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This week has been sodding selfie week, but also I have been away since Wednesday visiting my son Ben and his lady Charlotte, and Ben’s son Lewis, so doing pictures for this project has mostly been a quick snap on the iPhone as I wanted to focus on my little family.

On with the pictures! (Warning there’s a swear word in here somewhere).

Day 199 ~ Togetherness. ~ As we start another Picture You Week, remember including yourself in your 365 project is important BUT it doesn’t have to mean a week of selfies! That’s right!  You can share just a little of you or something representative of you! Consider the details of your day as they relate to the prompts.  As you can see from the photo above, I was able to document our get together with the “mermaids” without including very much and the best part of all? No one grumbled about having their photo taken. How will you photograph “just the details” and manage to include yourself too? 

Have to say they didn’t look much like mermaids, I would have thought having a fishy tail would be a necessity, but they all had people legs. In spite of being an AFAC (airy fairy abstract concept) it wasn’t hard to fathom.

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Day 200 ~ Junk.~ My hubby wasn’t very happy with me when I told him we needed to take a photo with his Bronco for my prompt word “junk.”  His exact words were “My Bronco isn’t junk!!” I just giggled at him and made him play along. He has owned this truck for 22 years but only drove it for 7 of those years, which is exactly why I consider it junk!  When we started dating, we spent countless hours driving around getting to know each other personally (and romantically to be completely honest *wink, wink*) in this truck. To me it’s junk, but special junk for us both. My hubby is holding on to it hoping to one day get it running again.  I hope you’ll be able to share with us something you have that you consider junk but aren’t willing to part with. Or maybe your “junk” isn’t something YOU consider junk – but other people do. There’s a lot of truth to the phrase “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.”  Don’t forget to include yourself in your photo with your junk today!

Frankly that was more information than I needed to know and seeing their legs sticking out of the front passenger door of the Bronco was just wrong. They had clothes on for heaven’s sakes, if you’re going to simulate car nooky *wink, wink* at least take your jeans off. Also I have to say there is no way that Bronco is ever gonna run again, it’s a shitheap. (That was the swear word) Anyway I don’t have any junk and said as much to Phil, and he said “what about all the stuff in your shed??” I was quite offended.

(not) junk

Day 201 ~ Contentment. ~ I have always considered myself to be content.  I love life and I try to see the good all around me.  It doesn’t take much to make me happy.  One of the places I feel most content is when I get to spend time with my best friend, Marie.  We have been best friends since the age of 5. We don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like but we do spend a weekend together every summer at her family cottage.  I always have my camera with me when we visit as I like to capture as many details as I can of our time together.  I think the smiles on our faces show how much our friendship means to both of us.  What small things make you happy?  What details can you capture today that represent contentment to you?

Today was not conducive to being content (another AFAC!) as work was full on ~ our office manager treble booked all my appointments for yesterday and today as I’m having 10 days off 🙄 so I worked my proverbials off, then when I got home I had to do ironing and packing for going away as I was setting off early the next day. I didn’t have time to do a ‘proper’ photo but found Winnie embodying contentment at the bottom of our bed. No I’m not in it but I’ll use the something representative of you part of this weeks prompts, and Winnie is my representative.

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Day 202 ~ Heart. ~ What captures your heart? Don’t overthink it.

Congratulations to Mrs. Hypaethral for the shortest prompt ever, non AFAC too! This was an easy one for me. After a 4 & 1/2 hour drive I landed in Leighton Buzzard and got to hug my grandson Lewis. He stole my heart 11 years ago and still has it.

heart

Day 203 ~ Amusement. ~ Google defines amusement as “the state or experience of finding something funny.”  It can also refer to an Amusement Park, something I love!  I don’t know about you, but I can become quite easily amused when I get together with a particular group of friends.  A simple look at one another can send us into laughter. When it comes to having a house full of cats, there is no shortage of funny moments.  Today was laundry day and Lafayette always knows best.  I don’t know what it is, but pets always seemed to be amused by whatever we humans are doing. Please show us what amuses you today.  It could be a pet, an interaction amongst friends, a trip to an actual amusement park, or anything in between.

We decided to visit Willen Lake today at Milton Keynes. It comprises 180 acres of landscaped parkland which surround around 100 acres of water across two lakes. Both lakes are balancing lakes, the southern lake offers a wide range of activities on and off the water, whilst the northern lake offers a more natural and tranquil setting, ideal for quiet walks and spotting wildlife. Actually this was not a great idea. We walked round the lake in 30˚C (86F) heat, having stupidly not taken any drinking water with us. I did struggle a bit, but the kids did OK. Anyway, we thought this picture was amusing, as we always stick our tongues out when being photographed.

amusement

Day 204 ~ path. ~ It is the monthly Where I Stand prompt, it is good to get your feet into the photo, but if not possible don’t worry. I was walking along part of the coastal walk in Cornwall, United Kingdom.  The whole trail is 630 miles long; we only did about 10 miles this day!  I just love all the paths that the walkers create along this bit. Which path are you taking today?

Another nice prompt especially as we visited Rushmere Country Park this day. It was a. few degrees cooler and quite shady what with all the trees so a much better day all round.

path

Day 205 ~ interact. ~ Do you remember what you did on January 9th and April 3rd of this year? Do you remember the photo you took on that day? If not, go back and look because you will need to revisit that spot again today.  These are my photos from the beach in front of my house. I cannot wait to show you what it looks like today in July! Today’s Picture Your World prompt invites you to photograph the same location four times throughout this year documenting the changing seasons along the way.  You may choose a different perspective or choose to include different subjects in these repeating photos, but try to make it obvious to the viewer that they are seeing the same location. It is ‘picture you” week so you may want to include yourself or part of yourself “interacting” in your world. Once you have taken today’s photo, create a triptych using it and your January and April photo.  There are many apps that make creating triptychs simple.  

I’m amazed anyone can forget we are doing this ‘same shot in different seasons’ thing, especially as we’ve already done two, but I guess there may be some senile people doing the challenge. Anyways I hadn’t forgotten. Unfortunately this is the day I travelled back home, and after the long drive back at night I knew it wouldn’t be possible to take it on the day. So for the first time I pre-empted the prompt and went out on Wednesday evening to take the shot. I didn’t want to include myself as I hadn’t in any of the others and wanted a coherant series.

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and this is the large version. Interact seems a strange title to me but hey ho, whatever.

interact

Another sodding selfie week accomplished, not the best perhaps, but seeing my boys was the main thing for me this week. Back to normal life now, and this week we’ll be having adventures in ‘still life’ so stay tooned!

52 comments on “365 ~ 18th ~ 24th July

  1. Alex Good says:

    There actually is a town named Leighton Buzzard. That wins some sort of prize!

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      1. Alex Good says:

        Gosh darn! I hope the local sports teams are at least called the Bloody Buzzards.

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        1. Again, sadly not. But there is a Bossard Wheelers cycle club. Not quite as pithy.

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  2. Lovely pics, nice to see the family, and I suspect most people have even more junk. Winnie always a great poser, very much in demand at short notice!

    ‘ if you’re going to simulate car nooky *wink, wink* at least take your jeans off…’

    Is this a law? Who makes these rules?

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      1. What if I don’t recognise your authority?

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        1. Are you intending to simulate car-nooky in jeans hmm? I think not, therefore you can ignore my authority in this matter.

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          1. I might just be about to do exactly that. You are assuming that I have no desire to do so, but that is a big assumption.

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          2. I’m down with big assumptions, but if I’m wrong then get yer kecks off!

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          3. I thought you’d never ask…

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  3. richlakin says:

    Winnie has the right idea!

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    1. Yes, she does contentment well! Cheers Rich!

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  4. beetleypete says:

    An inflatable dinosaur is treasure, not junk! (Tell Phil…) 🙂
    Your masked-ball mask is very exotic! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Cheers Pete! 😁

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  5. Jennie says:

    I love how you include smaller elements that are powerful, and bigger elements that bring a wave of pleasure. Well done, FR!

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      1. Jennie says:

        You’re welcome, FR.

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  6. Good morning! I’m glad you made it back, safe & sound! It was lovely to see your family too! As usual, I love all your photos and the descriptions; they make me laugh. We are in total agreement with the prompts. That said, I think you managed ‘sodding selfie’ very well. My favourites are the family shots, of course! It looks like you had a great time and some photo fun too! Winnie is beautiful and is the epitome of contentment (I want to come back as a cat in my next life.) Your ‘summer’ shot of the pond is lovely & peaceful; I love that you included the swans. Your ‘she-shed’ is fabulous, as is the mask!

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    1. Thanks Connie, I too want to be a cat!

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful family, and who doesn’t have a junk corner somewhere at home, at least a junk drawer 🙂 They aren’t really ‘junk’ but bits and pieces of memories we like to keep close by, just in case…

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    1. Mine are memories and photography props, I have a whole shed of them 🤣

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  8. Mae Clair says:

    I love all the goodies in your shed. Definitely NOT junk. I’m a huge fan of carnivale/masquerade masks and was especially taken with them.
    You and your grandson look so happy in Heart. Made me smile 🙂
    LOVE Winne’s shot. That is one contented, sleepy feline! And the shots at the end with the same scene at different times of year are awesome. It looks like such a great spot, especially in July.
    Welcome back, Fraggle. Glad you had a nice time away with family!

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    1. Thanks so much Mae! 😊

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  9. Orca Flotta says:

    I can’t get over the Bronco thing. We’re talking about the Ford Bronco here, yes? The little 4×4 wonder? That thing must be an absolute rarity in the UK, and worth quite a lot. Would be a friggn shame not to repair it. Give it to a good restaurator, pay a bit more and end up with a very fancy vehicle that will serve you for an eternity.

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    1. It’s in the USA, Virginia I believe. Looking at the picture of it it’s well past hope.

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  10. I’m glad you had a lovely visit with your family. It’s so lovely seeing you with them. Winnie is certainly the poster cat for contentment and tell Phil your shed collection definitely is NOT junk!🤗

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    1. Haha I will! Thanks Kim 😘

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  11. Great to see a lot of you this week! Very warming to see your intimate possessions and the joy you share with family.

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  12. Bookstooge says:

    I was reading your “junk” entry and at first I thought the description was you. So I was laughing my head off about about “Phil’s” junk bronco and then your little aside had me going “Good for them! Glad they still got it”. Then it sunk in that was the person doing the prompt and I laughed and laughed even more.
    I totally agree with your assessment of that prompt 😀

    Glad you had a good time with your family.

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    1. Haha glad you had a good laugh!

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      1. Bookstooge says:

        It was the highlight of my online day 😀

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  13. Glad you had a nice holiday, Fraggle! And wow – some Minority Report-esque behaviour with the ‘interact’ photo. And regarding ‘junk’: you wear that mask and hat to parties often?

    I think I do need to talk about the prompt lady, however. No, no, I don’t wish death on her, of course. Just that she suffers. Painfully.

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    1. Urgh where did my reply go? Anyway Otsy there are 7 prompt ladies, every day a different one, I only wish sufferings on the AFAC. days. Of course I wear a mask and hat to parties, doesn’t everyone?

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  14. Francis.R. says:

    Happy you had a wonderful trip, fragglerocking. Welcome back n.n/

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    1. Thanks Francis, nice to be away but love being back at home! 😊

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  15. Why do I get the feeling that after this challenge you will never take another selfie?? Not my favourite thing either 🙂 Love the July photo of that spot!

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    1. I think this challenge has had me reevaluate my abhorrence of pictures of me. Being a girly type thing I am always aware of my appearance, and at the age of 62 I can look at myself objectively and find little that is pleasing. But put me with my boys and that goes out of the window, I want those memories more than I care about what I look like!

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  16. April Munday says:

    I love your goblet in the first picture. Your junk is lovely and I covet your mask.

    I agree about Mrs. Too-Much-Information. I’m eating breakfast, for goodness’ sake.

    I’m glad you had a good time up in Leighton Buzzard. If you’d come much further south I don’t know that there would have been much water, as I think I drank it all.

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    1. It was mad hot wasn’t it, glad I only got the tail end of it.

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  17. Mary Smith says:

    I love contentment – cats really know how to do content, don’t they. And heart is lovely.

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  18. This was a fun one, loved seeing your grandson and son! It appears your family has a lot of fun together! Okay the Bronco story is fabulous and I’m loving your she shed! 💕C

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    1. Cheers Cheryl. 😊

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  19. Fraggle, this is a delightful post — photos AND the text. I got a kick out of the narrative about “junk.” Yes, Winnie is a perfect symbol for contentment. Hugs on the wing.

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  20. steviegill says:

    One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! Fun shots!

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  21. Resa says:

    Lovely post!
    That last shot is a prize winner.
    Thank you!

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