Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet

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Individually wrapped fruit flavoured boiled sweets in a glass jar for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

For this week’s Photo Challenge Krista at the Daily Post has asked each of us to take all of us on a tour of wherever we live via some of our favourite images. As I live in London, there are infinite images of interest already online, taken from a series of similar spots across the capital.

In particular the rather fixed view from the famous vantage point atop Primrose Hill shows the soft greenery and foliage of Regent’s Park in the foreground, the sharp staccato jagged city skyline of concrete, steel and glass along the horizon, and the vast skies of either blue of grey above, depending on the weather. Different cameras, different lenses, different seasons provide variations on a theme, but otherwise the general view over the city remains reasonably constant.

So I thought instead of adding even more of the same I might apply a few different art filters to one favourite image taken looking out over London from Primrose Hill, to show how in my mind’s eye I can often find the same view looking very different depending as much on the colours inspired by how I’m feeling about life as anything else.

Here is an everyday, generic pastel-coloured artistic impression of London’s skyline…primrose-1

And here it is as I might imagine it on my sunny good days, mellow and yellow and modern, bright and vibrant…

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On other, stressful days I can see it in my mind’s eye as shades of graphite grey, a hurried and worried monochrome scribble of hesitant outlines, highlights and shadows…

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But on days like today today I might view London painted in a blurred palette of blue, mired in misery, matching my melancholy mood…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

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Hmmm… I struggled a bit in trying to decide what to post for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved – in life my family matters most to me, and I wanted to find something generic but representative of everyday family life, so I chose this image taken of me out for a walk with my middle grandchild, and art-filtered it 🙂

I have five grandchildren altogether, three boys and two girls, and they are certainly most beloved to me. There’s something truly heart-warming about having yet another generation of little hands to hold, and about having those same warm little hands wanting the familiar reassurance of holding on to me too… ❤

Battersea Power Station

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The four corner chimneys and the stark 1930s architecture of the old coal-fired Battersea Power Station are a bit of a London landmark, and at the time I grabbed this quickly-snapped shot, taken from the window of a moving train in late December 2011, the iconic Grade II Listed Building was little more than an abandoned empty shell.

The power station had already been closed for a good 30 years, and an initial ambitious redevelopment plan had removed the roof (and all internal machinery) before sadly going bust, leaving a gaping cavity in the centre exposed to all weathers.

Thankfully after a few more failed fits and starts and wrong turnings along the way the whole area is now in the process of being successfully redeveloped as a multi-functional residential/ business/ recreational space, but I think in my minds eye I’ll always see it as an imposing but cavernous ruin.

My original image, taken on a dull and dreary winters day, is truly plain and grey and drab and boring, but after trying on a few different snazzy post-processing art filters I decided ‘polygon‘ from LunaPic perhaps provided the best impression (in my view, at least) of the power station as a grand iconic building of its time… 🙂

Daily Prompt: Cavity

A Tale of Two Blankets

A Tale of Two Blankets

Once upon a time I made a huge, heavy, multicoloured crochet blanket in popcorn stitch out of all the random odds and ends of leftover and recycled yarns I had lying about…

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It kept me warm in bed for ages – too warm at times – so one day I decided I wanted to change it into a differently patterned blanket, and I took the plunge and unravelled it…

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Soon I started all over again, creating a variation on a theme of stripey bed blanket, re-using exactly the same yarns as before but in a different stitch and with a slightly less random, more considered colour plan…

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After a while I finally finished my redesigned blanket, so here is the new zig-zag version, slightly smaller in size but far more practical in weight, happy to be back on my bed once more…

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And here is the little pile of still-leftover yarn from the original unravelled blanket I didn’t re-use…

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The End… (or is it?) 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a theme