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This week we are back to the sodding selfie challenges, which as you know by now, is my bête noire, and this week has been no different. I haven’t even got annoyed with it all, just slogged through, fed up. I think also the incessant cold temperatures, grey skies and rain have taken it’s toll, it’s end of May FFS, it should be a bit warm at least, and I just felt like hunkering down, reading books, and wasn’t inspired to do photography. But I committed to myself to do the year, and stopping now would harm my doggedness! Anyways, on to the pictures, slim pickings though this week, sorry. The extra theme to this week’s selfiefest, is ‘skills’. I don’t actually have skills, superpowers would be more appropriate, but I can take a step down the ladder for this. 😜

Day 143~ versatile. ~ It is PICTURE YOU Week and that means it is all about you.  This week we are celebrating and featuring our skills! Skill :-

a) : the ability to use one’s knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance

b) : dexterity or coordination especially in the execution of learned physical tasks

c) : a learned power of doing something competently: a developed aptitude or ability

I don’t know about you but I do a variety of activities (none of them that well) and therefore have acquired a skill or two along the way.  I am quite versatile in the number of physical activities I do…cross country and alpine skiing, water skiing, kayaking, cycling, swimming, backpacking, running, and snowshoeing.  For me,  versatility is the spice of life!  I like changing things up and keeping things fun! Show us a skill or two that you have!  Even better, show us a picture of yourself multitasking!  

Sigh. I am not so versatile as all that, and this lady’s picture was of herself jumping high in another cocktail dress + red stilettos which I greatly admired as I would kill myself on landing if I tried that. Not that I have a cocktail dress, and my stilettos are consigned to the back of the wardrobe. So I figured my photography is quite versatile as I shoot film, instant and digital.

versatile

Day 144 ~ work. ~ I enjoy strolling the beach looking for treasures. It takes a bit of skill to know where to look and it can also sometimes be hard work… especially if you’re in a race against the incoming tide. I can be a picky sheller so only a select few make it back home with me. I’m always on the hunt for my favorites – sharks eye, baby ears, and conch shells.Is there something you enjoy that also takes a bit of work? maybe it’s a hobby or activity? Give us a glimpse of it today! 

Yes I like beachcombing too, and other stuff, but today I was actually AT work, the paid kind. Of course I can’t do photography there, but I do check Phil’s ears on a regular basis so figured that’s a fair representation of ‘work’.

work

Day 145 ~ pleasure. ~ I may not look like I am finding much pleasure while pruning my spider plant, but I really am. I have to keep it pruned in order for it to stay a reasonable size because it comes in every winter and I just have no space for a larger pot. I am excited to get it back outside now that the days/nights are warm enough. It thrives going in and out each year and I take much pleasure knowing that I have been successful at keeping it alive. I do not have a natural green thumb so I am thankful that it’s such a hearty plant.  What is something that you take pleasure in doing? Show us what it is!  

To be honest, most of the things that I take pleasure in I’ve already photographed in previous selfie weeks, but I took the cue from the lady and watered my flowers, which I love to see growing. (It was raining at the time! 🤣)

pleasure

Day 146 ~ 5 o’ clock. ~ What is happening in your life at 5 o’clock?  Is it the end of your work day?  Your work out time?  Dinner time?  Family time? Or something else altogether?  Maybe, 5 o’clock in the morning is more your thing!  Whatever 5 o’clock you go with, show off a bit and give us a glimpse into whatever mad skills you have!

5 0’clock in the morning??? 😳 Pfft! So at 5 o’clock pm I’m feeding Lord Vincent, though it’s not easy to get a shot when he is so intent on putting his head in the trough!

5 o’clock

Day 147 ~ engaging. ~ What a great word, one with so many interpretations! My first thoughts about engaging make me think about participating in some type of activity or becoming involved with some type of object such as a musical instrument. There is also the perspective of an engaging your personality. My granddaughter has a delightful laugh that is so engaging I want to hear it every day. Being an outdoor kind of gal, I prefer engaging in any outdoor activity that holds my interest. This is our favorite lake to go fishing and its not too far away. My husband is an avid fisherman and everything I know about fishing I have learned from him.  Sometimes I wonder if catching fish is skill or luck!Show us what skill you have, that you are engaging in today.(Picture for the prompt is of me in a boat on Jackson Lake – with my fish, of course… heehee)

Today I was engaged in doing repairs to my mosaic dragonfly which I made to go on the outside of my shed studio. The weather forecast is promising fine weather for the weekend and Phil is going to revarnish it to keep it nice and protected from the North East winds we get and when he’s finished, it will join the butterfly I did a couple of years ago.

engaging

Day 148 ~ craving. ~ A craving is a longing or a desire for something.  We often associate it with food, but we can have these feelings for almost anything.  I crave calm and stillness…but most days both elude me.  Maybe it’s all those other skills that we have celebrated this week that overpower this desire.We often think that portraits are about showcasing beauty and hiding imperfections.  For me, the most powerful portraits illustrate realness and connection – connection to another person, a place, a thing…or yourself.  Your face is not necessary to show this kind of connection.  In this image, standing still in the greenhouse, a place that slows me down, tells the story of finding calm much better than seeing my face would have. What do you crave?  Illustrate it in today’s self portrait.  

this one was easiest of the lot! As I mentioned, May has been one long slog through pants weather, and we’ve been longing for sunshine and warm temperatures. Today the sun came out and it was lovely!

craving

Day 149 ~ splendid. ~ So where does my skill come into this photo, you may ask! These are alliums in my garden, which I planted years ago, and every year they pop up.  Just so that I can take photos of them. The skill is choosing the fabulous bulbs to plant, deciding where to plant them, and then enjoying the pleasure of having them show up every May so that I can photograph them.  What is splendid in your life that you have skilfully managed to grow, look after, or just admired!

This lady didn’t put herself in the picture at all! So naughty! Anyway I already photographed my flowers on day 145 but moved them around for this one. Every year (except last year obvs.) I go to the garden centre and choose some flowers to grow over spring and summer, not necessarily for photography purposes but just to look at and enjoy. Lots of cleaning out the old stuff from plant pots, planting the new stuff and making sure the snails can’t get at them. That’s what the copper strips are for around the pots, it keeps the slugs and snails away without killing them. They are looking quite splendid in the sun I think.

splendid

Thank fully that’s the last of the Sodding Selfie’s for now, until next month. So nice to have the sun at last, and we are planning a mini Bar-B-Q for ourselves later.

Stay tooned for our next adventure which will be ‘minimalism’.

59 comments on “365 ~ May 23rd ~ 29th

  1. …oooo….the dragonfly….ooooo….(Dee likes it tooooo)….

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    1. Haha thanks Tony, (and Dee).

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  2. Alex Good says:

    Actually, it’s 4 am in these parts now. And I’m looking at your pictures.
    What does that thing you’re sticking in Phil’s ear do? Is it a light?

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    1. Yep it’s an otoscope, it has a light and the eyepiece magnifies. You’re up early, or late!

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      1. Alex Good says:

        I’m always up early. But I go to bed early. It all evens out.
        It’s cold here too! Only 3 this morning!

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  3. beetleypete says:

    Nice mosaic dragonly in close-up.
    Great to see the weather improving, and on a Bank Holiday too!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Yes happy days! Cheers Pete.

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  4. Jennie says:

    Beautiful dragonfly. I love all your potted plants.

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      1. Jennie says:

        You’re welcome, FR.

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  5. Lovely pictures; looks like you do have superpowers after all. Lord Vincent getting his head down in the trough, and Phil having his ears examined; what a portrait of the artist this is! Congratulations! Scorching weather today, hope it’s the same for you…

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    1. Yes blue sky and sun here too. Have a good one!

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    2. Are you still receiving grief from the Bear clan? I like the Judge Dredd review.

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      1. Alex Good says:

        He’s the fellow what killed the little bear! Prolly has it stuffed already.

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        1. His comments will be off for ever at this rate!

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          1. Alex Good says:

            I’d just like to say that I was banned *before* it was cool.

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      2. Hoping to be back to normal tomorrow. Keen to create the illusion of business as usual. Dredd was good in 1995, and is still good today!

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        1. Good news re being back to normal!

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  6. You like selfies as much as I do….perseverance has it’s rewards I am sure 😉

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    1. I’ll let you know if I get any! 😀

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  7. April Munday says:

    I love the expression on Phil’s face while you’re poking around in his ear.

    Mrs Spider plant really doesn’t have a green thumb. You have to work really hard to kill a spider plant, so I’m sure it will give her pleasure for a few more years, regardless of what she does to it.

    I’m very envious of the red stilettos, even though I couldn’t wear them. I can’t even remember the last time I wore shoes with a heel, although I keep a pair, just in case.

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    1. Yes likewise, I have a low heeled pair for emergency weddings etc!

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  8. Pit says:

    That dragonfly looks absolutely FAN.TAS.TIC! 🙂
    As to “versatile”: maybe you’d want something like the vest and/or belt I got lately: https://is.gd/0A02iS
    If that link to the picture itself doesn’t work, this here [https://wp.me/p4uPk8-3zd] should take you to the complete blog-post.

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    1. Ah thanks Pit. I think my boobs would get in the way of that vest! 😃

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      1. Pit says:

        LOL
        Maybe the belt would help, then, even if that looks like something from a Wild West movie. 😉

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  9. steviegill says:

    Free ear checkups, that’s a nice perk! Cools shots.

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    1. Haha thanks Stevie!

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  10. As always, some lovely shots. Phil – what a lucky man. Free regular ear checks? I could do with some of those. I blame the bon vivant lifestyle. Hope I’m not disturbing your barbecue!

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    1. The Barbecue was yesterday so no you haven’t. 🙂

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      1. Ah, you wrote this yesterday, eh? How very disappointing. How was the BBQ, anyway? Steak? Tofu?

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        1. I always write up the week after the last shot is done, which is Saturday and schedule it for Sunday morning. Nothing to be disappointed by. The BBQ was fine. Angus beefburger.

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          1. Well, I’m disappointed anyway Fraggle. Furthermore, the BBQ was only *fine*? Gee, seems like I’ve just stepped in a pile of disappointment. It’s everywhere!

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          2. Don’t start on me just because you can’t get at Dix. Plenty of other blogs you can go and be disappointed on, find one.

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          3. I need somewhere to vent, Fraggle! Did you misuse a semicolon somewhere? Mention the idea of miniaturising animals? Try to kill a lovable bear?

            I’ll go to Alex’s.

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          4. Wise decision.

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  11. Mae Clair says:

    I’m envious of your beautiful flowers. I don’t have much in the way of a green thumb. I plant a few in the flowerbeds, but I stick with marigolds because they’re so hearty and impossible to kill.

    We have your rain and cold weather. It’s dreadfully raw outside and dismal. Tomorrow we might see that glorious sunshine you have. For that reason, Craving is my favorite this week!

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    1. Fingers crossed the sun shines on you tomorrow. Cheers Mae 😘

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  12. Don Ostertag says:

    Another fine, fun post, Fraggle. Craving is a work of fine art.

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  13. richlakin says:

    Yep selfies are a nightmare for me too but ‘Craving ‘ is a brilliant pic. 👍

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  14. Mary Smith says:

    I love your dragonfly. I’m so envious of people who have such artistic talent. I laughed at ‘Pleasure’ because I see you are like me in forgetting or not even thinking about removing price tickets and labels from plant pots before planting up the flowers 🙂 ‘Versatile and ‘Work’ really meet the selfie brief but I think you cheated as much as the prompt persons for the others – though I like the pics.

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    1. Cheers Mary! 😊

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  15. Elizabeth says:

    Your photos are full of life. I love these ones, they speak by themselves. Your cat has a charming name, and your dragonfly is gorgeous! You are so good at photography with all your cameras, may I ask one technical question? How do I know the dpi of a photo?

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. Finding the dpi of an image is different for Windows and Mac computers, but straightforward for both. Google for which one you are using and the instructions are there and easy to follow. X

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  16. I feel your pain with the selfies – This was a particular difficult week (in my opinion). That being said, I love all your photos! The dragonfly is gorgeous (you are very talented, my friend!) and the cat is adorable! (and congratulations on the feature for the sunshine!) xoxo

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    1. Thanks Connie, am glad that one is behind us!

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  17. What? You don’t like selfies? I never would have guessed!🤣 I love your dragonfly.🥰

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    1. 😀 😀 thanks Kim!

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  18. I always enjoy reading your comments. The honest and uncensored response to the weekly tasks is a cracker. And yes, I do enjoy the photos you create in response to the challenges.

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    1. Thanks so much Otto!

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  19. Mary Jo Malo says:

    Yes, I too enjoy your comments on the topics and challenges almost as much as the finished products. Loverly the sun fulfilled you and your plants desire. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Mary Jo! I’m loving a bit of sunshine!

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  20. Michelle GD says:

    I love the first one so much. And the one with you and Phil…your work, but also so tender.
    I had to laugh that you were watering the plants while it was raining. 😉

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    1. Haha anything for a shot! Cheers Michelle 😊

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  21. Yes love the dragonfly…and all your photos…they are wonderful (I dont like that sound of that woman in stitlettos in her kayak jumping off mountians or whatever..pain in the arse!). Sorry Ihaven’t visited more…I’ve missed a lot!

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    1. It’s ok you’re busy. The stiletto lady is Ok really I think, just living the American dream, also she has hearing problems I think as she commented on one of my photos that she couldn’t do without her audiologist. So I’ve stopped being mean. 🤣🤣🤣

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