Monday, 30 June 2014

Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt - June Update

So far I've managed to find 10 on the list.  These are:
  • A garden gnome (no 2)
  • Birds on a wire (no 3)
  • A group of tourists (no 4)
  • An urban street scene (no 6)
  • A rural landscape (no 7)
  • A tattoo on a person (no 8)
  • A bakery (no 9)
  • A horn (no 11)
  • A sign in a language other than English (no 16)
  • A lamp post (no 17)

Here are my new finds today:
No. 3 is birds on a wire.  As soon as I saw the list I'd marked this one down as the one I'd struggle to find.  There are no overhead wires on the estate where I live so I knew I 'd need to make the time to hunt this one down.  Last Wednesday I was fortunate enough to finish work earlier then expected and managed to capture the first photo when I went back to the car park.  Today, I arrived too early at my afternoon school and was able to get the second shot while I was waiting to get started.


I've also taken some more for No 7, the rural landscape, all taken today in the Vale of Pewsey.

Here are the links to the rest of my Summertime Scavenger Hunt photos:

Starting the Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt (horn, sign in a foreign language, lamp posts)
Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt [2] (tourists, urban street scene, rural landscape, bakery)
Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt [3] (gnomes, tattoos)

If you'd like to see other people's Scavenger Hunt photos, click here.

100 Happy Days: Day 69

I've found the last DVD that Ced ever made, - a recording of some of his friends, all craftsmen; woodturners, blacksmiths, photographers, artists - but more importantly, there is also a recording of Ced in his workshop.  At the moment seeing him again has made me very tearful, but in a happy way!

181/365: Buddleia

Tiny flowers appearing on the buddleia (sorry it's not in focus but it's now raining so I can't take another photo!).

Sunday, 29 June 2014

180/365: Honeysuckle

100 Happy Day: Day 68

Yesterday, my sister dropped some things round to my home just as I was leaving for band practice.  I didn't get time to look at them until today and was delighted to see a bag of books (to add to my ever growing to-be-read pile!), two of which I've been wanting to get copies of for a while.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

179/365: Tomatoes

I was late planting the tomatoes but decided to take a chance and it looks as though the gamble may pay off ... I may have some fruit after all.

100 Happy Days: Day 67

Happy that the final practice session of this term went well this morning.  From next week until the end of July, the children will be performing at various locations around the town to raise funds for the band.

Friday, 27 June 2014

178/365: Leucothoe Zeblid

It's starting to regain its red colouring.  Can't wait!

100 Happy Days: Day 66

I've finally finished the current lot of shredding!  It has taken ages, mainly due to the fact that I find the task incredibly boring and I have to keep stopping to prevent the shredder from overheating.  However, the decluttering is progressing and I am feeling much happier because of it.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 65

Today, the brass players asked me if I could play the trumpet part in Jason Derulo's 'Trumpets'.  I don't really follow pop music so didn't know what they were talking about.  This shocked them and it's their reaction that made me laugh, and still makes me laugh each time I think of it.  Really, you needed to be there but the conversation went along the lines of ...
8yr old boy: "Can you play the trumpet part in 'Trumpets'?"
Me:  "I don't know that song, so no" 
8 yr old boy: " It goes like this" .... and all four of them sing it to me, although it sounds like four different tunes as they start at different times!
Me: "No I don't know it"
They sing it again  ... and again ... and again, getting more and more shocked that I don't recognise it.
Me:  "What is it called and who sings it?  I'll search for it when I get home and listen to it." 
All four answer at once:
10yr old girl: "you need to use an app called YouTube ..."
8yr old boy: "it goes like this .... [sings it again]"
10 yr old boy: " it's by Jason Derulo"
9yr old girl: "you need YouTube ..."
This is the bit that made me laugh, the thought that I didn't know what YouTube is! I'm obviously very old in their eyes.
Anyway, I've found the sheet music for it and they should all be able to play it, so hopefully I have redeemed myself!

177/365: Cascading Red Begonia

No sign of any 'cascading' or any red blooms.  Trying to be patient!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 64

So happy that I didn't put any weight back on after a rather indulgent week.

176/365: Strawberries

Weigh In Wednesday [26]

It's been a disastrous week on the food front - three takeaways, only one of them planned.  I was dreading getting on the scales this morning but was pleasantly surprised ecstatic to see that I somehow managed to stay at the same weight this week. No loss, no gain - I'm happy with that! 
Linking with Weigh in Wednesday.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 63

Finding time to play some old favourites.

175/365: Cotoneaster

The cotoneaster is covered in white flowers.

Monday, 23 June 2014

174/365: Honeysuckle

100 Happy Days: Day 62

Wimbledon has started!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 61

Another day spent with Lauren helping with her homework, not that she needed my help at all.  I'm not complaining though!

173/365: Fuchsia

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt [3]

I've managed to complete two more on the list, all photographed at my friend's home today.

No 2 is a garden gnome, so into the garden for these images:

No 8 is a tattoo on a person.  The first one was a happy coincidence - a visitor to the house had lots of visible tattoos and, although I didn't know him from Adam, I asked him if I could take a photo thinking maybe one of the ones on his arm would make a good shot.  He happily obliged by revealing this one:

As I left to go home, daughter No 1 turned up and I photographed this pretty bow tattoo on the back of her neck.

I'm planning a trip to Bath next week to hopefully get a few more.  I know some of you are joining in with this ... how are you getting on?

Links to my other Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt posts:

172/365: Raspberries

Not a very good photo but I couldn't repeat the shot as the raspberries have now been eaten!

100 Happy Days: Day 60

On sunny days I have a rainbow in my home, courtesy of the sunlight shining through the peephole in the front door.  It only lasts for a short time but always makes me think of my mum; we went to see her for the last time in the Chapel of Rest and when we were driving away, I was thinking 'please give me a sign that you are alright' and, as we turned the corner we saw the most perfect full arc double rainbow.  I've never seen such an intensely coloured rainbow before or since.  I know it is fanciful, but I saw it as a sign from my mum and since then I always seem to catch sight of a rainbow when I need her love.

Friday, 20 June 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 59

Rediscovering treasures; I thought I'd lost this but it turned up in the box I sorted today.  To say I'm over the moon to have found it is an understatement as it means so much to me.  It's a very small and inexpensive piece, but I vividly remember the day we bought it - the conversation, what we were wearing, where we were, what the weather was - it's a memory of magical time with Ced.

171/365: Lawn Gone to Seed

Thursday, 19 June 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 58

Just waiting for friends to arrive ... we're having a curry and film night.

170/365: Does Anyone Know What This Is?

The title of the post says it all really ... does anyone know what this is, please?  It's about 15 inches high but it was planted in very shallow soil in the corner unit thingy and has been rather neglected, so I don't know if its growth has been restricted as a result.  At one stage it had some black berries on it.  Is it a weed or is it going to develop into a beautiful plant and therefore worth keeping? 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt [2]

Here's some more photos for the Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt, all taken today in Wiltshire.  They were all taken in Lacock except for the rural landscape, which was photographed from Seend.
No 4 is a group of tourists and there were definitely plenty of them in Lacock.  Unfortunately, I didn't really manage a decent shot of them!  Here's what I took today: 
An added extra ... the house you can see at the end of the
road in the centre of the photo was used as the home of
James and Lily Potter in the Harry Potter films

No 6 is an urban street scene.

No 7 is a rural landscape
And finally (for this post!), No 9 is a bakery.

Links to my other Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt posts:

Starting the Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt

100 Happy Days: Day 57

I didn't have to teach this afternoon so I took myself off to Lacock and spent a very happy couple of hours pottering around the village taking lots of photos.  Do you recognise the distinctive entrance in the photo above?  Think night time and wizards!  I'll tell you the answer at the end of this post.
I managed to get a few possibles for the Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt but I'll put them in their own post.  The village was not looking its best today - lots of the houses had scaffolding up and, as usual, the streets were lined with parked cars so it was difficult to get a decent image.  The place was heaving with German tourists who also kept getting in the way so all in all, not the best day for 'wow' photographs but I'm happy with a few of them.  Anyway, it was warm, the sun was shining through breaks in the clouds, there was a gentle breeze and of course, Lacock is so pretty that it never fails to delight.  I treated myself to a 99 ice cream cornet which, together with the Indian takeaway last night makes me think I may not do too well on the diet this week! Oh well!
The gates in the first image lead to this house ... any ideas?

This is the house that Dumbledore and Harry Potter visit to talk to Professor Slughorn at the start of the sixth film - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - the one where Professor Slughorn has hidden by disguising himself as an armchair.
Hope you all had a good day!

169/365: Behind the Garage

The shed has gone so now I need to clear this area.  I've decided to remove the corner unit thingy as well - I do sort of like it, but a close inspection revealed all its faults and I don't like it enough to spent any money on it.  Some of the wood is rotten and it is starting to lean in places, which added to the fact that there is only a shallow depth of soil for planting means that its time has come.  This part of the garden is probably a school summer holiday project.

Weigh In Wednesday [25]

Success!  I've reached my second target - with a loss of 2lbs this week, that's a total loss so far of 29lbs.  My next target is to lose another stone (14lbs), although I think this may not be quite as easy and I'm sure the need to increase my levels of activity/exercise will rear its ugly head.
Linking with Weigh In Wednesday.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 56

Time spent with family this evening. I had a long chat with my sister while we left my brother-in-law and nephew to dismantle the shed and store it in the garage.  We ordered an Indian takeaway from the local restaurant; it's less than five minutes walk away, but we had the meal delivered - how lazy is that?

168/365: Identification?

I googled the characteristics of this plant and think that it may be a Japanese Honeysuckle - some of the images on various sites show the glossiness of the leaves.

Monday, 16 June 2014

167/365: Honeysuckle?

My neighbour's plant, which grows over the fence, is now flowering and it looks like a variety of honeysuckle.  Does anyone know if that's correct, and if so, which variety please?  Whatever it is, I'm going to take a cutting before I cut it back.

100 Happy Days: Day 55

I've spent the morning in the garden, catching up with the work I'd planned to do yesterday.  This photo was taken quite early and everything is now planted in its new home.  I just have to cut back the neighbour's plant which is starting to take over!
Tomorrow, work starts of the other side of the garden as the shed is going to be dismantled and the remainder of the (now overgrown) lawn removed. 

Sunday, 15 June 2014