Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Braw steak dinner (365 challenge)

Had my lovely dinner cooked for me tonight....  Delicious

Monday, 2 January 2017

365 challenge

I think it's time I made some time to even take 1 photo per day.  Doesn't matter what but it's at least 1 a day to look back on and reflect at the end of the year.   After all the sadness of losing dad,  I think it's time I do what I love to do,  photography and a bit more crafting.....

Here goes,  although I essentially missed 1st January,  I am submitting 2 photos.  1 of the new moon and a star that can initially be seen from my kitchen and a silhouette of trees against the dust sky -  again can be seen from my kitchen.


I had in fact,  created a post back in June or July this year via my Samsung S7 Android phone (got rid of the iPhone at last) but something hadn't worked between the communication between the phone and blogger for some reason.

Anyways,  lots have happened since then,  around the end of June when I changed my NHS job from departmental secretary  to PA and TEAM Lead Secretary in another specialty.  Just around that time my dad took ill and resulted in many hospitalisations and eventually passed away in October to cancer after having been given 6-12 month when in actual fact we barely had a month following diagnosis.   Coming to terms with our loss,  dealing with life in general has been difficult to say the least. My birthday,  then Christmas and now New Year are the difficult  firsts without him.  Gone but not forgotten,  Dad.

Thursday, 19 May 2016


I couldn't resist taking a photo of the blossom trees in Cannan Lane on my way home - the blossom trees are so pretty at the moment.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Craft shopping heist

A good few items purchased at the crafts show :-D. 

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Barns Ness Lighthouse

Mr A and I took ourselves off in the car again and with no real destination in mind, we ended up taking a road "off the beaten track" and ended up near here, Barns Ness Lighthouse.  What a discovery!  We parked the car at the car park not realising if we had chosen the other road, we could have driven directly to here.  It was a good wee walk to get there even over the rock shale on the beach before we crossed over onto the grassy verge from the rock shale, I took this shot of the lighthouse and adjacent buildings.  

Saturday, 9 April 2016

My work colleague Anne had given me a couple of boxes of breakfast biscuits as they werent to her taste.  I did offer her something in exchange but Anne wouldn't accept.  Anne is well known to have a drawer full of sweet goodies and chocolate ie her "stash".  I thought a large bar of chocolate would be a good idea as a token and I made up a cardstock bag to present it in.  I made a ribbon slider using cardstock and an old Creative Memories punch to punch the block of 9 small squares.  I applied a premade chipboard embellishment.  I cut and folded [using the Stampin' Up scoring board] the little yellow card which is 3"x 3"and using the same Creative Memories punch again, I set it to punching the 6 corner style squares at opposite corners.  Using a Stampin' Up sentiment stamp and black Stazon ink, I positioned the sentiment to be centred on the card as shown below.  The envelope I cut and made using the envelope punch board from We Are Memory Keepers. 

I presented the gift to Anne on Friday morning by leaving it by her computer workstation and she was delighted to have received the wee card and chocolate gift.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Driving Miss Daisy

Out and about in the car again today and as always, a particular someone likes to be in the front seat........our Daisy the JRT. 

Friday, 1 April 2016

Stood Up

My colleague Janis whom works in another area within the hospital I work at, provides typing support for my department.   We had arranged to meet for lunch one day and I had gotten the time mixed up and stood her up unintentionally.  We rearranged and it was on a day where I had forgotten to let her know I was off work with a dodgy knee! 

We met for lunch today and by way of a small apology, I made this card and matching wrapped bar of chocolate.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

OMG - what a wonderful thing to do!

A while back I took part in an online photography course when I first got my bridge camera, it was with a lady called Cheryl Johnson.  Some scrappers [ie scrap bookers] who were also members of Scrappers.co.uk site where Cheryl [also a fellow scrapbooker] progressed and concentrated on her love for photography which became a business for her.  I have just discovered that she no longer keeps her blog,  which is sad as she has some excellent work there.  I have discovered she is on facebook and has branched into neonatal photography, specialising in still births or where parents are aware their baby won't survive and prepare for the sad outcome.  Cheryl took an interest in this particularly where she recalls her close friend gave birth to a still born on Christmas Day 25 years ago.  The one and only photograph her friend had of her baby was on a polaroid and it wasnt a particularly good one but it was still a precious photograph.  The lady went on to have other babies and over time she wanted to enlarge the only photograph she had and put it on display.  

"Remember My Baby" was created and lots of professional photographers volunteer to take photos of the families and babies to create lasting and treasured memories of their little loved ones.  Take a look here.  Stunning work and memories for the families.......