Treasure

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

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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

brindille33

dkodesigns

My Daily Visual

Crafty Lady in Combat Boots

A more Creative me

Peace of summer

Hudman Honey Farm

Graydaysandcoffee

playingwithmyfirstdslrcamera

angleandviews

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 🙂

 

Challenge: Draw my Christmas Cards

One of the challenges I set myself for this year was to draw all my Christmas cards. Of course, it got to Novemeber when I realised that I really ought to start getting my act together..or else the 2014 challenge deadline would race past into 2015 and I would be scrabbling around to find cards to buy.

I have been doing quite well with the Blogging101 challenge and the Photo101 challenge, so this post with combine all three ( yes..I have made laziness into an art form!).

I think I have now completed 20 cards – and here is a gallery of some of them.  Just another 30 to go ( my deadline was 50 cards) so no time to hang around…:)

Bliss: A message to Flynn

Living on Exmoor, I have been lucky enough to share some time with my  Springer Spaniel , Flynn.  The times we spent walking on the moors were bliss.

Happiness in the form of a spaniel

Happiness in the form of a spaniel

A message to Flynn:

What a glorious dog you were, my boy Flynn.  Happy to see me arrive home, ecstatic when we leapt into the car for the short drive up to the moors.  Head through the window, wind blowing your ears back, desperate to get out.

As soon as the door was open, out you shot, chasing imaginary foes, scenting the ground.  Occasionally you managed to scare up a pheasant, or a deer but rabbits..oh yes, you did love rabbits.  Head buried as far as it would go in their burrows, snout covered with soil, but you never caught one.  Thank heavens, I am pretty sure neither of us would have known what to do with it.

Then down to the brook, the muddier the better, bringing me the largest stones you could find.  Not waiting for them to be thrown, but back in the water to find bigger and better ones, I don’t know why you did it, but we both enjoyed it.  Covered in mud, well, always you and occasionally me , we climbed back up to the car and headed home, tired, muddy and in your case pretty smelly..but  happy.

I miss those times Flynn,  I still walk there of course, I still enjoy the moors, the sounds and sights make me happy.  But oh, I miss those times.

November Challenges: Photo101 and Blogging101

During November 2014, I,  and hopefully loads of others,  will be taking part in Blogging U’s two new challenges.  During this month I’ll hopefully be blogging a new photo every day, at the same time as I am learning how to make my blog look great.

I am really excited about taking part in this months challenge, hopefully, the start of lots of challenges this year!

There is still time to join in…..BloggingU Challenges

And my first photo of the month , Autumn has been good to us this year, 20 degrees in the sunshine today 🙂

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