This week’s photo challenge from Frank (Dutch Goes The Photo) is SIGNS
Cake or no cake – that is the question !!
What’s the answer? ha ha !!
This week’s photo challenge from Frank (Dutch Goes The Photo) is STONES
I’ve chosen some photos of gravestones for my entry.
As a Family Historian, I have a fascination for graveyards and cemeteries. A gravestone is often the clue one needs to move forwards (although actually backwards in time!!) in the quest of following a particular family line. I’ve spent many a happy hour pottering around graves, hunting for an elusive stone, and at the same time getting side tracked by unrelated memorials. The three photos are not of my family. (Most of my “hunting” was done pre-digital.) I can only wonder at the lost stories hidden within those graves!!
This week’s photo challenge from Frank (Dutch Goes The Photo) is WATER
Water is one of my favourite topics, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind you of some good reasons to drink it 🙂
Sadly the chaps in the photos seem to be doing quite the opposite!! Obviously too much chlorine in their water !!! 🙂
10 good reasons to drink WATER
🙂 Your cells are made up of 70 – 80% water, so it makes them happier.
🙂 Happy healthy cells = Happy healthy YOU.
🙂 Clearer thinking, 🙂 better focus, 🙂 better memory
🙂 Smoother, more comfortable digestion
🙂 More fluid movements (and no we aren’t talking digestion again) – this time it’s healthy joints!!
🙂 Clearer, healthier, more handsome / beautiful skin
🙂 Happier waterworks and kidneys
🙂 Better circulation, so that oxygen and nutrients reach those faraway bits like your fingertips and tootsies, not to mention all the cells in between, making them happy (See above!)!
🙂 Healthier lungs and breathing
🙂 A more fluid lymph system which means a stronger immune system to help avoid those pesky colds etc
🙂 More energy – YAY!!
So go on ………. You know you want to …………… have a glass or two of water
This week’s photo challenge from Frank (Dutch Goes The Photo) is BUGS
Not my favourite topic but I’ve tried to keep well away from creepy crawlies !!
I’ve started off with a link back to my post for last week’s HISTORY challenge, and included a couple more photos of Manchester bees (taken in the Town Hall), a symbol of industry and hard work.
Then I’ve gone outdoors for some natural bugs ………..
And finally, my favourite. When I read the topic, my first thought was “The LOVE BUG”. I’m old enough to remember the 1968 film by this name about an anthropomorphised white VW beetle. It made a big impression because my parents had one from between 1963 and 1982. I learnt how to drive and passed my test in our Herbie, and I have a big soft spot for these cars still. The photo was taken sometime around the same year as the film.
This week’s Photo Challenge set by Frank (author of fab blog “Dutch Goes The Photo”) has set HISTORY.
I’ve just spent a couple of weeks in my beloved Manchester (UK) which is brimming with history – even a little Roman, though this isn’t my personal cuppa tea (sorry Frank!). Whilst here I have been on two guided tours, one of which was of the Town Hall, so I thought I would include a little bit of history gleaned from that.
Manchester Town Hall stands in Albert Square (1st picture), and was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, who was also responsible for The Natural History Museum in London. The Town Hall was officially opened in September 1877.
It backs onto another of Manchester’s well known squares – St Peter’s Square (famous for the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, considered by many as a cornerstone of parliamentary reform.
We have two other buildings in this square worthy of mention. As the eye sweeps across the square from left to right, one sees – The Midland Hotel (built at the tail end of the 19th century), Central Library (opened 1934) and then the Town Hall.
These are all shown below …….
I appreciate that not everyone gets excited by Victorian (and later) architecture, but here comes the interesting bit (well I thought so!!). Manchester was heavily bombed during WW2, but both these squares escaped. Why? Hitler had earmarked the Midland for living quarters and the Town Hall for admin, when he invaded England, which thankfully never happened.
Out of the frying pan into the fire, however, for in 1945, having escaped such a fate, the council proposed razing the Town Hall and environs to the ground to build a new “improved” city. In 1951 a Tory government came into power, and thankfully did what they are best at – made cuts, so the said redesign never happened. (For anyone in the UK, you’ll hopefully appreciate that such cuts did have their advantages then!!) 🙂 🙂
Frank, whose fab blog “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “Old” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge.
Whilst clearing Mum’s house out last year, we had the dubious pleasure of also sorting out the garage! That was no mean feat!! The word “cluttered” did not start to describe it 😊 Mum was not one to throw out and there was quite a cornucopia of old things, including a large heavy wooden chest, an impressive (and VERY heavy) workman’s bench which found a home in a young neighbour’s garage, as well as ancient light sockets, rusting tools etc!! Resting on the rafters above was a box, which we took down and opened. Quite a few pictures, mostly uninteresting but then ………………. We found something very special indeed. It was a framed pencil drawing of my father’s mother when she was young. I never knew her but recognised her from the handful of photos I had been given by my uncle many years ago. I confess, I felt incredibly tearful at finding such a treasure. The frame was crumbling, so the picture is in a temporary frame to keep it safe, and now stands in my study.
Below are my treasured pictures of Annie Paterson, nee Morris (ca 1905 – 1910), Manchester
It brought to mind the wonderful quote by Linda Hogan ………..
“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”
Annie on the left
A few years ago, I remember seeing the Horse Chestnut trees looking very unhappy. Their leaves were mottled badly with brown as if they had been scorched by some form of radiation. I later learnt that this was in fact due to a leaf-mining moth, and the prognosis looked bleak indeed. They had a death sentence hanging over their heads. The thought of no more Horse Chestnuts made me feel very sad.
“Oh there the chestnuts summer through
Beside the river make for you,
A tunnel of green gloom, and sleep
so wrote Rupert Brooke in his poem “Granchester”.
This year I have been pleasantly surprised to see the Horse Chestnuts standing tall and proud and very green. I do hope this is good news!
I managed to photograph an avenue of them in Chorlton Park, Manchester, which has particular meaning to me as I went to junior school right next door and walked past these trees many times during my formative years. The wind was playing up a little but I’ve done my best. (I shall remember 2017 as the year of the never-ending wind !!!)
Dr Edward Bach used the flower of this tree for his White Chestnut Essence. This is probably one of the most used of his remedies as it is for worry and obsessive thoughts. In our stress-filled lives, we tend to dwell too much on certain thoughts, hanging onto them well past their use-by-date, perhaps going over and over a conversation we had that day or fretting over possible scenarios of something yet to happen (or not!). These thoughts take hold and it’s nigh on impossible to evict them!! Stagnant thoughts can sap our energy and zest for life. White Chestnut Essence helps us to release them gently, thus allowing space for fresh thoughts to FLOW in and out, which is so important for good mental health and wellbeing.
This is a lovely remedy to keep by the bedside, to take before sleeping or during a tossing-and-turning night, but if you are prone to a bit of “monkey chatter” at night or other times, it’s even more effective if taken several times a day, for a period. (Note – some people have instant results, others need to take it for days / weeks. Just go with the flow!!)
Wishing you happy mental and emotional health.
Frank, whose fab blog “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “Street” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge.
Dare I say – this challenge is right up my street (Ha ha!!)
Even though I now live in a small town in Surrey (UK), surrounded by countryside, I’m still a city girl at heart, having been brought up in Manchester. I LOVE buildings and architecture and can walk my little socks off quite happily just treading pavements for hours!! Street art is another fascination of mine so features a fair bit in this post.
Photos included: old fish market building in the Northern Quarter of Central Manchester plus some street art there. The last three photos are of birds painted recently in West Didsbury, a suburb of Manchester, by Brazilian artist Mateus Ballon.
With the recent shocking and tragic news which has shaken Manchester, this post feels particularly poignant. Manchester is a great city, with fabulous people, but sadly others with their own agenda have done the unspeakable and sent shock waves round the world as a result. My heart goes out to all those affected.
Frank, whose fab blog “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “Falling Water” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge.
I was originally thinking along the lines of waterfalls and such like, then suddenly remembered a photo I took a year ago of some crazy rain falling on Chorlton cum Hardy, Manchester. I was safely standing at the doorway of a tea house at the time, and managed to capture the shot as a red bus drove out of sight, so I got a hint of red in the picture. (I have a niggling feeling that I have used this photo before – but hey !!)