Friday, 28 July 2017

July 28th Scavenger Photo Hunt list


I gather Eldest had a hand in choosing these words with more than one meaning.  What a challenge some of them were.  Had to think far out of the box this time. Very far in some cases.   Well done!
 I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver photo treasure hunt - to see her blog and links to other people who are taking part, click  here


1.  Crane  


Meet Herpes.  She was a very handsome crane that lived on the jetty on one of the islands in the middle of Kariba Dam in Zimbabwe/Zambia.  She was so named as, like herpes, she never went away!!   She sat waiting for the fishermen to come back in their boats rather than go fishing for herself!! 







2.  Ring


This red lifebelt stands sentinel on top of the hillside overlooking a vast beach in Northumberland. Officially known as Cocklawburn  but we call it the Fossil Beach as it not only has many fossils in those rocks you can see below but also at the base of the hill, especially after a bit of a rockfall.

Looking at the weather-worn post holding the lifebelt makes me wonder how long it has stood guard there and how often it has been used.





One of the many fossils to be found when the tide is out.  This is a small example of a fossil but one of my favourites.





3. Set

In 2015 a friend gave me a large shopping bag full of crab apples and as you can see I made a lovely lot of Crab Apple Jelly.  I did not know the fruit as it is something we did not grow in Africa (I was more used to making guava jelly) but it set beautifully.  Did not last long unfortunately. 








4. Light   

 

This is a picture of Berwick-on-Tweed lighthouse taken in 2008.  The boys have grown a bit since then, they now tower over their father! The lighthouse has also taken on a much smarter appearance as it has had a coat of paint.  It is located at the end of the pier from where there are tremendous views down the gorgeous Northumberland Coast.  It was built in the 19th Century and guides shipping to the entrance to the River Tweed and Berwick Harbour.  

You may have guessed from my banner picture, the Northumberland Coast is a favourite of ours and where we go each year for a stay in a farm cottage.  We wait till the summer school holidays are over then have the beaches to ourselves - not  that they are that busy in the holiday season.

I must confess to not being the photographer in this case, it was our son - the other tall one in the family!! 






5.  Bow
  

Strangely enough I don't have any pictures of a bow in my huge selection except this Christmas decoration which is one of my favourites.  He looks edible but perhaps fortunately is not.









6.  Spring    

Many years ago, when clearing out some branches to give more light to my Secret Garden, B cut down a dead tree but left the stump as the roots were helping hold the sloping heavy clay soil from slipping further.  I then found this car spring in amongst the rubbish there and remembering how Hawthorn uses odd industrial finds in her garden,  I put it on the stump. It has sat there for years, only really showing when the branches of that large fern next to it die back and the new branches unfurl.








7.  Open  

   

I must be honest and admit I did not take this photograph, it was sent to me by my good friend Lynette. She and her husband are taking a year long caravan holiday in their home country of South Africa before moving to their retirement flat in Scottburgh on the South Coast, near Durban.  They are moving around according to the weather, exploring the Rand area till it got too cold then moving to the South Coast for the mild winter there.   What bliss!

They check out many of the farm and road stalls and cafes wherever they are and came across this one near Bela Bela (previously known as Warmbaths) north of Pretoria. Lynette often sends us pictures that she thinks will catch our fancy and this certainly did, we found it very amusing.    








As a matter of interest Toeka Se Dae is Afrikaans and translates as 'Days of Yore'  as it was a very rustic road stall. 





8.  Grand  

 

Firstly I must apologise for the quality of this picture but as I know many of you enjoy my African stories I thought this one of this very grand dry cleaners in Giyani, in the far north of South Africa, would make a very grand story.

B was transferred to be manager of a psychiatric hospital in Giyani and as always I was guaranteed a job there in the Occupational Therapy Department.  

One of the first things we were told about by the African matron there was to be very careful using the local dry cleaners.  Only take clothes in for cleaning at the beginning of the week we were warned. Seemingly the proprietor of the shop had a second business running from his premises.....he hired out clothes for the weekend from the suits and posh frocks that came  in for cleaning!!   Needless to say we never used that dry cleaners.  But the picture on their window always amused me.  Bearing in mind it was supposed to be a dry cleaners it was strange that the lady in the picture was washing clothes in the traditional African way, on the rocks at the side of a river!!  Another reason we chose never to take any dry cleaning there!! 





As I said above, I apologise for the quality of the picture.  I had to enhance and adjust it tremendously just to get it to look this good or should I say grand.




9. Park  

 

Our local park in Sough used to have the most wonderful playground until 'elf and safety' decided it needed a new 'safe' one.  Not only did it have this fabulous helter skelter but a rocking horse on a spring that could really rock, a old fashioned see saw,  a long rocking horse that seated about 10, a roundabout that you could jump on and off, old fashioned swings that would go really high and then you could jump off and those double swings rather like a little boat.  There was also the skate park you can see in the background of the picture.  Now all that is gone and it is a very safe, boring modern playground.  So glad our grandsons are long past that age.  Below you can see B watching Youngest coming head first down the helter skelter.





10   My Own Choice

So many of you had such complimentary things to say about my secret garden I thought I would share this picture with you.  It is not a very pretty one, I must admit, but it makes me feel good when I see how far B and I  have got making our Secret Garden. 

When I stand admiring the cool greenness I deliberately shut out this part of the lower garden behind me.  As I have said before, we are last flat in a group of four.  Nobody else has bothered to do anything to theirs although we do occasionally cut back the ivy in the next door garden before it smothers the trees there. If I turn round and look under our bridge and our neighbour's decking, this is what our garden looked like in 2002 when we started working on it. 








Hawthorn helped us terrace the top bit and put in steps down the centre. B put up a fence to make me feel more secure working down there. There is an 8ft drop down over the edge to what we call the moat.  Together we cleared enough rubbish to fill just less than 200 black bags, 144 of which we found in the garden. (It is very windy higher up at road level and bags had been left by the refuse collector and blown down there).  It was filled with dead shrubs smothered by the wild honeysuckle that grew there, dead pot plants, 7 very dead Christmas trees, many still in their stands, nappies, toys and of course beer bottles and cans. Lovely!  

Our son and daughter-in-law gave me flag stones for my birthday that year so we laid paths. B dug out blocks of clay so we could make beds filled with compost and grit to improve the soil.  He also laid a sprinkler watering system as part of the garden is very dry under Leylandii trees.  Our grandsons, now they are older, help with odd jobs down there during their school holidays. Hawthorn has given us many shade plants from her garden to help fill it.   So it has been a family effort. But worth it. 


 Just a reminder of how my secret garden looks now. 



18 comments :

  1. When you see the two contrasts of the secret garden you realise how much work you have put into it - you should be very proud of it - it is beautiful :) I'd forgotten that holiday with D and fav sis-in-law to Northumberland, it was a good one - seems a very long time ago now xxx

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    1. It was a long time ago, 2008. It is also thanks to your encouragement that we started our secret garden. It has been fun doing it too. xx

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  2. Lovely!!! I'm with you about using that dry cleaners, definitely looks dubious. As for health & safety, who I'm sure are contributing to children becoming problems, is that they aren't allowed the fun to be "children" anymore. Well done to all with your secret garden. Take care.

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    1. Thanks. We all agree that all this mollycoddling of children and too much time on social media are really making our children a nation of whimps. x

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  3. Lovely photos, and I especially love the photo of the Crane.

    Julie xxxxxxx

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    1. She was handsome and everyone around knew her by the name of Herpes! She just stayed on that jetty.

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  4. Loved the story of the Dry Cleaners and the comparison of your secret garden before and after.The crane looks magnificent and I think he is my favourite this time.

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    1. I love the crane too and my secret garden is so cool on our occasional hot days!

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  5. Love the photos you published. Very fond memories of our walks on the beach in Northumberland. Hope we can do it again someday.

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    1. We love Northumberland and go every year to stay in a farm cottage at Lowick near Bamburgh Castle and always have fish and chips in Seahouses. Hope you can go again soon.

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  6. You have excelled yourself with photos and stories; go to the top of the class for thinking out of the box. So pleased you were able to include African ones. Loved them all. Do I have to pick a favourite photo? The crane. Can I pick my favourite story? The dry cleaners, closely followed by the rest.

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  7. Glad you enjoyed them. I always try to find African stories. Your two are my favourite too plus the 'Open' one.

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  8. What an interesting collection of stories! I love the crane story!

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  9. Thank you. She is very handsome standing waiting for the fishermen to come in.

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  10. Wow, what a transformation to your secret garden! I have really enjoyed all your pics this month and love the story of Herpes, now she's not silly, is she?

    Diana

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  11. Thanks for your kind comments about my garden. We love it. Herpes has generally been everyone's favourite. I think they too admire her cunning.

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  12. Your photo and story combinations are fantastic. I'm reading yours with my first cup of coffee for the day, what a treat.

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  13. Than you. Glad you enjoyed them - it is always fun trying to select suitable pictures.

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