Sunday, 2 November 2014

October 2014 Photo Scavenger Hunt

I can't believe the last time I posted was for last month's scavenger hunt!
I'm sorry about that, but here are my interpretations for this month

O is for?
Only One Orange Smartie
I'll let you into a secret....
When my kids were little I would see their Grandad most weeks and he would give me a tube of Smarties for each of them.   After a few years my daughter remarked that there were orange Smarties pictured on the tube but there were never any in them.    
Erm... that was because I'd eaten all the orange ones before I passed them over!
For anyone who hasn't had Smarties, all the other colours are just chocolate inside, but the orange ones are actually orange flavoured chocolate and I love 'em!


Last week I went to Denby Dale with my daughter and part of the walk was at the side of the Kirklees narrow gauge railway.  We were on a bridge when one of the little steam trains came along.

You probably can't tell how small it is from that photo so here's a closer one with the driver waving to us

Something you bought
A bunch of wallflower plants sold the traditional way wrapped in newspaper

at the end of the tunnel

Close up
if you don't know what it is, I'll put a photo of the whole thing at the end

I walk past a house sometimes and there are usually peacocks on the roof of the car, so I guess it's their favourite place to be

A smoothie.  And I'd like to sing the praises of Jamie Oliver here, because if I hadn't seen one of his programmes recently, I would never have known that frozen spinach existed.   I have to say it's the best thing since sliced bread!  It's frozen into balls that you can add to all sorts of dishes like stews and curries.  
My favourite thing to do with it though, is put a couple in a smoothie.   I put them in the blender first with some hot water and leave them for a few minutes to thaw before adding whatever else I'm using.  This one has also got a banana, a small avocado, oats, apple juice and milk and it's delicious (you can't taste the spinach).  

I really struggled thinking of something for this one. This is a page from our family album with photos of some of my cousins when they were babies.

Your sky
Our neighbours are having their conifer hedge cut back and we can now see a whole lot more sky!
In this photo there are half a dozen on the left hand side that haven't been touched yet.   If you imagine that they were that tall all the way to the other side, you can see what a difference it's made.    Some of them have had 60 feet cut off!   When it's completely finished there will just be the stumps along the bottom which seem really short in the photo but they're about eight feet high


Your shoes
My walking boots are the footwear I wear most often and here is an action shot going over a stile 

If you want to see more entries for the scavenger hunt, or maybe join in next month, hop along to 
Made with Love

And if you didn't know what the close up was of  -  
They say if you see a hedgehog in the daytime it's probably not well, but I couldn't do anything with it because I saw it whilst out walking.  It did look ok though.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September 2014 Photo Scavenger Hunt

Thanks to Greenthumb for organising the photo scavenger hunt again this month.  You can see more entries over at Made With Love.

S is for?
Sculptured Stump at Buxton

2 pm
Sheep encountered while out walking

Car Park

I hadn't got a photo for this, and then I saw this tin 'hat' on my husband's scrap pile

In the mirror
I thought there was a large snail in the corner of the car wing mirror and was going to pull it off when I noticed it had legs!    Can you imagine if I had touched it and then found out it was a massive spider?   No matter where in the world you are, you would have heard my screams!  
Here it is after I'd coaxed it out with a very long twig....





Street sign

A pheasant

Outside your window
through my car window

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Going ape

At the beginning of the week I went to Go Ape at Buxton with my daughter.  For anyone who hasn't heard of it, it's a tree top adventure where you cross from tree to tree by different methods, go down zip wires and swing into cargo nets.   We've been to the one at Sherwood Forest before, so knew what to expect, although all the courses around the country are different.   
You're kitted out with a harness and have a full safety briefing before you're sent off on your own.

Here's my daughter on a few of the crossings

This stirrups one was slow going because with them being on long ropes, as soon as you put your foot in one it sent it away and you did the splits!  It was very tiring trying to hold the ropes as close to your body as possible to minimise that, although you got the knack eventually.

Some of them like this next one, you're supposed to do without holding on to anything, which is pretty scary because they wobble about quite a bit

I managed to land on my feet at the end of all the zip wires, except the last one where I came in backwards and got pockets full of bark chippings!

I can highly recommend it, and the one at Buxton is only a 20 minute walk from the train station so very handy.

Monday, 1 September 2014

August 2014 Photo Scavenger Hunt

I found this month's list really difficult and have ended up taking the last five this morning!

W is for?
Well Worn Wall

Train arriving at New Mills station

I looked at this so many times on the list, and each time I started singing - "Everyday it's a getting closer, going faster than a rollercoaster", that all I could think of for this was rollercoaster!  Unfortunately I didn't come across one, so I've resorted to taking a pic of an old LP with Buddy Holly on (he's not actually singing that song on it, but hey ho)



This is an action shot of a juggling ball.  You wouldn't believe how many photos I took with no ball in the picture at all!

I've been on loads of trains this month so I though this would be an easy one.   Not so, and my last opportunity yesterday was on a train where all the seats were facing the luggage rack.   This was taken as I was getting off, with my camera held by my side so no one would notice!   Not bad under the circumstances...

Pony under the rider

On your shelf

Something you do everyday


On a craft stall in London

You can see other interpretations of this month's list over at Made With Love

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Edinburgh Fringe

At the beginning of the week I went to Edinburgh with my daughter for the Fringe Festival.
We were just going to go for the day, but a comedian that she wanted to see was on too late in the day for us to catch the last train home.  As we were only planning this a couple of days beforehand I thought that there was no way we would find any accommodation in a city that would be heaving with visitors, but by a stroke of luck my brother was staying with us for the weekend and he has friends in Edinburgh.  A couple of phone calls later and we were all fixed up!

Although there's all kinds of performances at the Fringe - theatre, comedy, music and dance; it was comedy we were after. 
There are so many acts to choose from (The Royal Mile is littered with people giving out flyers), some free and some paid for; and in some very unusual places.
In this place 
we were led up very narrow, darkly lit staircases, through small doors, and more staircases until we reached the venue which was called The Cave.  I forget what the act was called but I'm glad it only cost £2.50 because it didn't live up to my expectations.  The comedienne herself had given us the flyer in the street and was talking to us for quite a while in her lovely West Country accent that had me smiling all the while.  Sadly the act didn't raise any more than a smile.

This small stage on the other hand was where we saw a two man improv group (is two a group?) who were very funny.

We booked in advance for Paul Foot so as not to miss him.  I must admit that although I recognised his picture I didn't recall ever seeing him on TV.
My daughter wanted us to sit on the front row (always a no no in my book, at comedy shows).  I asked her if he was the kind of comedian who would pick on people in the audience and she said she didn't think he did.  (Turns out she'd only ever seen him in panel shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats and Never mind the Buzzcocks, and you don't see the audience in them.  Apart from that time in Buzzcocks when Preston from The Ordinary Boys walked off in a huff and they replaced him with someone from the audience).  
Anyway there's something about him that had me in stitches from the very start, which I think is why he came straight over to me, with his nose touching mine!  Luckily I was laughing so much I didn't have time to be embarrassed.   It was a real good laugh.

We had such a good time and saw lots of funny acts, as well as a couple of duds - in one, apart from a few titters, the biggest laugh was raised by a member of the audience!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

London bound

I've just come back from a few days in London with my daughter.
We briefly thought about going on the London Eye, but instead did 'Up at the O2'.  This is a guided walk up to the top of the O2 (formerly known as the Millennium Dome).  You're all harnessed up and attached to a wire on the suspended walkway, which is made out of a kind of rubber, and is quite bouncy, (I had to really resist the urge to make it bounce more than it already was!).  Several times you think you've got to the top, but then it goes further on until you reach the viewing platform.  You can detach yourself from the wire here and walk about to see the views.

This is looking at the O2 from the river (we got a boat back from there to London Bridge).

and zooming in, you can see a group of people just reaching the top.

We also went to Kew gardens 
where there'd been a bit of yarn bombing going on.

We wanted to go to the theatre while we were there and plumped for Wicked one night, and Ghost Stories the next.   Wicked was brilliant, I'd really recommend it.   I loved the costumes, and scenery, and it had some great songs.  The story was the background to the witches in Wizard of Oz and was very entertaining.

Ghost Stories on the other hand......
As someone who jumps at the slightest thing, I was expecting (and hoping) to be scared witless.   It was not to be; in fact I found myself falling asleep!  Don't go!

We went to the usual touristy places and had some great street food in Borough Market

Talking of food, I'm a dinosaur when it comes to technology but my daughter has all these apps on her phone - ones that show you exactly how to get from A to B, from what buses to catch (even showing you where the bus stop is), to tubes and maps showing where you are; ones that show you recommended eating places in the area where you are; and things to to in the same area.   All really useful and saving a lot of time compared to my way of asking directions then forgetting what was said after "turn left".  
 But guess what?   Her phone battery ran out on the first night and we managed to find a restaurant with fantastic food all by ourselves, and without having to worry how many stars it had been given by reviewers!

We finished off by going to the fabric shops in Goldhawk Road, which I'd read about but never been to.  I was amazed at how many there were - in fact my daughter got fed up half way round and went off to sunbathe in the park!