Thursday, 12 October 2017

5 in 5 - October 2017 - Melanie




Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start of this challenge Melanie has taken part in this monthly meme and as she doesn't have her own blog I post here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part. Over to you Melanie:



A 5 in 5 photo this month is of photos taken down by the River Murray in Goolwa.  Goolwa is at the mouth of the River.  The river spans three states starting its life in New South Wales it goes through Victoria before flowing into South Australia.  As you may tell from the photos the River is popular with pelicans. The pelican is a favourite bird of mine and I always take lots of photos of them when I see them..  I took a walk along the Goolwa wharf after breakfast and the pelicans I saw were having a lazy morning with many of them sitting on small the small jetties preening themselves or sleeping.  Only two of them were swimming and I haven’t included those two in my collage.   The middle photo of my collage shows one of the small jetties with the river bank covered in gazanias.  The gazania is a South African plant and many places in South Australia remove them since they are not native.  Not so in Goolwa though where the banks of the river are covered with them and the nearby railway line has them growing alongside the tracks.  They look so beautiful and come in many different colours.  I took another photo not within my five minute time slot which gives a good example of their colours so thought I would include that as well. Hope you enjoy seeing my 5 in 5 and the colours of the gazania.



As always, thank you Melanie! I love hearing about the different places that you visit.

I am really excited this month as Melanie is planning a brief trip to UK to visit family and I hope to see her, if time allows. She has a tight schedule and will be travelling, so fingers crossed our paths will meet!


Thanks for popping by and I look forward to another post from Melanie next month. 

If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and join in please go to the original post where you will also find out how to link in.


And to find out more about this monthly photo challenge, and how this started, please go to this post. 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

5 in 5 - October 2017 - Where Inside and Outside Meet

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.




For the past year I have been making regular visits to London, as part of my NLP Training and Practice. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to stay in a hotel near the Embankment and to explore the local area. There are so many photo opportunities and some I have already shared here, and once again I was spoilt for choice.

I resisted the urge to take the familiar and walked with an open mind, waiting for inspiration.  Then I looked through a window and noticed the reflection. It was a strange juxta position, where inside and outside meet. So this month, here are my collection of 5 photos taken in 5 minutes - it's good to look at things differently sometimes.









Last month Maggie, Mary-Lou, Karen, Melanie, Eileen, JoAnn, Joy, Borqna and Tomoko joined me in this monthly photo challenge. Thank you! I love seeing your take on 5in5! And if YOU would like to pick up your camera to join in, it would be lovely to have your company. 

Here's what you do and there are more details here
1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can (or wish to) until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.

                              You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

Thank you for popping by and don't forget to add your link below if you would like to join us in this month's 5in5. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

5 in 5 - September 2017 - Melanie



Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start of this challenge Melanie has taken part in this monthly meme and as she doesn't have her own blog, I post here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part. Over to you Melanie:

This week the Adelaide Royal Show is being held.  This is an annual event which runs for a week and always begins on the first Friday in September.  The event takes over the Wayville Show Grounds near the city of Adelaide completely.  There are heaps of competitive entries for numerous categories some of which are livestock, art & craft and food & wine.  Then there are regular entertainment sessions, numerous exhibitors, lots of sideshows and funfair rides and a whole pavilion devoted to Showbags (bags of goodies with a theme e.g Spiderman, Mars bars). I had no idea about Showbags until I went to my first Adelaide Royal Show in 1986.  Apparently this year there were more than 400 different Showbags so they could easily have provided me with a 5 in 5 subject.   The first Livestock Show was held in 1843.  It was held in the yards of a city pub and only consisted of Livestock so the form of the Royal Show has changed vastly over the years.  This year I went to the Royal Show with my daughter and grandsons. The areas we visited were really dictated by my three year old grandson and my choice for September 5 in 5 photos are those taken in the Vintage Machinery area.  This was the first area we came to and my three year old grandson had to be dragged away from the area in the end.  He was fascinated with all the working machinery as was I.  Most of the machinery working was using steam.  Each had a plaque explaining where it was used and I was very slack as I did not make a note of what each piece had been used for. You can see the middle picture is of a portable petrol engine.  The top LHS picture is of a pump  used around 1890 to pump water from water tanks to a house higher up a hill in an Adelaide area called Mount Lofty.  The bottom RHS picture is of an apple peeler.  The chap looking after the machines demonstrated how it worked.  It could peel and core six apples at a time. Sorry I do not recall what the other two bits of machinery are despite having to read the plaques more than once to my Grandson.  Hope you enjoy seeing these photos and maybe you can identify the photos I failed to remember.


Thank you Melanie! It's always interesting to hear about events in other countries and this Royal Show does not sound unlike ones we have here the in UK. In my youth I would always go to our county annual County Show. Sadly the grounds were sold and the show relocated. It lost it's character so I never went again and I hear it became a more commercial affair. It's a shame, as a traditional show is something special. It's good to see they continue to thrive in Australia.

Thanks for popping by and I look forward to another post from Melanie next month. 

If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and join in please go to the original post where you will also find out how to link in.

And to find out more about this monthly photo challenge, and how this started, please go to this post. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

5 in 5 - September 2017 - A beach walk on Bute

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.




August was a month of travel and I took several sets of photos with '5 in 5' in mind.  I was spoilt for choice, and in the end I decided to share photos of a brief walk on the beach, taken on the Isle of Bute.  My time there was very special and if you have not already seen my previous post you can read about my trip here.
There are lots of lovely beaches around Bute, and as we could camp wild we watched the sun setting and the tide come and go from our campervan. It was lovely to sleep with the sound of the water, and the call of geese as they flew over and landed in the waters edge.  Of course, I was temped in too.....

There were lots to see along the beach....

including an artist, on this occasion.




I stopped to admire his work on my way back and it was interesting to see how the same scene had been captured in paint. 

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Last month Maggie, Mary-Lou, Karen, Melanie and Borqna joined me in this monthly photo challenge, and if you'd like to pick up your camera to join in it would be lovely to have your company. 

Here's what you do and there are more details here

1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can (or wish to) until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.

                              You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

Thank you for popping by and don't forget to add your link below if you would like to join us in this month's 5in5. 







Thursday, 24 August 2017

A meeting of Paperlove

Three years ago I signed up for an online course.  There is nothing new in this, I do a lot of courses, online and otherwise.  But what makes this one different is the friendships that grew. As part of the Paperlove course, Rachel Hazel set up a Facebook Group so that we could share our work and experience. The course only lasted 3 weeks - but for some of us, our friendship lasted and grew. 

After the course finished I suggested the idea of planning a gathering, and we talked about it again last year, when four of us met in London. We spoke of how nice it would be to meet more of the group and the idea took hold....

Ruth agreed to our request to meet at her studio on the Isle of Bute. News was shared, excitement spread, and soon people were booking accomodation and flights.  Because the amazing thing is, people came from California, Canada, New Zealand and Europe! Can you imagne?! Some bought partners and some travelled alone. A feast of friends drawn together through the love of paper! 

For my own part, my husband came with me to Scotland and we stayed in the campervan in a beautiful bay, not far from Ruth's studio.






The first morning I was wandering along the beach collecting shells, when I heard 'hello Sandie'. It was a friend from New Zealand! She saw the campervan parked up and stopped to see if it was me. The excitement of meeting face to face was extraordinary and suddenly it had become real - this was really happening!


There is so much I could share, but to spare you I'll choose some of the highlights and save the rest as memories. So grab a coffee if you like and I will begin:

We all arrived in advance of our 3 days together so had an improntu meet was arranged to say hello and quieten our excitement. And then it was time to gather....

Ruth is an artist and we felt very grateful that she was willing to share her studio for this time together. She showed us how to sketch and paint, something I am keen to learn....

 As you can see, I'm working on it! LOL


Then it was time to walk to the beach where we collected shells and plants.  






The plants were for Eco-printing. We had each offered to share a technique or something we enjoy, and as there were other people who make books I offered to show how I make prints onto paper and fabric.  Chris also does this, back in New Zealand, so we did this in collaboration.  I had also made everyone a small notebook using my eco-printed paper, and this gave examples of what we would make.  








It took a long time to steam all the bundles but it was worth the effort. The results were lovely and several of the group were keen to do more in future. 


Two of our friends were unable to join us but they were very much there in thought and spirit.  Julia had sent us an an individually wrapped gift pack full of treasures....


while Linda sent a postcard to us each. On the back was part of a phrase. There was great excitment in working it out and as one card arrived a day later there was suspension!  





During our three days together we made paper constructions: folded books and origami lanterns... 





and we guilded shells



and did lots more besides.

I am still holding my excitement and amazement that some people travelled so far to make this happen. I'm feeling very blessed and grateful.

But that's not all, there is more to tell, so I'll be back very soon. Hope to see you then, thanks for popping by!  

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

5 in 5 - Melanie - August 2017




Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start of this challenge Melanie has taken part in this monthly meme and as she doesn't have her own blog, I post here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part. Over to you Melanie:


"Every time I drive to my daughter house, which is just 10mins away I go down an interesting road called Folkstone Road.  The interest in this road for me is the variety of trees that line the road and the amazing assortment of tree trunks.  So I decided to give you a glimpse of some of these.  In days of old when knights were bold and I used a 24 exposure film I would have filled the film no problem with the different trunks.  With my digital camera my only limit was the five minutes and I leave to your imagination how many tree trunk photos can be taken in 5 minutes in a road lined with trees that also has a reserve filled with trees at one point along it.  So it was difficult to select five photos but select I have and I hope you find the trunk varieties interesting".


Thank you Melanie! I love the shapes and textures of tree trunks and it is a great theme for a collection.  


If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and join in please go to the original post where you will also find out how to link in.

And to find out more about this monthly photo challenge, and how this started, please go to this post.

Thanks for popping by, and I look forward to another post from Melanie next month. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

5 in 5 - August 2017 - Stories and steam trains

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.




Last month I wrote about a visit to Stourport on Trent and while we were there we discovered lots of things to see and do. Our visit coincided with a local steam railway 1940's reinactment, and the stations along the line stepped back in time.

Who doesn't like a ride on a steam train, especially when each station had a different event going on! My husband and son were willing travellers and so we turned up at the station to buy our tickets, with freedom to travel on the line all day.





On the train I set my timer for 5 minutes and started to take photos....



A lady got on and asked if she could share our seat so I took the opportunity to ask for a photo before she sat down. We soon got into conversation...


I learnt that 'Val' and her husband were enthusiastic role players and that their costumes and characters are well researched and modelled on family members. She said it was really important to be as authentic as possible, in respect of those who lived through the war years, and Val asked if I could like to see what was inside her handbag. It reminded me of my Nan's, with it's metal clasp and hinged opening. Val pulled out a beautiful vintage compact case, hand stitched 'To my dear sweetheart'. She told me she had bought it at a boot fair for 25p!  



Next Val pulled out a newspaper cutting, given to her by her elderly neighbour. Val told the story of how her neighbour had been a been a young woman when war broke out, and she had signed up with a friend. They became especially close during their training but her friend was chosen for a special task and they never saw or heard from each other again.

After the war her neighbour learnt that her friend had been trained as a spy and she had worked undercover in France. Sadly, while being pursued, she injured her ankle in a fall and was captured and taken to Ravensbruck Camp where she was later executed by the Germans. She become a national hero and her name has gone down in history. 


I discretely switched  off the 5 minute alert when it sounded, so that it didn't interrupt our conversation. I hadn't expected this chance encounter when I set the timer and on this occasion I decided to disregard it.

At the end of our day we looked back on all the things we had seen and done, and all agreed that this encounter on the train stood out the most. I took lots of photos during the day and others qualified for 5in5. But I have decided to use these, because what's a minute or two between friends, when there is a story that needs telling. And I expect there are many more stories to be told, tucked in drawers and peoples memories. I hope that these too will be shared and passed on, so that they are remembered for years to come. 

Thank you for popping by and if you fancy picking up your camera to join in with '5in5' it would be lovely to have your company!
   


Here's what you do and there are more details here



1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can (or wish to) until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.

                              You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

Please add your link below if you would like to take part.





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