Friday, 27 October 2017

October 2017 Scavenger Photo Hunt


'A photograph inspired by a word,
words inspired by the photograph'


Another selection of words set by Hawthorn for us to match up with photographs, unusual  but fun to do.
To link up with others joining in the fun use this link  here to Hawthorns blog

  

1. Making........

Followers of the Photo Scavenger Hunt may recognise this scarf.  Last month Susan of grannysmithsquilting posted a picture of a beautiful scarf she had made.  She very kindly sent me the pattern and now I have found my knitting mojo and am making this simple but very pretty scarf.  The actual wool is a darker midnight blue with a little twinkle (not a sparkle, just a twinkle).  By the time this is posted I hope to be finished.  I plan to make it into an infinity scarf.   Thanks Susan. 





2.  It starts with an.......F


There is it, can you see it?  It is there on the table - between the Dundee cake and pretty bag.  Yes,  it is a jar of FUDGE made for his grandfather's birthday by Eldest.  The picture was taken in Hawthorns' new Studio where we had a lovely family tea party for B. The scones were delicious too.  









3.   Empty

Not only were the scones delicious but the fudge was scrumptious, yummy, delish and did not last long.






 

4. Paper


A couple of years ago we had a new bathroom installed.  Under the old bath was some screwed up newspaper.  It did not look as though it was deliberate like some sort of time capsule rather as though it had been wrapped round some fittings, all crumpled and discarded.  I carefully smoothed it out and then ironed it.  It was a few pages from the Daily Mirror dated Saturday, November 15, 1986. Those who know Steve Wright from original BBC Radio 1 and now Radio 2 will know he is as bald as a coot!  Funny to see him with all that hair!   As I am typing this I am listening to 'Steve Wright in the Afternoon'. I keep telling myself I should forward him a copy of the paper.

We replaced the old newspaper plus a copy of the newspaper of the day as well as the TV guide for that week in a properly sealed plastic bag and perhaps someone else will find them all some day.






5 Neat   

This was quite a difficult one for me.  Those who know me will agree - I'm not the neatest person. I hate untidiness but battle to keep things neat and tidy.  I call myself a 'professional stacker'.  I make piles of things - neat piles on the dining room table, another on my desk.  So I wracked my brains and then suddenly remembered this..................






Not bad for me!  


6  Street 

Some years ago we had a wonderful holiday staying in Hawkshead in the Lake District.  The little village had some wonderful little nooks and crannies to explore.  We particularly liked this old cobbled street - even more so when we saw what its original name had been and wondered what crafts had been practised in the little old houses.








'The cobbled street was once busy with cobblers, cloggers, saddlers, harness makers, putty makers and clockmakers.  William the Conqueror's grandson, later the last Norman king, Stephen 1, included Hawkshead and its environs in his 1137 endowment of Furness Abbey.'  
Wonderful what you can learn from Google.



 7.  Kettle



I wracked my brains for this one.  I have an ordinary bog standard kettle, I searched through possible places for a copper kettle and then remembered The Copper Kettle Cafe in Dartmouth, Devon, but that photograph was taken in the 1980's......where on earth would I find that old picture. (I had even considered Kettle Chips).  I then went into my neighbours kitchen and there on the worktop was a copper kettle, not an old one but a fashionable retro one, a much more interesting kettle than mine.  So I asked if I could borrow it for a few minutes to photograph. 






  8. Unexpected

This past month we have had to have all the Leylandii  trees removed from one end of our garden. They had become too tall for safety and were already losing large branches in the wind into the neighbouring school playing field.  As much as I have always disliked the trees they did help me develop my 'secret garden' in the shaded area and also gave some definition to the whole vista.  Our landlord and a friend of his came to remove them.  They had to be careful that the trees fell away from our garden as B has his shed and I have a greenhouse right next to them. On most days they had used a tractor with a raised bucket with ropes tied to it to guide the trees down in the right place.   I took lots of pictures of whole trees falling into the school grounds.  All this took a few days and eventually I got a bit blase about it all and stopped rushing out to film or photograph it all.  Then one lunchtime as I was standing at the kitchen window there was a huge crash and the latest tree to be felled had landed on our garden shed roof.  Our lumberjacks said a sudden gust of wind had lifted the falling tree and it twisted round onto the shed!   The one day they had not had use of the tractor to guide the falling trees this happened.  There is still one more tree to take down, it is right next to my greenhouse.  They are now waiting to the rain sodden playing field to dry out a bit so they can get the tractor in to guide this final tree - they are not taking any chances again!




Fortunately there was no damage to the actual shed except a tiny tear in the roofing felt and all that had happened was for things to bounce off the shelves inside onto the floor. It had smashed through the fence too.   Don't know which was more unexpected, the tree on the roof or the fact it did no damage!  (Excuse the washing on the line!)


9.  Vase


Well two actually.  They have mirror images on them so I am showing the back and front.  My mother's uncle was in the Merchant Navy during WW1 and was stationed in and around China.  He brought these two 5 inch Chinese vases back for my mother when she was about 14.  They are very well travelled as my parents moved around before and during the war then moved to Northern Rhodesia, leaving a couple of trunks containing wedding presents and other precious things with friends in St Albans.  When they had settled down in Lusaka the two trunks were sent out by sea, one of which was stolen so I am very lucky these survived.  They are only about 5 ins high and I love them.  We have  never had them valued so they may be worth only a few pounds or we might have a small fortune sitting on the shelf.  (Hope it is the latter.....I can dream, can't I?)






10.  My Own Choice


Every year I plant up pots of potatoes.  I buy seed potatoes from our local garden shop, carefully chit them then plant up three potato bags, several buckets with holes and one huge 60 litre pot. Their smallest bag usually has too many potatoes for my limited garden space so when I saw some seed potatoes in our local Lidl I bought it as it was half the size of my usual packet.  I planted up the three potato bags, one bucket with some new potatoes that had started to grow in my vegetable rack and the rest of the seed potatoes into the large 60l pot.  

Come harvest time we started on the three large potato bags and got just enough new potatoes for two meals from the three bags! 😕  The 5l bucket with the sprouting new potatoes was much more successful - enough from the one bucket for a further three meals. 😊 Eventually we got round to the large 60l pot.  It usually has a plentiful supply of new potatoes for us.   Below is the sum total of potatoes from the huge pot!  😞


At least this year we had a good harvest of runner beans!  I've learnt my lesson - buy seed potatoes from a proper garden shop or better still, let some new potatoes go to seed in the vegetable rack!! 





25 comments :

  1. Great photos. I love the street sign. I wonder what your neighbour thought when you asked to borrow the kettle to photograph. I actually remember the Copper Kettle in Dartmouth, been in there a few times

    Julie xxxxxx

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    1. I'm sorry to only respond to your comment now but I have just found it in my Spam box. No idea why. Fortunately we are on very good terms with our neighbours - they most probably think I'm nuts anyway!!

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    2. Hi - Just been sorting through old photographs and found the tea room I was looking in Dartmouth for but it was not The Copper Kettle but the Singing Kettle. I'm sure we were remembering the same tea room just go the name wrong.

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  2. I bought proper seed potatoes this year (as I've always done) and it was a poor crop. Must be the strange growing season we had this year.... Like you my runner beans did well. My favourite photo is the table laden with the edible's for B's birthday; so sad all the fudge went! I suspect they will not tackle the last tree until well into next year as the rainy season here has returned.... thanks for making me smile.

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    1. Oh dear, I hope you are wrong. We want it all finished so the fence can to up and we can start rescuing the garden from all the damage.

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  3. Your scarf is really lovely. Blimey, not only has Steve Wright got hair but so has Phil Collins, what a great find.

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    1. I was so carried at away at a hirsute Steve Wright that I did not notice Phil Collins! Thanks for pointing him out!.

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  4. Such lovely stories to read through. I think you do the best scavenge hunt of them all! I can't believe that big heavy tree didn't do more damage.

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    1. I must apologise for late reply to your comment. Missed it out in the list. Thank you for your kind comments. I gather from the 'Lumberjacks' that as the tree fell so the roof seemed to bend inwards but then bounced back, all in slow motion. like a cartoon film apparently. Sorry I missed it.

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  5. I do like your selection of photos, shame the tree fell on the shed. Love the photo of the street.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thank you. Yes it is a lovely cobbled street in a very pretty village.

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  6. I love the name Leather, Rag and Putty Street, shame it was modernised :) Lovely photos and stories, thank you for joining in (Ah yes that fudge, cake and those scones - a distant memory!)

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    1. Mmmm fudge, maybe a distant memory but I can remember the taste and feeling on my tongue. And the scones..........and the Dundee cake..........

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  7. Lovely photos & glad you didn't mind being my pattern tester for the scarf.(giggle) Ah, the woes of sheds. We had one that once blew away in huge storm & landed upright in next doors back yard. Hope they don't damage your greenhouse.
    I had a poor photo of a cobbled street, so used something else, but I do like yours. Pity about the big pot of spuds being so woeful. Never mind, at least the others came good. Have a good weekend & take care. Belated birthday greetings to B.

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    1. Wow your shed story beats ours. How did you get it back - dismantle it? And the contents, did the floor go too taking all with it?

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  8. I enjoyed your photos, especially liked the idea of eating the fudge to get an empty shot :)

    Diana

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    1. Actually, we did not need to eat it for the 'empty' shot, it was so yummy we just ate and ate till it was empty. Oh dear, straight to the hips!!

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  9. Oh yum. not fair I am on a diet. I love fudge. Mind you I don't mind new potatoes and mint either , now feeling hungry. Lovely set of photos though.

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    1. I'm with you on the new potatoes and mint, tossed in butter then a little chopped parsley. Mmmmm yum....finished off with some fudge......

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  10. Great photos and choices of interpretations. Had to smile, I considered Kettle Chips too, even bought a small packet just in case! Love the street names:)

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    1. Sorry to only respond to your comments now, I have just found it in my Spam box. Should remember to check. You were obviously getting desperate like me to have to consider Kettle Chips. I did not go so far as to buy a packet, though it would have been a good excuse!

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  11. Lovely photos, and the street sign is great. Yummy scones and cream

    Julie xxxxx

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  12. That's a ridiculously small yield from the potatoes - I've often wondered about supermarket seeds.
    I love your Chinese vases but most of all I love all your stories with your pics .. great reading :)

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  13. Great photos and interpretations. Interesting newspaper find and I like the street names. I hope there isn't too much damage to the shed:)

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  14. Sorry to only publish your comment now, it somehow got lost in my inbox. Thank you for your kind comments. I love my vases too. :)

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