Tonight

I have made a decision!

Blogs that are of the ‘Blogger’ family, I will read, but no longer attempt to post a comment.

Why?

I hate the way the powers that be make commenting so unfriendly and almost want to know what I had for breakfast before they allow me to add my pathetic tuppence worth. I gave up jumping hurdles yonks ago. Life is too short!

Call me crabby if you wish, but I have had enough.

Photographing the Alphabet ~ X

X¬† can have many meanings, but tonight I am in playful mood….

Helicopter rotor forming an X

Helicopter rotor forming an X

This one landed in the hall tonight.

Lego Helicopter

Lego Helicopter

Ready to go to the hanger.

Lego Helicopter on transporter

Lego Helicopter on transporter

Say nothing about the blurry photograph. I have been told off already tonight….. for getting down on my knees to take the photo! Getting down was the easy part. Getting up again is a horse of a different colour, when you have a swollen ankle twice the normal size.

X might be a bad mark for my behavior ūüė¶ Maybe Nurse Hitler will have forgotten by the morning! ūüėČ

X is also the sign for a kiss, and with it I wish you pleasant dreams.

Photographing the Alphabet ~ T

T ~ Texture

Chunky knitting, peeling paint,¬†tweed &¬†tree bark… four textures with great surface interest.

Add to that the smooth velvet like surface of the moss in the header picture above.

Photographing the Alphabet ~ S

S ~ Shelves

Shelves overflowing with Bric-à-brac

Shelves overflowing with Bric-à-brac

I wonder how many items above you owned or used? The ceiling light shades bring back memories from my childhood and we had one of those old glass washboards, it came from my paternal grandmother’s home in County Clare.

Glass Cabinet, sometimes called a China Cabinet

Glass Cabinet, sometimes called a China Cabinet

I remember visiting homes where bric-à-brac had a place of honour on mantelpieces, cluttered tables, and shelves, or was displayed in cabinets with glass doors to display the items within while protecting them from dust.

Shelves filled with oddments of willow pattern crockery

Shelves filled with oddments of willow pattern crockery

Willow pattern tea sets with large breakfast cups were in everyday use in my other granny’s kitchen.

“Bric-√†-brac” nowadays refers to a selection of items of modest value, often sold in street markets or shops like the one above.

Photographing the Alphabet ~ R

R ~ Riverbank, Restoration & Reclamation

Sandy soil at the water edge

Sandy soil at the water edge

This river bank floods during heavy rain. A popular home to a flock of Mallards, being close to a pedestrian bridge, parents with young children can often be found feeding the ducks.

View from the bridge

View from the bridge

The green area to the right of the path fills with ducks as soon as a child appears. Our feathered friends are always hungry.

Reclaiming the river's edge

Reclaiming the river’s edge

Recent attempts to reclaim the river bank. A channel is marked by wooden posts and filled with the pruned branches from local public parks.

Discarded Christmas trees form a base.

Discarded Christmas trees form a base.

Discarded Christmas trees are used to form a base.

Photographing the Alphabet ~ P

P ~ Playground
 
When I was young, we were fortunate to have a field at our disposal  for playing in, right at the end of our long gardens. It certainly did not look anything like this:
 
 
Is that a playground I see before me

Is that a playground I see before me

 
Play areas in public parks these days are so inviting, that I want to be a child all over again.
 
I want to be four again!

I want to be four again!

 
Amazing equipment such as swings, slides, climbing frames & walls seem to shout at us to stretch our limbs and live out an adventure.
 
 

Come climb on me.

Come climb on me.

 
They sit a top bouncy tarmac soft pour safety surfaces with embedded graphics in a myriad of colours that include red, yellow, green, orange & purple & blue. A real rainbow.
 
 

 The ground beneath my feet can provide inspiration for play

The ground beneath my feet can provide inspiration for play

 
Itsy Bitsy Spider even has a look in!
 
 

Itsy Bitsy joins in the fun

Itsy Bitsy joins in the fun

 
Who knows, this wall might lead to a healthy hobby in rock and mountain climbing in future years. Everest perhaps?
 
Learning to reach great heights

Learning to reach great heights