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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Spike Milligan

Dear old eccentric Spike was one of my heroes. I loved his books and his poems and my heart ached each time he had to struggle with his internal demons. However, I remember with a smile, a milk advert he did on TV in the 70's, warning us to "Watch out, watch out, watch out, watch out, there's a Humphrey about!" - Humphrey being an unseen character, who you would only know was there by the appearance of a straw emerging from the side of the screen, trying to get into your glass of milk!
As far as I know, these ads were never shown in Scotland, but I saw them after I got married and moved to England for a short time.

You may wonder where I'm going with this. Well, today's word over on HSMSHS is 'Warning' and here's mine ....

There was a glorious sunset here yesterday evening, but by the time I'd grabbed my camera, this was all that was left of it.

If only I'd been a few minutes earlier.

I mnaaged to wear my Varifocals all day yesterday without too much trouble, but I'm struggling again today. My eyes are aching.


Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Frankie say .....

Relax - and so do HSMSHS today!
Tim relaxes by playing World of Warcraft online, or by playing Guitar Hero or Rock Band on the Wii. I took this one a couple of weeks ago.

He's away today, taking some students on a field trip to Stonehaven, so I'm housebound once again.

At least I can hobble out into the garden.

Old and gnarled - the trunk of an ancient buddleia in my garden:


Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Varifocal Woes

Does anyone else wear Varifocal spectacles? I tried them a couple of years ago and just couldn't get on with them at all. But now, my need for two separate pairs of specs is just too awkward and I decided to give the Varifocals another go. I know it takes a fair old while to get used to them and I only got mine yesterday, but it seems that, when I'm looking at the computer screen and keyboard, there is only a teeny tiny place that I can look through at a time to enable me to see. When I look at my desktop icons for example, if I get one clear, the other ones - even those right next to it - are all out of focus. And if I have to look down at the keyboard, it takes me ages to find the right place to look through again when I look back up at the screen.
All this seems to be very long-winded and I apologise for that, but I really want to know if this is normal and if so, how long will it take to get used to it?

Purple is the word today on HSMSHS. The colour of Cadbury's!

For the past 12 months, I've been taking part in a Circle Journal. Mine came home to me this morning! My theme was 'A Tour Round my Home Town' and it has ended up MASSIVELY thick, with loads of things to look at and to read. I'm thrilled with it!

Does this give you an idea of how thick it is?

When I posted it on for this first time last year, it was held together with the largest size of bookrings I could find, but even they weren't able to cope, so for now, it is bound with cord. I'm not sure how I'll eventually do it, so the cord will have to stay for the time being!


Monday, 27 April 2009


That's the word over on HSMSHS today.

No time for a proper blog today, so here's just my photo!


Saturday, 25 April 2009


I went out this morning to take a photograph of the moss - and this is what I found .....

Now, there are quite a few little hummocks along this wall, yet the one I've been photographing for the past three weeks or so, is the ONLY one to have been scraped off and destroyed.
It somehow strikes me as very odd that this very one should be targeted. Coincidence? Hmmmmmm.

Moving on, Tim had fun on my BIL's ride-on mower this afternoon. It's his second attempt and I have to say, it's turned out much better than his first attempt!

Elvis and I had a chat by the back door.

Then I found this little chap on the bud of a bluebell in my garden. I'm using him as my SPS for today! Click on him for a better look.

Friday, 24 April 2009

A Late Lunch

The word over on HSMSHS today, is 'Lunch'.

Ham and Branston. Delicious.

I fancied having a go at the settings on my camera this afternoon, to try to take decent shots just using the light coming in from the window. The only problem was, I didn't have a model to sit for me.

Instead I had to make-do with a sheep. Sat on a chair.

He was very patient as I took shot after shot. Much better than a human model.

I think I may have to specialise in taking sheep shots!



Thursday, 23 April 2009


Tim loves these tangerines. They're a bit tart and sour for my liking, but I love the colour, which is why I took a shot of them for the word over on HSMSHS today.

It's a dull, wet, dreary day today, hence I'm taking photos through the window.

We're building a cairn over the spot where Alfie was buried.

To cheer myself up, I'm having these babies for breakfast!

Yes, I know I should bake my own, but I'm too lazy and don't really have the inclination!



Wednesday, 22 April 2009


Tim's off to tutor a class at Uni today, so seeing as I can't drive, I'm stuck in and around the house. Hence all the shots for today have been taken in my garden.
I'm not complaining too much - the weather is glorious today. Bright sunshine and a warm gentle breeze.

So anyway, the word today over on HSMSHS is 'Container'. This is one of the little pots that I have on the patio.

I love the miniature world of alpines and someday, I will have an alpine bed in my garden so I can grow many different varieties.

Tum-te-tum-te-tum .....



I found this dandelion clock that isn't quite fully open.

Can you see me in Merry's eye?

You can click on the last two shots to get a better view.

I'm off to bloghop now. Not literally, I might add! Lol


Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Paint and Hide

The word today over on HSMSHS is 'Paint'. Here are my Adirondak Acrylic Paint Dabbers. No, the photograph isn't upside down ..... that's the way they're slotted into the storage tray thingie!

Yesterday's word was 'Hide' and I happened to catch little Star, hiding away from the other two cats, sound asleep in Alfie's old stable. Star is getting very old now and she is almost totally deaf and blind. But, she is still happy and purrs away like a good 'un when she gets petted! She also still grooms Merry as though she was her mother. So sweet.

The weather has been very fickle here today. Cold early in the morning, then it got really nice and sunny and warm, only for the temperature to fall again in the afternoon. It rained a bit too. Not enough for my liking though. It would have helped the tatties to settle in if there had been just another half hour of heavy rain. Ah well.

I'm getting so frustrated with this toe! I can't do anything I want to. I want to clear away all the old tubs and debris from the patio, so I can get the slabs all power hosed, then get some new tubs all potted up etc etc. Hopefully, by this time next week it'll be much better.

So long as I don't bash it again.


Sunday, 19 April 2009

Where's that moss?

As a reply to SuzyB, who asked where the little mossy hummock was actually located, I took some photos to show where it is!

At the end of my drive, looking towards the house ....

Further along the drive (see that bushy thing growing beside the wall? That's the honeysuckle that I photographed with the water droplets on) ...

Approaching the garage ...

Getting closer ....

Can you see it yet?

In all it's glory, it's the one on the left!

MossWatch, Day 17! Will those darned sporophytes never open????



It's Show Off Sunday on HSMSHS today and here's my shot.

It's water droplets on a honeysuckle leaf in my garden, taken yesterday morning. I used my Macro lens, but I really need to use a tripod and a cable release to get a really crystal clear shot.

Off to watch the F1 Grand Prix now.

Later taters.


Saturday, 18 April 2009

SPS and a Catch-Up

Just a quickie from me today because my connection is so slow (Tim is downloading patches for a game and it's taking far too long!)

It's Someone's Portait Saturday on HSMSHS, so here is a doctored one of Merry. The reason it's doctored? She wouldn't stay still and every shot is blurred!

Here are my catch-ups for Boots and Junction:

The car did have a driver, but I've cloned them out! This is the junction at the end of our drive, where it meets the main road.

So on to MossWatch - Day 15. Still not much difference, if any. I don't know about you readers, but I'm getting a bit bored of it now!

Finally - the infamous toe. I was at the hospital for a review yesterday and I have been signed off work for another two weeks. The strapping has been removed and it's back to being very painful again. Can't bend it at all and it has totally changed shape compared to what it used to be like, pre-break.

I'm back to relying heavily on the crutch and of course, driving is out of the question.

It's soooo frustrating because I want to get my spuds planted, along with some other veggies. Tim, bless his heart, is not keen on gardening, but will have to do it for me until I'm able to carry on myself!


Wednesday, 15 April 2009


I've been crocheting granny squares in fits and starts, with the intention of joining them together to make a blanket, eventually.

I got a ball of tie-dyed wool and although some of the squares look a little lop-sided because of the way the wool comes out, I still like them. I've used this as my shot for today, because the word over on HSMSHS is 'Cut'.

Day 12 of MossWatch and still nothing really seems to be happening.

I thought the little sporophytes would have burst open and spread their spores by now .... but no.

Bet the little blighters will do it when I'm back at work.


Tuesday, 14 April 2009


Yellow is the word today over on HSMSHS.

Not my favourite colour, really.

This is a variegated privet and I decided to do a TtV shot for a change.

Yesterday morning, I was up really early and looked out of the window to see one of those gorgeous, mysterious, ethereal, low-lying mists. Grabbed the camera and my crutch and took a few shots before it disappeared.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Blue Monday

I had the most wonderful Easter Sunday yesterday - probably the best one I think I've ever had. Kerry came out with the four kids for their Easter Egg Hunt in our garden and Jodie and Grahame came out too. Tim and I laid on a huge buffet lunch which everyone grazed at all afternoon.

The weather was absolutely glorious, which is always a bonus! The sun shone nearly all day and we spent most of our time out in the garden.

Unfortunately, I didn't notice until it was too late, that I had my camera on the wrong setting, so most of my images aren't as sharp as they should be. In fact, they're downright blurred. But never mind, eh?

Saffron pricked her finger on a shrub -

- but she recovered quickly!

Jodie and her lovely boyfriend, Grahame.

Kerry and I, reflected in Jodie's sunglasses

Finally, the word today over on HSMSHS, is Blue. The blue sky, reflected in one of Kerry's beautiful blue eyes ...

No MossWatch yet today, but it may happen later!
I'm off to get my eyes tested soon .... and to try once more to get used to Varifocals. Wish me luck!