I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


Friday letters – the first July edition

Dear laptop, Please hurry back – I am missing you. I hope your problem turns out to be a simple one and the repair shop manages to fix it quickly – it’s not the same without you.

Dear extra second,  Thank you for being there just at the right time, when there was so much to do but so little time.

Dear weather,  I’m enjoying all this lovely sunshine.  It was a touch on the warm side on Wednesday, but I’m not complaining.

Dear Wimbledon,  Hooray! Your arrival means it must be nearly time for the school summer break.

Dear Snoopy,  Thank you for all the smiles you bring.

Snoopy surfing


Happy Friday!


weekly photo challenge: muse

This week we are asked to share a photo (or photos) of something that keeps us coming back. For many years I have been taking photos of this particular section of canal, with a lock.  Every time I pass I hope to take the perfect shot but so far that has eluded me, although I was pretty happy with the early morning ones I took in April this year, for another weekly photo challenge.

The lock has changed slightly since I took my first photos: some much needed repairs to the gates were carried out a couple of years ago, and the hand rails along the tops of the gates were changed.  Sacrilege!  I thought the white rails looked so much better – it’s going to take me years to get used to the new look!

The first set of photos is the lock with its original gates and rails.  Click on any photo for a closer look.

The next photo is when the far gate had been replaced.  It just didn’t look like ‘my’ lock any more.

canal lock new gates

Then both gates were replaced with the new black handrails.

Weekly Photo Challenge


the last week


It was a fairly uneventful week really. The robins have been visiting the garden as usual and, when I was working outside, one of them quite often appeared and checked on what I was doing.  Actually, as I am typing, I just saw one fly in and it’s pecking around in the flower bed.  In other news – my feet recovered quite quickly from all the dancing last Saturday night, so I was pleased about that.

Last night, the weather forecasters predicted warm, sunny weather next week, with the possiblity of a heatwave.  Here’s Snoopy – planning ahead…

snoopytan To read more sets of six words head over to Cate at Show My Face.


Friday letters – the fat pigeon edition

Dear pigeon,  Please keep off the patches of grass where I have just put down some top soil and seeds.  If you keep on eating the seeds at this rate you will get so fat that you will not be able to fly away.

Dear old folks in supermarkets,  Yes, I’m afraid I am talking to you again.  Please make your mind up BEFORE you enter the door where you are going to go when you get in.  Standing blocking the doorway, with your shopping trolley and bag on wheels while you decide which way to go, or rummage in your bag/pocket for your shopping list is not a great idea.  There is plenty of space for everyone if you just move a few steps into the shop and away from the entrance.

Dear weeds on the path and drive,  I don’t really like to do it but I have applied weedkiller in the hope that it will halt your rampant progress.  My fingers (and my knees) can’t cope with removing you all manually.

Dear sparrows,  I think you must be on to your second batch of fledglings judging by the renewed vigour of the noisy twitterings at the front of the house.  I was wondering if you knew how many more clutches of eggs you might lay, just so that I can plan ahead for more noisy days before we return to the normal levels of chirping.

Dear pile of books by my bed,  One has been removed but you have grown by three more.  I’m sorry to say that I was weak, and couldn’t manage to turn down an excellent online price for a book a friend had recommended nor could I turn down the offer of two books being passed on to me after their owner had finished with them.  At this rate you are never going to be down to zero.

Dear self,  Well done for finally getting round to doing your filing yesterday.

Let’s celebrate Friday with some dancing from Snoopy.






Bench Series: June – Art Effects #3

For the month of June, Jude at Travel Words has asked us to share bench photos with some post-processing.  I’m having great fun with all the different effects.

This bench overlooks the Grand Junction Canal.

Canal bench

I used the Comic Heroes Sketch effect in PicMonkey.

Here’s the original photo.

Canal bench
This post is linking up with Heyjude’s Bench Series.


weekly photo challenge: ROY G. BIV

This week we are asked to share a photo (or photos) which show all the colours of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  The mnemonic I know to help me remember the order of the colours isn’t Roy G. Biv, but Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain.

Anyway, on to the photo.  This elephant was in a local shopping mall the summer before last as part of the Elephant Parade, which is an exhibition of decorated elephant statues seeking to raise public awareness and support for Asian elephant conservation.  You can see many more in a post I wrote about them.   The Parade is still on tour around the world and this year will visit Bangkok, Calais and Florianopolis in Brazil.

This is Kiku, designed by Chris Chun.  The design is inspired by kimono fabric.

This is Kiku, designed by Chris Chun. The design is inspired by kimono fabric.

Kiku's eye

Kiku’s eye

Weekly Photo Challenge


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