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Friday, 17 June 2011


Another shot from my trip to the lighthouse yesterday, is just right for today's word!


Thursday, 16 June 2011

Catching up again!

Fraserburgh is situated on the north east tip of Scotland, where the North Sea meets the Moray Firth. Therefore, we have sea on two sides and they couldn't be more different. On one side, we have a glorious, golden sandy beach, but on the other, we have a very rocky coast. This is just a tiny part of it.

One of my many and varied balls of yarn for crocheting!

Perhaps not too tidily placed on the shelf, but in perfect alphabetic order!

My trusty hotty botty!! :-)


Steampunks and Pirates!

My younger daughter Jodie , as many of you dear readers will know, is a model.
Yesterday, she was modelling a steampunk costume designed by Gaia Noir , with all accessories made by Jodie and Grahame, and arranged permission to shoot it in the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses , here in Fraserburgh.
Steampunk is a fashion genre, which has its premise as a vision of how Victorians would see Science Fiction!

Top hairstylist at Toni&Guy salon in Aberdeen, Peter Mellon , did the amazing hair!!

Official photos were taken by Grahame Ritchie . The pics will be on his page soon.

Reporters from our local newspaper, The Fraserburgh Herald and also STV Fraserburgh , came along to interview Jodie.

I was there as helper and to take behind-the-scenes pics ....

Peter, preparing to get Jodie's own long red hair tucked away.

Amazing wig, styled by Peter.

Finishing touches in the museum itself.

Posing for a reporter's photo - Jodie, Peter and Grahame.

Afterwards, we went back to Jodie and Grahame's home studio, where Peter added yet more hair - and Grahame took more shots.

Afterwards, another change of costume and it was my turn to shoot!

We all had a fabulous day and hope we all get to work together again sometime!


Saturday, 11 June 2011

Three-Day CatchUp!

Ooops - I'm falling behind again, so before it gets too long, here is my catchup for this week!

Wednesday's word was 'Old'. This was one of my mum's favourite ornaments and now I treasure him too.

Thursday' word was 'Round'. This is a hole at the bottom of Irene and Zander's turbine.

Yesterday's word was 'Wooden'. I am in the middle of renovating one of the chairs that beonged to my mum and dad when they got married, almost 60 years ago. I have sanded down most of it using an electric palm sander, but I am having to do the rest with good old-fashioned sandpaper and elbow grease!


Tuesday, 7 June 2011


These are very small ...... for now! Just one row of tiny carrot plants in Irene and Zander's garden.

Yesterday, I mowed the grass and strimmed almost all the edges, then I sprayed one of the patios with weedkiller. I bought a large size, pump action canister, with an attached spray wand to do the deed - and while it was very easy to apply, there wasn't quite enough to do the whole patio, so I used another sort, which I had in the garage, to finish it off.
Only problem now is that I don't have the cash to buy more weekdiller - but the other patio and the paths really need doing. :-(

Oh well!


Monday, 6 June 2011


The tallest thing I could think of for today, was my sister and brother-in-law's wind turbine.
It is actually SO tall, that this pic really doesn't capture its height!

I bought a big container of Round-Up weedkiller yesterday. The weeds are slowly (well, quickly really!) taking over the patio and paths ..... and digging them out from between the paving slabs doesn't seem to get rid of them effectively. So that's my next job - finding the time and the weather for waging war on my weeds.
I also bought a tin of woodstain for the garden benches, because they didn't get done last year and are looking a bit worse for wear. I'm hoping to get them done this week sometime too. :-)


Friday, 3 June 2011


Today's word is 'Door'. I spent some time photographing my barn door, but I couldn't get the shot I wanted, then I walked round behind the barn and saw this ....

It's the old Little Tykes wendy house that my grandchildren and my sister's grandchildren played with until they got too big for it. It lies there, abandoned and fading - but was perfect for my shot today!


Thursday, 2 June 2011


I have had such problems this morning, trying to capture a satisfactory 'Motion' photograph!

I went to the end of our drive and waited on the verge for some traffic to pass by and tried to take a one or two second exposure to catch their trails, but it is such a gloriously bright and sunny day, that even with the ISO down as low as it goes, I just ended up with a white screen. :-(

In the end I used the 'SlowShutter' app on my iPhone and took this one of myself!

It kind of looks like a triple exposure, but isn't.

Remind me not to choose such a difficult word next time! lol


Wednesday, 1 June 2011


Shooting photographs 'from the hip' isn't as easy as it sounds, as I found out whilst walking through the British Museum recently. However, it is fun because you never know what you're going to end up with.

Here's one of my efforts for today's prompt.