Shadowed: Weekly Photo Challenge

For a Challenges blog, I have been very bad at recording any challenges this year!  But, the turkey is digested, the chocs are finished,so its time to back to challenging myself in 2015.  The weekly photo challenge is “shadowed”, this is a photo I took in Edinburgh Castle, the light streamed through the windows casting some lovely colours on the walls while putting the wood panels into shadow.

Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light



The weekly photo challenge is Yellow.  This  is a processed photograph of a painting I did a few months back.  The original is yellows and greens, but I really liked this  effect.

Painted whilst listening to Jazz

Painted whilst listening to Jazz

Triumph and a fond fare well

Where has the time gone?  Not that long ago, I was wondering if I could keep up with the challenge of posting a photo every day in November.  It was one of my very first challenges, along with Blogging101.  Well, the time has flown.  I have posted a post every day, enjoyed every minute, met some great people, been inspired by some wonderful photography and have given myself a proverbial “kick up the bum” to stop procrastinating and to start doing.  So a huge thanks to Photo101 and Blogging U, along with all my new friends.  I shall keep following you and look forward to seeing where this takes us all.

One of my early posts was about my lovely spaniel Flynn who I lost recently.  Looking through my photos, I came across this one, taken one Christmas after he had spent a very happy few minutes “opening his pressies”.. Not easy when you have fur and claws rather than fingers..especially as I never spared the sellotape!  I think the look on his face was one of Triumph..and the chew bone was thoroughly enjoyed.

Flynn licking his lips in anticipation

Flynn licking his lips in anticipation


The first really sharp frost of winter this morning reminded me that there are a few months of cold wet weather to come.  One the the greatest treasures for me after the bleak Winter days is to see the first snowdrops of the year.  They are such an affirmation of life and are often overlooked.  So for this photo, I gave them pride of place.


Harbingers of warmth and Spring

Harbingers of warmth and Spring

The Leibster Award ~ Gob smacked!

Wow!  What can I say??  Just 23 days after starting my blog, the lovely Bethany and Cathy at Photography with Words have nominated this blog for a Leibster Award 😀  Thank you so much.

The award is for blogs with less than 500 followers and is designed to be passed on after answering a few questions, so as part of my Blogging101 challenge is to post something different from my normal posts, this fulfils two briefs 😀

1.) Why did you decide to start to blog?

To record my self imposed challenges which hopefully would motivate me to complete them and to help me take better photographs

2.)What is your favourite memory?

Too many to choose from,  favourite memories are made every day

3.) Who inspires you?

People who follow their dreams

4.) What is your current goal in life?

I have to pick one??

5.) How would you describe yourself?

Do you know that feeling you get when you go to bed after the house is cleaned, the washing up is put away and the cushions are plumped up?  Nope..neither do I 🙂

6.)How much wood could a Woodchuck chuck if a Woodchuck could chuck wood? well…talking of wood……

Esau Wood sawed wood.
Esau Wood would saw wood with a wood saw.
Esau’s wood saw would saw wood!
One day, Wood’s wood saw would saw no wood,
so Wood sought a wood saw that would.
Then, Wood saw a wood saw saw wood as no
wood saw Wood ever saw wood sawed wood.
So Wood sought the wood saw that sawed wood
as no wood saw Wood ever saw ever sawed.
Now Wood saws wood with the wood saw Wood
saw saw wood as no wood saw
Wood ever saw would wood saw wood.

7.) What do you do for Fun?

Anything creative, from drawing to gardening, design to reading, painting to photography

8.) What is your dream vacation?

Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights

9.) What is your favorite Quote?

“To live is the rarest thing in the world, most people just exist.”  Oscar Wilde

10.) Do you enjoy running a blog?

Absolutely loving it!

11.) What do you plan to do now?

Right now? Continuing drawing Christmas cards for one of my other personal challenges ( too many cards, too little time!!)

Now it’s time that I  nominate blogs that I think are fantastic, but they must have less than 500 followers. I hope you all check out each others blogs as well as finding blogs to nominate, answering the questions and helping to encourage other small but perfectly formed blogs



My Daily Visual

Crafty Lady in Combat Boots

A more Creative me

Peace of summer

Hudman Honey Farm




I had so  many other lovely blogs to choose from out there, but many of them already have way more than 500 people following them, loving the WordPress and blogging community 🙂