One a week Photo Challenge – Nature

Ah! how to encapsulate nature in one photograph?

View of fields and mountain
If you click on the photo you can see a bigger version which shows the beauty even more clearly

Of course one cannot, but instead of giving you a collection of photographs that show different aspects of nature, I will share just this one photograph that seemed to me at the time to encapsulate the true beauty of nature as found in Britain. In this case in Wales, near Tywyn.

I took it when I was on my second holiday in the area when out on a walk.

One a week Photo Challenge – Arch

This is the photograph I have chosen for this week’s challenge. View through old arch at DurnsteinIt was taken when my daughter and I were on the Danube cruise at Durnstein. It is one I have not shared with you before.

I had so many other arch photographs to chose from though that I have used before.

There was this Another arch at Durnsteinanother one taken at Durnstein.

This one from EsztergomArched walkway at Esztergomthat is quite a collection of arches.

And a lovely flowered arch from MottisfontRose arch at Mottisfonttaken when I visited the rose garden one June.



One a week Photo Challenge – Pond

Always one to be pedantic. I looked up the definition of pond to see how it differed from that of a lake.

Google gave me this for pond:- “a small body of still water formed naturally or by artificial means.”

THIS gives a detailed explanation of the difference but basically it appears to be about depth rather than size.

So in order to be on the safe side I chose this picture that I took recently in London. Ornamental pondThis ornamental pond is in Victoria Embankment Gardens, the part next to Savoy Place, near the north end of Waterloo Bridge.

I also took a picture of this little chap that you can’t see in the above photograph because he is hidden by the tree fern. Ornamental figure in pond

Monthly Montage – March

I showed you a lot of photographs this month. Including two Monthly Montages which I had forgotten!

There were two ‘Garden Updates’ showing how the Spring flowers were coming on apace, especially the primroses and daffodils.

I also managed to fit in a couple of entries to the ‘Photo Challenge’. Historical and Spiral.Monthly montage - MarchOn the knitting and crochet side: I continued to expand my fair isle skills and practised knitting with frequent twists, like my mother used to do, in both circular and flat knitting.

I finally put together a wall hanging using the seahorses I had made from Wild Daffodil’s pattern and experiment myself with patterns for Celtic plaitwork bookmarks. The purple edged one seemed to be the favourite style.

One a week Photo Challenge – Spiral

Finding it hard to find time to join in with this years Photo Challenge but here are a couple of photographs on the subject of ‘spiral’.

Not the best photograph maybe but then we were in process of going down the stairs and not meant to be stopping! The better spiral one though.Spiral staircase looking downThere was a mirror in the centre at the bottom.

This is the one I shared as part of my Danube trip. Spiral staircase looking upSame staircase looking up rather than down. Perhaps you can see how that creates the reflection in the previous photograph.

I myself am rather partial to multiple spirals. Like this bedcover my mother made for me. Crochet lace bedcoverAnd the cloth I made for my dining table. Snowflake cloth

December Montage

This last month the topics for the Photo Challenge have been Creation, Wrap, Music and Spirit. I think it is obvious which is which. I also showed you the crochet seahorses I had made and wrote a final post about shower puffs with some alternatives.montage1612I moved on to a post about making marzipan fruits and a peek at some more of my Christmas baking. Then finished with a Christmas wish for all of you and a photograph of my knitted nativity scene that now comes out every year.

Photo Challenge – Spirit

I have a lounge and a kitchen/diner. My entry this week is a photograph of an A4 poster that I made to go on the side of the fridge/freezer, so I could see it when seated at the table. Quite old now as you can see from the wrinkles!

It is of what is probably my favourite text from the whole of the bible. photo-challenge-1652-spiritI like it because it speaks of God as ever present, close, just waiting for a response.

The Spirit is very important in my life and I don’t know how I would cope without the spirit’s support. (Not as well frankly!)

Photo Challenge – Music

As music is something one hears rather than sees I wasn’t sure at first what to do here but in the end I decided on this. photo-challenge1651-musicThese are a tape and CDs that my son has made for me over the years of him playing the piano.

I am very proud of my son because, from xylophone to mini keyboard to bigger keyboards to piano he taught himself to play.

When he went to university I missed his playing. We had a proper piano now. We had bought it cheaply but it had a lovely tone.

Photo copied (and stretched to proper dimensions) from CD cover

So he put a microphone on the piano and made the ‘Decimations’ tape. Later with an electronic piano

Electronic piano in his Council flat because other was too big to move

it was easier because you could use line out and he made me CDs for various occasions.

The Greatest Hits Vol 1 is actually a compilation I made of my favourites from the “Decimations”, “When I’m 62” and “Mother’s Day 2007” CDs. Michael then went off and replayed all the pieces (plus a couple of extra ones) and made the similar looking CD you can see below it! (I made the covers for these two.)

The DVD case contains three (and now four) CDs of different sorts of music! My latest gift. And the “When I’m 62” CD didn’t work anymore and it was one of my favourites so he made me a new copy! So happy.