Thursday, 30 November 2017

November Photo Treasure Hunt 2017

'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.  I really had to dig deep for inspiration for these photographs. 

            To link up with others joining in the fun use this link  here to Hawthorns blog

1 Blue 

I could have looked for blue sky or seas but preferred to use this photograph taken whilst on holiday in Northumberland.  As you can see the tide is out at St Abbs Harbour. Scotland, but it made the blue show up more against the harbour bed.

2. Me

I will be interested to see how others interpret this heading.  Me has to be me so I dug out this old photograph taken by a professional photographer in St Albans many, many moons ago.  I don't usually look this happy and relaxed in photographs.  The innocence of youth, no posing, pouting or saying 'prune' as most young girls say now on their selfies. Just honest Me!! 

3. Starts with a ...... W...........waiting patiently!

This picture is taken of Jak, my namesake, our beloved old cat who passed away a few years ago now. He was able to communicate with us by his body language.    He would fetch us and say when something was wrong outside like a parcel delivered to our neighbour standing in our shared passage, or a strange car had arrived and parked in 'his driveway'  though his best one was pawing at a particular cupboard door which he could make rattle and that meant he wanted to go out.  This one says 'my food has been standing there for hours, I want fresh stuff!!  He just sat in silence a little way from his tray and said  nothing at all. No miaow just a look that said it all. 

4. Rainbow.

Again taken in Northumberland, this time from the farm cottage where we always stay in Lowick, in easy reach of  Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne.  There is a faint shadow rainbow here too

5. Arch

Until I managed to find the rainbow picture above I was going to cheat and link headings 4 and 5 together as this is the Rainbow Arch still standing in the ruins of the Priory on Lindisfarne or Holy Island as it is also known.  

6. Toy

I do not have any of my toys left as I passed them on to Kate and her brother so this is a picture of Jess, our son and his wife's yellow Labrador.  She is holding her favourite toy, a pheasant called Fezzi,  which of course has a squeak which she loves finding and biting on it to make it quack.

7. Swirl     

Here is a swirl with a difference - swirling roots of a celeriac.  I must say we enjoyed it mashed with potato on top of a cottage pie.  Delicious.

8. Brush

Beyond the brush is Mazabuka's only aircraft, runway and hanger!  My husband B spent much of his childhood, until he was old enough to go to boarding school aged 12, on a research station in Mazabuka, a small farming town near Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, the capital of present day Zambia. Picture taken C 1948.

9. Nail  or (s)nail

I am getting desperate here, could not use my own nails - nothing exciting there. Did not have any rusty old nails in the two old horse shoes I have in the garden.  No exciting nails in B's shed - except perhaps a few 6" nails so I started thinking about notices nailed up.  I remembered this, again taken in Northumberland, but when I found the picture there were no nails - only a couple of rusty drawing pins.  So I have cheated......can you see what is holding down the sign on the right side of the picture.....a (s)nail!!

10. My own choice

A few years ago now B and I took our grandchildren to see the collection of vintage planes at Carlisle Airport.  We were lucky enough to be allowed to climb into a beautiful Vulcan Bomber (XJ825) and Eldest and Youngest were invited to sit in the cockpit as they were the only children in our group. The boys were thrilled.  If you live near enough and are interested in aeroplanes, this is worth while visiting. There was a small museum attached to the display with many interesting aeronautic memorabilia.  

As this is the last of Hawthorn's Photo Treasure Hunt for 2017  I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and very successful bloggy 2018 
Hope you will be joining us at Julie's Advent Scavenger Hunt  here 


  1. Ooh, I love all your photo takes & the stories to go with them are great too. I nearly did a baby pic of me, but it's not good. You have a way with words & growing up in Africa is quite an eye-opener for me. I can't pick a favourite, as all are good. Take care & seasons greetings to you too.

  2. Great photos, Love the blue boat, lovely photo of you.

    Thank you for the mention of my advent scavenger hunt

  3. Clever you with s/nail :) that amused me - and the boys in black and white - nice :) Thank you for joining in the last one of the year, we'll start it again in January 2018. See you again for Julies Advent hunt tomorrow! xxx

  4. What an excellent selection of photographs Jak. Absolutely lovely snap of you as a little 'un and what a stunning image of the Priory Arch.
    My favourite is your grandchildren in the cockpit of the Vulcan. (Did you see Guy Martin's programme on the Vulcan?)

  5. Great photos and I love your interpretations of nail, swirl, toy and 'w' also a lovely photo of you for me. The blue boat is wonderful:)

  6. I really enjoyed your selection and I was quite surprised to see the photos of Northumberland where I live! It's been snowing today so the county looks quite different! What photogenic pets your family has! Jess is a real beauty and Jak looks quite a character. You must miss him.

  7. Great pictures. I have noticed there are lots of retro mes for me! They are all lovely though. Love your arch, your namesake waiting patiently and of course Jessie the labrdor. So cute. :)

  8. Love your (s)nail pic, so imaginative :) Also the one of the arch, how wonderful. Enjoyed them all in fact.

  9. Top marks for your nail picture; how clever and should get the prize for thinking outside the box!!! Again lovely stories and I'm still kicking myself for not posting a picture of me as a child; you could have called me an Angel then!!! I was also taken by the arch photo. Can't improve on stone work!

  10. Yes have to agree love that arch, nice to see the children in the cockpit too. Great choices.