they “had got a bit over enthusiastic on their website” !

There seemed to be a lot of that going on in the Caribbean. Often when travelling I have found people tell you what they think you want to hear – anyone else had that experience?

Pond

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Week 14 of our One-a-Week Photo Challenge: POND

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Back in the darker January days when frost dusted everything with magic, Miss E and I went walking with our cameras. Version 2Miss E was given a camera for Christmas and she was keen to get some frosty shots. We went to Thorncombe Woods and headed for the pond.

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chagrin felt at school

healed with home education,

love, joy and freedom

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

CHAGRIN and JOY

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Do you recognise the bobble hat? – I made one for each grandchild last year, but trying to get a decent photo of all of them was like herding cats

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Cute though!

I’ll be away from the computer for a couple of weeks. Cathy will be holding the Photo fort over at Nanacathy, leave a link on her One-a-Week Photo Challenge posts and I will include them in the April Round-Up. Thank you Cathy and as Cathy says:

“Happy Snapping”

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Van

spring into action

tidy up for a fresh look

and restore order

Our One-A-Week Photo Challenge prompt this week is VAN

combined with

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – prompt words: SPRING and FRESH

The photos were taken when I was making a photographic record, for my farming son-in-law, of the building of his enormous new robotic dairy. The massive project took about 3 years to complete. It was fun to see all the different types of vehicles and extraordinary equipment arriving at the farm. The first van above belonged to a builder, the second to the engineer installing the robots.

Spring cleaning has been a theme for me this week as I have been tidying out drawers. Drawer number one, from this:

to this

I found evidence of moths so every surface inside and out of each drawer in the chest of drawers was vacuumed and washed. Then I sprinkled them with lavender and covered it with recycled packing paper that I ironed flat.I really don’t know if lavender works but it is supposed to. Worth a try as I have masses of it, harvested from the garden in August.

Do you have any tips of how to deter or get rid of moths?

This has fulfilled another element of my 17 for 2017 challenge! hurray!

(clearing and sorting 13 drawers, cupboards or shelves 3 done only 10 to go! ha!)

Cathy and I have created a year of photo prompts for your (and our) delight, pop over to Nanacathy and see her cute little VAN!

Historical

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a light breeze blowing

primroses growing by trees

busy buzzing bees

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Combining our One-A-Week Photo Challenge: HISTORICAL,

Ronovan’s Haiku prompts: BREEZE and BLOW

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge

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My sister, Bentley and I went for a really good long walk at Badbury Rings last week, an Iron Age Hill Fort, near Wimborne in Dorset. DSC_0550Another walk towards my  17 for 2017 target.DSC_0554

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We walked round the ramparts, across the top and then round the back of the Rings

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Spotting plenty of ‘Which Way’ scenes to photograph

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Breeze, blow, Bentley with branch, Badbury, bees, boat and barn (and later on, back for blanket, a brew and banana cake)

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This willow was a-buzzzzzzzzzzzzzin with bees, both honey and bumble. DSC_0586We tried for ages to get some good photos, but failed, imagine a loud and constant hum DSC_0589accompanied by birdsong from the woods beyond.

The boat had seen better days and was probably home to many little creatures

The barn, festooned with ivy,

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another wildlife haven.

Then back home for delicious cake made for us by my lovely niece

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who was very happy to receive her Dorset Hedgerow Blanket

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She is at Uni studying to be a vet in Glasgow, so it will be nice to have something from home to snuggle under in the evenings, even though it is now officially Spring.

Happy Spring Equinox one and all!

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Cathy and I would love you to join us in our One-A-Week Photo Challenge, just leave a link in the comments to your Historical Photos, current or archive all are welcome.

For up and coming subjects go to the Photo Challenge Page.

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“Happy Snapping”

 

Spiral

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shout out for crochet

twisting yarn around the hook

stress-busting at best

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The prompts put together this week: SPIRAL and TWIST and SHOUT

Ron’s Haiku prompts of Twist and Shout immediately sent me off to You Tube and had my 12 year old self dancing like no-one was watching! (no-one was!)

 

I was 8 years old in 1960 and remember doing the Twist with my Mum and Dad in the kitchen, they were practicing before going out to a party. My Dad had his own special farmer’s style, his hands looked like he was driving a tractor and he sort of clenched his teeth with his chin sticking out a bit. I have a fond memory of him dancing the twist, just like that in his 70’s with me and my then teenage children one New Year’s Eve. My Dad died in 1998 so it is lovely to share these sweet memories.

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Joining in with Ritu’s Musical March Meme

I hope you enjoyed getting your Twist going with me, no bad way to start the day! A good workout – just right before settling into a bit of crochet

The photo for the challenge is of my first attempt at this pattern for a blanket full of spirals.

I’ve become a little bit obsessed with spirals since Eleonora over at Coastal Crochet set me off on a quest to create a whole group of ammonites to be included in some future Beach Clean Art. Whilst experimenting with her pattern I made all sorts of shapes and sizes, then wondered if I could create my own pattern for a knitted version.

Experiments with knitted spirals:

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mixed in with crocheted spirals

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This is as far as I have got with my experiments – nearly there I think.

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Update: I have just realised I have written posts about Spirals before – my favourite is the one I mowed in grass in an orchard I once had – you can see it in this post.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along.

Cathy and I have put a list together for a photo a week during 2017. We are on WEEK 11 .

Click here to see the whole list and if you have snapped any Spirals to share, please leave a link in the comments and I will include it in my monthly round-up.

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Now I’m off for another prance around the living room to Twist and Shout! Join me?

 

Floor

 

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of children walking in socks 

every day shine

 

Week 10 of our One-a-Week Photo Challenge: FLOOR

Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge prompts: KING and DAY

I went to stay with my son and his family in London recently and this is the floor in the hall of their 1950s house – I just love it.

It was such a beautiful sunny Spring day when I arrived at Waterloo so I wandered along the South Bank, one of my favourite walks, there are always fascinating things going on. The tide was high so no beach-combing on this trip. Walking past the Tate Modern towards Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre I came across a poet with a Magic Carpet of poetry

 

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After looking through the titles on the envelopes I chose ‘Butterfly Rhapsody’, which he has in his hand.DSC_0239

He knew all his poems by heart and gave me a rendition of Butterfly Rhapsody – I was entranced – such energy and emotion, so I gave him a donation and have the poem, which I shall put in the textile book I am making for Little Miss M as she loves butterflies. Even though last year she asked her Mum if she could have a butterfly, her Mum asked her if she wanted it as a pet and she said “No, to eat it!”

Well we do put flowers on salads so when you are three ………..

I wish I could tell you the poet’s name but although he signed his work, I can only read his first name – Joseph. I also gave him a Love Rock. Here he is giving another poetic performance.DSC_0238

I wandered on over the Wobbly Bridge and west along the embankment which was bathed in sunshine. It must be a fabulous place to sit in the summer when the lavender bushes are in flower. The walk took me through Victoria Embankment Gardens where mimosa was in full bloomDSC_0242 (1)

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and this delicately scented viburnum which was growing in a huge pot.

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walking in sunshine

golden lights on a spring day

making my heart sing

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The walk from the Wobbly Bridge to my son’s office took just over an hour and a half, giving me another walk to chalk up towards my 17 for 2017. Loved it!

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Cathy and I have created the One-a-Week Photo list. To enter just leave a link in the comments, we’d love to see what FLOORs have fascinated you this week.

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Edit: Kerry’s comment below prompted me to find this 1978 song – the day definitely had this as it’s theme tune:

and now I can link to Ritu’s Musical March Meme

Seed

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growing and playing

burning curiosity

revealing secrets

 

 

One of the things I love doing most with my grandchildren is sowing seeds and sharing in their wonder as they see the seedlings appear. The top right picture is of some double sided sellotape laid on paper for sticking collage material on. Click any photo to see it larger.

Our Photo Challenge prompt this week = SEED

Cathy and I have put together a list for the year, you can see all the prompts here.

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge prompts = SECRET and BURN.

Join us in the Photo Challenge and add a link in the comments below.

Happy Snapping!

 

Happy

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ideas blow in

“please help me Granny”

happy days

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Cathy and I host a ‘One-a-Week’ Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt : HAPPY

also joining in with

Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge: BLOW and PLEASE

Our prompt word this week is HAPPY, I’m looking forward to seeing all your HAPPY photos. Please leave a link in the comments. Click on the Photo Challenge link or Page to see what’s in store for the coming weeks.

Gate

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footpath flows along

hard to tear myself away

from this special place

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This is my entry for our ‘One-a-Week’ Photo Challenge: GATE

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Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: FLOW and TEAR

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge

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The 10 minute walk down the valley from the treehouse that I was staying in, leads to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which you can see making its way towards Solva, going right past that Iron Age Hill Fort. The gate is to keep the grazing ponies in, this side of the gate.

 

More tales from the Treehouse:

To get to the public footpath from the Treehouse one needs to wiggle down through Elizabeth’s garden. The footpath runs from the National Trust car park near the road, straight down to the sea.walk to the sea1

The treehouse can be seen from the path. More agile walkers have obviously chosen a quicker route by sliding down the bank.

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Soon one enters the ancient unmanaged little piece of woodland

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with the music of the stream beside you turning the walk into a dance

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until you get to the ‘bridge’, which is tempting to cross, to follow in the fairies’ footsteps.

Hear the sound of the stream in this post……

Creatures pop out to say hello

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and there are artful lichen arrangements on nearly every branch.

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After passing the serenity of the old Millpond

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you pass through a gate

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and catch your first sight of the sea

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Each time I walked that path, I stopped here and just noticed the change of atmosphere from an enclosed cosy woodland walk to this …….. the promise of that feeling of opening up, of expansion, that the next few steps will bring …… the moment of transition, I find there is power in that moment.

And then …. ooof!

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Breathe deep, what a view.

The GATE in the very first photo lies just to the left, around the curve of the hill.

People used to live in this valley, you can still see the ruins of an old mill, and then further back in time, our ancestors, maybe even my ancestors, lived on the hill fort – what a place to live.

I had the valley more or less to myself for a whole month! what a feeling! I woke each morning with a smile on my face, not quite able to believe I had given myself this wonderful treat.

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Next week’s Photo Prompt is

HAPPY

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I’m really looking forward to your ‘GATE’ photos, please leave a link in the comments.

 

Creation

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pets no more

children fill my days

playfully

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The photograph is of my son holding his newborn twin daughters.

This week’s Photo Challenge prompt: CREATION

There are many wonders in all creation but the mystery, magic and miracle of birth sums it up for me.

Also entering Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku challenge. His prompt words are PET and PLAY.

For most of my life I have had dogs and cats as pets but the last one died just before moving house in 2005, life got busy, grandchildren came along. I sometimes miss the company of animals, but enjoy the freedom without them nowadays.

I have nicknamed this combo of the two challenges a Phaiku – have a go!

Please leave a link to your ‘Creation’ Photo or Phaiku in the comments.

Next weeks prompt is WRAP 

Also joining in with Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Made by Human Beings – couldn’t resist!

Now drum roll please!

Here is our new Photo Challenge List for 2017. It has been an absolute joy to compile the 2017 list with Cathy for your inspiration and delight.

Thanks go to Cathy, Rainbow Jane and Melissa for the 2016 list – it has been a great year – just 3 more weeks to go! I don’t think Cathy, Jane or I have missed a week – quite an achievement and so wonderful to have been doing this together. Melissa had so many other priorities to attend to but joined us when she could. It was Melissa who introduced me to the idea of the ‘Phaiku’.

Thanks also go to YOU for all your wonderful entries – it is always a delight to see the variety of the interpretations for each word. Long may it continue!

We’d LOVE you to join us in 2017.

Ta Dah!

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A huge thank you to RainbowJ for the graphics.

Feel free to copy this list to keep to hand – I pop mine in my camera case.

A few changes to note for 2017:

  1. The day for the start of the Challenge will be each Tuesday.
  2. Please leave a link in the comments on this blog, Wild Daffodil, so that the entries are all together and we can visit each entry easily.
  3. This list for 2017 has been compiled by Cathy and Sandra.
  4. The name of the challenge has changed to ‘One-a-Week’.
  5. If you feel inspired to create a haiku to go with the photo you can find prompt words on Ronovan Writes each Monday.
  6. You don’t have to post every week, just join in when you like.
  7. Choose current, recent or archive photos and posts to link to.
  8. Have fun!

and as Cathy always says HAPPY SNAPPING! 😉

 

Photo Challenge Round-Up: STILL

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Be still, close, your eyes, breathe , listen

These stones offer a seat, just below Hardy’s Monument, near Portesham, Dorset

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and what a spot to Be Still, looking out over the English Channel towards France.

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Jane at Rainbow Junkie ………………… still flowering

Cathy at Nanacathy ………………………  still waters

💜 Me at Wild Daffodil ……………………..   still morning

💜 Aishwarya at Captured by Aishwarya ….. still sky

Dorris at Dig With Dorris …………….. still life

The 💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Have I missed anyone? Please let me know if I have.

Welcome to Aishwarya joining in with the two challenges for the first time this week.

Thank you so much everyone for your STILLS.

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

This week’s word is CREATION

And tomorrow …………

We launch our list for 2017!

All 52 subjects set out for the whole year, so you can keep your photographic eyes peeled for the weeks ahead, or search your archives to create your posts in advance.

Hurray for Happy Snapping!

Still

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Golden November

Fairy song through mellow mist

Caught by cheeky elves

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Joining with Cathy and RainbowJ for our Photo Challenge Prompt of STILL

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Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge, prompts: GOLD and SING

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On Sunday I went for a walk in the footsteps of my ancestors up Lewesdon Hill, which is likely to be the highest point in Dorset (or is that Pilsdon Pen?)

It was a very STILL November day and a gentle mist hovered over the top of this ancient hill fort. Especially noticeable after of our recent fierce storms. It was hard to choose just one photograph, so have a wander with me.

This is my 15th walk of more than one hour, only one more to go to fulfil my 16 for 2016 challenge.

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Joining in with Cee’s Which Way Challenge, so many paths to the top to choose from.

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an air of misty magic

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Also posting on the Facebook Page ‘Sunken Lanes and Historic Curiosities’

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Then back to the New Inn in Stoke Abbott for the most delicious roast beef and Yorkshire pudding I have had in many a year – lashings of gravy and generous portions of perfectly cooked fresh vegetables, the cauliflower cheese mmmmmmmm! – a perfect treat.

One of my forebears opened this pub in 1895, and with his wife, there they brought up their 13 children and ran the pub for over 20 years. The pub still holds it’s character and I love to think of my relations sitting by the inglenook and supping a pint of home brew.

Please leave a link in the Comments for us to share in your STILLness

Next Week our prompt word is CREATION

Very apt as we have just created a new list for your enjoyment for next year – we hope to be able to show it to you next Tuesday. 😉

 

Wild

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Dare to be wild and

Dream up colourful designs

Create textile art

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Our Photo Challenge: WILD

Ronovan’s : DREAM and DARE

Together they are the ‘Phaiku’ challenge. Go on have a go! Please leave a link in the comments if you do.

The weather has been WILD hereabouts and I did try to get a photo, but they just looked grey and dull……… as I was pondering what photo to use instead, I got up from where I was ‘working’ and looked back – and just like Tracy Emin’s Bed I realised I had created rather a wild mess in my frenzy of delight and inspiration after pouring over my Pinterest Embroidery page.

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They are destined to adorn the textile books I am making for my grandchildren

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and maybe some tote bags … one day … when they finally get made .. ……

What is your WILD? Please leave a link in the comments and go over to Cathy k to see what she has come up with.

I do hope the weather takes heed of next week’s prompt: STILL

Socks

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crochet new footwear

breathe life into tired feet

cover them with love

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“work is love made visible”

Kahlil Gibran

Our Photo Challenge Prompt: SOCKS

Ronovan’s Haiku Prompts: BREATHE and NEW

There is such wonderful sock yarn around and I have been wanting to make some socks, but I do not like knitting with dpns or circular needles – I have found a group on Facebook – The Year of The Sock. They make crocheted socks, hurray.

Our photo challenge prompt has nudged me into starting a pair – at last! If I like making them and I like the result I am going to treat myself to some sock yarn.

If you pop over to Rainbow Junkie’s post you can see her amazing collection of socks she has made.

Do you have some socks to share? Handmade or otherwise, please leave a link in the comments. Everyone has socks – right?

Also joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along.

Monster

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monsters creep
deep from our psyche
hearts racing

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Ronovan’s prompts: Creep and Race

Photo Challenge Prompt: Monster

Pictures drawn on the ferry ride back from Brownsea Island last week. All drawn by Little Miss M, aged 4, apart from the one top left, by Master R aged 7.

To join in with the Photo Challenge or the Phaiku Challenge which combines the two challenges, please leave a link in the comments.

Next week’s Photo prompt

HUNT

Zig-Zag

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sweet-hearted seahorses

scatter like petals in the wind

stingray approaching

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Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge: HEART and PETALS

Our Photo Challenge: ZIG-ZAG

💜 The two combined: THE PHAIKU CHALLENGE – any takers!?! 💜

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I am giving away 6 crocheted seahorses: just go to this post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway. I will announce the 6 winners on my birthday, 11th November.

There have already been some fabulous suggestions of what I can do with the multitude/shoal of seahorses I have crocheted. Ali at Thimberlina suggested zig-zagging them onto a peg bag – PING! That gave me the idea for the Photo Challenge Photo this week. She is an amazing seamstress, I am in awe of her wonderful creations.

Can you see the zig-zag in the top photo – perhaps a little clearer on the back. I would never have thought to do this without Ali’s suggestion, thank you Ali. dsc_0004

Judy (funny, wry, heartfelt poetry) suggested making them part of a beach art project with each of the grandchildren and this gave me the idea of creating a little picture to go in the textile books I’m making. I was eager to see if the zig-zagging would work – it does – HURRAY!

Mrs Snail  (crochet, gardening, Permaculture and all things eco), BeckyB (the joys of Portugal), Deborah (crafty delights) all suggested bunting, so I have given both suggestions a go. I can’t believe that in my huge stash of fabric remnants I could not find a print to suit, so I have repurposed an old sheet .

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I plan to blanket stitch round the edge in white crochet cotton and add a crochet edging, but that is for another day!

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along .

Next Week’s Photo Prompt

MONSTER

😈 👹 👻 well it is Halloween 💀 👺 🙀

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If you want to find more Photo Challenges Marsha at Just Write has compiled a brilliant list

To join in this week just leave a link to your Zig-Zag photo post in the comments, I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. 😉

and as Nanacathy (crafty crochet and sew much more) says,

“happy snapping!”

Autumn

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full bright Hunter’s Moon

the colour of fallen leaves

October morning

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52 Week Photo Challenge Prompt: AUTUMN

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: HUNTER and MOON

To join in the Photo Challenge, or the two challenges together please leave a link in the comments.

Also joining in with Cee’s Which Way Challenge

Have a gorgeous Autumnal Day.

Mystery

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mystery unfolds

as sand is raked in circles

we gather to walk

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trial run on paper

the reward is perfect

a Chartres labyrinth

Our Photo Challenge prompt this week is MYSTERY

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompts are REWARD and TRIAL.

Once again I combine the two in a ‘PHAIKU’ Challenge (my own made-up word), Jen, Denis, Cathy, and when she can, Melissa (it was Melissa who started me doing this) also often/sometimes combine these two challenges in a fun challenge each week – it is not as tricky as it seems – come join us! Leave a link in the Comments below.

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Join in the Photo Challenge by leaving a link in the comments here or at Nanacathy‘s, for me to include you in the weekly round-up, which usually appears on Sunday.

Also

Joining in with Cee’s ‘Which Way’ Photo Challenge.

Mystery: Have you ever wondered how to draw a labyrinth? Have you ever wondered how Marc Treanor creates his magical sand designs? Have you ever wondered about the mystery of the power of labyrinths?

I learned to draw labyrinths many years ago but the sand designs remained a MYSTERY until 22.Sept this year when I was lucky enough to be able to join Marc on Mwnt Beach in Ceredigion, Wales for a supremely magical evening to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Marc Posted this beautiful short video on You Tube and Facebook

I felt extremely blessed to have been able to be one of those long moving shadows making our way around the path to the centre and out again, whilst a flute and ukulele played and children sat around the fire in the middle.

You can see me carrying a magpie feather on the left, in this photo by Dimlo Sighs, which he has kindly given permission for me to include.

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Profound, mysterious, magical, unforgettable.

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Button

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Rising with the lark

I photograph bright buttons

To meet the challenge

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The Phaiku Challenge!

This challenge combines our Weekly Photo Challenge with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, a lovely brain teaser for the start of the week.

His prompts this week are LARK and RISE.

Edit: It is not LARK and RISE it is LARK and RUSH.

So I was in a bit of a rush to get this post out – back to the drawing board:

Rising with the lark

I photograph bright buttons

Rushing the challenge

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Our Photo Challenge prompt of BUTTON nudged me into looking on Pinterest for handmade buttons. What a labyrinth of delights Pinterest is – I have to ration myself as I can get lost for hours. I came across these:a04d901c05a57f300026087e4bae2dfb

Designed by Wink – excellent tutorial here.

So I thought I would have a go and make some buttons to replace the rather dull ones on my favourite cardigan. For speed I tried just tying the crocheted button onto the existing button, but that didn’t really work as the result is too heavy and hangs down. So I will need to take the old buttons off and replace them with the cotton ones.dsc_0005

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I wondered if joining two together would make an acceptable bead and I think it does.

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The two buttons were joined together with mattress stitch and stuffed with some yarn off-cuts, stored in a felted pot made out of Colinette all wool yarn (sadly no longer available).

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This ‘bead’ adds another type of handmade bead to my target of 10 for the 16 for 2016 Challenge. Only 3 more to go. I do love following where these challenges take me.

I am also joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams this week.

If you would like to join in with the BUTTON Photo Challenge or the Phaiku Challenge please leave a link in the comments of this post or Cathy’s Post and I will include you in the Round-Up on Sunday (or maybe Monday).

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Next Week’s Photo Challenge Prompt is

MYSTERY

I have added a little mystery to this post – do you know why I wear a safety pin on my cardigan?

Above

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far from home

I look up to see

Summer leaves

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Joining in with our 52 week Photo Challenge : prompt word ABOVE

And Yippee!!!!! combining it once again with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: prompt words HOME and LEAVES.

Have a go – it’s a great brain teaser to combine the two challenges.

Of course it is ok to stick with the Photo Challenge plain and simple.

Leave a link in the comments of this or Nanacathy’s post to join in and be in the weekly round-up.