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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

What does reward mean to you?

Reward is filthy with possibility: it could be your third grader’s beaming smile after reading her first chapter book, a steaming mug of chicken soup after a long run in the cold, a photo of your brand-new baby — your reward for patience during nine months of construction, or your extended family gathered around the dinner table.

I waited until I was 53 to go overseas for the first time!
What utter joy and delight!
I was paid out for an accident that left me seriously injured.
No better reward!

I went over and made incredible memories with the best friends in the world!

I went to London, Oxford, Cambridge, all over the Cotswolds, Bath,
Weymouth, Wool and Corfe Castle in Dorset,
Hertford, Brighton,
Cardiff and through Wales by train to Holy Head
A Ferry to Dublin, Ireland
Toured all over Tullamore, Connemara, Cork,
visited Castles, Gardens, Abbeys and a fjord!
In Italy I went all over Tuscany for a week
Then Minori, Amalfi; Rome, Venice, Lierna, Lake Como, Milan
Took a train across France and back to England

I have gorgeous, iconic, evocative photos
of fabulous places and scenery.
I fell in love with almost every place I went
but
the bonds of friendship are the greatest reward!

Cardiff: Lunch at Jamies Italian with Jax and Julie

With Julie in Cambridge

With Julie in Cambridge

At Joe Allens Restaurant, Covent Gardens, London, England, with Jax, Julie and Mandy

Vonny in Viareggio

Tuscany: here with Vonny in Viareggio

Oh, and by the way, I did this all with an undiagnosed fractured ankle!
Absolute agony and ecstasy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image. If you focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture, your photograph’s background will also be beautifully blurred in that blank space. The blurred area behind your focal point is referred to as bokeh, and when executed well, it adds depth and artistry to an otherwise simplistic photograph.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

This week, compose your subject off-center, obeying the Rule of Thirds.
The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image. If you focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture, your photograph’s background will also be beautifully blurred in that blank space. The blurred area behind your focal point is referred to as bokeh, and when executed well, it adds depth and artistry to an otherwise simplistic photograph.

This photo was taken after a 3-day fire-fight on our farm.
The fire affected 7 farms, taking the grazing.
Thankfully, all of us had just finished harvesting the corn.
It was bad!

where there is smoke...

where there is smoke…

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My Sophies Universe CAL

 

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FINISHED! My Sophie stayed square thoughout.

I am loving this CAL – Crochet-A-Long! It is superbly designed and tutorialised (Is that a word?) by Dedri Uys of Look At What I Made. The CAL will finish at the end of May 2015.
here is the link:
http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/sophies-universe-cal-2015/sophies-universe-cal-2015-information/

I am crocheting this for my Granddaughter, Stacy. It will be for her bed, but not to tuck in, just to lay over the end, as hers will be a double bed, to accommodate her other grandparents when they visit. Mom has chosen the colours.

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I have decided to do a second one in cotton thread, in white, variegated pink/purple and variegated blues. I’ve just started this one, so no photo just yet.

UPDATE: April 2015

I missed quite a few, but I have started teaching crochet classes, and am making 4 blankets at the same time! BUSY!!!!

Here is where I got to with my Sophie’s Universe:

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Well, actually it was quite a bit further, all the way to Round 80, but I neglected to take a photo!!

Then I decided I wanted to keep it to 4 sides only, and frogged (ripped out – rip it! rip it! rip it!) from round 80 back to Round 36! I have started over, writing it up as I go, as I want to make one of my others the same way.

So, here is the reworked Sophie, which I have dubbed Sophie’s Galaxy, as it will follow the long side rounds from Sophie’s Universe.

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Siiiiighhhh, A long way to go!

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

WARNING: GRAPHIC!

Oooh, my first thought was
“My face”!
as in, it’s NOT!

Before
28 March 2007

28 March 2007

25 July 2007

A motorbike smashed into me, lifting me ,
throwing me through the air,
and I landed on my face.

25 Jul 07 7.40pm

Symmetry: NOT!

26 July 2007 16h10 (3)

 feeling better than I look!

27 July 07 5.20pm

20 August 2012
Looking much better
assymetrical, but BETTER

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9 March 2013
some hair styling magic
it’s barely noticeable

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Thanks to a brilliant Maxillo-Facial surgeon
with some titanium,
well-placed surgery and delicate stitches;
A great Eye Surgeon
and some 10 surgeries later;
and an equally great Specialist Dentist
and some 15 “new” teeth!
I feel good!

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My Right Foot

 

I really am accident prone! This poor foot has been in the wars!

August 2012, just 2 weeks before my dream trip of a lifetime -The Roar Tour – I tripped over a tree root. I was trying to catch a 2 year old grandson who was trying to climb through the fence to pet the bull! Xrays showed nothing, so I hobbled off, in great pain, bruising and swelling, on my 1st trip overseas.

Unfortunately, I spent most of my trip on buses, I couldn’t get off to explore as my foot was agonising. 11 weeks after the fall, and after my holiday, a CT Scan reveal that I’d severely crushed the talus bone in my ankle. An immediate operations was performed, and I sported a moon boot. For a year!!!! It just wouldn’t heal!

I went overseas 6 months later to finish my tour – cut short after a death in the family. However, I was once again stuck on buses as, even with the moon boot and crutches, it was really painful.

I just keep injuring it! I ran it over with a door late last year. It turned all colours of the rainbow.

Then I dropped a pumpkin on it last week!

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale 2

My husband is 6 foot 4 inches

or

1,82m tall

This is Dune 7
outside Walvis Bay
Namibia
A Sand Dune in the Namib Desert

That’s my husband climbing to the top

Ray summitting Dune 7

Dubbed by the Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism as the highest sand dune in the world, you need to see Dune 7 to believe it. The 1,256-foot or 383m dune got its name because it is the seventh dune past the Tsauchab River, which runs through part of the Namib Desert. The desert itself, believed to be dry for at least 55 million years, is considered the oldest in the world, so make sure you spend some time exploring it while you’re here.

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2014/11/19/worlds-record-breaking-sand-dunes/