Monday, 25 July 2016

Back Soon

I'm taking a short break away from my PC ...
I'll be back on 1st August. 

Friday, 22 July 2016

What Caught Her Eye #21

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"... she had learnt long ago
that anything could be endured
if you tried hard enough."  
Frances in "The Ship of Brides"
by Jojo Moyes

Thursday, 21 July 2016

From the T'internet | Blogs of Note

When I began blogging, I sought out fellow bloggers
who were writing about what I was writing about.
Namely, scrapbooking and photography.
However, as the years have passed, I've become a reader of a wide-range of blogs.
Here are two current favourites:
Jaime at angloyankophile, I discovered through her guest post on Shimelle's blog.
Apart from living in London, her in the East and me in the West, 
we have don't have much in common.
Jaime writes a lot about home decor (she and her husband have just bought their first house),     
marvellous food in smart restaurants, living in the capital city 
and travel around the globe.
Find her on Instagram under angloyankophile.   
Ok, But Coffee First blog is run by Katya and covers 
London, coffee and mobile photography.
Her photos of London are always well composed and thought out.  
Katya also has a free course on how to become a 
Find her on Instagram under katya_jackson.

Both ladies are generous with their time, will answers any questions
you may have and respond to comments promptly.
Feel free to share in the comments any new-to-you blogs.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Tennis Camp | Snap #22

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
The Boy Child has begun the Summer holidays by attending
Tennis Camp in a local park.  He's currently on day 2 of 5 days
and is having, ahem, a ball. 

He was also chuffed to find some of
his best friends were on the courts with him.
 You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Photography Scavenger Hunt 2016 | The Definitive List, Numbers 1-7

This is the fourth year I've participated in Rinda's Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt.
You can see this year's list here.
#1: A 'wild heart' - a naturally occurring heart.
 Clematis petals found on the lane where I walk the pooch.
With added silver shoes.
 #2: A footprint or paw print.  The Boy Child was happy to oblige for this image 
when we were on Horseshoe Bay beach in Bermuda in early June.
 #3: A skeleton, bone or x-ray.
The Boy Child was willing to act as photographer's assistant for this one. 
#4: A book or magazine read during 2016.
What I was reading or preparing to read in early June.
#5: A porch or a deck. 
 This rather grand house near Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Bermuda fits the bill.
#6: A camper (caravan).  
This extremely neglected VW Camper is parked
around the corner from our house.  It's road worthy.  Allegedly. 
#7: A family gathering.
Our friends with their newborn and two-year-old.
With added The Boy Child.
Some of these images have already appeared in my Instagram feed.
Search under #rindas2016photohunt.
How are you getting on?
You can link up with Rinda here.

Monday, 18 July 2016

School's Out for Summer

The Boy Child broke up
for the Summer holidays on Friday.
He rounded off a terrific first year in a new school
with recognition of a full school year of 100% attendance
{that's the gold bar on his blazer.  Red bars for Autumn and Spring terms of 100% attendance}
and the form prize for Maths.
Year 5 in September?  
He's ready. 

Friday, 15 July 2016

What Caught Her Eye #20

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"Let me be a window
in your home."
David Tasma,
survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto.
25 February 1948

Thursday, 14 July 2016

{Still} Recording This Life of Ours

I may have stopped doing Project Life this year,
but that doesn't mean I've stopped recording the everydayness
(that's not even a word, is it?) of our lives.
Naturally, earlier this year, circumstance meant that hardly anything
 made it into a scrapbook.
Hardly any photos were taken, either. 
 (And I'm still not back to using my big camera on a daily basis).
Having said that, the desire to scrapbook returned around mid-May 
and I'm making time to continue to play with paper and photos a little every day.
At least until the Summer holidays ...

Many years ago, The Brainy One asked me why I loved scrapbooking so much.
I replied that it was cheaper than therapy.
I still believe that.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda | Snap #21

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse is the highest point on Bermuda.
Unluckily for us, the clouds rolled in on the day we chose to visit. 

It was also extremely windy and I was the only one brave enough 
to venture out onto the viewing platform.
 You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

One Photo | Twenty Words

Turkish baklava may just be
the answer to every single question 
known to man.
Life-threatening allergies to nuts notwithstanding ...