Thursday, 18 September 2014

Need some distraction…

Independence Vote for Scotland, we’ve voted … and while I made up my mind (was sitting on the fence until this week!), I’ve got a heavy feeling with all that. Either way the vote goes, there will be a blaming culture again… hope that there are not too man rifts with friends/families (not just mine).

Ok… might ponder over that later. Let’s see how I can get some distraction that is not housework… Winking smile 

UPDATE FOR PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT

Right… don’t think I’m doing too great this year … might have to use some of the “substitutions”…

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)

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(Damhead is just outside Edinburgh (not sure if actually part of Edinburgh) – taken after a quick toilet break near a field for both girls – had to turn off the motorway for that! Winking smile )


2. A garden gnome

3. Birds on a wire

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(we don’t have that many wires around for birds to sit in!)

4. A group of tourists

5. A rack of post cards

6. An urban street scene

7. A rural landscape

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8. A tattoo on a person

9. A bakery

10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)

11. A horn

12. A mascot

13. A sunrise

14. A parade

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Penguins on Parade at Edinburgh Zoo. The Parade is on every day at 2:15pm, but the animals are not being forced to take part, so we had a few days where the parade didn’t take part as the Penguins didn’t want to come out of the enclosure.


15. A juggler

16. A sign in a language other than English

17. A lamp post

18. A water fall

19. A public garden

20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.

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Lothian Buses have several of their buses painted with pictures for their destinations. One Terminus on this one is Penicuik, a town outside Edinburgh. It derives from Pen Y Cog  (as painted on the bus), meaning “Hill of the Cuckoo” in Old Brythonic.

21. A photograph of you with something representing the season (recognizing that the season will be Winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere). Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.
If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for anything on the list, except for Item #21:
Alternative A: A kite, hot air balloon or blimp

Alternative B: A bird house

Right… I think I can manage to get a couple more before end of the 22nd September. Hopefully. Smile 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

First Day at Nursery

(or: WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE???)

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Today was the first day at nursery(well… first hour, as they do staggered time to get the children used to the time without parents etc.).

Both Supergirl and Miss Martian loved it, they’re both in different groups (Miss Martian in the Green Group, Supergirl in the Yellow Group) but have also time together.

I was very surprised that they both chose to have snacks at different tables, so would say the “split” is probably a good idea to develop more individually.

I was glad to hear that Miss Martian’s nursery teacher is also left handed, so she will be able to show her how to use scissors etc. with her left hand!! Open-mouthed smile 

Miss Martian was all in puddles after the 1 hour – she didn’t want to leave!!!

Despite it not being our first choice nursery, it seems to be a nice one, and I think they will settle in nicely.

Tomorrow we’re at nursery for 1.5 hours, and I think I will skip out for a bit to do some shopping (today I was shown the nursery and got all the info needed I think, and had about 15 mins in the parent room).

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Let’s try a bit more Scavenger Hunting…

…shall we? Winking smile 

My offers to you today are from this week and are as follows:

A juggler

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Juggling fire on a monocycle… huh!!!

And A group of tourists

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I promise you … there must be at least ONE group of tourists in those photos!! Winking smile Madness that is THE FRINGE at Edinburgh!!

 

My list therefore looks now like this….

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)

2. A garden gnome

3. Birds on a wire

4. A group of tourists

5. A rack of post cards

6. An urban street scene

7. A rural landscape

8. A tattoo on a person

9. A bakery

10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)

11. A horn

12. A mascot

13. A sunrise

14. A parade

15. A juggler

16. A sign in a language other than English

17. A lamp post

18. A water fall

19. A public garden

20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.

21. A photograph of you with something representing the season (recognizing that the season will be Winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere). Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.
If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for anything on the list, except for Item #21:
Alternative A: A kite, hot air balloon or blimp

Alternative B: A bird house

Well… I’ve got until 23 September, so hopefully will get the rest of the photos. If we have nice weather soon I know I’ll get the public garden & waterfall in one! Winking smile 

And beside the sunrise I think getting a person’s tattoo (well.. if it was just THE TATTOO then I probably wouldn’t have that much trouble this month!!) might be my downfall at the moment…

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Got a bit more photos?

Well… let’s see how we’re doing with the Photo Scavenger Hunt, mmmmh??? Winking smile 

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)


2. A garden gnome


3. Birds on a wire

4. A group of tourists

5. A rack of post cards

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6. An urban street scene

7. A rural landscape

8. A tattoo on a person

9. A bakery

10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)

11. A horn

12. A mascot

13. A sunrise

14. A parade

15. A juggler

16. A sign in a language other than English

17. A lamp post

Another contender for the lamp post .. those are outside St. Giles’ Cathedral. An imposing building … but I’ve yet to actually go inside!!

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18. A water fall

19. A public garden

20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.

21. A photograph of you with something representing the season (recognizing that the season will be Winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere). Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.

If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for anything on the list, except for Item #21:
Alternative A: A kite, hot air balloon or blimp

Alternative B: A bird house

 

Ummm… I think I’ll have to do better!! Surprised smile

Monday, 21 July 2014

First Photo Scavenger Hunt Post of 2014…

Finally getting around to post some photos for this year’s Scavenger Hunt! Smile I think the only item on the list that might be very tricky for me is the sunrise … I’m quite the night owl! Winking smile 

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)


2. A garden gnome

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3. Birds on a wire

4. A group of tourists


5. A rack of post cards


6. An urban street scene

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Alnwick


7. A rural landscape


8. A tattoo on a person


9. A bakery


10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)


11. A horn

12. A mascot

13. A sunrise

14. A parade

15. A juggler

16. A sign in a language other than English

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17. A lamp post

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Was wondering of adding this as “photo bombing”, but actually… I took this photo with the Ape in mind… not the lamp post… Winking smile 

18. A water fall

19. A public garden

20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.

21. A photograph of you with something representing the season (recognizing that the season will be Winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere). Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.
If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for anything on the list, except for Item #21:

Alternative A: A kite, hot air balloon or blimp
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Family “kiting” at Druridge Bay

Alternative B: A bird house

 

Ok, I might have a bit of trouble for a Parade and other things … I just have to remember to check the Scavenger Hunt list on my phone really!! Surprised smile Still got enough time though!

For more Scavenger Hunt photos from other people, go over to Rinda’s Blog! Smile

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Following the D-Day programs on TV …

With all the programs about the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, my brain jumps into action with memories again.

Well, obviously I don’t have first hand memories of WWII, and not even second-hand. It’s really a shame that kids are not that interested in history (as a rule, there are obviously some children who are history buffs!), and a shame that when our interest finally peaks, some historical events are rather things that the older generations want to forget/don’t want to talk about…

Both sets of my grandparents are dead now, and I never found the right time/place to ask questions about their war experiences – my granddad on my father’s side suddenly died of a heart attack 1/2 a year after I moved to the UK. He would have been the perfect candidate to get some insight into history … I know from my dad that he was a POW (I “think” in Russia – definitely something to ask my dad about!). I also have some diaries from him from 1945, and have also some of his medals and I think some paperwork from him as well (have to check the envelope with the medals!!).

My dad’s mum unfortunately had a lot of health problems for years prior to my granddad’s death, which included some psychological issues due to medical mistreatment. I never felt comfortable to ask her any questions about anything more serious, and in the years after my granddad’s death she developed dementia very quickly.

On my mum’s side it was the globe trotters. Winking smile My grandparents on that side owned a Hymer (different models over the years) and I didn’t really spend that much time with them as they always were off to Hungary, Morocco and other exotic places. I know that my mum’s dad was a pilot during the war and was shot down – and I *believe* she said it was while my grandma was pregnant with her, so my mum never has met him. I’m not sure what my granddad (i.e. my mum’s stepdad) did.  Both grandparents went into a nursing home about 4 years ago, and both died in fairly quick succession before the girls were born (I think I was pregnant when mum called me regarding grandma’s death).

The worst part of all of that, apart from me not having had the chance to talk directly with any of my grandparents about their experiences/ their life, is the fact that there are not many written documents from them recording things. Sad smile No diaries (apart from the ones I have in my hands I believe), letters … Of course they must have existed, but with several moves and then the clearing of properties after their deaths / move into nursing homes, things got lost.

With all that, I realise that I haven’t been very good with keeping diaries/writing  or recording things in my life either. Ok, I have those diaries I’ve written between 12 and 14 or so (*cringe*), but of course there are no records of my memories of visiting my mum’s side of the family in East Germany.

Things like the little chair lifts the East German border police used to transport our passports to their buildings. Or the fact we got in big trouble when trying to “smuggle” paper (of not the best quality in comparison to “Wessie” paper) from East Germany to West Germany. They were there with sniffer/patrol dogs – really scary!!

Funny, how memories periodically jump up in your brain… really have to make sure I write them down/do some scrapping about it.

Mmmh, for the East/West Germany border memories I obviously don’t have any photos as you weren’t allowed to take photos at the inner German border … but maybe I can find some anyway on the net … in the worst case I’ll have to do some drawing… huh!! Winking smile

Saturday, 17 May 2014

*tumbleweeds rolling across the screen* ...



I know, I know... ;)

Really not good at this blogging lark, but who knows ... might start up again a bit? :D

Anyway, I just remembered yesterday that it must be time for Rinda's Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt, and just checked her blog.

And yup, it's going to start again on 1st June!! Sooo looking forward to where I will go this year to get her photos done!! :D

... and maybe I'm going to blog a bit about it, too!! :)