Friday 27 March 2020

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds

He looks quite disgusted with the proceedings

A pair of lovebirds - they were very noisy

Birds of Prey

A pair of black swans


Wednesday 25 March 2020


I'm joining in with this lovely bloghop for the first time. 

There are a set of questions posed on Tuesday with your replies on Wednesday.

1.        Howdy Hodgepodgers. It's kind of fun to be back, isn't it?  Last time we met was September, 2018. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that's happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don't know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

It was Mother’s Day in the UK on Sunday – we had to celebrate virtually – a present left at the back door, a gift sent through Amazon, couldn’t see my kids (grown-up as they are).   Thank goodness for FB.

2. Might as well get this out of the way early on...COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi-I didn't create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi-we won't only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.
1-Not at all, living normally
2-Cautious but still going out
3-Going out as needed, mostly home or working from home, still seeing friends/family
4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people
5-Full lockdown, no one in or out

Number 4: a week ago we started limiting any activities outside the house, all social activities, clubs etc. were closed down, one trip a week to a supermarket

3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it's all said and done? What's something delicious you've cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week?

Both husband and I love cooking and as well as experimenting – difficult these days with food limited – we are both quite good at making up dishes as we go along.  Last week we produced – homemade beef stew and served it over large portobello mushrooms

4. What's a television show or movie you've seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?

We’re catching up with a few American shows, i.e. Chicago Med is one.

5. Share something funny you've seen or heard this week.

6. Insert your own random thought here

The UK is on total lock down – I think I’ll be ‘embracing my grey hairs!’ in the weeks to come. 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 2 – Pick a Topic from this Photo

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 2 – Pick a Topic from this Photo

I'm joining in with Cee's Fun Foto Challenge and this is week 2 taking a topic from the above picture. 

As we are all housebound or limited in our travels my pictures are from my archives as, I suspect, many other contributors' photos will be. 

To join in use this link below: 

Here are my pictures: 

They are all from the UK in summers past. 
A leafy lane on a walk to the local pub (those were the days). 
A lane in Lavenham in Suffolk
A country road in Kent

Friday 20 March 2020

Thursday 19 March 2020

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 1 – Pick a Topic from this Photo

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 1 – Pick a Topic from this Photo

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Point your camera upwards.

Trying this again as some of my photos haven't loaded.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards

Church Spire

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards

Looking up in the Shell Grotto, Margate, Kent UK
Church Spire at Wickham Market
Roof trusses

Grandson climbing a tree

Spitfires fly past - view from my house - 2015. 

Friday 6 March 2020

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Words that end in “ock”

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Words that end in “ock”

Carriage clock 

Grandfather clock 

Lock at Teston at the River Medway

Another view of Teston Lock 

Clock tower

5-hole wooden stock at Oakham

I wondered why there were five holes and this is the explanation I found out: 
Five-hole stocks originate from Roman times when the arms, legs and head were confined which was more a form of torture than a shaming punishment.
It is more likely with the Oakham example that juveniles or women could have both legs confined to one hole so they could not wriggle free. Sometimes men were also confined by one leg alone. It is also believed that more than one man could be detained at a time, probably on alternative sides.

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Glasses, Cups, or Saucers

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Glasses, Cups, or Saucers

The topic for this week is Glasses, Cups, or Saucers.

Please check out Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge to discover more of what this challenge is about.


Cup and Saucer and plate with jar of jam ready for a cream tea

Glass cup with butterfly 

Afternoon tea

Wine glass chandelier