Christmas Tree Blues

Do you remember this photo, taken last year, when Jenny was a new member of our household?


She continually played in our tree. Thankfully, she mainly stayed inside the tree and did no real harm to the decorations or the tree. This year, though she isn’t a lot bigger, she is a lot heavier, so we were hoping she had outgrown it, as all our other cats had, by their second Christmas. We didn’t want any Christmas tree blues this year.

No such luck! We put the Christmas tree up and before I could even decorate it, she ran up the tree and managed to dislodge several branches, that were firmly in their place.


Jenny is not like any other cat we’ve had before and does just what she wants, when she wants, no matter how we try to train her to be obedient. We knew we were on to a lost cause with the tree, so rather than waste my time decorating it, to be ruined by Jenny, we decided to take it down. We have never had a Christmas without a tree, so I was really disappointed, until Mo said. “We’ll try our large tree”. I had forgotten that we had a larger, floor standing, tree. We had decided it was too much of a temptation for our cats and had packed it away some years ago.

We unpacked it and I started putting it together.

Jenny ignored me.

I hung the lights on.

Jenny ignored me.

I hung all the decorations on.

Jenny ignored me.

Mo came back from wherever she was and we placed the snow effect around the tree base.

Jenny came over, sniffed the tree and went away.

Jenny has ignored the tree completely!


It just shows you how good their memory is. She must have remembered playing in the other tree and seen it as her play ground, but this one held no memories for her and she has ignored it.  We were amazed and thrilled to have a stress free Christmas. WITH a tree.

What’s with all the Peeps?

You may, or may not know (or remember), that after Kathy’s first meet up with us, in the UK, I received a package full of naughty, but tasty, American treats. In that box were lots of Peeps, of different flavours and colours. I adore marshmallow, so they were more than welcome and I ploughed my way through them easily.  My favourites were the chocolate flavoured Peeps. I could have happily eaten a bucket full of those, so I’m glad that Kathy didn’t send a bucket full!

The other day, on Facebook, Jen tagged both Kathy and I in a photo of a human dressed as a Peep. Jen said she thought of us, when she saw him.

Today, while out shopping, I spotted these and immediately shouted to Mo, “Peeps!” I know they are not exactly Peeps, but it reminded me of them. Now I expect I shall be dreaming of peeps.

It’s a jolly good job they don’t sell them in the UK, because all my hard work and weight loss, would soon be ruined. I’d probably gain more weight than I’ve lost.

Peeps Feet

Is it a Peep?


No! It’s a feet warmer.

These are huge! I guess you put both feet in one. You surely couldn’t walk in them!


Can I ask a favour?

Since changing my host, I don’t know if my feed is reaching the feed readers. Could I please ask you to comment on this post, if you see it.  If I get no comments I will know that the feed isn’t getting to the readers, or it could just be that nobody is reading my blog posts anymore!  Who knows? My posts have been thin on the ground lately.

We’ll see.

I’m back, after changing my host


I’m back after a week of problems. I almost gave up and closed my blog, but here I am again.

While I was blogless, I also became computerless. I have no idea what happened, but everything went really weird for me and I had to reformat my hard drive. Stress, stress and more stress!

I am still working on this blog. My post section isn’t working. I can’t see any formatting at all, so this could end up looking awful. I will be un-installing and re- installing plug ins, in the hopes of getting it back again, so my blog could be coming and going for a while.

Why did I ever change hosts?

Finally! Wedding Photographs

I know I’ve kept you waiting for this post, but I’ve also been waiting, for some of the photographs. I’ve just received them, so have finally selected some for you.

I won’t write a lot here. I’ll let the videos speak for themselves. The first is a small selection of the almost 500 wedding photographs that were taken. It’s good to have photographers in the family.

You’ll want your sound on for these videos.

The first video is fairly short. Just click the photo below to watch it.

flower heart

A selection of photographs

This next video is the complete ceremony, tears ‘n all. It’s a 30 minute video, so you might want to watch it when you have a bit of spare time, or even fast forward bits, but make sure you catch Mo’s wedding vows. Click the photo below to watch it.

table with champaign

The ceremony

I hope you enjoyed watching. It really was a perfect day!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Black and White

Top-banner.jpgSeptember 2014

This months photo blogging challenge is – Black and White

I would have liked to take part in this challenge, but I have been far too busy, preparing for our wedding, to go out taking photos. When this post goes live I will be away on honeymoon. Just four days away, but it will be very enjoyable, to spend time at the coast again.

As a token gesture for this challenge and as a follow up from the ‘colourful’ post, I give you a few, very old, black and white portraits of mine.  I only have four. I have lost so many paintings and drawing over the years.  I hope this makes up for my lack of getting out there, with my camera and I promise to do better next month.

The first is a copy of a Rembrandt self portrait. This was one of my first and technically not very good.

Rembrandt Self Portrait

Rembrandt Self Portrait

This next one is of Joan Baez. This was an old LP cover shot. Unfortunately, I glued the paper to board and over time the glue yellowed and bled through the paper. I tried to remove the yellowing in Photoshop, but it was hard to do without removing some of the actual pencil work.

Joan Baez - Album shot

Joan Baez – Album shot

This next one was something I wanted to try out. It’s from a famous painting (I can’t remember the artist) called ‘Veronica’s Cloth’.  If you stare at the eyes, they will appear shut at first and then they will be open (or the other way around).  It’s not too easy to see in this small version, but I had to take it off our wall, because it unnerved some visitors.

Veronica's Cloth

Veronica’s Cloth

Finally, this little girl was a commission for a well known hairdresser in a London salon. I never met him, or knew who he was. It was all handled through my boss at the time who, no doubt, made a very handsome profit on my meagre charge.

Portrait commission

Portrait commission

My apologies for not sticking to the rules, but I think I had a good enough excuse, this time.

If you want to see more black and white entries, just click the graphic at the top of the post.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Colourful

Top-banner.jpgAugust 2014

This month’s Photo Blogging Challenge is – Colourful

It looks like I’m a bit late this month. The time is flying past now.

I came across my fifth photo from last months ‘baseball’ challenge. I had forgotten I took it. But it fits in nicely with this months challenge. I give you a colourful, base ball!

colourful 1We stopped for a cool drink, while we were out in the heat a couple of weeks ago and I thought how colourful Mo was looking, as she sipped her orange drink.

colourful 2Worrying that I wouldn’t get time to go out on the lookout for colourful photos, I took this one. I love this colourful fruit. We’ve had it for many years and it’s as fresh as it was when we first bought it.

colourful 3I was coming down stairs and saw our neighbour’s garden through the window. I was struck by how colourful it was, so the next time I went out I grabbed a few shots with my iPhone. I must admit that the photos didn’t do it justice. I love yellow flowers!

colourful 4By now, I was getting a bit desperate, so I took a shot of one of my colourful paintings as a standby. I give you, my standby photo. A portion of one of my paintings.

colourful 5That’s my five for this month and if you want to see more colourful photos, click the image at the top of this post.

Bottom-Banner.jpgEdit, for those that asked. Here is the full painting.



Do you remember me saying that I was very busy, working on something and that I would eventually blog about it?

Well, this is the post that will reveal all.  Mo and I have been together for 33 years and the day has finally come, that we can make it perfectly legal.

On 20th September 2014, we will become Mrs & Mrs.Finally

It has been a huge job, organizing everything, but we are all set to go now. I hope.

Guess who’s coming, all the way from the US, to share our special day with us?  Junkdrawer Kathy and Dave! We were so surprised when they said they would arrange a holiday in the UK, so they could share the day.  They will be spending three days with us, so that will be a bit of icing on the cake.  Talking about cake. I mustn’t forget to pick that up, before we leave.

We are not getting married where we live, so will travel down the day before the wedding. There will be no room for forgetting anything. No rushing back at the last minute for a forgotten item.

Of course, there will be plenty of photos after and there will be a full length video as soon as I can get it edited. You will all be welcome to view them, if you want to.

I can’t believe that it’s only four weeks away.  These rings have gone on ahead of us. Just in case.


Photo Blogging Challenge – Baseball


July 2014

This month’s Photo Blogging Challenge is Baseball

This has been a really hard prompt for me. Baseball is not a British sport, so I’m not likely to find the odd baseball (or anything to do with the game) floating about for me to photograph.  I have had to think really hard to come up with anything and I only made four photos.

This is a photo of the little ball on the peg of the ‘bass’ string of my guitar. I claim ‘Bass Ball’.

Bass ball 1

This next photo is of our temperature gauge. I can’t remember what it’s called now, so if any of you know, maybe you can remind me. If the base ball was at the top, it would be very cold indeed.  Thankfully, I’ve never seen it anywhere, but at the base. Although it’s not a perfect ball, I claim ‘Base Ball’

Base ball 2

I was out into the garden and had my iPhone with me, when I noticed the cat’s ping-pong ball laying on the grass. It was at the base of our washing pole. I claim ‘Base Ball’

Base ball 3

This fourth photo was taken while sitting out in the garden in the hot sunshine (hence the bad photo). This is not a ball, as such, but a balloon that has deflated. Jenny loves playing with balloons and this one had floated down the garden. It was laying at the base of our hedge. I claim ‘Base Ball’

baseball 4

If I find another photo opportunity before time runs out, I will add it. If not, I’m sorry, but four will be my contribution this month.

For more photos in this challenge, click the link at the top of the post.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Vehicle

Top-banner.jpg  June 2014

This months photo blogging challenge is – Vehicle

I have managed to get five photos this month, but I actually missed some great shots.  Travelling along in the car, with iPhone in hand and ready was not good enough. By the time we’d seen it and I raised my phone it was gone!  What was gone?  A beautiful vintage car was gone! I suppose, on the road, is the best way to see vehicles, but it certainly isn’t the best way to photograph them, if they are going in the opposite direction.  I missed several great shots that way.

I did, however, manage to get this cyclist, before he passed by, so all was not lost that day. We get a lot of cyclists around these parts.

Vehicle 1

As you may be aware, we have the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in July and they are preparing for this huge event all along the route. They are closing about 100 roads during the event, so the roads that aren’t closing will be a nightmare to travel on.  This next photo is a piece of art in a local shopping centre, depicting the cyclists.

Vehicle 2

The next is a common sight here. A tractor, pulling a truck full of what looked like grass, though I doubt it was. Nobody mows the grass here. The sheep do that :)

Vehicle 3

Here is another farm vehicle and I don’t pretend to know what jobs they all do, so that’s all I have to say on the subject. Where is the vintage car when you want it?  Gone is where.  Sorry about Mo’s green reflection in the car window.

Vehicle 4

This is a far more unusual sight where we live. In fact in the thirteen years we have lived here, it’s the first time we’ve seen it. Not one, but two police cars. I have no idea what it was for as there seemed to be no trouble anywhere. I do think they are parked rather strangely though. Almost as if they are hiding around the corner, in order to catch someone out. I watch too many police dramas :)

Vehicle 5

That’s my five for this month and I apologies for the fact that they are all phone shots. I haven’t been taking my camera out as we are going out each day for fast pace walking. Having a heavy camera swinging around your neck is not a good idea.



Check out all the other great photos in this challenge, by clicking the graphic at the top of this post.