A Photo a Week: My bucket list

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This is an interesting prompt from Nancy this week:

http://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/a-photo-a-week-challenge-bucket-list/

When I was still at school I had a bucket list of sorts.  I loved history and being in New Zealand we were so far away from where the action was so to speak.  Many Kiwis traveled overseas – it is called the OE – Overseas Experience.  Mine lasted 15 years. So here is some of the things I wanted to do and see.

1. After reading about Bonnie Prince Charlie I had to go to Scotland and see the Island of Skye – done.

2. After reading about the princes in the tower I wanted to see the Tower of London – done.

3.  I was fascinated by Henry VIII so Hampton Court was on my list as well – done.

4. Paris was also on my list – done.

5. Rome also done.

6. After watching all the Cold War movies I was fascinated with the Iron Curtain.  I managed to get to Berlin before and after the wall came down.  This was really interesting – I have quite a few stories to tell from this city.

7.  I was also fascinated by the history of Russia and in particular the Russian Revolution and the fate of the royal family.  Anyway I had a math teacher (the best math teacher I ever had), anyway he was a weightlifter and traveled to Russia for the Olympic Games when they were boycotted.  When we had done all our work he would tell us all about his experience in Russia.  So going to Russia was top of my list.  I got there and it was incredible, especially as it was just as Glasnost and Peristroika was becoming prevalent but it was still behind the Iron Curtain.  I also have a few stories to tell from there.

8. Skiing in Austria – done – but ended up there for 11 years and came away with two children.

That was just a few of my bucket list from that time.

So why have I got photos of quilted blocks?  Well my bucket list is much more mundane these days.  It is more about finishing all the UFO’s in my sewing room – for those not in the know UFO – Un -finished Objects – get it?

This quilt is a block of the month antique quilt I started last year but among all my troubles this year it has never been finished.  So that is my priority.  Part of the reason is that there are 64 small blocks such as this one, and 9 large blocks.  I think the size also tended to put me off.  Anyway yesterday I dragged it out of the closet and started to finish all the applique.  I was actually onto my last 5 large squares.  I had the great ambition to sew all the details by hand.  But I gave that up when I saw it and so headed to the sewing machine.  So I managed to finish those last 5 blocks in a couple of hours.  I would have been at it all week.  Since this is a long weekend – Labour Weekend here in New Zealand, it is a good time to concentrate on it.

So for those who liked my post on the colour of mint here is the finished quilt.

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Lisa's quilt (640x473)

Actually another item on my list is to learn new techniques and I certainly did with this quilt.  Now I have to save up the money for the batting and backing fabric.

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/one-word-photo-challenge-mint/

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers

Floral Friday: Freesias

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Good morning from a sunny Hastings morning.

As I am doing this I can watch outside and see our local family of blackbirds digging for food in the grass under the orange trees.  They are fun to watch.

Anyway onto my floral photos for this week.  I took these freesias with my iPhone 5S at my parents house.  I had made arrangements to visit them but they had forgotten and weren’t home.  So I wasn’t going to waste my trip so I went around taking photos.  I found these freesias tucked away hiding.  I have done very little editing.

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Freesia (506x640)

FFF

http://irenewaters19.com/2014/10/24/floral-friday-delicate-beauties/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/floral-friday-september-bush/

As usual I will catch up with everyone later.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Chocolate

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This week Jennifer has given us a yummy colour to showcase.  I can go for months without eating chocolate and then will binge for about a week or so and then stop again.  Mostly because I can’t afford it.  Very convenient way to control the chocolate intake.

Anyway here are my photos for this challenge.

Painted in Waterlogue

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I can’t seem to get away from birds this week.  This last photo I chose for the chocolate coloured leaves, the sparrow is an added bonus.

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http://jennifernicholewells.com/2014/10/21/one-word-photo-challenge-chocolate/

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/10/21/one-word-photo-challenge-chocolate/

http://sillarit.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/one-word-photo-challenge-chocolate/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/one-word-photo-challenge-chocolate/

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Green

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Good morning from another sunny Hastings morning.

This week the prompt from Cee for her fun foto challenge is green.

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/10/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-color-green/

Last week I found this snowball tree getting ready to bloom at my parents house.  So they are a tight green ball of petals.  My parents are keeping me up to date on it’s progress so I can take photos of it in full bloom.

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This was found in the plant house at Cornwall Park.

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And I know that Cee loves her classic cars so here are a couple of photos from the vintage car display at this year’s Art Deco weekend last February.

Painted in Waterlogue

I just couldn’t resist adding a watercolour image as well.

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http://kattermonran.com/2014/10/22/cees-fun-foto-challenge-green/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/cees-green/

http://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/cees-fun-foto-challenge-green/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-color-green/

http://teepee12.com/2014/10/22/green-green-its-green-they-say/

http://irenewaters19.com/2014/10/22/cees-fun-foto-greens-of-home-and-of-my-date-night/

http://sillarit.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/the-color-green-for-cee/

http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-green/

Thanks for visiting and I will visit everyone tonight.

Cheers

Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Reclining Missy

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Good morning from a cooler Hastings day.

So it is time for an update on Missy, my parent’s cat.  Lately, when I have visited my parents she has done a vanishing act.  I wonder why?  Maybe to avoid having her photo taken.  She is usually to be found on my parent’s bed reclining and relaxing.

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I have combined two challenges today – Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge and A Word a week. You can check them both out and other posts for these challenges:

http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/weekly-pet-challenge-roundup-and-start-of-new-week-59/

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http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-recline/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/a-word-a-week-photo-challenge-recline/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-recline/

Thanks for visiting and I will catch up with you all tonight spreading my hearts around.

Cheers

Steve’s Snap & Zap Challenge: Birds

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This is a fun challenge from Steve

http://steve-says.net/2014/10/19/snap-zap-the-seagulls/

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  1. Create a new post showing the original
  2. What edits have you made?
  3. What software/techniques have you used?
  4. Link back to the current week’s page

So the top image is my original looking up at a seagull on a tarpaulin.

First I edited it with Snapseed with the drama filter and HDR

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Then I headed over to Distressed FX and sorry I can’t remember what filter I used there.IMG_0442 (640x453)

Just for a bit of colour.

Then I played around with Photoscape.

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First I added a backlit filter.

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Then added a watercolour pencil filter. Too light and not enough definition.

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So then I added a pen filter.  Still not enough for my liking.

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So some more backlit filters.

So let me know which is your favourite version.

Actually it is has been a bird theme week for me.  And just to prove that birds are around me, yesterday we had a visit from a mother duck and her 10 babies.  A long way from Cornwall Park.  Unfortunately we were too busy trying to catch them instead of taking photos.  It took about a couple of hours.  We caught about 7 of the ducklings but the mother duck kept flying around getting distressed and the other 3 ducklings kept going around in circles in the shrubbery.  In the end the ducklings we had caught were put in an empty rabbit hutch and the neighbour came back a couple of hours later to find the mother duck by the hutch with her 3 lost babies.  So they were all then caught and taken back to the park, which I might add is a couple of kilometers away.  :D

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Just to show Steve I was thinking of his theme last week which was walking.  – the final edited version of my photo last week.

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers

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