Tuesday, 26 August 2014

That Kind Of Day

 It was a day for staying close to home.
It was a day for wearing my boyfriend jeans after weeks of running around London in shorts.  I like that this image gives a true indication of the state of my kitchen: two plastic bags full of recycling and a full ironing basket on the floor.  Plus the pooch.  
And that you can see my suntanned feet. 
 It was a day for cooking up a family favourite.
 It was a day for reading quietly.
 It was a day for writing in the much loathed Holiday Diary.
It was a day for writing in Project Life and thinking about how I can help my cousin get started on her own album. 
It was a day for printing off a stack of photos to send to family members who have put in requests for copies.
It was a day for running out of spare printer cartridges.

It was a day that was needed.
Summer 500: 251.  With a little over a week to go before school restarts, it's perfectly obvious that I am not going to reach my target of 500 photos of summer onto the blog.
But I've had fun trying. 

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Sound of Silence

They're gone.
Those four lovely cousins of mine.
But not before we went out for brunch.
 And the pre-requisite Bank Holiday walk in the rain.
The house has been quiet since early afternoon.
And I'm not sure I like it.
Summer 500: 259.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

If you are a user of Facebook, you will probably have seen numerous videos of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge doing the rounds.
Three of our cousins were filmed completing their challenges in our back garden today.
The Boy Child announced that he wanted to take part as well ...


Totally bonkers.
But an extremely worthwhile cause will benefit, so it's all good.   
Summer 500: 261.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Through Fresh Eyes | Photo Heavy

Sometimes it's good to revisit old haunts with fresh sets of eyes.
From the park to the Tower and everywhere in between.

I know that I've said it before, but cousins are brilliant.
We have a long shared history.
She and I have history that is unique to just the two of us.
We pick up where we've left off.
We laugh together.
We cry together.
We mourn our losses together.
We celebrate our happy times together.
We see our sons creating the links that bind the next generation.
Cousins are brilliant.

Summer 500: 265.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Five on Friday

1) a day for getting out and about.
 2) a day for visiting a lovely friend.
 3) a day for attempting to learn new skills.
 4) a day for trying to get the cousins to look the same way.
 5) a day for almost achieving three sets of eyes open and looking towards the camera.
A pretty good day.
Summer 500: 273.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Photography Scavenger Hunt | The Definitive List:8-14

Thanks to my recent travels, I have completed this year's Photography Scavenger Hunt list and no substitutions were required.
In some cases I was able to find duplicates.
Some images have been already posted here and some have been shared on facebook. But what follows is the definitive list for 2014.

Numbers 8-14: 
#8: A tattoo on a person.  I was able to get this early on when a friend posed for me.
#9: A bakery.  I was certain I would find this in Paris.  I found it in Denmark.
#10: A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer).  I had this on 1 June, but then The Boy Child was photobombed by a complete stranger.
#11: A horn. Another early find; spotted on The Boy Child's teacher's bike.
#12: A mascot.  Probably the weakest find on the list.   "Pride": Team GB's mascot from the London Olympics in 2012.  
#13: A sunrise.  I was certain that I would get this in Denmark and I did.  The image was taken at 6.10am on the island of Fanø.
#14: A parade.  This was another I found early, thanks to Trooping of the Colour.
How does your list look?
Summer 500: 278.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Photography Scavenger Hunt | The Definitive List: 1-7

Thanks to my recent travels, I have completed this year's Photography Scavenger Hunt list and no substitutions were required.
In some cases I was able to find duplicates.
Some images have been already posted here and some have been shared on facebook. But what follows is the definitive list for 2014.
Numbers 1-7:
#1: A sign welcoming people to your hometown (or a nearby town).
Welcome to the City of London.  The Square Mile.  Home to the UK's Financial Centre. And where The Brainy One's clients are.This first appeared on the blog on 14 July.
#2: A garden gnome. I spotted gnomes in a store early on in the hunt, but was delighted to find some much nicer ones in a shop window in Brussels.
#3: Birds on a wire.  This one gave me so much trouble!  And then again, I got lucky in Brussels.  The subway station at Clemenceau to be exact.
#4: A group of tourists.  You would think that living in London, this would be easy to achieve.  In the end, however, I've gone with a shot of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.
#5: A rack of postcards.  Again, I've been spoiled for choice with this one and in the end I've gone with postcards in Brussels, because I was actually buying them.
#6: An urban street scene.  Another one which surprised me by its difficulty.  Mainly because the images I took in Central London were rubbish.  Copenhagen came to the rescue.
#7: A rural landscape.  A return train journey from Copenhagen to Ebsjerg provided plenty of opportunity.
How does your list look?
Summer 500: 280.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


And so our time in beautiful Denmark is coming to an end.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends.
We have been overawed by the beauty of the Danish countryside.
We will leave with hearts that are full.

Summer 500: 286.

*Farvel is Danish for goodbye.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Scavenger Hunt | Danish Style

We dragged the four kids out for a walk after supper this evening and to make things a little more exciting, we dreamt up a scavenger hunt list.
We had to find: bridge, blackberries, rabbits, deer, owl pellets, stinging nettles and flat stones.
Only the deer and owl pellets eluded us.
Summer 500: 287.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Danish Birthday Traditions

It appears that Danes are encouraged to fly their flag on special occasions - both national and familial.  Our friend turns 45 today.
To my alarm, his wife and eldest daughter counted out 45 candles for the cake.
The Boy Child would have been all for calling the fire brigade, if he had seen it in its full glory.  But, as it turned out, he was poorly during the morning.  He is reviving through a plate of dry rations, a cup of water and Tin Tin via iTunes.
Everyone else has gone out to lunch.
Me? I'm eating leftovers from breakfast.

Summer 500: 288.