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.





Thursday, 20 July 2017

5 in 5 - Melanie - July 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.
This month Melanie told me she was lacking inspiration so she took 2 sets of photos. Undecided which one to send, Melanie sent both and asked me to choose. I think you'll agree, both are winners!  Over to you Melanie:


"We are now in winter here in Adelaide with cold days (yes, sometimes during the day it drops below 10˚c) and sometimes barely a day passes without rain.  The rain I do not mind providing I am indoors in front of a fire.  It cheers me to take a walk around our garden when there is no rain and so  my 5 in 5 photos for July were taken as I took a wander around our garden with my camera catching the colour that greets me.  As it happens it is difficult to select just five photos from the many I took as colour is everywhere.  The five photos I have chosen are:-

  • On the left of the photo a red kangaroo paw.  Over the years I have had many kangaroo paws as they are not a plant with a long life.  The name was given to it since the flower resembles a kangaroo paw.  It is a flower that has been adopted as the state emblem of Western Australia.  Here in South Australia the flower emblem is the Sturt Desert Pea which I have seen in the wild but never been able to grow in my garden.
  • In the middle of my photo is a winter flowering Narcissus.  This flower greets me as I come out of my back door.  I have a small border there full of narcissus who never fail to appear despite the bed being neglected during the year.
  • On the top RHS photo is the snowflake.  It is similar to the snowdrop which grows wild in the UK but is much taller and usually has several flowers on each stem and even petals on the flower.  They are a self-seeding flower and come up each year around the bed where our apple tree lives.
  • The middle RHS photo is of marigolds.  I have clumps of yellow and orange marigold splattered around the garden popping up in the herb garden and veg plots as well as the flower beds.  They self-seed marvellously and there seem to be marigolds flowering throughout every season.
  • My final choice is of the lily which sits by our fish pond.  Currently there is a mass of the white flowers.

I hope you have enjoyed at look at some of the colour in our garden but I am smiling to myself as of the photos I have chosen three of them have white flowers.  There were other colours for example my lavender and fuchsia are not white and there is a single lemon on our lemon tree. However I didn’t select these as my 5 in 5".








 "My 5 in 5 for July is showing off some of the cards I have been busy making during the past couple of weeks.  Card making is a hobby of mine which I have indulged in over many years trying to make birthday cards for family and friends and then Christmas cards for many of the same.  It is quite consuming and lately I have resorted to buying Christmas cards to save time during a busy period or just sending a Christmas email.  In July and August there are several of our family and friends who have birthdays. As I set myself to making cards I got carried away and now in my card stock should have enough to see me through to the end of the year which will give me more time to spend on Christmas cards.  Every year I promise myself to start making Christmas cards in August but it doesn’t seem to happen.  Maybe this year I really will.  So having explained my card making efforts here are five photo arrangements of some of the cards I have been busy making.  The top LHS shows cards for two nieces with birthdays in September.  One of them will be 18 and the other 17.  I always find it quicker if I make more than one card of the same design so allow the ages of these nieces is different I have used the same design.  This idea of using the same design for cards is reflected in the group of cards on the top RHS.  I used photos of flowers that I had taken and placed them under a frame cut on my cutting machine.  The bottom LHS cards use a flower or leaf theme.  I did leaf cut-outs which I used on two cards and the inverse of those cut outs I used with flowers on the other two cards.  The middle bottom photo is of several cards I made but because there are so many they may be difficult to see.  The final two age cards are again for nieces.  I have rather a lot of nieces and nephews.  These are mostly on my husband’s side as he has six siblings all of whom are married with children.  I just have two brothers".























Thank you Melanie!  It is always lovely to see a garden on the other side of the world, and who would think it was winter with so much colour and bloom?!  Melanie's card making efforts put me to shame. Once a maker of cards I find myself buying more and more. I should follow Melanie's example and set time aside for a making session, as the effort of getting everything out to make one card at a time means it doesn't happen. What about you? If you are a card maker, how do you plan and achive this?

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



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.


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

5 in 5 - July 2017 - A trip down memory lane


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




The other week we had time away in the campervan and stayed in a wonderful location on the bank of the River Severn. You could walk along the edge of the river for miles in each direction, and we did!

Stourport was one place we visited frequently.  It has an interesting history and is the start of a canal. Apparently it was once a heaving inland port and there is much that suggests it was also a thriving town. 



Sadly the industrial days are gone and many of the huge buildings are abandoned and left in decay. It was a wonderful photo opportunity as I love taking photos of old doors and buildings. And despite this loss there are still beautiful buildings and much else to see. But what caught my attention for this months '5in5' was a surprise. A vintage fairground on the river bank! It took me right back to my childhood....

As I walked round I could imagine the smell of candyfloss and toffee apples, sticky and hot after being dipped into the thicky syrup.



Remember slides like this?!  I'd tick my legs and arms in so that I didn't get friction burns!


And it was the same for the helter skelter! Arms and  legs in, GO!!!


 Remember the scratch of coir mat as you landed?!

Those were the days of simple pleasures and it was so good to discover this fairground and nostalgic memories.

And I'm throwing an extra photo in this time, because this reflection seems symbolic, with me standing between the past and present.  


I was spoilt for choice what photos to show this month as Stourport was rich pickings. It's lovely to explore an area that has so much to offer and it is somewhere we will definitely revisit!

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. I am often excited and inspired by the ideas and photos of others so thank you to JoAnn, Melanie, Mary-Lou, Karen, Maggie, Joy and Borqna for joining in last month. I'll be in August with another 5in5. Enjoy the weeks in between and happy photo taking!



Wednesday, 7 June 2017

5 in 5 - Melanie - June 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, so over to you Melanie:


"Having been disappointed that the pelicans in my chosen spot for a 5 in 5 last month were nowhere to be seen I decided to have something more static for this month.  I went into the city of Adelaide with the intention of using roof tops for a theme and here are the five that have made it into my June arrangement.  I walked down North Terrace to the Adelaide Art Gallery and most of the photos were taken from the lawn at the back of the gallery.  The middle photo though was taken while I was on North Terrace and is of the clock tower on the NE corner of the Myer Centre Building.  The four surrounding photos were taken from the lawn as I stood in one spot looking around me.  Next to the art gallery is the main campus of Adelaide University.  The top Left hand picture is of the steeple on the front of The Mitchell Building on North Terrace.  The Mitchell building was the first building to be erected for the University of Adelaide being built between 1879 and 1881.  It is known for being an example of the Gothic Revival from the second half of the nineteenth century.  It is now occupied by the administration areas of the University.  The bottom right hand photo is on another University building roof top.  This building is called Elder Hall also on North Terrace.  It is a concert and performance venue and is part of the Elder Conservatorium.  The Elder Conservatorium is the oldest tertiary music school in Australia.  The hall was built in 1900.The other two photos are of accommodation.  The bottom Left hand photo is of flats on top of a Wilson car park at 198 North Terrace.  The top right hand photo is of East West Student accommodation on North Terrace".








I like Melanie's theme for this months’ photos. It’s good sometimes just to stand in one place and look around.  Roof tops can be fascinating and these photos include an interesting collection of styles and age.  It’s nice to learn a little about them too, thank you, Melanie.   


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.

Monday, 5 June 2017

5 in 5 - June 2017 - Churchyards and Water Meadows

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



I often take '5 in 5' photos during the month but you never know what unexpected surprise will turn up. This weekend we were in Cambridgeshire and we went for a walk across Portholme Meadow. This is the largest water meadow in England and it has an interesting history; once used for flying monoplanes, and later by the Flying Corps during World War One. Nowadays it has a more sedate pastime and it is a haven for wildlife and nature. Here's some of the photos I took:


Sadly it's not often we see wild flower meadows like this, any more.



Imagine my joy at seeing this skylark on the ground. We had enjoyed watching it fly overhead and then it landed in front of us!  

 
Our walk led into Huntingdon, a town that is steeped in history and birth place to Oliver Cromwell. We followed a trail and I took the opportunity to take more 5 in 5 photos. So for this month I am going to include a second set, taken in St John's Churchyard. The church itself was damaged in the 17th century Civil War and demolished about 1660.

 




It was a great weekend of contrast. As well as walking miles, I also spent six hours canoeing along the River Ouse. I am a novice and haven't been in a canoe for a couple of years, so if I had known our trip was 13 miles long I might have been concerned. In fairness, we were given the option of having the canoe and ourselves transported back at the half way point, but my canoe partner and I were game for the whole trip and we loved every minute of it. As I lost my mobile to water during my sailing trip last year I wasn't going to risk damage again, so no photos to share. It felt strange seeing wonderful sights that I could not capture, but since my son always tells me off for seeing life through a camera lens it was a different experience. I shall hold memory of all the sights and wildlife we saw in my mind instead!

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. I am often excited and inspired by the ideas and photos of others so thank you to Melanie, Eileen, Paula, Mary-Lou, Melissa, Karen, Maggie, and Borqna for joining in last month. I'll be in July with another 5 in 5. Enjoy the weeks in between and happy photo taking!


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