It wasn’t too hard to find a photograph for this subject so here it is:- This is from the displays of things from the Mary Rose. This is a slightly cut down photograph from the original post HERE. A collection of items needed by a ship’s surgeon.
I also looked out this photograph that wasn’t included in the original post: less interesting perhaps but I rather liked it.
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.I 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.
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. I 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!)
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. These 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.
So he put a microphone on the piano and made the ‘Decimations’ tape. Later with an electronic piano
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.
The word ‘wrap’ as so many others in the Photo Challenge has more than one meaning but given the time of year what is more appropriate than this. The things you can see still unwrapped are for my son but I know he has no interest in my blog.
When I think of the word creation, my first thought is not of those things that I create but of God’s creation. Now putting all of that into a one photograph is a bit difficult and even if a photograph including the night sky might hint at something, night skys are very disappointing in the middle of a city.
But then I thought of the poem by William Blake (the first few lines of “Auguries of Innocence”)
Where he writes:
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
So I will try to capture the wonder of the whole of creation in an image of just a tiny part of it. Just look at the amazing detail in the humble spider.
I have never been able to take a really good photograph of a spider’s web but this is maybe the best one. After all this too is a creation – of a spider!
The Photo Callenge topics for this month were: Hunt, Socks, Wild and Still. I found the first and fourth quite hard. As an aside – we had our first frost and now the fuchsia is a sorry sight!I managed to fit in both knitting – my cowl and crochet – my latest blanket that is a more symmetrical version of my original Granny Ripple. I tried to show why I consider it more symmetrical.
Surprisingly two of my posts related to cards – the two cross stitch Christmas cards I have made and a ‘never-ending card’ for someone’s birthday.
I suppose there are many ways one can interpet wild but the word reminded me the the last verse of Gerald Manley Hopkins’ poem “Iversnaid”:
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
I didn’t see myself being able to go out and find real wilderness but I happened to be on Southampton Common last week and although the common is managed there are plenty of areas that are left wild. I didn’t have my camera with me but the photographs my phone takes are good enough at this sort of resolution, as long as I don’t want to do anything fancy, so here is my chosen photograph for the challenge. I cropped this to my preferred 4×3 format but my phone takes 16×9 format and here are four others that were in the running.
The first place I stoppedThe one I thought was prettiest. One of the wildest. And one with interesting branches.