365 ~ 19th ~ 25th December ๐ŸŽ„

This week has been a colour week, and they chose indigo for some godforsaken reason. Indigo is a vague colour, not really blue, not really purple, or it’s both, if you look it up on google it’s quite mind-boggling. Also it’s the run up to Christmas, so we’ve got a whole heap of clichรฉs to contend with too! Nevermind, onwards to the end dear reader.

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.

Day 353 ~ Decorations. ~ We had a bit of a debate in my house about what color Indigo actually is. I just wanted to use that little gnome for today’s idea but I was told that his hat just isn’t the right color. I always thought of Indigo as more of a purple hue, but I was outnumbered a bit when I asked my family.  Indigo is one of the colors of the rainbow – it’s right between blue and violet. To my mind, that gives us permission to sway between those two colors a bit this week – maybe you’ll find something with more of a blue hue, or maybe it will be a bit more of a violet hue. Either way, counting down to Christmas this week sharing special decorations is sure to put us all in happy holiday moods!  

See what I mean about vague? Anyways, finding a decoration wasn’t too onerous as I have some bluey purply tree baubles and tinsel.

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Day 354 ~ Prompt Free. ~ Prompt Free days often bring to mind the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”  Some days, we feel restricted by the prompt, but on other days, no specific prompt makes us feel lost by having no point of departure. Think about these prompt free days as a check-in as to how this project is changing you. What do you notice that you would have overlooked previously? What small moments in you day now feel bigger and call to be documented? Today is a blank canvas for which all of the other prompts have prepared you. Keep your eyes open and have fun!

Long day at work today, lots of people realising they’re not going to hear the Christmas Movie or conversations with the family so making last minute appointments to get their ears cleared. As I’m coming home every night in the dark I’m noticing my next-door-to-the-right neighbours have got their tree lights on, so I set up my tripod in the bushes on our side of the fence and took a picture of it. I think it’s indigoish.

Prompt~free. Indigo.

Day 355 ~ curly. Today’s prompt of “curly” immediately brought curling ribbon to my mind. You may think that indigo is a strange color to focus on during the Christmas Season, but more and more non traditional colors are being used at Christmas. Adding non-traditional colors to your gift wrapping can give your packages a modern flair! If you don’t have indigo ribbon, look for the color in other curly items. The curling of tree branches or other decorations.

Urk. AAFP as I don’t have any curly indigo bits of anything. I do have blue Christmas ribbon though, and with a tweak in Potatoshop indigoed it quite well I think.

curly

Day 356 ~ Believe. ~ As we approach the end of this year, think about what has gotten you through these crazy times.  The mind is a powerful tool.  Believing that there is good out there and looking for that positive energy may be what has saved our sanity in 2021. What have you believed in this year that has helped you navigate the past twelve months?  Share it with us in your photo today.

Well dear reader can you guess how many abbreviations I’m giving this? AFAC, AAFP, HDBS just about covers it I think. Firstly, though, ‘gotten’. It’s horrible. I’m sorry American and Canadian peeps, it just sounds horrid. It’s the past participle of ‘get’, which for us in the Motherland is got, although I think in this case ‘helped’ would have been the more pleasant choice. Nevermind, it is what it is. Believe. In indigo. Pfft. There is NOTHING, nada, niente, rien, in indigo, that I have believed in this year. Actually there’s nothing in any colour, I don’t go around believing in colours, I just get on with life, whatever it brings. And so, I believe I shot the cat.

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Day 357 ~ ornament. ~ The colour indigo is definitely in my favourite colour spectrum. I make Christmas cakes and sometimes I even get time to ice them. I put ornaments on top to dress the cake.  Adding the string of lights to the background helped me tie in the blue ribbon that is around the cake.  Do you have an ornament that is indigo?  If not don’t worry just show us your favourite ornament. 

Actually I do have an indigo ornament, how serendipitous! I have a little candle holder with a lid that has cut out dolphins and waves in it so it makes patterns on the wall when you stick a tea light in it.

ornament

Day 358 ~ valuable. ~ Together time is valuable and in nature it is even more so.  We like to hike and do so in every season no matter what the weather.  Winter hiking brings on a whole new light!  The light was low in this photo bringing on a bit of a blue hour purplish/blue, or indigo hue.  Get outside today and find some of that blue hour light.  You may have to jazz it up a bit in editing to get that purplish blues the colour prompt calls for. No indigo light?  Is there a piece of jewelry, clothing, decoration or valuable procession you can photograph instead?

Haha Mrs Cocktail~Dress, you crack me up every time! CBBP! If you think I’m going out there in the pouring rain you are sadly mistaken. And also we didn’t have a blue hour, we had a grey hour, preceded by several grey hours, and culminating in a black hour, to be followed by several more black hours. But at least there’s a let-out with the ‘valuable procession’ bit. I am of course assuming she meant posession, but who knows? My Mum was an Avon lady for many years, and in 1996 she purchased a musical advent Christmas tree which came with 24 baubles in numbered drawers and a set of twinkle lights. It turns and plays ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ when you wind up it’s key. Avon used to do a different tree every year I think. When she died and I cleared the house, I took the tree home with me, and it gets put up every Christmas on the window sill, and some years stays there all year round. It gets slowly tattier as time goes on, and some of the bauble’s golden hangy-up strings have broken, as well as the lights gone missing, but I mend or replace the strings and have got some more twinkle lights for it. So I don’t think of it as being valuable so much as being priceless. I googled it to see if any were out there for sale thinking it would make you laugh when I found some on ebay for a fiver in mint condition, but was surprised to find only one, in America, labelled, ‘Rare vintage Avon Christmas Tree, $134.’ Valuable and priceless then. ๐Ÿ˜Š And it has a few indigo decorations! Winning at indigo!

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Day 359 ~ Christmas Day. ~ From the team at 365 Picture Today  Wishing you peace, joy and happiness – now and always! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Aw, that’s lovely. Christmas Day has been a busy one, I’ve been shopping, cooking, cleaning and cat herding. Not much time for photography so I cranked my polaroid up and took a few shots along the way. I’ll be surprised if you can make much out but from top left to right- 1) my tree, 2) my present from Phil, New Bride and Groom Skulls! Love it! 3) My present to Phil, a double volume book, The Lyrics by Paul McCartney. Bottom left to right, new vinyl I got for Phil by Thunder, Christmas dinner (it was total lushness in spite of what it looks like!) and James Bond movies, as tonight we start a series of Daniel Craig Bond movies before we watch the final one next weekend. No indigo I’m afraid and it’s a sh1t shot, but who cares? It’s Christmas!

Christmas Day

And that’s the last of the colour weeks. Next week is the very last week of all, yippee Ki-yay! We’re supposed to be doing ‘leading lines’ but I can forsee a few off-prompt days!

Merry Christmas dear reader, hope Santa was good to you. ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿคถ

Day 142~366

Today has been a bit ‘the day after the night before’, as we had our good friends Paul & Lorraine over for dinner. ย Lorraine made the most scrummy pate for starter and I made a lasagne for main. Drinks were drunk, music was played, polaroids were taken and final lights out was about 3am. A resounding success ๐Ÿ™‚

Some photo’s before I do the tree shot. ๐Ÿ™‚

Paul grooving
Paul grooving

Loz taking pictures
Loz taking pictures

The London's,Skye & Phil
The London’s,Skye & Phil

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Today I’ve been out to fix someone’s hearing aid, and then went to see the tree. A bit of a boring sky though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The tree today
The tree today

The daily shot
The daily shot

Day 24~366 & Liddy

We had our little Liddy for a sleepover last night, first time with her. It didn’t go quite to plan, and we didn’t get much sleep, but we all survived and I got some smiley faces from her to photograph this morning ๐Ÿ™‚ She is the spitting image of her brother Cal, who regular readers have seen on this blog many times. First though, my 24th still life shot..

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and the beautiful Liddy..

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Day 19~366

My 2nd favourite camera is my SX70, which I’ve been neglecting so much since starting the 366, intending to shoot a few film packs when the weather perks up.

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The Fraggle Report ~ Flora & Fauna

Apart from my weekend outings to fascinating places, I’ve still been going to work and taking pictures when I get chance, the cats still strike a good pose now and then, and hubby still buys me flowers to photograph as a surprise.

So here are a few non-historic bits and bobs before I move on to the day trip to the Farne Islands.

The cats are thriving, sort of, when they’re not puking up, which is a common occurrence. They drive us mad mostly, we are not used to such needy beings! Cats are supposed to be self sufficient more or less, eat their grub, chase a bird in the garden then sleep for 10 hours. ย Skye is just bonkers at wanting to play, wanting tickles, wanting to sit on Phil’s knee when ever he sits down, she goes out the front window, comes in the side cat flap, goes out the back window comes in through the conservatory door, but she is SO cute.

Sky hiding under the bed
Sky hiding under the bed (iphone 6)

skye under the table

Skye eating grass to chuck up
Skye eating grass to chuck up (Fuji XT1)

Skye worn out at last
Skye worn out at last (Iphone6)

Storm is not so needy and also doesn’t bother going out. That’s because the food bowl is inside, and the cuddles at reading time. She lives for mealtimes, and starts yowlingย at you for about an hour before dinner time & has to have a snack to keep her from driving us insane. If I’m at the table reading she’ll jump up and plonk herself in the curve of my arm or sit on the newspaper so I can’t read, so I now read on a stood up iPad so she can have her tickles and I can read my book!

reading time
reading time (Iphone6)

comfy????
comfy????

soaking up the rays
soaking up the rays (fuji XT1)

cool cat
cool cat (Iphone6)

So they are keeping us busy/exasperated/entertained. ๐Ÿ™‚

My lovely hubby bought me some beautiful flowers, which were photographed extensively for my SX70 project, the best one of them in the batch

Flowers rounded
Flowers (polaroid SX70)

But I also used them to test out my new 50-230 lens, the flowers are in my conservatory and I was in the dining room!

flowers zoomed
flowers zoomed (fuji XT1)

Phil decided to mow the lawn at the weekend, but I wanted to photograph a daisy patch that has appeared on it, and he mowed round them so I could photograph them in the evening light (best hubby ever!)

daisy patch
daisy patch (fuji XT1)

we also had our 1st BBQ of the year

BBQ at last!
BBQ at last! (polaroid SX70)

and talking of food, Phil cooked breakfast and find a double yolk, that’s lucky!

three's up!
three’s up! (iphone6)

and I cooked Sunday lunch.

Roast Lamb with rosemary, garlic & thyme :)
Roast Lamb with rosemary, garlic & thyme :)(Iphone6)

Last week I took some shots of a poppy field near Hexam, and made a panorama

Poppy!!
Poppy!! (Nikon S1)

Poppy Pano
Poppy Pano(Nikon S1)

That one’s better clicked on. I did the pano in PS, even though LR can now do them, I think I prefer the PS way, not quite as quick, but more options.

Finally summer kind of arrived, and my Happy Eater tree has had quite a few new visitors which has been exciting, lots of youngsters I haven’t seen before.

Mr.Blackbird feeding his teenager!
Mr.Blackbird feeding his teenager!

Was surprised that Daddy Blackbird is still feeding his chicks, especially as ย they are both bigger than him now!

Juvenile Bullfinch
Juvenile Bullfinch

I am pretty sure this is a juvenile bullfinch, I had to look on the RSPB bird identifier and it’s the only similar one. It’s about 4 years since I saw an adult bullfinch on my tree, he came for 3 days and never returned, so it is exciting if this is indeed one. Fingers xt.

Goldfinches!
Goldfinches!

This was a wow to see 2 of them at the feeder, I do get them now and again, they usually go for the niger seed I have especially for them, but these two are happy with common or garden (what a daft phrase) birdseed.

Another wow was to see a young one ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Juvenile goldfinch
Juvenile goldfinch

another first! Crap, I’m turning into a twitcher!!! I don’t know why it’s exciting to watch birds on the Happy Eater Tree, I probably need therapy.

SO that’s Fraggles life when not being historical, (or hysterical when it comes to the cats).

Laters Gaters

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poppies

“And far and wide, in a scarlet tide, The poppy’s bonfire spread”.ย 

Poems of the Orient–The Poet in the East ย ~ย Bayard Taylorย ย 

I found a beautiful field of poppies today, and then I found a most beautiful poem that reminded me of my friend Francis.ย 

Field of poppies
Field of poppies

Pop!
Pop!

 

cats and polaroids

Just a quickie, am practicing a lot for my SX70 Project so here are a couple from my latest batch, the cats of course…

Storm moved just as I pressed the shutter, and the light caught her left eye in a weird way and so this makes me laugh.

Storm looking mad as a cut snake
Storm looking mad as a cut snake

Skye is sulking because we attached a lovely pink and sparkly collar to her as she has started wandering outside and we don’t want anyone to think she is a neglecterino.

Sky (sulking)
Sky (sulking)

Had to catch Storm sunbathing in my bathroom ๐Ÿ™‚

International Cat of Mystery
International Cat of Mystery

laters gaters

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The Sunday fraggle report

A busy weekend this weekend as on Saturday night I went out to a surprise party for Phil’s daughter Shelley. Her friend Sam organised a joint baby shower/birthday party for Shelley and we all turned up at The Avenue pub in Sunderland before Shelley arrived. I had picked up Phil’s sister Annette and Karly ( Phil’s daughter-in-law) and Karly’s daughter Katie, and was ready with the camera when Shelly arrived.

Surprise
Surprise!!

I didn’t do too well with the Fuji in this situation so am going to have to figure out what went wrong. Think I had ISO stuck on A so shots were taken at 6400 and came out grainy. Couldn’t bin them as everyone wanted to see the album on Facebook, so I gave them all a vintage coating. I did use the flash, which to be honest is a bit on the pathetic side, but yes, a rethink and research moment coming along!

good memories
good memories

Still they will make good memories for Shelley, and that’s more important than technical perfection. I guess.

Laydeeeez
Laydeeeez

What I am impressed with is the new B&W film from the Impossible polaroid film makers. Their generation 2 film is just about instant, doesn’t need to be shielded from light and left to develop for 45 minutes, and has really good contrast and tones. ย I took these next shots with my 3000 and a 600 film and am really impressed with how they’ve come out.

Karly & Katie
Karly & Katie

Lorraine & Karly
Lorraine & Karly

Shelley & Sam
Shelley & Sam

Karly,Katie & Shelley
Karly,Katie & Shelley

I have a flash on the 3000 with a bit of tissue taped over it to diffuse it, didn’t work that well on that last shot but the others are OK.

And now some cute cat shots ๐Ÿ™‚

Skye polaroid
Skye polaroid

Skye (iphone6)
Skye (iphone6)

Storm (iphone6)
Storm (iphone6)

And that’s it for this week.

Laters gaters

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The Easter Fraggle report

It has been very nice to have a long weekend, and really nice to have the last 2 days with sunshine and blue skies. ย I haven’t done a lot of photography, but on Thursday I had my lunch parked up in a country lane in Hexam, and had a little company.

Easter Bunnies
Easter Bunnies (nikon S1)

We haven’t really done much this weekend, Easter weekend is bonkers with traffic on the roads, and we like being at home anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ but we did go and visit Shelley & Cal for a cup of tea on Saturday, and managed a trip to ASDA today ๐Ÿ™‚

My polaroid camera came back from repair and seems to be working OK, although it’s taken a few crap shots before I got the hang of it again, still a bit hit and miss but I think I’m getting there. I’ll add some to the SX70 project up in the menu there if you are interested. But I will post a coupleย in the main blog as I really like them,

Blossom (sx70}
Blossom (sx70}

Thats my blossom tree in the from garden, which is just coming into flower now.

tomato soup to be
tomato soup to be (SX70)

I’m into making soup at the minute, and today have made a job lot of tomato and basil soup, lush it is too.

Got another shot of our visiting Bluetit

Mr.Bluey
Mr.Bluey (nikon S1)

I took this shot of Phil back in 2014 when he was reading the menu in a chinese restaurant, and as I’m trying to be more B&W at the moment (inspiration from Reinhold and Emanscamera) had a go at this one, I like it quite well.

Looking down (nikon S1)
Looking down (nikon S1)

My big thing this weekend has been cleaning up all my cameras and lenses, as I have decided to part exchange all my Nikon equipment that I’ve amassed over the past 5 years and tread a different path. ย I’ve been thinking of it for a while, as I’ve had 2 cameras and several lenses sitting on a shelf doing nothing, and my main camera the D700 along with any lenses is really heavy to carry around all day or take on holiday broad, it hurts my shoulder after a while. I mostly use the S1 when out and about in the car at work, which I will keep, but still need something better for outings etc. No doubt when the new stuff arrives there will be a post about it.

Goodbye dear friends
Goodbye dear friends (nikon S1)

I have to say I’ve had 2nd thoughts and 3rd & 4th, but I have done my research on what I want next and am quite excited about it now. I know, it’s not the camera but the photographer which makes good or bad shots, but this is a matter of weight and shelved lenses being wasted, more than anything.

So now I must get back in to a work frame of mind, and prepare for tomorrow,

laters gaters

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The Sunday Fraggle report 4/1/2015

Happy New Year WP peeps! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well that’s all over for another 11 1/2 months and off I go into 2015. It has been a quite lovely 2 weeks having only worked 2 days of Christmas week and 2 days of New Year week. Lots of time off but have not really done much photography strangely. The nicest thing has been having a good deal of time off and spending it with my lovely hubby, we’ve had a fab time cooking, eating, getting merry, watching movies and concerts and listening to music. We haven’t been out much and it’s been like living in a little bubble of happy times. My guy’s GREAT! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lovely Hubby X :)
Lovely Hubby X ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I’m not much into making resolutions, but have a few goals to reach this year, I’ll let you know how they go if I succeed, or quietly forget that sentence if I don’t! ๐Ÿ™‚

One of my goals is to get proficient with my new SX70 polaroid camera, and I’ve started a new project (it’s up there in the menu bar- entitled SX70) to put the shots be they good or bad results. My other polaroids taken with the 600 will still go into the old polaroid page in the ‘adventures in film’ section, also on the menu bar. For the SX70 the goal is to take at least 1 shot a week, I’d like to commit to a 365 but I have to be realistic!

Another goal is to get out more with the Nikon, and devote one of my days off to taking it out somewhere and NOT be put off by the weather, but I am quite rubbish at going out in the cold and rain ๐Ÿ™‚ so we’ll see. Gotta manup!

Hope to be getting back into taking photo’s when I’m out and about and have a more pictureful post next week.

Laters Gaters

 

The Christmas Fraggle Report.

Well it’s been a while but December has been busy. Work has been hectic with trying to sort everyone out so they can hear The Queens speech on the TV ๐Ÿ™‚ We had our grandson Callum to stay a couple of weekends ago, and last weekend I travelled down south to see Ben, Charlotte & Lewis. Managed a few pictures along the way so here we go..

Firstly another trip to see my clients who live near Finchale (pronounced Finkle) Abbey, and it was a nice day with the sun out but low in the sky.

Finchale Abbey
Finchale Abbey

That’s been a rare blue sky and grey days and rain have been a constant on my travels. This week I had to park and wait for a client and saw a rooftop gathering of pie fodder..

Pie Fodder
Pie Fodder

but 10 mins later..

rainbow
rainbow

the pigeons had left and a rainbow appeared bringing a bit of blue sky with it, that didn’t last long.

It was great fun having Callum to stop over and most fun was had with the ducks in the bath.

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Face!!
Face!!

And also lovely for me to see Ben & Lewis on my visit down south. Though not so brilliant for Ben who had a bad toothache, so painkillers and a visit to the dentist took up a fair amount of my first day,but eventually got him sorted.

on top of things
on top of things

 

Apart from a trip into town when it was dry but freezing, the weather was mostly raining so much staying indoors, keeping warm.

 

Daddy Cuddles
Daddy Cuddles

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So this week I only worked Monday & Tuesday and had Wednesday off to prepare for Christmas day lunch and do some tidying up. All accomplished quite easily ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas day was lovely, just me and my hubby so we opened our presents, I cooked dinner, and we played with our toys.

Analogue Christmas
Analogue Christmas

This was my present from Phil, a refurbished land camera, it’s a tricky beast to use and so far I’ve botched my 1st 3 attempts to get a photo out of it! Luckily I got a shed load of film too so hopefully I can get the hang of it soon and post some cool polaroids. In the meantime my last year present Polaroid 600 is still on the go and I took a couple with it. Not sure why they have a green cast, maybe because I didn’t store the film in the fridge.

Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree

Phil phoning.
Phil phoning.

I had Phil take a shot of me injecting the turkey with melted butter, it looks like our turkey is a junkie ๐Ÿ˜€

Turkey Addict
Turkey Addict

Got some fab new slippers from Shelley, they are SO warm and toasty, my feet are in love with them.

sparkle feet
sparkle feet

And my friend Kathy who I went to stay with in USA sent me a picture of Phil & I she had taken whilst we were there, and did her artistic stuff with it, awesome work.

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Kathy’s Picture

Phil got loads of blu-rays and whisky and I got some vodka liqueur with gold flecks in it and some champagne. Dinner was lush, Phil made the Yorkshire puddings, (we usually do ready-mades for normal Sunday lunch, but Christmas Lunch is too special for frozenย stuff) and used the 3 glass measurement method!

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Christmas Lunch
Christmas Lunch

We were stuffed!

Always room for champers though ๐Ÿ™‚

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and I have kept the corks from every bottle of champagne I’ve ever had with all the names of who shared them and what the date was written on them, it’s been a long time since I added to the collection!

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Phil has had an analogue Christmas too, as his friend Mick needed to get his record deck working, so gave it to Phil to do, so we have been listening to vinyl records!

Old Skool
Old Skool

and this is Phil taking pictures of his DAC that he got himself for Christmas about 2 months ago!!

oy that's MY job :)
oy that’s MY job ๐Ÿ™‚

So that’s Christmas done, boxing day today so now to sort out Turkey & Veg Crumble!

Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

Laters gaters ๐Ÿ˜‰