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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Books, Movies and More

25 - Reminds me of a Movie
"Carousel"! :-)

19 - Treat
A mug, hot choc powder and a cone of marshmallows and choc drops. Part of my pressie from Kerry and Simon - and definitely a treat!

22 - Love
A lovely polished stone from my niece Pauline and her hubby Mark. :-)

26 - Twinkle
This gorgeous little cottage, with its twinkly lights was from my sister and BIL many years ago!

10 - What the Dickens?
I took this literally and chose to take a picture of a set of ancient Dickens books that I got from an old couple my parents used to know.


Saturday, 24 December 2011

Six More!

14 - Up Above
There are loads of berries on the holly tree this year. It's a strange old tree ....... the leaves at the bottom are all normal holly leaves with spikey bits, but as you can see, the higher up you go, the smoother the leaves get!

15 - Down Below
My feet, as I took the 'Up Above' shot!

7 - Wrapping
Nothing fancy in any way, but it only gets ripped anyway!

9 - Indulge
I saw this in Tesco and just HAD to get a tub!

12 - List
What better list than the one I'm using right now!

21 - Candy
Candy canes hanging from the festoons on the stairs.


Friday, 23 December 2011


16 - Red
Sneaky self-portrait in here too! lol


Thursday, 22 December 2011

Carol and Angel

5 - Carol
I found this old A4 sheet of scrapbooking paper this morning as I was searching for something else!

6 - Angel
This old angel used to sit on top of the tree for many, many years - but hasn't been used for a long time now. She is still beautiful though.


Wednesday, 21 December 2011


8 - Cosy
The candlelight, with the wonderful aromas of oranges, cloves and cinnamon, make the coldest room seem cosy.


Tuesday, 20 December 2011


It's almost the shortest day of the year and the sun doesn't rise till after 9.00am up here in Aberdeenshire.

24 - Gold

I saw this golden sunrise today - perfect for word 24!


Sunday, 18 December 2011

Four More

Four more shots for December's Image Quest list!

3 - Tree
I received this tree kit from my dear friend, Sue Nicholson, and finally had time to sit and make it today! I love it! :-)

4 - Bokeh
I may not be the best at taking bokeh pics, but I really love trying!

15 - Santa
I got this gorgeous Santa many years ago and he is very much my favourite!

20 - Hanging
The wreath on the front door, hanging from a cute hanger from Pound World, which cost .... £1, of course! Bargain!


Friday, 2 December 2011

Image Quest

I am taking part in a new photo-prompt group called "Image Quest". For December, the words are all Christmas and party related!

1 - Advent

I decorated this wooden advent house a couple of years ago and I really don't like it much any more, but it will do for this year. I think I'll try to redo it for next year. I made the little origami boxes and lids myself. Time-consuming, but very satisfying too! :-)

2 - Frosty
The grass in my garden was almost completely white with frost this morning! Perfect timing for today's word!


Monday, 21 November 2011

Today I am Wearing .....

..... this!
Cosy knitted leggings from Primark, with knee socks and furry boots.

Look what time the sun sets up here in northeast Scotland. And there is still over a month to go till the shortest day!


Wednesday, 16 November 2011


I've got the Blogger app for my iPhone, so this is a test to see if it works!
Also trying to post a pic, so here are some more of my stones!


It works - so now I can blog from my phone. How cool!! :-)

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Pebbles and Pumpkins

Following on from my last post, I decided that I would try crocheting with crochet thread and a teeny hook for the first time. Well - I love it! So much so, that I cut off the woollen cover from that first stone (that's it at bottom right) and made another using the thread ..... and have done two more as well! I am LOVING making these!!

Hallowe'en is on Monday, so I was busy last night carving some pumpkins! I got a large one from Tesco ... and a medium one, plus three cute little mini squashes from Lidl - and this is the result! I am definitely no pumkin carving expert, but I am happy enough with my basic efforts!

(Lightning added for artistic effect!)

Jodie's Hallowe'en party is tonight - and I'm SOOOO looking forward to it! I'm very happy with my costume this year and can't wait to see everyone else's too!

Will try to get some pics up tomorrow! :-)


Sunday, 16 October 2011

Crochet Stone

Here is my very first attempt at covering a stone with a crochet skin - and I have to admit to being quite pleased with it!

(Sorry for the rubbish photo - I took it with my phone.)
I collected some smooth stones from the gorgeous beach at New Aberdour when I was there earlier this week, with the intention of doing these crochet projects.
They are meant to mimic sea urchins or suchlike and can be used as ornaments or paperweights etc. I made up the design as I went along and will probably try to do the others slightly different to add interest.

Non-crafty people probably won't 'get' this at all!


Monday, 10 October 2011

Swan-ning around

Today, I went for a nice leisurely walk around Strichen Community Park . It's been a few weeks since my last visit and I was keen to see the swans and cygnets again.

There were nine hatchlings but now, sadly, only five survive. However, they all look very healthy and happy!

There was much flapping of wings and splashing of water by some of the ducks!

But one was just content to be calm and serene!

I went for an amble through the woods too, but I will save those photograhs for another day.


Friday, 7 October 2011

Jupiter Jumped!

It was a very, very clear night one evening last week, so I thought I would have an attempt at photographing the night sky. This was my result.

You can see the Pleiades clearly over my sister's house ..... but look at Jupiter on the right! He jumped! My camera was set for a 30 sec exposure, on the tripod, so I have no idea what happened there!

Only a few weeks till Hallowe'en and so it was time to decorate my seasonal tree in all its Hallowe'en glory! Not the best pic, but here it is.

My costume is all ready for Jodie's party on 29th. Can't wait! :-)


Thursday, 1 September 2011


The grass in my garden has long been overrun by moss.

See what I mean? :-)


Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A Walk with my Girls

Last week, I got to spend a rare day with both of my amazing daughters - Kerry on the left and Jodie on the right.

We went for a slow, leisurely walk around this beautiful estate.

Jodie found a huge old tree to hug! :-)

Just thinking.

I am truly blessed to have such wonderful girls.



One of the light fittings that illuminate my staircase ..... taken from an unusual angle. Complete with dust if you look close enough!



Last Wednesday was the 10th anniversary of my son's death. I can hardly believe ten years have passed, yet at the same time, it feels like an eternity.
He would have been 35 now.

My darling sister bought me a beautiful bouquet because she knows I love flowers.


Early One Morning ......

...... just as the sun was rising (as the old song goes), I met Tim and we went to Aberdeen Beach to take photos.
There were many gulls to be seen, but most flew away as I approached, apart from this youngster.
Just right for Monday's word - 'Single'.


Monday, 22 August 2011

Studio Day

I had a really good day yesterday with my daughter Jodie, who was modelling all day in Elgin, at Elgin Studio Hire .

She worked with quite a few photographers and I had my turn at the end of the day. Here are some of my efforts!

I had a play about during the PostProcessing of this one!

One of the final shots of the day was a funny one with Geoff, the owner of the studio!

I thoroughly enjoyed my day and met some lovely people too! :-)