Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Photo Pairs

These were taken last week in Imber, the uninhabited village on Salisbury Plain which is now part of the British Army's training ground and to which the general public are allowed access on certain days throughout the year.
I visited Imber as part of a photography walk/day out and whilst there, spent ages photographing the thistles.  My Photo Pair this week is ...

 Linking with Helena who organises Photo Pairs every week.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Dust If You Must

I saw this on Facebook yesterday ... and today I've followed the advice and spent the day reading!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Me on Monday

Me on Monday ... at home, playing catch up after a week without the laptop working properly.  It still isn't right but at least is usable for the time being - I don't know if it can be sorted or whether it is time for a replacement.
It's pouring down so I'm quite content to be at home.  I'm back to my 1, 2, 3 lists and the approach is working well; things are getting done and the load is starting to feel lighter.  Today is set aside for sewing name labels on new school uniforms for Little Miss C who's going into Year 2, and Little Miss H who is starting in Reception. I've nearly finished that task and then I'll be finishing up the scanning of the family photos so that the originals can be returned to my sister. It's not all work though - I'm taking regular breaks to read my latest book,  I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, which is proving to be as good as I was told and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
On Saturday I went on a day trip to Greenwich.  The high spots were a ride on the Emirates cable car over the Thames and a visit to the Cutty Sark, both memorable events and, more importantly, gave me more photos for the Summertime Scavenger Hunt (which I'll post later in the week).  I did plan to visit the Observatory but suffered from a bad attack of the dizzies on the way - due to the heat - so abandoned that idea.  I made my way back closer to the coach pick up point and sat for a while with plenty of drinks and amused myself by people watching, and then pottered around the shady part of Greenwich Park looking for photo opportunities.  It was a lovely day out but I would have preferred it to be a little cooler!
On Sunday I had a lazy start to the day not doing anything much and then spent the afternoon with friends completing a photo treasure hunt around Melksham.  The photo at the start of this post was taken as part of the hunt, for 'looking up'.  Back at home I settled down for an evening watching Les Miserables on the TV.  Another enjoyable day.
According to the forecast, it will be raining all week so I doubt I'll be going out much.  I'm off to London again on Saturday, but I'll tell you about that next time. 
Linking with Sian at From High in the Sky.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Photography Treasure Hunt

Today I was finally able to access my blog again so I can start writing about what I've been up to during my absence from the virtual world.

Starting with today.  This afternoon I organised a photography treasure hunt with friends; I prepared a list of 10 words which we had to find photos for within an hour, and then meet back (at Costa Coffee) to share our photos with each other.  It was pouring down this morning and I thought it would have to be cancelled but fortunately the rain stopped so we were able to meet as planned and complete the hunt.

Here are my photos from this afternoon ...
1. Something beginning with C - chimney pots
2. Circle
3. Reflection
4. Legs
5. Number
6. Edible - photo of one of the adverts outside a pub
7. Green
8. Stripes
9. Communication
10. Looking up

This is the first time we've done anything like this and I was a bit worried that it wouldn't work, either not enough time or the prompts too hard to find, but everyone enjoyed it so we're not going to make any changes to the format for now and just see how it goes.

Our next meeting will be at the start of September when we're off to the Cotswold Wildlife Park to photograph the animals.  P will be taking the lead on that one as she has lots of experience of photographing animals.  They have a giant tortoise there so I'm hoping to get a photo for the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt.  Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Photo Pairs

This week's photo pair is slightly different from my usual approach.  Here are two blue flowers, seen at the Courts Garden in Holt.

I've no idea what they are, so please don't ask me!

Thanks to Helena for organising this every week.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Computer Problems

This is a post to tell you that there won't be a post today!  My computer is playing up and I'm too tired to work out what's up with it, so my proper post for today will hopefully be posted tomorrow. Hope you all followed that!
This photo was taken on the way back from Imber this morning.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Saturday, 15 August 2015

The Escape Room, Part 2

Well, we managed to escape the room and solve the case and I'm now back at home and will share the experience with you.
The photos in this post have nothing to do with the Escape Room experience.  They are some of the Magna Carta Barons currently on display in the city - I wasn't following the trail but photographed the ones I passed on my way to the meeting point.

I can't tell you anything specific about the puzzles we had to solve as that could possibly spoil it for some of my friends who I know want to do it themselves.  So I'll just natter on and keep it fairly general, without giving anything away.
think it's okay to say that it wasn't just one room but a series of rooms, each with a locked door.  There were numerous puzzles in each room which had to be solved, some easy and some more demanding ... but not impossible. 

It really was a Crystal Maze sort of experience with a couple of physical tasks, simple(ish) puzzles and plenty of logic problems.

We didn't manage to open the final door in the allotted 60 minutes but we'd got to the final door and we were still trying to find the code for the last lock when our time was up.  In the end we took 66 minutes to complete it all.

It was a brilliant afternoon.  They will be changing the theme in October so we are going to return for the new one, probably in November and we're also going to try the Bath Escape rooms and their detective tours. Apparently, these escape games are very popular on the continent and are just starting to gain popularity in this country. 
We'll definitely be going again ... we're hooked!

The Escape Room

Just a quickie today because I'm off to Salisbury for the day and will be leaving in a few minutes.  I'm meeting with five friends to play the Salisbury Escape Room; a Crystal Maze type game, where we'll be locked in a room and have to solve all the clues and escape the room within 60 minutes.
I've wanted to do one of these for ages - it's on my 101 things in 1001 days - and I'm really excited about it.  I'll let you know how we get on.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Today Has Been Cancelled!

I stuck my head outside the front door to see how heavy the rain was and decided to cancel my plans for today ... definitely not the weather for a picnic at the beach.  Plan B is now in force ... curled up on the sofa to finish my latest book (in time for the book group meeting), only stopping for food, drink and toilet breaks.
Before I go, I must tell you my good news.  Last night I organised a board game evening in one of the local pubs and I got chatting to S, who I was meeting for the first time.  It seems that we have a friend in common; she knows, and is in contact, with a very good friend of mine from way back who I'd lost touch with and she is going to pass on my contact details.  S also knows another friend of mine who I've recently got back in touch with.  It's a small world isn't it?
Finally, the best news of the lot ... my friend's youngest, Lauren, got the required grades and has been accepted at her first choice university to study English Literature.  I'm so pleased for her as she put so much time and effort into studying and she deserves this success.

Thursday, 13 August 2015


Yesterday, I met with a friend for lunch at Lowden Garden Centre.  These frequent lunches with various friends could well be the reason the diet isn't working, but that's something to puzzle my brain about on another day!
After lunch we had a look around the 'gifts for gardeners' section and I was pleasantly surprised to see that their orchids were half price. I'd been thinking about getting some for my home and these looked healthy enough, so I bought two ...

The creamy coloured one will eventually make its home in the front room, once I've had a bit of a change round, but for now it will keep the other one company in the dining room. That's assuming I manage to keep them alive!
Oh, and I bought these as well ...
Lyn's job was to be my conscience and stop me spending too much, so she failed miserably! She bought plants and a smaller version of the grey pots above, so she was a bad as me ... maybe we shouldn't go to garden centres together.  Joking aside, I had planned to get the terracotta ones and have plants waiting to go in them.  The other two grey ceramic ones were too good a bargain to miss; they will eventually have roses in them and will stay on the decking/patio.