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31/08/2018

August's Scavenger Hunt Photos


Sometimes I wonder at my own 'finely tuned procrastination' ... any hoo, a mere six three hours before I normally schedule my photo hunt post ... I am sorting it out....now still.

Tea
I am - and I may have hinted this before - a tea drinker. Didn't used to be until I decided to go cold turkey on coffee swapping roughly ten mugs of coffee consumed daily for equally copious mugs of tea instead.
And the image? I have an art journal that I start each working day with. I write a word, a sentence, a thought or a vitriolic tirade then spontaneously paint over it. I find it both cathartic and stimulating in one go. I had just made myself a mug of tea in the studio and as I squeezed out the tea bag I immediately started 'painting' with it across the page. Then using a goose feather quill I'd attempted to create a while ago - dragged my 'tea-ink' outwards in tendrils and twirls. I also deliberately landed my mug on the page, showing no respect for the paper as I created the tea stains. Later, once dried, I doodled the word tea and decorated that, whilst drinking another mug (of course!)

Time
This time last year - I had the embryonic beginnings of my studio - wow - twelve months has just melted away by the magic of this one photo. An absurd mix of 'only a moment ago and yet a life time away'.

Isle
Of Gigha (pronounced - Gear) Beautiful little blue jewel in a blue sea.

Fairy (Glen)...
...in Skye is a magical place. There is definitely an 'air' to it - otherworldly and intriguing. We have been twice and each time I have felt a presence and I know others have done too. Watching over the glen is the enigmatically named 'Castle Ewan' that, with care and following a narrow path, can be climbed. I chose to watch from a safer ground level as Himself and Youngest scaled the tall flanks. I would like to return. Someday.

Flour
I could not find the image I had in mind however as I was trawling through my years of photos - I came across this one - nothing remarkable or amazing - except it is -  to me. They are Youngest's hands making ginger biscuits and I can remember that cold February day where we had been snowed in and we resorted to baking to keep young minds and young tums happy.

My own Choice
Most of this month's images are from my archives however, this next one was from last Wednesday and I just love it.  Whilst working up in the walled garden, where we were relocating the compost bays, we found a couple of HUGE frogs. Coincidentally the National Trust Rangers were hosting a forest school day in the garden so Eldest and I quietly rounded up the frogs as well as other unsuspecting insects and bugs, taking them up for the forest students to meet. Interestingly enough - it was the girls and the mothers who took more interest than the lads and dads ... any suggestions why? The girls held the caterpillars and beetles and stroked the frogs while the boys firmly put their hands behind their backs and just looked!

Phew - managed it! Now off to set up the link up page and then - bedtime! (and it is still before midnight - just!)

17 comments:

  1. Love the photo for 'isle', it looks beautiful there. And the frog looks enormous :)

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  2. Great photos.
    I love tea, and only drink it. A nice Ginger Biscuit goes well with tea!

    Julie xxxxx

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  3. I love the image of the hand, what a magical picture for you with such memories. I love the fairy glen , what an incredible place. Your art work for tea is a real homage to a super drink. How great that the girls loved the frog. Super words this month and I love your pictures. I will post mine tomorrow.

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  4. Love your photos & can't believe you and Shazza have the same one for 'fairy'. I love the Isle of Skye & want to go back too, one day. I was impressed with the tea artwork & maybe think I should try your types of meditation rituals.....? Boys are wooses! At least that is what I think & K wants to know if it was actually a toad? Thanks for the words & take care.

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    1. Definitely frogs - no toads in that area according to the rangers and yes - allowing your mind to spill out on to paper then painting over it, sealing in the sentences is quite liberating!

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  5. That is so funny that we have both used the Fairy Glen for Fairy. I'm so glad we took the time to visit it. Was probably the only bit of Skye we saw really. Gigha looks another beautiful island to visit. There are so many though! I love the frog. X

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    1. If you can visit Gigha - it is worth it - very very small and very quiet but so precious and beautiful, we went over on foot and some took bikes, if we could, we would have camped a night or two, but the field where the camping took place was closed for a few days while the owner had a holiday :)

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  6. Lovely photos, and it would seem that - like me - the Western Isles are somewhat on your mind at present . . .

    Sorry I completely missed the fact that today was Linkup Day. Might manage to join in over the weekend but I wouldn't bet on it :(

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    1. Not to worry - there are no rules, no tut-tuts or head shaking, just friends and photos and thoughts of Western Isles! x

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  7. Lovely pictures again. Those childish hands are a real reminder how much your young (est) man has grown. Not surprised the girls loved the frogs.....two reasons....boys are wimps and the girls...maybe hoping to kiss a frog and meet their prince! xxx

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    1. I doubt this lot of girls were wanting to meet their prince - they were proper 'wildchilds' more likely to deck a boy on the nose than want to kiss a frog in hope he'd be a prince!! It was lovely to see them not being 'girlie' - long may that last

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  8. That does look like a huge frog it's a great photos as is the photo of the Isle of Gigha it looks so beautiful:)

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  9. A year since you got your studio???? I don't believe it. By far my favourite photo was the Isle one but the most interesting was your own choice! I must be 'a boy' as I'd not like to hold it; look at it but not hold it!

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  10. Whoa ... that's a huge frog!
    Oh heck, forgot today was end of the month, will try to get linked up and post my pics ASAP

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  11. Fascinating thoughts, like the idea of clearing yur bad thoughts by painting over them. Did it say coffee before you painted tea all over?
    The frog looks huge but then I realised in relation to the hand it's not so big, just that checked shirt behind gives a false scale. It had me thinking of those giant Cane Toads. Wonderful to see the frogs long fingers (or toes) something I rarely notice in the wild.
    Thanks for organising the Hunt. John

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    1. No funnily enough there is no dark and dangerous coffee thoughts beneath the tea stains - wish I'd thought of that!

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  12. I love the last photo! Gigha looks beautiful and I like what you did for tea too.

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