Friday, 26 January 2018

Scavenger photo-hunt January 2018

Scavenger photo-hunt January 2018

I am so glad that Hawthorn has started the monthly photo treasure hunt.  The only trouble is that I had not noticed when it was due and also unaware of the date - when you are retired dates are not so important especially as time flies by frighteningly fast.  To link up with others joining in click HERE

1.  Yellow.

Every year we go to Northumberland to a farm cottage for a week.  We normally go in September/October after school holidays when it is even quieter than usual.  But in 2016 we chose to go in Spring as I had a hospital date for later in the year.  What a surprise it turned out to be.  All the spring flowers were out and there were just miles and miles of glorious yellow rape fields just about everywhere.  Below is a field of yellow with Bamburgh Castle in the background. 

2. It starts with an ........O

One year we were wandering around nearby Berwick-on-Tweed and came across this charity shop. I was actually after wool for the Kitty Blankets we make for a local cat charity.  There inside was this amazing 'dress' made entirely of Ordinance Survey Maps.  I've been waiting ages for Hawthorn to choose a subject heading where I could use this picture and then when she chose 'something beginning with M' I completely forgot!!  So it is coming in under 'O'!

I actually did get some wool there.  The manager's sister was closing down her wool shop and had donated baskets and baskets of brand new, top of the range balls of wool at £1 each!  

3.  Light

We have had this light for quite a few years - the picture does not show it well but the lamp shade is more light brown than red.   I took a photograph to show Kate that we had put her picture she had done for her Dad of his 'tame' squirrel Emma on the wall above the light.  I was so surprised to see that the pretty pattern of holes on the shade look more like 80 than the twisty chains.  It also throws the 80 pattern on to the wall  behind and we had never noticed it before.  The cat picture framed on the table is a picture on slate of our old beloved cat Jak (I take my  name from him) that Kate had also done for her Dad.

5.  Colourful

On a visit to Empress Sewing Centre in Colne I was so impressed with this display of zips.  I had never seen such a large selection and colour range.  There was another display, equally as large on the  wall on the opposite side of this alcove.

6. My Own Choice

This is Roxy, our son and daughter-in-law's 
chocolate lab.  She will do anything she is
asked and puts up with a lot.  

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Julie's Advent Calendar 13th December 2017

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14  Christmas Crackers

This picture was taken a few years ago of our table ready for Christmas Eve dinner with all the family.

We always find that crackers are a bit of a disappointment, they look so pretty but don't have much in the way of exciting contents.  Over the past few years we have collected small little presents, pens, rubbers, chocolate Father Christmas sweets when the boys were younger, and then carefully opened the crackers and put extras inside. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Julie's Advent Calendar 13 December 2017

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13  First Christmas Card arriving by post.

Our first card arriving by post is this one which arrived today............. a pretty little card with the address not quite right but as ever our fantastic postmen managed to deliver it correctly.

But when I opened it to see who is was from this is what I found........

nothing.....blank.....and what's more, neither of us or Hawthorn recognises the handwriting!!! 

Ah well, the thought was there.  It brought a smile to my face as it arrived just in time to make an interesting post!! 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Julile's Advent Calendar 12 December 2017

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12  Christmas Angel

This pretty angel has not been in our collection for many years, perhaps about 6, but she has become part of our family tradition.  I love her old fashioned raggity look.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Julie's Advent Calendar 11th December 2017

Not sure where I have been these last few days....well actually I had set up my posts ready to go and then left them to get on with it.  But I had not realised I'd only gone until the 7th.  Better do some catch up.

11  Snowman

In spite of all the snow falling in the last couple of days, our little village has had very little so there are no snowmen around here.  We usually see them in the school playgrounds next door but nothing this time.  So searching through my archives I have found this one taken many year ago of our next door neighbour's son and his snowman.  The young man is now over 6ft tall and left school.  How time flies.  Not the most glamorous snowman.  

My second snowman I did myself, or at least I decorated from a choice of clothing and accessorries from the wonderful Jacqui Lawson Advent Calendar that I share with family and friends each Christmas.  It's not too late if you want to join in and play catch up at  jacquielawson

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Julie's Advent Calendar 7th December 2017

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7 Bells

I have used this picture and story before so apologise to those who remember it.  These bells have been in our family for many, many years.  The white ones are from a bunch my mother bought in 1959 when we lived in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, present day Harare, Zimbabwe but the yellow one is even older.  It is made of brittle plastic and is the only one left from a set of three that I remember from about 1955.  My mother bought them in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, present day Zambia.  They are tied together with a rusty bit of tinsel which I keep for sentimental reasons.  Each year the little bunch are put on our tree.  A bit of family history! 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Julie's Photo Advent Calendar Photo Hunt December 6th 2017

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6. Robin

This is one of Kate's Christmas cards  so what better that this one to use for my Robin picture.