Sunday, 30 November 2014

Happy Days 329-334/365

329. The fuschia isn't orange, it's multi-toned.

330. Work is happening in the kitchen, so it's a good job we have a big dining table!

331. New sheets, a real treat

332. Having fun with fabric pieces, all nicely ironed

333. Not quite finished yet, but getting closer - new worktop and cupboards at the far end.

334. Preparing for spring?

Only 31 days left of this year, how time flies when you are enjoying yourself.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt

If you enjoyed the Summer Photographic Scavenger Hunt hosted by Gallo Organico, you might be pleased to discover that there is now a Winter version, which Eileen (in my playroom) and I have composed (mostly Eileen, if I'm to be completely honest), and which will run from 1st December to 21st March 2015 - we would like all photos to be taken between these dates. We would love you to join in, the more the merrier, please comment below. Eileen will be hosting linkies at the end of each month so you can show your finds, and I'll be opening a Facebook group for you to join. If you like you can pinch the picture below for your side bar.

Here is the list:

1. Reflection in water
2. Someone wearing a funny hat
3. Ornate door knocker
4. Breakfast
5. Something that is over 100 years old
6. Winter weather
7. Someone dressed for the season
8. A fish
9. Festive lights
10. A letter shape in nature or in an object
11. Polka dots
12. Silhouette
13. Stained glass window
14. Partly built new building
15. Bunting
16. A collection (of anything)
17. Texture
18. Shadow
19. Street musicians
20. Nativity scene  - compulsory and can’t be substituted.

If you find any of the above hard to get you may substitute one or both of the subjects below, 
except for  No. 20 which is compulsory. Bearing in mind that you may be living in the southern 
hemisphere, you may also substitute summer weather for winter weather. 
Alternative A - new life
Alternative B - a decorated tree

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Happy Days 325-328/365

325. A thank you card from GD1

326. Calorie-free cupcake

327. Matching fabric and scissors

328. Frosty morning

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Mum's virtual blog party

Mum has invited us to hold a virtual blog party today, you can read all about it here.

***For readers of a sensitive nature, please be aware that this post is rather photo heavy***

I love parties, especially family parties, so my guest list would include all of these people, my immediate family

my cousins

plus {slightly more than} a few close friends (you know who you are - if I've seen you this year then you are on the list).

For some scintillating conversation I would also invite the gorgeous Brian Cox (this is a photo of him taken on my TV screen)

Albert Einstein (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Richard Feynman (having problems finding a downloadable picture at the moment), and my lovely friends from Alabama, USA, Bertha and her housemate Jane Carroll

GM would love to chat with Roy Hodgson and Martin O'Neill, so they are also invited, which will give GS2 an opportunity to show them his football skills.

I really haven't decided on my wardrobe just yet, but the most important prerequisite is for comfortable shoes, and these are my latest acquisition

I've been making a few fairy cakes - these have yet to be iced - but, having licked the bowl while I was making them, I can tell you they will be delicious.

Most of the music will be courtesy of this young man (GS1) and his dad (DO),

but I have also asked the fantastic and handsome Paul Lewis to pop in with his piano to do us a quick guest spot (Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3)(another photo from my TV).

 We'll have a game or two of pass-the-parcel,

we'll wear party hats

we'll share balloons

 and we'll ask Luke to show us how to dance.

If you think this looks like fun then why not drop by for a drink, or a bite to eat, and enjoy talking to all my lovely guests, and dont forget also to pop by for a quick visit to the others who are also hosting their virtual parties today.

Thanks to Mum for organising us all. I've had a lovely time, hope you have too.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Happy Days 317-324/365

317. Sunrise

318. In the conservatory

319. A panful of vegetable soup for lunch

320. Wet leaf outside the back door

321. A little treat (well, two actually!) for me

322. Let's take another walk around the lake while conditions allow

323. Leaves, half red, half not

324. My very own personal shopping carrier

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Mum's having a party

Not my mum, but Mum at Mum's Simply Living blog. It's being held this Saturday, 22nd November. Please come along and join in the fun.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Playing around

. . . with Photoshop .

I have a gorgeous pink pelargoneum in flower in the conservatory, which I photographed, and then played with. Which do you like the best?

Straight out of the camera

and various PS effects

I love them all

Friday, 14 November 2014

Feeling blue

Having had a very exciting weekend away, attending a fourth birthday party and seeing all my grandchildren, by the time I arrived back home I was very tired and also a little bit emotional (probably due to coming down from a cake-induced sugar high!), so this afternoon, as the rain had passed and the sun was shining, I decided the best thing would be to get outside for some fresh air. I took my camera for a walk around the garden, and was surprised to find that there is still plenty of colour out there beside the usual lovely glowing autumn colours. Here are some of what I found

I am feeling so much better now.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Happy Days 311-316/365

311. Some as yet un-iced fairy cakes made by special request

312. Someone is four years old - GD1

313. Waterbaby - GD3

314. Choc-face -GD2

315. Music man GS1

316. The footballer - GS2

I love visiting family and seeing all the grandchildren - although GS1 is now almost 16 and a half, no longer a child!