365~ January 4th ~ 10th

The prompt for Day 4 was ‘Breakfast’. Well you can’t beat a boiled chucky~egg with toasty soldiers can you? Day 5’s prompt was ‘Relinquish’. I’ll let you make your own interpretation of what I was relinquishing! Day 6 was ‘Letters’. I chose an old calligraphy artwork I did back in the 90’s, a poem written in 1941 called High Flight by John Gillespie McGee Jr, an American serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force. It’s my favourite piece of work that I did. Day 7 ~ Open. (This one’s for Kim 😘) A good book can open the heart and the…

New Year, new project.

In previous years I’ve done a photography review of the year but I didn’t really do much this year to review what with all the covid stuff going on, and no outings to history venues with my pal Sophie. It kinda killed my photo mojo as that’s my favourite thing to do. Apart from some polaroid and iphone shots of our visiting felines, it’s been slim pickings. But that can’t go on. I’ve given myself a stern talking to and am ready to get back to it. Inspired by Connie over at Adventures in Every Day Life who did a…

A Christmas Fetish

Hello dear reader, it’s not often I get asked to take photographs on a particular theme, but yesterday I was approached through the blog to do a little series. Now, usually I would not pander to men of a certain age with peculiar fetishes, but I do like Ol’10 and it is Christmas after all. So here you are my friend, Kitchen Utensils,~ in action!! by Moi. No utensils were harmed during the making of this series, and all gave consent and proof of age. Christmas Dinner gave a good account of itself, all in all a successful shoot. 😃

Kids

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence”. —Denis Waitley “A person’s a person, no matter how small”. — Dr. Seuss Never have more children than you have car windows. — Erma Bombeck You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going. —P. J. O’Rourke Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance. Joseph Chilton Pearce “You know what the great thing about babies is? They are like little bundles of hope….

Friends

“If you have good friends, no matter how much life is sucking , they can make you laugh.”― P.C. Cast Kristin Cast “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” —Oscar Wilde “I don’t know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn’t had my girlfriends.”– Reese Witherspoon “When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.”– Maria Shriver “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.”– Douglas Pagels…

Music

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”― Edward Bulwer Lytton Histories of ages pastUnenlightened shadows cast.Down through all eternityThe crying of humanity.‘Tis then when the Hurdy Gurdy ManComes singing songs of love… —Donovan “Music is the strongest form of magic.”― Marilyn Manson “The most wretched people in the world are those who tell you they like every kind of music ‘except country.”― Chuck Klosterman,  “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”― Lao Tzu “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed…

Cats

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”― James Herriot, “Cats strongly believe that everywhere is designed for their comfort!”― Mehmet Murat ildan “The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal – or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.”― Elizabeth Peters, “The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” —Jules Renard “I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.”― Rudyard Kipling, Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it’s a good cat —Deng Xiaoping “Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you’re feeling…

Hats

“Wearing a hat is fun; people have a good time when they’re wearing a hat”.    ~ Philip Treacy “And all your future lies beneath your hat”.    ~ John Oldham People, when they buy a hat, they can’t explain why they want to buy it or why they want it, but they do. It’s like chocolate.    ~ Philip Treacy “Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special.”  ~ Margo Nickel “Personally I would never want to be a member of any group where you either have to wear a hat, or you can’t wear a hat.””~ George Carlin If you’re going to wear a cowboy…

Bishopwearmouth Cemetery ~ March 2020

This was Sophie’s and my last outing this year, just after the keep 2 meters apart advice and just prior to the total lockdown. Because we couldn’t go anywhere in the car, we met up near where Sophie lives, at the Bishopwearmouth Cemetary. A quite appropriate visit for the time, as we will see in The History Bit. ☕️ 🍪 Between 1817 and 1860 the world had 3 cholera pandemics, but for our purposes we are looking at the 2nd one. After dying down by 1824, historians believe the first pandemic hung about in Indonesia and the Phillipines having started…