Weekly Photo Challenge: waiting

I waited for what felt like ages to get a picture of this peacock showing off his plume. I kept a close eye on him and eventually he delivered. Unfortunately, he caught me off guard, so I didn’t get some very good pictures of him.

He was well and truly worth waiting for!



Weekly Photo Challenge: structure (of something typically overlooked)

After blogging about my garden, a lot, I’ve chosen to use a picture of my sunflower for this weekly photo challenge. I recently blogged some facts about the sunflower and I learnt something new about the structure while doing my research for the blog post.IMG_20170812_111519

The Helianthus annuus has a complex structure. The yellow petals are referred to as the ray floret while the brown “lumps” (Becky terminology, not scientific terminology) are actually disc florets which are arranged spirally, oriented to the next disc floret by 137.5°. I think I read somewhere that there is a mathematical equation to aid in us drawing a disc floret spiral pattern!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner.


As soon as I saw the theme, I pictured the photo that I would use. There is nothing special about it, except that it has four corners, as specified for the challenge this week (I’m using from my personal stock…).

This picture sprung to mind because:

  • It has corners – four of them
  • I always wondered what it is
  • It’s the first picture I took on my current camera

Despite extensive Google searches, I’ve never been able to figure what these structures were once upon a time used for.

My shiny…

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What is my “ooh, shiny”?

I have many things that make me go weak at the knees – stationary, crafty things, burgers, Formula One, beaches. I don’t think that I can pinpoint one specific thing. I can’t identify a single thing that could be my biggest weakness. For example, I know that with one of my friends, I should steer away from the candle section. She has so many candles in it that the ISS can identify her house when they pass over the UK.

I’d say, though, the one thing that always stops me in my tracks, when looking at a menu, are the burgers. I can honestly say that if I weren’t at the table, someone could confidently order my meal: a burger. I love burgers. I like the different ways they’re served, with the different buns and the different things they put in the buns. I like the different sauces and the different places who put the sauces in the bun or in a pot next to the bun. I like the fact that sometimes I have bacon or cheese or mushrooms in my bun, or a combination (I refuse to have egg). I like the different kinds of burger (as long as they’re not lamb minted ones!) and the different textures. I just love burgers. I think, I can honestly say, that when I’m out at a restaurant, they are my “ooh, shiny” item. I get lost in the menu, exploring the different burgers.


An elemental seaside

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: elemental

I love the seaside. It is my most favourite place to be. It doesn’t matter what the weather, what the season, how blustery it is, what time of day it is, or even what the tide is doing – for me, there is no greater place than beside the sea.

While I love being able to see the sea almost every day from the back of my house, I would be most happy if I could live on a beach….

What I hope to accomplish in the next 10 years

Ten years ago (2007) I was being diagnosed with aplastic anaemia and I didn’t even know if I would be here (2017) in ten years time. Well, faced with a different ‘problem’ (or a ‘hiccup’), I am wondering what I will accomplish in the next 10 years.

I found a list that I made in 2009 (eight years ago). Of it, I have done the following:

  1. Return to work
  2. Go to Florida/Disney
  3. See the Northern Lights
  4. Do a degree (started but not complete)
  5. Go on a steam train and have dinner on it with Grandad (Grandad and I made many plans that haven’t come to live yet. This was the best one I wanted to do…)
  6. Write and publish a book
  7. Maybe be a mum (I was undecided, then I didn’t want to and now I can’t)
  8. Learn to play chess so I can play with Rick
  9. Get my driving licence
  10. Quit smoking (I have!)

Now, on my list, of what I want to accomplish in the next 10 years:

  1. Become self-employed/my own boss
  2. Return to Iceland
  3. Go to Venice
  4. Get stairs to my attic
  5. Decorate my home – I don’t want a job-half-done like the beach hut was…
  6. Write and publish more books
  7. Take a photography course/join a club
  8. Learn to use a sewing machine
  9. Go to Harry Potter world
  10. Visit Darrowby (where they made All Creatures Great and Small)

I think it’s a rather doable list. It’s also much the same as the list in the back of my 2009 journal: it involves a vision relating to work, travel and self-improvement. I’m sure I’ll be able to accomplish all of this.