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This week is sodding selfie week, or ‘Picture You’ officially, and it has an overall theme of ‘What I do’. Can’t say I’ve enjoyed it, and at one point Phil threatened me with doom and gloom if I decide to do this all again next year. No chance of that!

Abbreviations you may come across during this post. AFAC~ airy fairy abstract concept. AAFP ~ annoying as F-bomb prompt. CBBP ~ completely bloody barking prompt.  HDBS ~ hippy dippy bull****. AWP! ~ Absolutely wonderful prompt!

Also- there may be swearing.

On we go..

Day 283 ~ Creativity .~ What do I do? Well I am actually a web developer and a graphic designer, when working, so you could say that is a reasonably creative job. I was creative when showing myself at my desk, as I was feeling a bit tired.  I had jet lag at the time, back in those days when travel was a thing! Show us where you carry out your creativity.

Well we started off easily anyway, off I toddled to my shed, where I’m just about to start a new mosaic poject. Phil has given me his old CD box and I will be adorning it with tiles and millefiori, shiny bits and other mosaicy stuff in a psychaedelic pattern which I’ve yet to design. For the ‘what I do’ bit ~This is me rubbing it down ready for priming.

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Day 284 ~ Bake. ~ It’s Macro Monday!  And it is baking day as well.  How much fun is that? My garden lavender is in abundance so I tried a new recipe for Dowton Abbey Lavender Tea Bread.  It was very easy to make, delicious, and quite beautiful, if I must say so myself!  It has a distinct lavender and lemon taste. Show us some macro baking from your kitchen today.

This is an AAFP. I don’t do baking, so not much fun at all really. I don’t watch Downton Abbey either so that isn’t helpful. I ended up doing a jacket (baked) potato for my dinner for this shot, with prawns and a Marie Rose sauce topping. Not the easiest thing to macro and have yourself in the shot, so this is a bit rubbishy. (This is when Phil decided enough was enough as I was photographing my dinner instead of sitting down and eating it). Can’t really blame him!

bake (ed potato)

Day 285 ~ Spirited. ~ Today let’s get in the selfie spirit by interjecting some silliness into the photo!  This could be something fun in your surroundings or staged for effect!  Like this giant bear… I can’t resist getting a selfie with him every time!

Silliness. Sigh. AFAC and AAFP. Had a busy, long day at work, was really not in the mood for silliness. No giant bears in Wardley I’m afraid. But I had an idea, and got it done. For the ‘What I do’ bit- I’m apparently a lush, but I’m not really, I prefer wine to spirits.

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Day 286 ~ Overhead. ~ You can make this as easy, clean, messy, fancy, or as creative as you’d like today – just make sure to include yourself.  As for me, I look like this 32 hours a week…   I am very lucky to have a job I can do right in my own home.  My hubby built me custom desktops that allow me to sit or stand so it makes it nice to move throughout the day.  This is a fun prompt because when do we get a glimpse of our day from this angle otherwise?  

Another one telling me ‘this is a fun prompt’ when actually it really isn’t. Fannying on attaching my camera to a tall tripod and getting it to stand on the table was a PIA! For the ‘what I do’ bit- I’m processing photo’s I took when out with Sophie a couple of weeks ago.

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Day 287 ~ Serenity. ~ Definition: The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. What does serenity mean to you? Serenity could come in many shapes and forms. It could be the relaxing sound of water, curling up with a good book, listening to your favourite music, the calming benefits of animals. I live in suburbia but am lucky to have large parklands at my back door. This past year has been tough and finding this little lake in the park has been my saving grace. I find myself here every time I go for a walk and like to relax watching the birds and just enjoying the relative peace and quiet that I find here. My little piece of paradise. I like my little lake, but I can also find calm snuggling down on the couch with the cats, listening to the sounds of their purrs. It’s Picture You week so make sure to include yourself as you find your bit of serenity.

This one’s from a ‘guest prompter’. Firstly it’s an AFAC, and secondly that’s too much waffle, get on with it woman. The weather was pants, cold and grey and raining on and off, so no going to anywhere serene. I made do with a reading a book shot. That’s the ‘what I do’ bit, because I do read a lot and then I am the epitome of serenity.

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Day 288 ~ Swag. ~ “Where I Stand” Day. Picture You week allows our community to get to know one another better. This week’s theme is “What I Do.” Today, we are showcasing our “365 Picture Today” Swag! Take a photo of yourself in your 365 Swag and show us what you do. If you don’t own any 365 Picture Today Swag, you can wear something that reflects your love of photography… a shirt, a scarf, jewelry. And don’t forget to show us what you do!

Bliddy Nora! This one’s just a clusterfuck. Firstly when I saw the title I thought ‘they want me to do a robbery???’. Swag of course means ‘money or goods taken by a thief or burglar’. Apparently not over the pond though as Swag means ‘free promotional items’. There are ‘365 Picturetoday’ Sweatshirts and T~shirts that members in the past could buy if they wanted to. Which makes them Purchased promotional items in this case. Anyhoo, I’ve not bought one, and I don’t think they do them anymore, but I wouldn’t even if they did. I did buy a photography T~shirt back in the day as it’s my friend’s brother who does them and I like to help out, but I don’t wear it. From where I stand ~ in front of the mirror. What do I do? ~ take bliddy photographs. 🙄

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Day 289 ~ Reaction. ~ In January, April, and July, we visited the same location, creating a collage of how our world changes throughout the seasons.  Today gives us an opportunity to visit that place one more time and document what it looks like in the final season of the year.  What are you doing in this spot today? Once you have taken today’s photo, combine it with your three previous photos and share your quadriptych or tetraptych (depending on whether you prefer Latin or Greek) by combining your photos in your favorite collage app and show us your world through the seasons.

WTH does ‘reaction’ have to do with any of that!? Anyone? Nope, me neither. Sigh. Anyway I went back to the same(ish) spot as before, and completed the quadrip/tetraptych.

SO that’s the end of this sodding selfie week, only 2 more to do before the end yipee! Next week it’s ‘Picture Style’ week which this week is Wildlife week. FFS, doesn’t anyone in this group do a full days work?? Not sure how I’ll accomplish this bearing in mind I’m at work 3 days. 🥴 Well stay tooned, I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

59 comments on “365 ~ October 10th ~ 16th

  1. That dinner looks great!!!! And the four seasons – when I lived in Brisbane we didn’t really get that, it was either as hot as …. or just tolerable. Flowers came and went but otherwise everything looks pretty much the same year round. I love the seasons here!

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  2. Alex Good says:

    The seasonal collage was worth the effort! I find sets like that fascinating. But the rest of the selfie week stuff could justifiably drive you to drink.

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  3. Graduating from the Alex Good school of critics criticism requires me to highlight this line; ‘ Well we sarted off easily anyway…’

    Great pics as always, the food one looks tasty! But how many of the bottles did you have to decant, and which ones were empty anyway?

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    1. No decanting necessary and all bottles still had some or all of their contents. Will edit sarted although it seems appropriate for these prompts. Cheers Eddie.

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      1. Since Alex does such a great job of proof-reading my posts, the least I can do is the same generous favour for others.

        Nice stove, is it real?

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        1. Yes it’s real, no photoshop involved.

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          1. I’d like one of the nature for my kitchen.

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          2. That range is in my range. What does it derive its power from?

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          3. A socket in the wall connected to the electricity supply.

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          4. I know, all mod cons here.

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  4. richlakin says:

    Dinner looks great . And the quadrip!

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  5. beetleypete says:

    Julie saw me looking at this, and she wants the potato with prawns! Not for me though, as I don’t like that prawn cocktail sauce.
    I’m guessing you will be looking forward to the end of ‘selfie weeks’! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Yes, I’ll never be seen again! 😀

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  6. April Munday says:

    You might not enjoy it, but you’re obviously more relaxed about including yourself in the shots. Since the ladies all seem to be middle-class grandmothers, I suspect they’re all retired, or never worked. Will we be seeing a lot of your back garden for wildlife week?

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    1. Well I went out with Sophie yesterday and cheated by managing 3 of them ( I’ve lost the will to play by the rules now and just want to get to the end) but yes I’ve a feeling cats in the garden might appear!

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  7. I find your words always very entertaining, and insightful too! How you did the picture is usable knowlegde. Ik like the overhead shot and the four seasons are great too. I have been thinking about another challenge for you for next year. I’m not quite sure yet, but I think it will have something to do with training snails and juvenile hedgehogs.

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    1. Hedgehogs already trained, I’ll start collecting snails! 🤣

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  8. The best was spirited lol 😂

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  9. Francis.R. says:

    It will be wonderful to watch how ends the cd box with your talent in mosaics : ) wishing you a nice week ahead, fragglerocking.

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    1. Thanks Francis, you have a good one too!

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  10. I am SO with you on the prompts – this is supposed to be fun!
    That being said, I love your shots this week:
    The photo of you in your shed has the most wonderful light!
    Dinner looks delicious!
    Spirited – I’m sorry I didn’t think of that – a drink might make all this better 🤪
    Your overhead shot is good, though I didn’t have the patience to set up my tripod on the desk.
    There is nothing like an afternoon with a good book (love the cozy fire too!)
    I don’t do ‘swag’ either – I do love the t-shirt, but like you I don’t wear them either!
    The location for your ‘quad’ whatever is beautiful. This one is my favourite, though I agree – what does that have to do with reaction?
    Three cheers for your finish on a difficult week! Good luck with wildlife, as I grit my teeth!

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    1. Thanks Connie, I have bitten the bullet and cheated, did 3 wildlifes yesterday! 🤣 Not sure what I’ll do for the rest, probably the cats!

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      1. Cats can be pretty wild! 🐱🤣 Go for it!!! 🥰

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  11. Don Ostertag says:

    In spite of your dislike for selfies week, you still manage to take some very creative photos, Fraggle.

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  12. Not sure why, but I am almost getting the impression you’re not too keen on selfies.

    ✨🙏🕉🌱🌿🌳🌻💚🕊☯🐉✨

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  13. Mae Clair says:

    Your comments as always every bit as entertaining as the photos, Fraggle. 😀

    I love the seasonal collage, and you’re comfy reading space. Looks ideal to curl up with a good book.
    As for Swag…yep, We’re always butchering the language across the pond! LOL!

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  14. Bookstooge says:

    Just wanted to say that I am glad your hubby put his foot down. Because while you do a wonderful job of doing the photographs and keeping your comments from getting dark, it’s obvious this is more work than hobby.

    Any ideas on what you might do for next year instead of the 365 thing? Or is that far enough away that you can’t think about it?

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    1. I think I’m going to do more of my curated posts like I did in 2020.

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  15. Jennie says:

    This was fun! I really liked ‘swag’. Looking forward to Wildlife week.

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      1. Jennie says:

        You’re welcome, FR!

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  16. Very Interesting! I like the part of not doing it next year!! 😉

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  17. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Jane, hope my poem has brought some serenity to you, I can feel the stress in your words here! Hope this week is turning out a better one for you. I don’t see the link for the challenge’s host in your post. I’d like to check the lavender lemon tea bread, it seems wonderful, I don’t watch that series either, so no idea of what is about. Your dinner seems wonderful, and I understand your hubby’s frustration, the same happens here when I’m trying and trying to get the best angle before sitting to eat.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth thanks for the kind thoughts! Here is the link to the Downton Abbey LLT bread 🙂
      https://reluctantentertainer.com/downton-abbey-lavender-tea-bread/

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      1. Elizabeth says:

        Thanks, Jane! I’ll check it out! It seems exquisite! 🙂

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  18. Love the four seasons!

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  19. I enjoy your hysterical comments as much as the pics! And you are always especially funny during selfie week! Your husband sounds like a trooper even though he had to wait for dinner! #thestruggleisreal C

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    1. Haha he is! Cheers Cheryl!

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  20. Thanks for this fun post, Fraggle. Love the fuzzy slippers. Hey… there’s way more than a drop in those bottles, so you are not a lush. LOL. Hugs on the wing!

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  21. steviegill says:

    Your quadriptych is lovely and “spirited” made me chuckle. Definitely some AAFPs in that bunch of challenges!

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    1. Indeed! Cheers Stevie.

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  22. Michelle GD says:

    I have to admit I’m always extra curious/eager when your selfie weeks come around because I know how you feel about that 😉
    You are funny and committed and such a good sport.
    I was laughing so hard, out loud, with the spirited prompt. omg you are a riot. Well done, you.

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    1. Ah thanks Michelle! 😊

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  23. Resa says:

    I’m sure you will come up with something, too!
    LOl, “Spirited” is hysterical!
    Love the ending nature shots…gorgeous. Thank you!

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