The Sunday Fraggle report ~ Bits & Bobs edition

It’s just about the end of September, and apart from days out, as always I’ve been taking pictures of daily life. We went up to Edinburgh at the beginning of the month, as a new scale model show has started up there called Scale Scotland, and Phil was asked to do a demonstration of figure detailing and composition. The show was held at The Airport Hilton, which is a nice enough hotel, and it was cool to be staying in the same place as where the show was held, as we didn’t have to get up too early :). I got to try haggis for the first (& last!) time too. Packing to go wasn’t all that straightforward..

can I come too?
can I come too?

But we got there cat free 🙂

Arrival!
Arrival!

One of the organisers works for Lambourgini..so he had one parked outside the hotel

Lambo posing
Lambo posing

Our hotel room was nice enough..

mirror image
mirror image

Phil’s demo went well

demonstration man
demonstration man

and he also won some medals in the competition

silver hoard
silver hoard

I asked the organiser of the show if I could be allowed into the competition room during judging to take photo’s for the Tyneside Model Club web page which I run, and they said yes, so I got loads of pictures of all the models, unencumbered by the hoipoloi 🙂 these are a couple that won gold, great painting skills.

Oddball
Oddball
Cooler King
Cooler King

Phil’s Volksgrenadier won a silver which he was well chuffed with. We called him the mushroom man due to the ground work Phil did, he made mushrooms from plasticard, they’re really tiny. For scale, the chap is 12cm in height.

Phil's little man
Phil’s mushroom man

After the show the organisers and demonstrators all had dinner together and we sat with our good friends Hermann and Kristoff who were over from Belgium,

me, Phil,Kristoff Brian & Hermann
Fraggle, Phil,Kristoff Brian & Hermann

and the next day we went home.

Ah… home, or now The Menagerie. Phil’s son Carl and his family have had to move out of their house for 6 weeks while the council goes in and does a big renovation job. His temporary house is too small for his pets, so we are looking after Penelope & Rango…

Penelope, (top) & Rango
Penelope, (top) & Rango

They are bearded dragons, and have to be fed live crickets. I can’t watch, Phil has to do it, and though he didn’t like it, he’s got quite good at it.

We’ve had Cal & Liddy over last weekend..

Grandad
Grandad
Liddy
Liddy

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liidBW

Cal loves Storm..

best pals
best pals

We had a really odd sunset..

sunset over the houses
sunset over the houses
a pinkbow
a pinkbow

I watched Bryan Adams on the TV doing The Hyde Park Festival in London, he was great, I really like him.

TV iphone shots :) Bryan Adams
TV iphone shots 🙂 Bryan Adams

I had some of family photo’s printed, they hang up on our staircase walls, so we can see them grow up as we go up

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Phil had an old magazine shot of one of his favourite ever singers Paul Rogers and it was all scratched and creased and faded, so he asked me to do my faffographic techniques and get it up on a canvas..

this is the original ( wish I could find out the photographer to give him credit, but this was in Phil’s scrapbook from 1970’s so that’s not happening)

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and this is it cleaned up and on our wall

progs

hanging..
hanging..

Found some mushrooms hiding in the front garden when Phil was mowing the lawn..

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I collected some acorns in my adventure hat..

acorns

and today I strung them together and hung them around our defunct bird feeder in the back garden as a weathervane.. apparently they open their spines in warm weather and close up in cold, though I have no corroborating proof of that and anyway I can just look up at the sky! But it was fun to do.

weather is warm :)
weather is warm 🙂

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Phil is on the go with another tank..

stages

Went into South Shields to go to the bank for work…

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smartgull

another sunset..

soft sunset
soft sunset

I discovered that Phil’s socks mysteriously clone themselves, he wears 7 pairs a week, and I do the washing on the same day each week but find between 10 &14 pairs come out of the washing machine..

cloned socks
cloned socks

I did some faffography for the Sunday Challenge group on Ipernity..

Escaping the Apocalypse
Escaping the Apocalypse

and yesterday had a go at an upside down shot, using the inverse glass of water technique!

set up shot….

inverse glasses
inverse glasses

The upside down finished article..

Upside down
Upside down

I hadn’t thought it through properly….removing the glasses afterwards wasn’t pretty.

And then there are the cute cat shots :).

But first have to say Storm’s trip to the vet did not go as planned. We went as she chucks up more than we consider normal, most days, (regular readers know this drives us mad!) and we thought she probably had an ulcer or some malabsorption thing and need medicine.  So they sedated her, took blood and did X-rays, and found a renal lymphoma, maybe one on each kidney but definitely one big one. So that’s a death sentence really. Even with chemo and radiotherapy the prognosis is poor, and we won’t put her through that.  The vet said not to leave it too long before we take her in for ‘the injection’, but I can’t do it yet.   We found this out last weekend, and are quite in shock and devastated, she is only 6yrs old and we’ve only had her 6 months.  She isn’t acting ill and is carrying on oblivious to her state, isn’t distressed or in pain, still eating and doing the other end well, so not yet. Not yet Mr.Vet. She is my special friend and this is breaking my little heart.

My special friend.
My special friend.
waiting for cuddles
waiting for cuddles
Favourite place to sleep
Favourite place to sleep

Skye is fine and just loves Phil to bits, won’t leave him alone when he’s playing his guitar/on the computer/having his brekkie/dinner or tea 🙂

Phil's special friend
Phil’s special friend
in Phil's modelling bag
in Phil’s modelling bag
Peeping not sleeping
Peeping sleeping

I love it when they cuddle up, Storm always puts her paw over Skye..

Sisterly love
Sisterly love

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cuddling
cuddling

Caught Skye on the speaker in the conservatory with a fetching piece of grass attached to her pink bell 🙂

Beautiful Skye
Fashion Icon Skye

and caught Storm looking regal..

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and roaring..

roar!!!
roar!!!

I should think there will be lots of Storm photo’s to come, while I can still have her.

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So that’s September just about finished. Next month have got a day out with Sophie coming up but not sure where we are going, and also a trip to Holland for another model show, and we’re going on a ferry to Calais, that should be interesting as Calais is having refugee issues. Back to work tomorrow, it comes round too quick!

laters gaters

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