Sunday, 10 September 2017

5 in 5 - September 2017 - Melanie



Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start of this challenge Melanie has taken part in this monthly meme and as she doesn't have her own blog, I post here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part. Over to you Melanie:

This week the Adelaide Royal Show is being held.  This is an annual event which runs for a week and always begins on the first Friday in September.  The event takes over the Wayville Show Grounds near the city of Adelaide completely.  There are heaps of competitive entries for numerous categories some of which are livestock, art & craft and food & wine.  Then there are regular entertainment sessions, numerous exhibitors, lots of sideshows and funfair rides and a whole pavilion devoted to Showbags (bags of goodies with a theme e.g Spiderman, Mars bars). I had no idea about Showbags until I went to my first Adelaide Royal Show in 1986.  Apparently this year there were more than 400 different Showbags so they could easily have provided me with a 5 in 5 subject.   The first Livestock Show was held in 1843.  It was held in the yards of a city pub and only consisted of Livestock so the form of the Royal Show has changed vastly over the years.  This year I went to the Royal Show with my daughter and grandsons. The areas we visited were really dictated by my three year old grandson and my choice for September 5 in 5 photos are those taken in the Vintage Machinery area.  This was the first area we came to and my three year old grandson had to be dragged away from the area in the end.  He was fascinated with all the working machinery as was I.  Most of the machinery working was using steam.  Each had a plaque explaining where it was used and I was very slack as I did not make a note of what each piece had been used for. You can see the middle picture is of a portable petrol engine.  The top LHS picture is of a pump  used around 1890 to pump water from water tanks to a house higher up a hill in an Adelaide area called Mount Lofty.  The bottom RHS picture is of an apple peeler.  The chap looking after the machines demonstrated how it worked.  It could peel and core six apples at a time. Sorry I do not recall what the other two bits of machinery are despite having to read the plaques more than once to my Grandson.  Hope you enjoy seeing these photos and maybe you can identify the photos I failed to remember.


Thank you Melanie! It's always interesting to hear about events in other countries and this Royal Show does not sound unlike ones we have here the in UK. In my youth I would always go to our county annual County Show. Sadly the grounds were sold and the show relocated. It lost it's character so I never went again and I hear it became a more commercial affair. It's a shame, as a traditional show is something special. It's good to see they continue to thrive in Australia.

Thanks for popping by and I look forward to another post from Melanie next month. 

If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and join in please go to the original post where you will also find out how to link in.

And to find out more about this monthly photo challenge, and how this started, please go to this post. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

5 in 5 - September 2017 - A beach walk on Bute

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.




August was a month of travel and I took several sets of photos with '5 in 5' in mind.  I was spoilt for choice, and in the end I decided to share photos of a brief walk on the beach, taken on the Isle of Bute.  My time there was very special and if you have not already seen my previous post you can read about my trip here.
There are lots of lovely beaches around Bute, and as we could camp wild we watched the sun setting and the tide come and go from our campervan. It was lovely to sleep with the sound of the water, and the call of geese as they flew over and landed in the waters edge.  Of course, I was temped in too.....

There were lots to see along the beach....

including an artist, on this occasion.




I stopped to admire his work on my way back and it was interesting to see how the same scene had been captured in paint. 

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Last month Maggie, Mary-Lou, Karen, Melanie and Borqna joined me in this monthly photo challenge, and if you'd like to pick up your camera to join in it would be lovely to have your company. 

Here's what you do and there are more details here

1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can (or wish to) until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.

                              You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

Thank you for popping by and don't forget to add your link below if you would like to join us in this month's 5in5. 







Thursday, 24 August 2017

A meeting of Paperlove

Three years ago I signed up for an online course.  There is nothing new in this, I do a lot of courses, online and otherwise.  But what makes this one different is the friendships that grew. As part of the Paperlove course, Rachel Hazel set up a Facebook Group so that we could share our work and experience. The course only lasted 3 weeks - but for some of us, our friendship lasted and grew. 

After the course finished I suggested the idea of planning a gathering, and we talked about it again last year, when four of us met in London. We spoke of how nice it would be to meet more of the group and the idea took hold....

Ruth agreed to our request to meet at her studio on the Isle of Bute. News was shared, excitement spread, and soon people were booking accomodation and flights.  Because the amazing thing is, people came from California, Canada, New Zealand and Europe! Can you imagne?! Some bought partners and some travelled alone. A feast of friends drawn together through the love of paper! 

For my own part, my husband came with me to Scotland and we stayed in the campervan in a beautiful bay, not far from Ruth's studio.






The first morning I was wandering along the beach collecting shells, when I heard 'hello Sandie'. It was a friend from New Zealand! She saw the campervan parked up and stopped to see if it was me. The excitement of meeting face to face was extraordinary and suddenly it had become real - this was really happening!


There is so much I could share, but to spare you I'll choose some of the highlights and save the rest as memories. So grab a coffee if you like and I will begin:

We all arrived in advance of our 3 days together so had an improntu meet was arranged to say hello and quieten our excitement. And then it was time to gather....

Ruth is an artist and we felt very grateful that she was willing to share her studio for this time together. She showed us how to sketch and paint, something I am keen to learn....

 As you can see, I'm working on it! LOL


Then it was time to walk to the beach where we collected shells and plants.  






The plants were for Eco-printing. We had each offered to share a technique or something we enjoy, and as there were other people who make books I offered to show how I make prints onto paper and fabric.  Chris also does this, back in New Zealand, so we did this in collaboration.  I had also made everyone a small notebook using my eco-printed paper, and this gave examples of what we would make.  








It took a long time to steam all the bundles but it was worth the effort. The results were lovely and several of the group were keen to do more in future. 


Two of our friends were unable to join us but they were very much there in thought and spirit.  Julia had sent us an an individually wrapped gift pack full of treasures....


while Linda sent a postcard to us each. On the back was part of a phrase. There was great excitment in working it out and as one card arrived a day later there was suspension!  





During our three days together we made paper constructions: folded books and origami lanterns... 





and we guilded shells



and did lots more besides.

I am still holding my excitement and amazement that some people travelled so far to make this happen. I'm feeling very blessed and grateful.

But that's not all, there is more to tell, so I'll be back very soon. Hope to see you then, thanks for popping by!  

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

5 in 5 - Melanie - August 2017




Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start of this challenge Melanie has taken part in this monthly meme and as she doesn't have her own blog, I post here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part. Over to you Melanie:


"Every time I drive to my daughter house, which is just 10mins away I go down an interesting road called Folkstone Road.  The interest in this road for me is the variety of trees that line the road and the amazing assortment of tree trunks.  So I decided to give you a glimpse of some of these.  In days of old when knights were bold and I used a 24 exposure film I would have filled the film no problem with the different trunks.  With my digital camera my only limit was the five minutes and I leave to your imagination how many tree trunk photos can be taken in 5 minutes in a road lined with trees that also has a reserve filled with trees at one point along it.  So it was difficult to select five photos but select I have and I hope you find the trunk varieties interesting".


Thank you Melanie! I love the shapes and textures of tree trunks and it is a great theme for a collection.  


If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and join in please go to the original post where you will also find out how to link in.

And to find out more about this monthly photo challenge, and how this started, please go to this post.

Thanks for popping by, and I look forward to another post from Melanie next month. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

5 in 5 - August 2017 - Stories and steam trains

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.




Last month I wrote about a visit to Stourport on Trent and while we were there we discovered lots of things to see and do. Our visit coincided with a local steam railway 1940's reinactment, and the stations along the line stepped back in time.

Who doesn't like a ride on a steam train, especially when each station had a different event going on! My husband and son were willing travellers and so we turned up at the station to buy our tickets, with freedom to travel on the line all day.





On the train I set my timer for 5 minutes and started to take photos....



A lady got on and asked if she could share our seat so I took the opportunity to ask for a photo before she sat down. We soon got into conversation...


I learnt that 'Val' and her husband were enthusiastic role players and that their costumes and characters are well researched and modelled on family members. She said it was really important to be as authentic as possible, in respect of those who lived through the war years, and Val asked if I could like to see what was inside her handbag. It reminded me of my Nan's, with it's metal clasp and hinged opening. Val pulled out a beautiful vintage compact case, hand stitched 'To my dear sweetheart'. She told me she had bought it at a boot fair for 25p!  



Next Val pulled out a newspaper cutting, given to her by her elderly neighbour. Val told the story of how her neighbour had been a been a young woman when war broke out, and she had signed up with a friend. They became especially close during their training but her friend was chosen for a special task and they never saw or heard from each other again.

After the war her neighbour learnt that her friend had been trained as a spy and she had worked undercover in France. Sadly, while being pursued, she injured her ankle in a fall and was captured and taken to Ravensbruck Camp where she was later executed by the Germans. She become a national hero and her name has gone down in history. 


I discretely switched  off the 5 minute alert when it sounded, so that it didn't interrupt our conversation. I hadn't expected this chance encounter when I set the timer and on this occasion I decided to disregard it.

At the end of our day we looked back on all the things we had seen and done, and all agreed that this encounter on the train stood out the most. I took lots of photos during the day and others qualified for 5in5. But I have decided to use these, because what's a minute or two between friends, when there is a story that needs telling. And I expect there are many more stories to be told, tucked in drawers and peoples memories. I hope that these too will be shared and passed on, so that they are remembered for years to come. 

Thank you for popping by and if you fancy picking up your camera to join in with '5in5' it would be lovely to have your company!
   


Here's what you do and there are more details here



1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can (or wish to) until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.

                              You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

Please add your link below if you would like to take part.





Thursday, 20 July 2017

5 in 5 - Melanie - July 2017




Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start of this challenge Melanie has taken part in this monthly meme and as she doesn't have her own blog, I post here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part.
This month Melanie told me she was lacking inspiration so she took 2 sets of photos. Undecided which one to send, Melanie sent both and asked me to choose. I think you'll agree, both are winners!  Over to you Melanie:


"We are now in winter here in Adelaide with cold days (yes, sometimes during the day it drops below 10˚c) and sometimes barely a day passes without rain.  The rain I do not mind providing I am indoors in front of a fire.  It cheers me to take a walk around our garden when there is no rain and so  my 5 in 5 photos for July were taken as I took a wander around our garden with my camera catching the colour that greets me.  As it happens it is difficult to select just five photos from the many I took as colour is everywhere.  The five photos I have chosen are:-

  • On the left of the photo a red kangaroo paw.  Over the years I have had many kangaroo paws as they are not a plant with a long life.  The name was given to it since the flower resembles a kangaroo paw.  It is a flower that has been adopted as the state emblem of Western Australia.  Here in South Australia the flower emblem is the Sturt Desert Pea which I have seen in the wild but never been able to grow in my garden.
  • In the middle of my photo is a winter flowering Narcissus.  This flower greets me as I come out of my back door.  I have a small border there full of narcissus who never fail to appear despite the bed being neglected during the year.
  • On the top RHS photo is the snowflake.  It is similar to the snowdrop which grows wild in the UK but is much taller and usually has several flowers on each stem and even petals on the flower.  They are a self-seeding flower and come up each year around the bed where our apple tree lives.
  • The middle RHS photo is of marigolds.  I have clumps of yellow and orange marigold splattered around the garden popping up in the herb garden and veg plots as well as the flower beds.  They self-seed marvellously and there seem to be marigolds flowering throughout every season.
  • My final choice is of the lily which sits by our fish pond.  Currently there is a mass of the white flowers.

I hope you have enjoyed at look at some of the colour in our garden but I am smiling to myself as of the photos I have chosen three of them have white flowers.  There were other colours for example my lavender and fuchsia are not white and there is a single lemon on our lemon tree. However I didn’t select these as my 5 in 5".








 "My 5 in 5 for July is showing off some of the cards I have been busy making during the past couple of weeks.  Card making is a hobby of mine which I have indulged in over many years trying to make birthday cards for family and friends and then Christmas cards for many of the same.  It is quite consuming and lately I have resorted to buying Christmas cards to save time during a busy period or just sending a Christmas email.  In July and August there are several of our family and friends who have birthdays. As I set myself to making cards I got carried away and now in my card stock should have enough to see me through to the end of the year which will give me more time to spend on Christmas cards.  Every year I promise myself to start making Christmas cards in August but it doesn’t seem to happen.  Maybe this year I really will.  So having explained my card making efforts here are five photo arrangements of some of the cards I have been busy making.  The top LHS shows cards for two nieces with birthdays in September.  One of them will be 18 and the other 17.  I always find it quicker if I make more than one card of the same design so allow the ages of these nieces is different I have used the same design.  This idea of using the same design for cards is reflected in the group of cards on the top RHS.  I used photos of flowers that I had taken and placed them under a frame cut on my cutting machine.  The bottom LHS cards use a flower or leaf theme.  I did leaf cut-outs which I used on two cards and the inverse of those cut outs I used with flowers on the other two cards.  The middle bottom photo is of several cards I made but because there are so many they may be difficult to see.  The final two age cards are again for nieces.  I have rather a lot of nieces and nephews.  These are mostly on my husband’s side as he has six siblings all of whom are married with children.  I just have two brothers".























Thank you Melanie!  It is always lovely to see a garden on the other side of the world, and who would think it was winter with so much colour and bloom?!  Melanie's card making efforts put me to shame. Once a maker of cards I find myself buying more and more. I should follow Melanie's example and set time aside for a making session, as the effort of getting everything out to make one card at a time means it doesn't happen. What about you? If you are a card maker, how do you plan and achive this?

Thanks for popping by, and I look forward to another post from Melanie next month. Meanwhile: 



If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and join in please go to the original post where you will also find out how to link in.


And to find out more about this monthly photo challenge, and how this started, please go to this post.


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

5 in 5 - July 2017 - A trip down memory lane


Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.




The other week we had time away in the campervan and stayed in a wonderful location on the bank of the River Severn. You could walk along the edge of the river for miles in each direction, and we did!

Stourport was one place we visited frequently.  It has an interesting history and is the start of a canal. Apparently it was once a heaving inland port and there is much that suggests it was also a thriving town. 



Sadly the industrial days are gone and many of the huge buildings are abandoned and left in decay. It was a wonderful photo opportunity as I love taking photos of old doors and buildings. And despite this loss there are still beautiful buildings and much else to see. But what caught my attention for this months '5in5' was a surprise. A vintage fairground on the river bank! It took me right back to my childhood....

As I walked round I could imagine the smell of candyfloss and toffee apples, sticky and hot after being dipped into the thicky syrup.



Remember slides like this?!  I'd tick my legs and arms in so that I didn't get friction burns!


And it was the same for the helter skelter! Arms and  legs in, GO!!!


 Remember the scratch of coir mat as you landed?!

Those were the days of simple pleasures and it was so good to discover this fairground and nostalgic memories.

And I'm throwing an extra photo in this time, because this reflection seems symbolic, with me standing between the past and present.  


I was spoilt for choice what photos to show this month as Stourport was rich pickings. It's lovely to explore an area that has so much to offer and it is somewhere we will definitely revisit!

Thank you for popping by. And if you fancy picking up your camera to join in with '5in5' it would be lovely to have your company!

   


Here's what you do and there are more details here



1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can (or wish to) until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.

                              You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

Please add your link below if you would like to take part. I am often excited and inspired by the ideas and photos of others so thank you to JoAnn, Melanie, Mary-Lou, Karen, Maggie, Joy and Borqna for joining in last month. I'll be in August with another 5in5. Enjoy the weeks in between and happy photo taking!



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