Wednesday, 22 November 2017

5 in 5 - November 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.

And I was excited this month when Melanie visited UK. She has friends and family here, and as always she had a busy schedule and lots packed in.  But we managed to squeeze in a meeting one afternoon, and it was wonderful to meet her daughter after so many years. Our children grew up together, and now she is a mother herself, so I also got to meet Melanie's two grandsons who I hear so much about.  We enjoyed a lovely walk along the estuary promonade, and of course I took my camera!


 
But this is Melanie's post. So, I'm handing over to you, Melanie:


I have selected for my November 5 in 5 photos taken when I was visiting Paris.  It was an Eiffel Tower in the rain day.  Just got back home on Monday 20th after being on the go for four weeks.  Now I need time for my head to catch up with my body and hopefully return to a normal state though with Christmas on the horizon it may not be too easy.  Hope to catch you next month with a 5 in 5 for December.





As always, thank you Melanie! It was lovely to meet up and I hope you soon find your energy. 

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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. 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A SoulBook Gathering

Have you heard of the SoulBook Gathering experience, an idea recently shared by Melody Ross? I decided to invite a group of friends to join me and I was lucky enough to be given creative space to use at a local community cafe. It was the perfect location, and the warmest of welcomes (thank you Emma!).  Throughout the morning people popped through to see what we were doing and hopefully some of them will join us another time. 

Usually, when I take an idea, I expand it and always make my own tweeks and adaptions.  But this time I decided to keep it simple, and follow Melody's instructions to make the book. So I cut enough corrugated card so everyone had 6 pages, and we attached them with masking tape.  I wasn't sure how this would work as it seemed a bit basic, but with addition of papers and some strips to connect the pages together it proved a strong and useful construction.








With the instruction download came pages of prompts, such as:

'These are things I always want to remember' and

'I want to remember that every single day is a brand new chance to start over'

These were cut into strips and shared among the group and we put our books together. Then using the collection of materials provided we decorated our pages and added personal touches such as photos. There was chatting, and drinking tea and coffee; but more than this, there was periods of stillness as everyone appreciated this 'me' time, because too often we are dashing around or caring for others and not giving ourselves time to just be present in the moment. 





Here are some of the books made that morning: 

 



Afterwards we gathered in the cafe for lunch, and as always the food did not diappoint. It was made even more special by my favourite lemon merignue pie!  

I would certainly arrange another SoulBook Gathering and this it might be something that you would be interested in doing too - let me know how it goes if you do. Thank you to the ladies who joined me to made this a special time, and to Emma and her team at the School Room Cafe for providing such a warm welcome. I will be back soon!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

5 in 5 - November 2017 - Pumkpin time!

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




Last year I posted about the award winning pumpkin grown at Hyde Hall RHS garden. This year Matthew Oliver beat his own record and so I went along to see.

There are lots of pumpkins to be seen this time of year and many homes and gardens have been decorated for Halloween. We were excited to be in York where the shop windows had amazing displays. In particular, the narrow Shambles and side streets were full of atmosphere, especially at night time. And we discovered 'The Shop That Shall Not be Named', it's Harry Potter theme even more magical than usual.

Back home we were too busy to decorate for Halloween and in the days after I saw some bargain pumpkins.
So I bought a large one and set to, making some soup. With a little chilli it makes a warming lunch for this time of year and there is lots to go in the freezer. It seemed a good opportunity for 5 in 5 photos:

There is still lots left...




I will chop the rest for the freezer to use in curries, pies and for risotto.

But one of my favourite ways of using pumpkin is roasted, with beetroot, and what other vegetables I might have that are suitable. These are such versatile squash and I'll be looking out for other new recipes to try - but I'm interested to know about your own favourites - please share!


It is always fun to have company in this photo challenge so a big thank you to Mary-Lou, Maggie, Melanie, Melissa, Karen, Kat and Borqna for taking part last month. And to all those who visited and left comments.

And YOU would be very welcome to join in too, so I hope you are inspired to get out your camera. Here is the plan:

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 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.




Tuesday, 31 October 2017

How to upcycle a Christmas gift bag

This weekend saw me on one of my regular craft retreats and as I am going to India at the beginning of December I want all my Christmas cards made and sent in plenty of time. I packed card blanks and sorted through my boxes of Christmas materials, but the thing I most wanted to use was a large Christmas gift bag that I have saved for several years.  I knew it was too useful to pass on or discard, and  I love a challenge, so I lost no time in cutting the bag to see what it offered.



I especially liked the baubles and spent ages fussy cutting these.  There was a lovely pile when I finished.... 

 and these made lovely cards.


I was still left with lots of the bag so I cut out reindeers from the snowman, and trees from the green background.  




There was only small scraps left of the bag when I had finished and I was really pleased with my upcycling achievement. I love using materials that other people might throw away and it makes me wonder why I have spent so much of merchandise in the past. I no longer go on big spending sprees and have learnt that having too much just creates indecision and overwhelm. So I am now trying to use what I have and to create space.

I made about 75 cards this weekend, using different materials and techniques.  But the baubles cut from the bag are my favourites and most of my other papers and embellishments stayed in their packs. It just proves that it's not what you've got, it's what you do with it. What have you got lurking or hanging around that you could use? 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

5 in 5 - October 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:



A 5 in 5 photo this month is of photos taken down by the River Murray in Goolwa.  Goolwa is at the mouth of the River.  The river spans three states starting its life in New South Wales it goes through Victoria before flowing into South Australia.  As you may tell from the photos the River is popular with pelicans. The pelican is a favourite bird of mine and I always take lots of photos of them when I see them..  I took a walk along the Goolwa wharf after breakfast and the pelicans I saw were having a lazy morning with many of them sitting on small the small jetties preening themselves or sleeping.  Only two of them were swimming and I haven’t included those two in my collage.   The middle photo of my collage shows one of the small jetties with the river bank covered in gazanias.  The gazania is a South African plant and many places in South Australia remove them since they are not native.  Not so in Goolwa though where the banks of the river are covered with them and the nearby railway line has them growing alongside the tracks.  They look so beautiful and come in many different colours.  I took another photo not within my five minute time slot which gives a good example of their colours so thought I would include that as well. Hope you enjoy seeing my 5 in 5 and the colours of the gazania.



As always, thank you Melanie! I love hearing about the different places that you visit.

I am really excited this month as Melanie is planning a brief trip to UK to visit family and I hope to see her, if time allows. She has a tight schedule and will be travelling, so fingers crossed our paths will meet!


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. 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

5 in 5 - October 2017 - Where Inside and Outside Meet

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




For the past year I have been making regular visits to London, as part of my NLP Training and Practice. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to stay in a hotel near the Embankment and to explore the local area. There are so many photo opportunities and some I have already shared here, and once again I was spoilt for choice.

I resisted the urge to take the familiar and walked with an open mind, waiting for inspiration.  Then I looked through a window and noticed the reflection. It was a strange juxta position, where inside and outside meet. So this month, here are my collection of 5 photos taken in 5 minutes - it's good to look at things differently sometimes.









Last month Maggie, Mary-Lou, Karen, Melanie, Eileen, JoAnn, Joy, Borqna and Tomoko joined me in this monthly photo challenge. Thank you! I love seeing your take on 5in5! And if YOU would 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. 

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. 







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