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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!!!