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Saturday, 27 December 2008

Macro Madness!

I've had a play with my spangly new macro lens and have come to the conclusion that I need to use a tripod with it.

But oh - you can get in soooo close to things. Take this mossy thing, for example. It's growing on the wall around the patio and measures roughly 1cm across.

I think I may have over-sharpened it too, but hey, it's a learning curve, right?

How about the bark on this Silver Birch tree?

I'm going to have such fun with this lens!


Sunday, 21 December 2008

O! Christmas Tree(s)

This year, we have three trees ..... no, wait ..... actually, we have five trees! How did that happen?

This our big, fibre optic tree, bought quite a few years ago at a not inconsiderable cost. But it has proved its worth many times simply because of the ease of putting-up and taking-down.

The instructions with it state categorically NOT to hang decorations from the branches - so we don't. There are so many fibre optics and LED lights, that it really doesn't need it anyway. This tree is in our lounge, which is really only ever used during the festive season. Oh, apart from when Tim plays the Wii, because it's in there too!

Next, this is the 3ft baby tree I got from Tesco this year for £6.50. I added a few bows and little parcels and the lights and I think it's really sweet!

This is in our family room - the room we use most to sit and watch TV. It's nice and small, but not pokey. Homely, I guess you'd call it.

Last year, at the end of the season, Tesco were selling off their trees at silly prices and I picked up this beauty for around a fiver, if I remember correctly. It's a 6ft corner tree and we thought it would be perfect in the hall beside the front door.

I always drape green garlands and red flowers and bows over the railings and bannisters, so we thought we would decorate the tree with the same colours to match. I like it, but not the lights. No sirreeeeee, bob! They are too blue/white and don't 'go' at all. Next year, I shall have normal, clear lights, which will complement the look much better.

I'll try to get pictures of the other trees posted later.

In the meantime, here is my SOS for today. A gorgeous sunrise taken on Thursday at around 7.30 - 8.00am. Through the patio doors, which is why it isn't as sharp as it should be. I love the colours though.


Monday, 15 December 2008

LOOK .....

.....what arrived this morning!!

From the wonderfully brilliant Eleanor. One of her to-die-for handmade shopping bags - and the hat!


I mentioned here a wee while ago that I couldn't get one ...... so she sent me one and I LOVE it!! It's all padded and cosy and it's hardly been off since it arrived! I've been in to town a couple of times, so the bag has been used already!

Here I am, ready to go out ...

Yes, I know it's cold enough for the hat - and yes, I know I'm wearing cut-offs at the same time, but I don't suffer from cold legs or feet, so I wear my cut-offs and Crocs nearly all year round!

I've just noticed in the photo that I haven't changed the Christmas countdown teddy today yet. It's all the excitement of getting perfect gifts!

Thank you, Ellie. From the bottom of my heart. xxxxxx


Sunday, 7 December 2008


I've finally managed to get all caught up with the prompts this week on HSMSHS.
Not sure if I'll manage to keep up through the festive season though.

Keeping one eye - and one camera lens - on the world, here is my SPS:

Wrinkles, bitten nails, no make-up and all, but hey - I'm not proud! :)

I'm still loving taking Ttv photographs and this is one that I particularly like, for no real reason.

I just like it!

So yesterday it was my birthday. I have decided that, from now on, I am never going to complain about geting old, ever again. I am so very fortunate to have reached this age, when so many other people never had the chance to attain adulthood at all.

I'm 52 and proud.


Friday, 5 December 2008

Yet another catch-up

I really need to try harder to get my photographs up on time, but time is something that always seems to be running away from me at the moment.

So, better late than never, here are my efforts for 'Gift', 'Lights' and 'Tradition'.

As I mentioned before, my brother-in-law retired last week and we gave him a few parting gifts. This was just one of them:

It's a gorgeous shepherd's crook, with the handle made from a ram's horn and the end carved with a thistle. It takes the chappie six weeks to make one of these!

I can't take the credit for this next one. Tim took it last year, just after we'd bought the EOS 400D. The trails are from a lorry that thundered past as he was playing!

Finally, here is my shot for Tradition. I bought this ornament from Avon, way back when my kids were little, so he must be at least 25 years old.. There are three coloured bulbs inside that flicker on and off in random patterns. Christmas definitely wouldn't be the same without our Mr Frosty!

It's my birthday tomorrow. :)


Wednesday, 3 December 2008


The weather here in NE Scotland has been appalling since Monday. I have an hour's drive to get to work and obviously, an hour to get home again. I leave very early in the morning, (5.20am) and the roads have been horrendously treacherous. Took me well over an hour and a half to get there yesterday morning and then THIS morning, I had to drive in near white-out conditions. The snow was coming down so thick and fast, I could hardly see anything!

Not nice at all.

Then tonight on the way home, the temperature fell to minus 5 ..... AND there are more heavy snowfalls and severe frosts forecast for tonight too.

So anyway, 'Angel'was the word yesterday over on HSMSHS.

I took these three beauties in our local cemetery. The first two are teeny tiny - no more than 8" tall.

The of course, I just had to put another shot of my favourite angel on here too. She is life-size and utterly, completely and totally bewitching in her serene beauty.

If you click on the 'Angel' label at the bottom this post, you'll be able to see the first shot of my favourite angel too.


Monday, 1 December 2008


So, here we are, on the first day of December.

The day the advent calendars come out once again.

This is my photograph for Advent, which is the word tday over on HSMSHS.

I finished making this one (from oversized matchboxes) on Friday and have given it to Jodie as a gift. I made another style of matchbox advent calendar a couple of years ago for my grandchildren, so now it's Jodie's turn.

I had the dentist today. One of my second front teeth at the top left is fractured above the gum level and cannot be fixed, so it needs to come out. I can't be left with a gap there (yikes!) so my dentist is making a teeny tiny one-tooth denture and I was there for the second impression. I'm getting the offending tooth taken out and the denture put in on the same day - 19th December. Good timing - right before my Crimbo dinner! Grrrrr.

Oh, and to make matters worse, the porcelain veneer on my eye tooth at the top right split in half a few days ago!!! I took the bit that came off with me today and he has stuck it back on, but he says he doesn't expect it to stay there very long. I guess I'll need a new one. More money to shell out.

Well, my brother-in-law retired on Friday. Can hardly believe it. I've known and loved him like a real brother since I was 14 years old - and have worked with him for the past almost two years. We had a presentation for him and then he took us all out for a lovely bar lunch and a few drinkies! Yay for my BIL!!!

Sunday, 23 November 2008

More Snow!

Overnight, a thick blanket of snow has descended and covered the whole garden. Tim's car has all but disappeared under it and some of it is a couple of feet deep where it has drifted in the corners of the steadings.

On the plus side, the wind has completely gone, but the sky is heavy and grey - an omen of more snow to come, perhaps?

Sunday means SOS and here's mine. It's a Ttv shot of a deer skull that Tim found on one of his geology trips and took home. It lives in the garden and obviously, this was taken before the snows came!

I got some bargains yesterday from Tesco, for Christmas pressies for our various small nieces and one nephew. Lovely, cosy padded jackets for them all - and all at 20% off (ALL clothing). Fab! But the biggest bargain was Tesco's own fake Uggs. The big writing on the label says £10 ...... but in smaller writing at the bottom, it says 2 for £15 ..... PLUS the 20% off. Means I got two pairs of Fake Uggs for £11!!!

Oh yeah!

I've braved the cold and taken these shots of my garden.
Fir tree:

A corner of the patio:

Also pointed up and saw these geese. Not a great shot, but they are so LOUD!!


Saturday, 22 November 2008

Saturday again

So that means it's SPS again! This time, HSMSHS is asking for a B&W shot and here is mine. Saffron, with her face painted.

It's absolutely freezing cold up here in NE Scotland today. Icy blasts of arctic winds bringing snow and more snow. I'll try to get some pics today and post them to let you see.

Roll on, spring!


I braved the elements and went out to the garden to take some shots. Didn't manage to stay outfor long and not because of the cold ...... it was because the camera battery died! It's on the charger now.

I took this one:

I also took some Ttv shots which will be on my Ttv Blog very soon!


Thursday, 20 November 2008

Spanish Spiral

Spanish, is the word today over on HSMSHS.

This is mine ..... a spiral staircase inside the Sagrada Familia, when Tim and I went to Barcelona earlier this year.

I want to go back!


Sunday, 16 November 2008


When we went to see the Wickerman burning last month, there were numerous other activities for kids to take part in. From creepy story-telling around a fire in the iron age roundhouse, to seeing what life was like in a Roman encampment ..... and Poi!

Poi is the art of fireball spinning. There was a Poi workshop and the kids loved it! Obviously, they weren't using real fireballs though!

Beginners use sock-type things, made from a non-stretchy fabric, with weighted balls down at the 'toe' end. Then, you just spin them! There are loads of moves to learn and the kids spent the best part of an hour there.

So, for my SOS today, here's Kali in mid-spin!

I'm cooking (don't fall down with shock - although I hate cooking, I have to do it occasionally!) a beef stew for supper tonight. Tim is away taking some of his students on a field trip today and won't be home till after 7.00pm tonight. It's freezing cold and I know he'll be hungry, so I'm doing tatties, cabbage and also making dumplings too! It's his favourite - and one of mine too! I'm cooking the beef on the hob at a very low temperature and the aroma is just wonderful, even though I say it myself. By the time he gets home, it will be as tender, as tender can be!

I wonder who will be voted out of Strictly tonight. By rights, it should be John Sergeant. I think he's lovely and it great entertainment, but there really are much more committed and talented celebs and it's a bit of a shame if one of those gets voted off instead.

Oh, and did you see Cherie's legs last night? Wow, wow and thrice I say, wow! She's in incredible shape ..... not only for HER age, but for any age!


Friday, 14 November 2008

SPS ... and another Catch-up

I've been laid low by the dreaded lurgy for the past couple of days, so I've been off work, barely able to lift my head without running to the loo to be sick.

Not nice at all.

I haven't played HSMSHS for a wee while, so here is my SPS for today:

My grandson, Cameron, taken last month, but only just uploaded!

And here are a few by way of a catch-up.








A huge 'Thank You' to Sue for this tag! I'm absolutely thrilled!

As Sue said in her comment, it is highly unlikely we would ever have met were it not for the magic of the internet and the inspiration of HSMSHS!

So now, I have to nominate 6 people too. In no particular order, I would like to tag FeeFee, Annette, Sharon, Maz, Lorraine and Diana.

I could have given it to so many people, it was hard to stick to 6!

Laters gators.


Wednesday, 12 November 2008


The word over on HSMSHS today, is Game. This is a cheat, I'm afraid. I used this shot the last time this word was used!

I'm still proud of my brain age though ... considering my body's age is 51! :)

More later. In the meantime, I've put some more TTV shots in my TTV blog (link at the side).



Thursday, 6 November 2008

Scary photos continued ...

A few of you said in your comments yesterday that you'd like to see more photographs from Saturday night.

Don't say I don't give what I'm asked for! :)

Jodie, oozing black goo from her mouth (it was only water with black food colouring!) :

Gordon and Jodie:

My girls. I think they get their good looks from their dad. :)

Our friends, Fiona and Shanne:

Darren and FeeFee as Herman and Lily Munster!

Kerry wearing her wings, beside her friend Kim (Malificent)

Happy First Prizewinners!

Jodie, delighted with her trophy! :)

And that's your lot, folks!

Till next year!


Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Be warned .... scary photos!

Finally, here are a select few of the photographs that were taken on Saturday at the Hallowe'en party. Some of them - especially Kerry's make-up, are pretty extreme .... but brilliant too!

I'll begin with a couple of milder ones.

This is Jodie's friend Joanne:

and Joanne's sister Kerry. Don't know if any of you have ever watched The Mighty Boosh on TV ..... I haven't, but apparently, this is a character called Old Gregg!

This is me!


On to the scarier ones now.

That's Jodie on the left, as Medusa, complete with snake-eye contact lenses! Me in the middle and Kerry on the right. She is a fire fairy and she made all those burns herself, using gelatine, glycerine and food colouring. She also had wings that she wore in the pub later.

Kerry aso had prosthetic fairy ears and scary-looking teeth! Yikes!

Finally, here is my friend Gordon (Phantom of the Opera) with my gorgeous girlies! :)

I also just thought that I'd mention that I ALWAYS make my own costumes and my girls either make, or put together, theirs. No shop-bought costumes for us! :)

Do you want to see any more later???? :)


America has just taken a huge, momentous, historic step forward this morning with the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America.
It's so difficult to fathom that, not so long ago - within MY lifetime - non-whites were not permitted to use the same public transport as whites, nto allowed to go to the same schools, etc etc ...... and now the people have actually voted for a non-white man to lead them.

Fantastic. Brilliant.

My only fear now, is that the crackpot white supremists (KKK et al), might try to do something about it.

But for now, I'm thrilled.


Sunday, 2 November 2008

SOS - with a twist!

With Suzy in charge this weekend, we just knew there would be something different on HSMSHS!

So today's SOS (Show-off Sunday) had to have set or collection. I don't really have any sets or collections apart from, once again, my Little Apple Dolls.

So, here they are again! They'll be getting famous at this rate. Lol

We had a fab time at the Hallowe'en party in the pub last night! I'll be posting some scary pics of very scary people later on!