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So here we go with another sodding selfie week, with an overall theme of ‘What I Love’. Sigh. I don’t love selfie week. Not too many AFACs (airy fairy abstract concepts) this week, at least none that have thwarted me. Yet.

Day 171 ~ Determined. ~ Today’s prompt word is “determined.” I absolutely love to hike in nature. It’s funny, as I have gotten older, I have gotten more determined to try things out of my comfort zone. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t be doing some of the daring (to me) things that I do now. If you had told me then that I would be climbing over boulders and using ladders in some of our hikes, I would have laughed at you.Determination is mind over matter. Once you get it in your head, and have the confidence that you can do it, you are more likely to succeed at it. What is something that you are, or were, determined to do and you did it?

Straight in with an AFAC! Just blerkety blerk. 🥴 I am not really “determined” to do anything other than get through sodding selfie week, and get through work days. No hiking up boulders with ladders in Gateshead. But I came up with this instead. In the past couple of weeks Lord Vincent has been bringing presents home. The tally so far is 3 bluetits and a sparrow. He hides under a bush under the Happy Eater tree and somehow manages to catch them. I’m so surprised as bluetits are very speedy and wary little birds, and I am not happy about it at all. I got a bell for his collar, but that hasn’t done the trick. So I sent off or 2 extra loud bells to add to his collar, and Phil has cut away the branches where he was hiding, so hopefully that will suffice. Lord Vincent is determined to murder birdies, I am determined to stop him! But I do love him!

determined

Day 172 ~ wave. ~ What does wave mean to you?  The crashing waters at the ocean’s edge?  Flowing hair?  A flag blowing in the breeze? The wave I most love these days is the one that comes from this little hand each time I get out of the car at his house and get back in to leave at the end of the visit. Today, turn your camera toward a wave that you love.

I decided to take ‘wave’ as in the sea, and in the evening took myself off to Long Beach at South Shields, and got my legs wet trying to photograph myself in a wave.

wave

Day 173 ~ nourishment. ~ You might think, what has this photo to with nourishment?  Well, I thought I would go to the source, I walk the fields at least once a week and with the sun shining on the crops it does make for some great photos and really makes me happy! This is a flax field, blue flowers for as far as you can see…well, to the Waterloo Lion in the distance!  Flax is used as a food and fibre. What is nourishing you today?

Well I was at work today and nourishment is a quick chew on a chicken saté stick in between dances. I bought a salad for dinner, but I checked IG and quite a few people had chosen salads for their picture. Have to say salad as artwork is a thing, but I don’t like doing the same as other people so I figured I would nourish my face instead and used a clay facemask, the cucumber came in handy though. There is no way I would ever have posted a picture of myself thusly in my younger (and arguably prettier) years, I guess I got too old to give a rats arse about what anyone thinks of my radiant beautiousness these days. 🤣

nourishment

Day 174 ~ Park. ~ What a lovely prompt today!  Take a photograph of yourself in the park!  It is “Where I Stand” day so try and include your feet.  What a perfect excuse to get outside and head to the park.  Tell us about your park and why it is special to you and why you chose to stand there and why you love it.  Show us what you love to do in the park. In this picture I am standing on a very old wooden one way bridge spanning the Thompson River.  I love the slow moving waters of the Thompson and its greenish hues.  It fills me with a sense of peace and therefore I visit it quite often. 

A nice and specific prompt from Mrs. Cocktail~dress, but there really isn’t a park in walking distance from me. However there is a green space over the road from us with a mowed field one end and marshland at the other, with a little oak tree stuck in the middle. I had thought and then unthought, about climbing the tree, but instead decided I’d fly with an umbrella for a bit of fun.

park

Day 175 ~ 6 O’clock. ~ What I love at 6 o’clock in the morning is coffee! Instead of showing you my sleepy face, I decided to share a still life with coffee being poured by my hand in the photo. There are so many elements in this photo that I love…the wooden tool box was a recent find at a thrift store, the teapot and cup set were gifts from friends and the shutters that I painted purchased at a consignment shop. Then the textures – burlap and dried flowers. So what does 6 o’clock look like in your part of the world? Are you making breakfast or dinner, out buying props like a vintage clock or setting up a still life scene? Don’t forget to let us see you sharing what you love!

6 O’clock is cooking time here at Fraggle Towers, and for tonight I did a fried rice, which was very yummy.

6 O’clock

Day 176 ~ Zipper. ~ Picture You week doesn’t mean you have to share all of yourself.  Sometimes it’s nice to creatively crop just enough to show a part of you that still conveys what you are sharing in a great and personal way.  I didn’t think it was necessary for you to see my face today as I am showcasing my favorite jacket.  Think of how you can creatively crop yourself in today’s photo while adding a zipper from something you love.  

Here are my great and personal favourite boots, with zippers. Creatively cropped too!

zipper

Day 177 ~ Affirmation. ~ For the last two years I’ve been on a journey to improve my health.  I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life and knew that I had to lose some weight and get more active if I wanted to enjoy my retirement to it’s fullest.  I’m so happy to say that I’m down 120 lbs. During this time, I have never felt better.  It hasn’t been easy, but the effort has been oh so worth it!  I have this saying on the mirror in my bathroom as a reminder every day.  It helps to keep me going and reminds me of why I’m doing this. Do you have a saying or a mantra that you find affirming?  What or who in your life provides you with the support and affirmation you need to live life to it’s fullest?  Being kind to ourselves is not always easy but you know what, you deserve it!  You’re awesome!

And it was going so well, sigh. I’d been thinking about this one all week as it’s the mother of all AFAC’s so far. And came up with nothing, niente, nada. I don’t do ‘affirmations’, so I googled ‘affirmations for life’ and groaned my way through airy fairy clap trap. I was on the verge of shooting the cats, but then I realised, there’s a cool saying I saw on the wall of a ladies loo, though that should be ‘bathroom ‘ as I was in a rest stop on Route 90 on the way to Columbus Ohio at the time. And it’s rained solid for two days here.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”.

affirmation.

So all in all this has been a better sodding selfie week than usual, it’s even been nearly fun a couple of times! Also Vincent hasn’t caught anymore birds. Also I was inspired to do a Haiku again!

Today the rains came ,
people are staying inside.
At last they’ve shut up.

Stay tooned for next weeks adventures with ‘details’.

57 comments on “365 ~ June 20th ~ 26th

  1. You make it fun, well at least for us! How many more selfie weeks do you have left do you think???

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    1. 6! There’s one every month. Cheers Steve.

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  2. Alex Good says:

    Love the flying with the umbrella Ms. Poppins! I found the prompt for “wave” to be a bit disturbing though. This person only has visiting rights? Their child is in an institution? Seems odd. Another good haiku. You’ll have a book of these when you’re done.

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    1. Haha she visits her grandson. Cheers Alex!

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  3. ‘I was on the verge of shooting the cats…’

    NOOO!!!!!

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    1. Haha, my only weapon is the camera.

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      1. Lord Vincent, for it is him, does not have the face of a killer. He’s just trying to please you, surely?

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        1. He likes to bring his kills home, but keeps them for himself. The bells seem to be working though, haven’t had a ‘present’ for a while now.

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          1. Joe and Jake hide the mice under the couch, I have to lift it and remove them. The dead mice, that is. Lord Vincent is very photogenic. These assignments are beyond airy-fairy. You have done well.

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          2. Haven’t had a mouse (yet) and can live without that!

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          3. No mouse that you know of…better check under the couch!

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    2. Lord Vincent, your people love you, they do not require more meat. Contrary to your beliefs.

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      1. Still no reason to consider shooting the poor cat, he’s doing his best!

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          1. Justice for Lord Vincent.

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      2. Fingers crossed he’s cured! 😀

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  4. beetleypete says:

    The umbrella shot was tricky, and you got it exactly right! (Was it timer and tripod?)
    Mr Bird-Killer cat looks extremely smug about his success, I have to say. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. The umbrella shot is a combination of 3 different shots, tripod, timer and a small set of steps!

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  5. April Munday says:

    The haiku made me laugh, again, despite being woken up at 3.00 yesterday morning by shouty neighbours apparently in their garden. Mrs Poppins is impressive and I like Wave, but I think my favourite is Zipper. Those shoes are great.

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    1. Thanks April they’re comfy too.

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  6. Bookstooge says:

    When I saw those fuzzy slippers in “Determination” I knew I had to show them to Mrs B. She absolutely loves all clothing that is fuzzy.

    The fried rice looked yummy! How do you make yours, ie, with what ingredients?

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    1. Spring onions, or ordinary ones whichever is handy, chopped sweet peppers, frozen peas, mushrooms, chicken marinated in a bit of soy sauce and bacon.

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      1. Bookstooge says:

        Oh man, now I’m really hungry!!!!!!!!
        Do you ever put egg in it? For some reason I’m a big fan of scrambled egg in my fried rice. Our favorite chinese place doesn’t add it so when we get take out I’ll scramble up a couple and then just add it myself. Makes me feel like I’ve done some “cooking’ instead of just ordering from a restuarant, hahahaha 😀

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        1. Yes I forgot to mention the egg!

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  7. richlakin says:

    The dreaded selfie! Love the feeling of waves on my tired feet…😀

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    1. Yes it’s nice having a paddle. Cheers Rich.

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  8. steviegill says:

    Flash boots! Love the Mary Poppins shot!

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  9. Orca Flotta says:

    You photo “Park” … well, I was thinking “Mary Poppins”. 😉

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    1. You are not alone 🙂

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  10. Passed that week with flying colours…literally…I LOVE the jumping one with the umbrella, you genius!

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  11. You write so candidly, and I love your photos. It’s A ‘Week’ in The Life🐸🍃☔️

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  12. I love all of your photos and especially love your commentary! I look forward to your insights every week!
    Lord Vincent looks very smug & pleased with himself. (I hope the bells & trimming work). Your colourful boots are awesome! But my favourites are the ‘Mary Poppins’ shots with the umbrella! Cheers!

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    1. Cheers Connie, the bells seem to be working!

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  13. Mary Jo Malo says:

    In addition to the very popular FragglePoppins shot, I have to say the little wave breaking on your foot is awesome. Your selfies’ assignments are creative and funny. Another Sunday morning pleasure. Oh and the haiku 🙂

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  14. Mae Clair says:

    Ooooh, I love those boots. I want a pair! 🙂
    I really loved the umbrella shot. It feels so whimsical. And I don’t know why, but something about it says “Beatles” to me, as if I could see it on an album cover of that era. Anyway, great job as always. And I’m glad you got things worked out with Lord Vincent (even though I know he probably isn’t happy about it!).

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    1. He’s still managing to hide under the. tree, but so far no dead birds since the new bell! Thanks Mae!

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  15. OMG! Your haikus are hysterical Fraggle!😁 And I LOVE your Mary Poppins impersonation in the park!🤗

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    1. Thanks Kim! 😘

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  16. Francis.R. says:

    It is a nice week, full of color ^^

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    1. Thanks Francis 🙂

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  17. You had me grinning through the entire post. Between your sense of humor in your writings and the way you approach the theme, the combination is wonderful! The image of Fragglepoppins is a classic!

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  18. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jane, your selfies are great! I’ve seen these photos on IG, your boots are stunning! And I agree with you, we get braver as we get older.

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    1. Cheers Elizabeth!

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  19. If those boots could talk I bet they’d have a few stories. Gorgeous! Love the haikus and your adorable killer cat! But that Poppins pic in the Park is extraordinary! The salad mask! The wave! And let’s not forget the fried rice, yum! I know your not a huge fan of selfie week but these are fabulous Fraggle, C

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    1. Aw thanks Cheryl, it was more fun than I admitted 😉😊

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  20. Dina says:

    Gorgeous you, Fraggle! The fried rice looks wonderful 😋

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    1. Haha thanks Hanne.

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