Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

This weeks challenge from The Daily Post is Monument… 

“The Eiffel Tower? Stonehenge? Your town’s sole traffic light? For this week’s photo challenge, blow us away with your take on the monumental.”

For other entries click here!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

For this week’s challenge I decided I would post a couple of pictures of my eldest son on his 18th birthday, December 2013. Here he is opening some of his gifts, still a boy in so many ways… but on the threshold of manhood!

My son's 18th birthday and the threshold from boy to man!

My son’s 18th birthday and the threshold from boy to man!

Having just opened one of his 18th birthday presents... all smiles because he got the guitar he wanted that I'd been telling him he wasn't getting because it was too expensive!

Having just opened one of his gifts… all smiles because he got the guitar he wanted that I’d been telling him he wasn’t getting because it was too expensive!

“A threshold is a point of entering; that point just before a new beginning — that split-second moment in time, full of anticipation. All the hard work is over; relief is palpable.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

This weeks photo challenge is all about ‘street life’… the only recent street life photos I’ve taken were all in or around Brick Lane and I think I’ve posted enough of those for now!  So I decided to use some from a holiday in France back in 2011!  

Hope you enjoy them…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

This weeks photo challenge is reflections

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Brick Lane: Revisited #3!

The third and final gallery of Brick Lane street art photos taken a couple of weeks ago.  

To see #1 click here and for #2 here!

That’s all, for now anyway… I visit Brick Lane often so I can’t promise there won’t be more in the future!  Hope you enjoyed them all!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

This week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post asks us to look at perspective…

“Photos aren’t objective – they show what we want them to show”

Brick Lane: Revisited #2!

As promised, here’s #2 of the Brick Lane street art photos taken a couple of weeks ago.  To see #1 click here!

Hope you enjoy them…

 

The final gallery, #3 will be posted shortly!

Brick Lane: Revisited #1!

I love visiting Brick Lane in London, not only for the variety of vintage clothes shops, the wonderfully quirky and diverse people and the best hot salt beef bagels, washed down with my favourite dirty chai coffee… but also for the street art that changes or is added to on a regular basis… I could never be bored, there’s always so much to draw the eye and keep that camera shutter clicking!  

So much so that I took far too many shots for one post!  I couldn’t decide which to use and which to ditch so I’m going to spread them out through a few posts over the next two or three days!

Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!  More to follow…

It All Started A Year Ago!

Yes that’s right folks… WordPress inform me that The Amateur Camera is now a year old!  

One Year Woohoo!

One Year Woohoo!

I had no idea what to expect from blogging when I tentatively hit that first ‘Publish’ button.  It was my daughter Stephanie, also known in the blogging world as ‘GRaDABOUT‘ who encouraged me to start but as much as she loves my photos it was scary putting them ‘out there’ for all to see and comment on.

I have to say, over the past year I have met some really wonderful people through WordPress and received some lovely encouraging and uplifting comments on my photography, as well as finding some awesome blogs that bring joy to my days along the way!  So a great big THANK YOU to all of you out there in the blogosphere for your support and encouragement and especially to my wonderful daughter… Grazie bella!

Here’s to the next year!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

I’m not a fan of the ‘selfie’ but I do like to enter into the spirit of things so have decided to post some ‘selfie’ reflections, neither intended… the first was taken at the Village Green Festival, where my eldest son performed live, singing and playing guitar, in a festival setting for the first time. The photo is a reflection of me through his sunglasses and in the second… I was aiming to take a photo of my Mutley dog in the boot of my car after a long romp over the rolling Dartmoor hills… she (and we) had a wonderful time!

I guess the camera is a part of my heart and  soul so any ‘selfie’ was always going to have the camera in front of my face! 

A reflection of me through my son's  sunglasses!

A reflection of me through my son’s sunglasses… I love the way the photo reflects again through the lens!

Mutley... who is also a reflection of me...

Mutley… who is also a reflection of me… she is a part of me.

To see other entries for this weeks challenge, click here!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object #2(?)

I realised, when going to bed last night that I hadn’t included my Wish Angel in my first entry for the photo challenge! Mon Dieu… I hear you say!

My Wish Angel was a Christmas present from my Mum… she sits on my bedside table (my wish angel, not my mum!) and is the first thing I see in the morning (other than the alarm clock!) and the last thing I see at night (other than setting the alarm clock!) she makes me stop for a moment and remember to embrace the ebb and flow of everyday life but also makes me realise that there is more to life than setting alarm clocks are many possibilities to come, many directions my life can take… she makes me excited and calm about the future, she makes me smile!

My Wish for you, is that you embrace every ebb and flow…

That you feel the full breath of possibility…

That you listen to what is calling you…

...embrace every ebb and flow...

…embrace every ebb and flow…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

I’ve been otherwise occupied for a wee bit, with goodness knows exactly what but it’s certainly kept me busy!

I hope a merry Christmas was had in every corner of the blogosphere and I wish one and all a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year!

This weeks photo challenge is all about the ‘object‘…

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

This shot was taken in Mevagissey, Cornwall.  I was meandering along the harbour and crouched down to take a photo of the rowing boat with all the other boats and cottages providing the wonderfully colourful background and reflections in the water when the Seagull landed and posed for me!  So this is my One for this weeks challenge

Fishing boats and Seagulls... typically Mevagissey!

Fishing boats and Seagulls… typically Mevagissey!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

For this week’s photo challenge I’m posting some photos taken recently in London’s Piccadilly Circus with a silhouette of the famous Eros statue in one of them.  A couple were taken at the Warner Bros Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter, which I totally recommend to any Harry Potter fans out there… it was awesome!  Some taken locally and of course you’ve gotta have candles!

 So without much further ado… Let There Be Light!  

Click on any image to enlarge or for slideshow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

For this weeks challenge, Layers I decided to take some photos of things around my home… it’s amazing how many different layers can be found in ordinary everyday stuff!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

Not in black and white but I think they’re definitely eerie so I reckon they fit this weeks photo challenge

These were taken at a local cemetery a few years ago… apparently the webs were created by a little caterpillar called ermine yponomeuta moths, which are common in Britain. It was a pretty amazing sight!

Click on any image to enlarge…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

I couldn’t decide on just one, so here are a few Horizon’s for this weeks challenge… some were taken during a trip to France a couple of year’s ago and some from an impromptu lazy afternoon locally!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

I thought I’d go with the saturated by water element of this weeks challenge and post a photo of my beautiful Mutley looking very bedraggled after spending an afternoon on a beach in Cornwall with us this summer…

Mutley loves water as long as it's not too deep and moving too fast!

In the boot of the car, worn out after her beach adventures!

Mutley loves going into water as long as it’s not too deep or moving too fast! This was the first time she’d actually been into the sea deep enough to get completely saturated… my son was throwing sticks in for her and she finds a stick very hard to resist! 

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

For this weeks challenge set by The Daily Post here are a few lines and patterns taken in the garden, on the beach and by the river…

Click on any image to enlarge and for slideshow.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside…

I had fun with this weeks photo challenge it made me think outside the box! Couldn’t resist this, inside the lens…

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Books on the bookshelf inside one of my lenses on the arm of the sofa!

Cropped image of the one above showing books, upside down inside the lens!

Cropped image of the one above showing books, upside down inside the lens!

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Photographer inside the lens! :)

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

This weeks photo challenge had me trawling through my photos trying to find one that fit the ‘unusual point of view’ theme…

Challenge yourself to rethink your ideas about what subjects are appropriate, and then challenge yourself again to find an unusual perspective on your subject.

I came up with this one taken at The Village Green Festival, it’s a reflection of the view my Son was seeing through his sunglasses!

He played his first live gig in a festival setting... I was very proud of him!

He played his first live gig (guitar & singing) in a festival setting… I was very proud of him!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This weeks photo challenge got me thinking about what the sea really means to me, how does it make me feel… there are so many emotions the sea evokes. When I have been away from it for a while, I miss it, I feel it’s pull… it makes me feel calm, peaceful, able to breathe deeply… renewed, alive, invigorated and full of life’s possibilities.  

The photo below was taken on a beach we had stumbled upon quite by accident (sometimes the best kind) whilst looking for a completely different one!  The perfect afternoon turned into a glorious evening with an amazing sunset which I couldn’t capture because my camera battery died!  Gutted and lesson learned!

I could sit for hours, listening to the waves breaking on the sand... staring out at the distant horizon...  life is beautiful!

I could sit for hours, listening to the waves breaking on the sand… staring out at the distant horizon… life and the world is beautiful!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

The photos below were taken on a beach in Cornwall a few weeks ago.  I was focusing on the texture at the time but I think these go well with this weeks photo challenge theme

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The top of a post in the fence bordering the beach

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Same fence… different post!

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I love the texture that the elements have etched and carved into the wood over the years

Daily Prompt: Reflections…

These were taken last Tuesday on a steam train ride from Paignton to Dartmouth in Devon… I think they go quite well with today’s Daily Prompt theme!

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Steam trains bring out ‘The Railway Children’ kid in me! (Film from my childhood!)

Same train, just different depth of field!

Same train, different view & depth of field!

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This weeks photo challenge is the golden hour… that time of day when the sun is rising to herald new possibilities, when the air is fresh and the world is quiet… when you can breathe deeply, ready for whatever challenges or adventures come your way… or when the sun is setting, the air is warm but there’s a lovely welcome, gentle breeze and you close your eyes and exhale… reflecting on the day as it closes its sleepy eyes.

These were all taken on Dartmoor, Devon in Oct last year...

These were all taken on Dartmoor, Devon in Oct last year, one of my favourite places…

It was very early (and cold) but we were on a mission...

It was very early (and cold) but we were on a mission…

My Mum had recently done a degree & had graduated with a 2.1 and wanted to celebrate...

My Mum had recently gained a 2.1 in her degree and wanted to celebrate…

By greeting the sunrise on Dartmoor and toasting with Champagne...

By greeting the sunrise on Dartmoor and toasting with Champagne…

We were rewarded with this gorgeous sunrise after having rain for most of the week and walked back down the hills somewhat merrier than we went up them...!

We were rewarded with gorgeous rays of sunshine streaming through the clouds after having rain for most of the week and walked back down the hills somewhat merrier than we went up them…!

I love the steam rising from the hillside as the morning sun dries the rain soaked earth

I love the steam rising from the hillside as the morning sun dries the rain-soaked earth…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

I took these photographs a few weeks ago… whilst clearing out my loft, I came upon a bag full of the children’s old dressing up clothes… my teenage sons of 17 and 15 were delighted with this blast from their pasts and promptly dressed up in everything that they could still fit into!  So this is my take on nostalgic for this weeks photo challenge

Eldest son, on the left, is dressed in a fushion of Cowboy hat, meets Jack Sparrow pirate head band with hair attachments & pirate sword, meets Lego bear shield!  Youngest son is dressed in a fushion of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mask, meets Knights facial armour, meets Lego Eagle shield, meets Laser tag gun!

Eldest son, on the left, is dressed in a fusion of Cowboy hat, meets Jack Sparrow pirate headband with hair attachments, Jack Sparrow pirate belt & pirate sword, meets Lego Bear shield! Youngest son on the right is dressed in a fusion of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mask, meets Knights facial armour, meets Lego Eagle shield, meets Harry Potter glove, meets Laser tag gun!

I had to add this one... when my youngest son looked down and saw his old handmade hat he wore for a school assembly his voice went all high pitched as he exclaimed with a sharp intake of breath... 'My broccoli hat!'

I had to add this one… when my youngest son looked down and saw his old handmade hat he wore for a school assembly his voice went all high pitched as he exclaimed with a sharp intake of breath… ‘My broccoli hat!’

I could not stop laughing for ages… it was so much fun seeing them enjoying all of their old childhood stuff once more… such a lovely nostalgic moment!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable #3!

Time’s running out… how could I not post a few photo’s of Mutley for the weekly photo challenge with a theme of ‘companionable’ it would feel so wrong of me not to!  Mutley is, after all, my constant companion… she is loyal, never judges, makes me smile and is always totally ecstatic every time I come home!

This is Mutley...

This is Mutley…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable #2

I captured these yesterday whilst enjoying the sunshine for a wonderful change!  I thought they were perfect for this weeks photo challenge… just imagine all the adventures going through their minds!  Oh to be a child again!

Four companionable adventurers...!

Four companionable adventurers…!

The wonders of childhood...

The wonders of childhood…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

These two were fishing together, taking it in turns to go ‘bottoms up’ for food!  They looked very cute and companionable so thought it rather apt for this weeks photo challenge

Mrs Ducks goes fishing first... delicately does it...

Mrs Duck goes fishing first… delicately does it…

Mr Duck threw himself full throttle into a nose dive... get those tail feather's up!

Mr Duck threw himself full throttle into a nose dive… get those tail feather’s up!

They did this for quite a while… sometimes both at the same time which was wonderfully funny!  Wish I’d captured one of those!

Pigeon… In My Lounge!!!

I had just made myself a lovely lunch and a cup of green tea… everything was arranged and I was just about to get comfy to enjoy some peace and quiet… apparently not!

I heard some noise in the fireplace and upon inspection found some soot had fallen out and onto the rug… as I stood and watched, more and more kept falling down and out in front of me.  There was a few moments of nothing then again more fell out… Ohhh nooo… I looked at Mutley, Mutley looked at me… and promptly took off upstairs!  Fine protector she is!!!

I was left looking at the fireplace and said out loud “please don’t let anything dead fall out!” and then “actually, no, please don’t let anything live fall out!!!”  Literally two seconds later a pigeon landed unceremoniously in the fireplace and took flight into the room, missing my head by two inches as I ducked and ran for the door!  I flew for my camera whilst screeching to my son… “There’s a pigeon flying around the lounge!”

Doesn't look too ruffled or dirty... all things considered!

Doesn’t look too ruffled or dirty… all things considered!

My son arrived on the scene a little bleary eyed and dishevelled, having just woken up (he’s 17… say no more) armed only with an old childhood dressing up Spiderman glove, recently found in a loft clearout!

Spiderman glove meets pigeon and my son says... "Ah, can we keep him?!"

Spiderman glove meets pigeon, pigeon’s thinking ‘what the hell is that?’ and my son says… “Ah, can we keep him?!”

Flash back… to when he wanted a German Shepherd and promised to walk her and pick up her poop… Ha! Not falling for that one again!

Decided he doesn't like Spiderman glove!

Decided he doesn’t like Spiderman glove…

Taking off after the Spiderman touch!

… and takes off only to fly straight into conservatory door!

Looking out of my blinds to freedom, whilst pacing up and down... and pooping!

Looking out of my blinds to freedom, whilst pacing up and down on the back of my sofa … and pooping on my hand stitched Indian throw!

Mutley... proved to be a bit of a 'fraidy cat!

Mutley… proved to be a bit of a ‘fraidy cat!

Of course after she realised it was only a bird, not something sinister and could hear it flapping around she tried her best to get back into the room, nearly tripping me up everytime I retreated with my camera when the pigeon flew in my direction… he had already proved he wasn’t great at navigating!

All wrapped up and ready to go!

All wrapped up and ready to go!

Armed now with some more sensible gloves, my son managed after several attempts to throw my youngest son’s jacket over the pigeon so that he could pick it up and carry it out…

First flight of freedom... my son ducking to the left while pigeon makes a break for it to the right!

Making a break for freedom!

My son ducks to the left while the pigeon makes a break for it to the right!

I'm free, I'm free!

I’m free, I’m free!

He looks a bit bewildered but focused on his destination towards the rooftops and hopefully away from chimneys… mine anyway! :)

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes…

Nature and animals are what inspire me most.  Being among nature and around animals always makes me feel calm, happy and peaceful… literally makes me feel alive, the only time I really breathe deeply.  I’ve always wondered what the world looks like through animals eyes so that’s why I’ve chosen these for this weeks photo challenge

I couldn't not include Mutley's beautiful eyes!

I couldn’t not include Mutley’s beautiful eyes… she looks dopey because she’s just been rudely awoken by my camera! Sorry Mutley! :)

This horse was in an enclosed field but I love to see them running free and wild!

This horse was in an enclosed field but I love to see them running free and wild!

Ah Swans... so beautiful and elegant

Ah Swans… so beautiful and elegant

This little squirrels eyes were only interested in where the next nut was coming from!

This little squirrels eyes were only interested in where the next nut was coming from!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Swans are so elegant and beautiful… I chose this picture for this weeks photo challenge because of the graceful curves of the Swans head, neck and body… the curve of the lake and also because of the curved wingspan and tail feathers of the pigeon flying over it!

This Swan was enjoying posing for the camera!  If you look in the background you can see Mrs Swan approaching with her Sygnets!

I think this is ‘Mr’ Swan, he seemed to be enjoying posing for the camera! If you look in the background you can see ‘Mrs’ Swan approaching with the Cygnets!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting… #2!

I have been trying (for some time now) to capture some squirrels on camera… unfortunately for me, Mutley normally spots them either at the same time or before me and sends them scurrying up the nearest tree!

Squirrel watching Mutley...

Squirrel watching Mutley…

This one stopped to watch Mutley just long enough for me to click but not as sharp as I’d like it!  Maybe next time the moment won’t be so fleeting…

... Mutley watching squirrel... hoping it comes down the tree she's just chased it up!

… Mutley watching squirrel… hoping it comes down the tree she’s just chased it up!

Look at that face intent on the squirrel… give it up Mutley… it’s never gonna happen!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting…

I love plants but I’m useless at keeping them alive!  My daughter bought me an amazing Orchid which I have affectionately (and in the interest of positivity) called ‘Possibility’ :)  I thought I would take some photographs of Possibilities amazing blooms because they are ‘fleeting’ and if my luck hasn’t changed, I may never see them again!

So beautiful… at least if Possibility never blooms again (and I so hope she does) I will have captured them forever here.

Mutleys’ pic(s) of the day!

My Son was enjoying some of his leftover pizza for lunch, so Mutley assumed the position…

Oooh that looks sooo good...

Oooh that looks sooo good…
... hot dog stuffed crust!? You're killing me here!

… hot dog stuffed crust!? You’re killing me here!

... if I stare at it long enough it may levitate towards me!

… if I stare at it long enough it may levitate towards me!

The last piece of the last slice... must concentrate all efforts into looking as cute & adorable puppy as possible!

The last piece of the last slice… must concentrate all efforts into looking as cute & adorable a puppy as possible!

 “I can resist anything… except temptation!”  Oscar Wilde

I think Mutley did a pretty good job of resisting… she was rewarded with a small piece of hot dog! 

The Serpentine… Hyde Park, London

Just a few photos taken at The Serpentine in Hyde Park a few weeks ago…

Try something different…!

Three lovely ducks chillin’ on the banks of a river… wanting to do something different but not quite knowing what… the conversation (Jungle Book, Vulture style) goes something like this…

1st Duck…

So, what do you wanna do?

So, what do you wanna do?

2nd Duck, looking at 3rd Duck…

... I dunno, what do you wanna do?

… I dunno, what do you wanna do?

3rd Duck…

... I dunno, what do you wanna do? ........... 1st duck... sighing... shall we go for a swim then?

… I dunno, what do you wanna do? ……….. 1st Duck… sighing… shall we go for a swim then?

Mutleys’ pic(s) of the day!

Tala (Mutley) quite likes all this blogging lark and has decided she would like a sideline to my blog… ‘Mutleys’ pic of the day!’  So that she can showcase all her wonderfulness!

Hmm this tastes good...

Hmm this tastes good…

... doesn't smell too good though!

… doesn’t smell too great though!

Can't you put that camera down for two seconds...? The stick's not going to throw itself!!!

Can’t you put that camera down for two seconds…? The stick’s not going to throw itself!!!  Humph…!

Sunshine…! Happy, happy, happy!

I recently got nominated for the Sunshine Award by the very person who started me on my blogging journey… my wonderful daughter, GrADABOUT, (check out her blog, she writes beautifully!) she encouraged me to start posting my photographs because she knows how much I love taking them, assuring me that the wordpress community were really friendly and she wasn’t wrong!  I am so glad I took her advice.  Knowing that there are people all over the world, not only seeing my photographs but actually liking and enjoying some of them makes me feel wonderful!

“The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere”. The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favourite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!”

Doing this blog has encouraged me to get out even more with my camera and has given me more confidence in myself as a photographer, amateur though I may be, when someone comments on one of my posts with the words ‘beautiful photos’ it makes my heart soar!  So thank you to my lovely daughter for the encouragement and the award.  Thank you too to all you bloggers in WordPress land and beyond!

So, now on to the questions and answers, feel free to skip ahead…!

What inspired you to start blogging?

Oops! I’ve pretty much already answered this one above but aside from my daughter, I guess I just wanted to put my photographs ‘out there’ and see whether anyone other than my family thought they were any good!

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

Originally it was just ‘The Amateur’ but that was already taken. I wanted it to be a bit different and also didn’t want it to sound like I was a professional photographer… I’m an amateur photographer, my camera is my partner in crime… so was born ‘The Amateur Camera.’

What is your favourite blog that you like to read?

That’s just impossible to answer!  There are so many good one’s!  I read a lot of very different topics… of course there are many amazing photography blogs that I love but there are also some bloggers that are serious writers, some seriously hilarious that crack me up every time!  Some are poets, some live in other countries that I love to hear about and some blog about some seriously mouth watering recipes!  Too hard to pick a favourite, sorry!

Tell us about your dream job…

Now that’s an easier one… I’m probably past the stage where this is going to be possible now but I would have loved to have been a travel or wildlife photographer… preferably a combination of the two!  My other dream job would be helping with Dolphin conservation, maybe that one’s still a possibility?   Ah well, one can dream… :)

Dolphins are just awesome!

Dolphins are just awesome!

Is the glass half full or half empty?

Oh definitely half full!  I have my moments like anybody but I am generally a very happy and positive person… I try to see the beauty in the simple every day stuff!

If you could go anywhere for a week’s holiday (vacation, American ones) where would you go?

This is another hard one as I haven’t really begun my travelling journey yet! There are so many places I want to see but if I had to choose one I would have to combine it with another lifelong dream which is to swim with wild dolphins, so preferably somewhere exotic (not off the chilly British coast!) with warm crystal clear turquoise blue waters (see pic above) … Fiji… Seychelles… can’t I have both? :( Too hard!

What food can you absolutely not eat?

Easy… Faggots!  When I was a child the advert (commercial) for faggots was about a certain brand which happened to be called ‘Mr Brain’s Faggots’ I got it into my head that faggots were made out of brains because of the way they said it in the advert… ‘Brain’s Faggots!’  Even though I now know this not to be true, I still won’t eat them because of that memory!  I also use to throw my green beans out of the window so I didn’t have to eat them and got caught because they landed in front of my next door neighbours front door… but that’s another story!

This is how I remember them... they look like tiny little brains swimming in gravy!

This is how I remember them… they look like tiny little brains swimming in gravy!

How much time do you spend blogging?

That depends very much on what’s going on in my other world!  I try to spend as much time as possible catching up with the blogs I follow, on a daily basis and I try to post a blog once a week though as I said this is not always possible and I prefer to take my time to put together something I feel happy about and it can be a long process sorting through all the photographs I take!

Do you watch TV? If so, what are some of your favourite shows?

I do watch TV but very rarely until around ten o’clock at night which is when the offspring are ushered off to bed and I regain control of the remote (or ‘the buttons’ as they are known in our house!) Unfortunately there isn’t much on at that time worth watching!

I do record stuff so I can watch it when I have some peace (which isn’t often) I enjoy period dramas like ‘Call the Midwife’ and ‘Larkrise to Candleford’ but I also love Documentaries about Nature and Wildlife.  I’m a big fan of ‘Friends’ and ‘Sex & the City’.  I love a good comedy, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ or from years gone by ‘The Good Life’ is a classic!  Also, dare I admit it in writing… ‘Eastenders’… it sucked me in years ago, it’s the only soap I watch… I’m sorry! :D

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Phew!  That was harder than I thought!  Now for the even harder but fun bit… spreading the Sunshine!

So, without much further ado and in alphabetical order…

Canine Psychology School  - This lady is amazing and so deserves this award for all the sunshine she brings into the lives of the dogs she fosters, especially ‘Charlie’ who was a feral dog, she adopted him into her home and he is now a happy & contented member of her family because of all the patience, love & training she has given him.  Wonderful!

Focused Moments - Beautiful landscape & nature photography with some great macro shots.  Just lovely!

Indira - Beautiful poetry and musings accompanied by lovely photographs.

Kellie Elmore - Author of  poetry & fiction.  Wonderful poetry, great writing challenges/ideas & a lovely blog.

Le Pirate - Delicious recipes with step by step lovely photos to accompany them that make you want to dust off your baking equipment!

Multifarious Meanderings - This lady lives in France with her family, including smelly dog and has a wonderful writing style that regularly cracks me up and never fails to put a massive smile on my face!  Some great photographs too!

Our Adventure in Croatia - A blog about a couple who bought and renovated a place in Croatia and their lives when they’re over there.  Great wittily written insight into life in Croatia with helpful tips for visitors & some recipes too!

Rick Alonzo Photography – Lovely photography! Beautiful butterflies, flowers & sunsets.  Some great wild Dolphin shots too… need I say more! :)

Speedbird 71′s Blog - Wonderful photography of nature, landcapes, animals & his travels.  Check out the lovely Glasswing butterfly!

The Peckish Kiwi – Absolutely mouth wateringly good recipes!  Ice cream reviews too!  Never fails to make me drool, especially with the way he describes how things taste!

Lastly, as I believe a big part of my blogs popularity is due to ‘Mutley’ and the pictures I post of her, I think she deserves a little praise… not too much or her head will swell even more than it has already since she started her little sideline to my blog!  So below is a pic just for her!

There’s a buzz in the air…!

Every year when I see the first Bee of Spring I get really excited… Summer’s on the way!  After, what seems like the longest Winter ever, I was more happy than ever to see this wonderful busy Bee collecting pollen from the blossom…

I heard the buzz before I saw the bee...!

I heard the buzz before I saw the bee…

I hear it before I saw it...

Bumbling about his busy afternoon…

Such delicate wings...

perfect delicate wings…

My first bee of Spring... wonderful!

My first bee of Spring… wonderful!

Slow down… and breathe…

Most of my days are spent rushing from one thing to another, always so much to do and not enough time to do it!  Except when I’m out walking Mutley…

There’s a certain point I get to in the local wood where the sun streams through the trees and the only sounds are those of the birds going about their business (and Mutley panting as she charges about chasing squirrels) that I tilt my head to the sky, slow down… and breathe…

Mutleys’ pic(s) of the day!

Tala (Mutley) quite likes all this blogging lark and has decided she would like a sideline to my blog… ‘Mutleys’ pic(s) of the day!’  So that she can showcase all her wonderfulness!

This may look like just any old stick to the untrained eye...

This may look like just any old stick to the untrained eye…

... but today my stick is a flute!

… but today my stick is a flute!

What? ... The music's in my head... and it's so mellow!

What? … The music’s in my head… and it’s so mellow!

Mutleys’ pic(s) of the day!

Tala (Mutley) quite likes all this blogging lark and has decided she would like a sideline to my blog… ‘Mutleys’ pic of the day!’  So that she can showcase all her wonderfulness!

There's nothing quite like a good stick for chomping on...

There’s nothing quite like a good stick for chomping on… once I’ve got it held firmly in place!

Phrrt phrrt... It's just annoying trying to get the bark off of my tongue!!!  Phrrt phrrt...

Phrrt phrrt… It’s just annoying trying to get the bark off of my tongue!!! Phrrt phrrt…

Happy & contented with my stick of the day!

Happy & contented with my stick of the day!

Sights, sounds & smells of Brick Lane

Brick Lane on a Sunday morning… so much going on, so much to see and so many good things cooking…!

Mutleys’ pic of the day!

Tala (Mutley) quite likes all this blogging lark and decided she would like a sideline to my blog… ‘Mutleys’ pic of the day!’  So that she can showcase all her wonderfulness!!!

Wolf dog!

Crazy wolf Mutley!

Mother’s Day Breakfeast!

My wonderful teenage son’s brought me tea & coffee in bed this morning (they made tea first, forgetting I like coffee in the morning so brought both up!) and then cooked up this feast… which I thought deserved to be shared!  Lot’s of things make being a Mother worthwhile but sometimes it’s the small things that put the biggest smile on your face and in your heart…

This is the breakfast my sons' of 17 & 14 cooked for me this morning for Mother's day...

This is the breakfast my sons’ of 17 & 14 cooked for me this morning for Mother’s day…

... it consisted of scrambled eggs with bacon & chestnut mushrooms, piled on top of toasted salt & pepper tiger loaf bread with a rocket  leaf salad garnish... it was absolutely delicious!  Two chefs in the making I think!

… it consisted of scrambled eggs with bacon & chestnut mushrooms all piled on top of toasted salt & pepper tiger loaf bread with a rocket leaf salad garnish… it was absolutely delicious! Two chefs in the making I think!

Mutleys’ pic of the day!

Tala (Mutley) quite likes all this blogging lark and decided she would like a side line to my blog… ‘Mutleys’ pic of the day!’ So that she can showcase all her wonderfulness!!!

Stick of the day!

Stick of the day!

Urban Street Art

No captions for these as I think they speak for themselves! Some are just for fun whereas other’s have deeper meanings, whether political or emotional but all have one thing in common… they are pretty awesome!

Introducing Mutley!

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Magical Dartmoor, Devon

The sun peeping through the clouds is one of those moments that makes you breathe deeply and smile…

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Quotes that speak to my soul…

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever...
it remembers little things,
long after you have forgotten everything." - Aaron Siskind

"You become things, you become an atmosphere, and if you become it, which means you incorporate it within you, you can also give it back. You can put this feeling into a picture. A painter can do it. And a musician can do it and I think a photographer can do that too and that I would call the dreaming with open eyes." - Ernst Haas

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by Dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
- Steve Jobs

“To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”
― Robert Frank

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