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


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

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17. A lamp post

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
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!! :)

Monday, 24 February 2014

Still alive–not much kicking though…

Haven’t been sleeping too well for quite some time (Doc apt tomorrow) and just feel very exhausted .. no, wait, that’s not right … I just don’t feel refreshed after a 7 hour sleep. Sometimes it’s due to the twins waking me during the night, but I can’t use them as excuse for the whole time. Headaches have increased again, too (only 1 migraine so far though, touch wood), which concerns DH quite a bit. I suspect it’s just linked to not sleeping too great.

Still getting out and about with the girls, today we were in the garden for a bit (both have colds … just waiting to catch that one myself), watering a lot of grass and compost… Winking smile 

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And yesterday we were swimming for a bit. It’s amazing how the girls go from leaps to bounds in the water, can’t wait visiting my family again where the pools are a bit more …mmmh… kid/family friendly. Smile 

Friday I got to hold a 9-week-old twin at the BBT to give the mummy a bit of a tea break. Nice feeling, but barely can remember the feel of the girls at that age … huh!

Thursday we went to meet with another set of twins at Craigie’s, and the girls are just getting more and more interested in that Tractor! Winking smile 

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Wednesday was a meet up with friends at Toots Cafe – think both Toots & Craigie’s will be on my list for go-tos for future outings.

Right now I’m reading the prompts and forum posts of Shimelle’s “Cover to Cover” – I’m really keen to look further into that, although I have to say I haven’t been scrapping much in 2013. Really need to prep more kit bags so I can scrap something in the evenings when the girls are in bed…

Right … now another request to read a book… Hopefully will post more regularly again now… (hah… might believe that myself .. LOL).

Sunday, 12 January 2014

OMG OMG OMG–Another Fangirl Moment!! ;)

I have been following the STARZ production/filming of the book “Outlander” from Diana Gabaldon veeery closely. Smile And since 12am there’s a live stream online from a Fan Event in LA – and I had several stones thrown into my way to watch it already! First of all, I’m TIRED! Second – my NEW phone does not support Flash, Third my PC does not do Audio … and then the stream didn’t start on my laptop after I took it to the bedroom.

But finally the live stream is working … and I missed the first trailer!!!! ARrrrrggghhh!!! Thanks to twitter though I found out it’s on Youtube already … and watching it … gosh, I cannae wait!! Have to find out who will show the Series in the UK. And apparently there are already plans to film the second book, too!! (1 Season per book – apart from the bigger books).

Now … here’s the trailer…

And I have to say … Sam Heughan’s voice is verra nice! Winking smile Shame Dougal (Graham MacTavish) isnae there.

So… off to check twitter, and further watch the live stream. Smile

Friday, 10 January 2014

10 Things on the 10th–January 2014

Well… I’ll try my best with it this year. Not sure if any of Shimelle’s “students” are still doing it, but who knows. Smile 

Right … this month’s 10 Things on the 10th is brought to you courtesy of – or better said the Geeky Swaps there. Winking smile We have a new Geekdom/Fandom swap going, and that’s the 3rd Geekdom/Fandom swap I’ve done, so I thought I better write down some fandoms/geekdoms for the future. Winking smile  Ok, here we go…

  1. Avengers/Thor/Iron Man/X-Men (Marvel)
  2. DC Comics Characters from TV Series/Movies (as I don’t read comics really) (Green Lantern/Batman/Superman/Miss Martian/Supergirl/Green Arrow etc)
  3. The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings
  4. Sherlock (BBC Series w Cumberbatch/Freeman & Movies with RDJ / Law)
  5. Doctor Who
  6. Disney
  7. Harry Potter
  8. Outlander Series (Diana Gabaldon Books & Starz production)
  9. PS3 Lego Games (LOTR, HP, Marvel Superheroes etc)
  10. Murdoch Mysteries (and other Canadian Series)…

Yeah… that’s the list I provided for the swap (bar #10, and I had The Hobbit & LOTR split for 2 bullet points). I’m sure that there are lots more geekdoms/fandoms I could think of if pressed/given more time…

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

A few crafts from Q4 2013

I HAVE been doing some crafts in the last quarter of 2013. Not as many paper crafts, which I always thought as my “go to crafts”. Some were swaps, some were presents.

My first attempt at purling as well as knitting – loving the pattern, miscounted rows / stitches though, so will unravel and try again. Also have future plans for some things using those patterns… They are from “holynarf” on Ravelry.
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Some hats I knitted for the “Big Knit 2013”. Never managed to buy an innocent smoothie with a hat myself though, shame really! Sad smile Definitely will knit more this year. Smile
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My tags for the Christmas Tag swap at the Edinburgh Crop
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A crocheted Dalek egg cozy which I transformed into a plushie. Have to improve my bobble-stitch mind (first time I ever stitched those). Another pattern from Ravelry.
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Some Halloween “Ephemera” and a Candy corn hat for a Halloween Swap on Craftster (currently my favourite craft forum)
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A Mug rug for a swap on a FB Sewing group (my first mug rug and first ever pocket!)
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My pennants for the Christmas Banner swap at the Edinburgh Crop (everyone was allocated a letter, and then colour schemes were agreed).
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The only handmade Christmas card this year – for my BF Sharon. Smile
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Some “stash busting” thanks to Pinterest – Christmas presents for friends, BIL and hubby.
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Two more mug rugs, presents for MIL and Hubby (BIG Ted Kord – Blue Beetle – fan, and as DC doesn’t provide ANY items for this character I think I will be crafting more than my share for that! Winking smile
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Oh, and last but not least – my favourite mug rug so far! Double sided one, for a geeky swap on Craftster. Smile One side dedicated to Loki (incl. freehand embroidery while having a "pattern" on the laptop) and the other to the 9th Doctor. Smile

Have been pinning a lot already for future projects, now just need time and “conviction” to start doing something!! Winking smile

As for JYC 2013 … due to the Adamson Manor having the lurgy over Christmas period it didn’t happen. That’s my excuse and I stick to it! Winking smile I’ll probably post some back dated posts for some (all?) prompts and then do (pages for) the album whenever I feel like it. Best not stress about it.

Onwards and upwards with crafts … have a couple of new things I want to try in 2014, too! Open-mouthed smile