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The Gallery #120 – ‘Old’

So….’old’…hmmmmmm, well that could be a great number of things, particularly in this house where I hoard everything.  I found an old T-shirt the other day which I got when I worked in a hostel in Venice Beach in the late ’80’s, still fits so that is reassuring I suppose!  I also have my old competition leotard from my Gymnastic days, not surprisingly, that doesn’t still fit!

…but this photo really is old and has long fascinated me as I am a real family history geek.  It’s of my Great Granny Bella, Isabella Sanderson, who was a very strict Presbyterian…she’s pictured here holding the family bible looking rather stern.  My Grandad is the boy in the middle but what really makes this photo is my Great Auntie Mary Findlay Thomson (left) who hopped on an Ocean Liner in 1912 when she was only 24 and headed to America by herself.  I still haven’t managed to track her down after her arrival at Ellis Island but have always thought how brave that was.  At 18 I jumped on a plane and flew to America by myself on the Camp America exchange but that seemed pretty easy in comparison to what she must’ve done.

…I named my first son Finlay having not known her existence at the time or the significance in  the ‘Findlay’ name in our family tree; I feel determined to keep searching for her!

Anyways, not the most creative interpretation of ‘old’ so have a look at Tara’s link on The Gallery at Sticky Fingers to see some more entries.

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The Gallery: Week 96 – Extreme Close-up

…I realise this is not the ‘arty’ interpretation of ‘Extreme Close-up’ but this photo immediately sprung to mind when I saw this week’s prompt!  Sorry it’s blurry too but it was just funny when he caught sight of himself, he looks so surprised!!



Pop over to Tara Cain’s ‘Sticky Fingers’ Blog to see how close-up everyone else got!  Click here to see all the other entries




The Gallery: Week 95 – Colour

…fab prompt for this time of year, I love how the grey/white/grim colourless winter gets blown away by the vibrant lively colours of spring…I do feel like a hibernating hedgehog just waking up!


This azalea caught my eye in the local florists, not only for it’s sale price of £2 but it’s gorgeous colour and I’m not a real ‘pink’ person! I thought it would brighten up the garden…that is until my Dad reliably informed me that if I have an azalea that is in bloom now…then it is not a hardy one and can’t be put in the garden (how does he know such things?)…annoying, but still beautiful and now brightening up my kitchen!


Taken in Scotland last year, I love the warmth of this picture knowing that it wasn’t warm up there at all…if only it were taken by me (clever husband, *groan*).

See what the others have posted at The Gallery at Sticky Fingers. …there’s many impressive and interesting interpretations this week, as always!



The Gallery: Blogger Wedding Album

….yipppeeeeeeee, I will actually get to be in a Wedding Album…finally!  We had a ridiculous number of photographers (guests) at our wedding along with a professional Wedding photographer but still have no Wedding Album…or even a framed photo come to think of it!

We married in Feb 2005 after having got engaged in the previous October.  It wasn’t a great deal of time to plan a wedding but I really had no choice.  We both worked in MotorRacing, along with so many of our friends, with the season starting in March & ending in November we either had to do it before the season started or after it finished…I didn’t want to wait so long in case he changed his mind so opted for the earlier date.

Being a Wedding Planner it should’ve been easy really but planning your own is a different game altogether…it was comedy for the most part but I loved every minute of it…especially these funny bits…

…oh dear, the Groom got the Bride’s name wrong!!! There was an audible gasp from the guests…

he’s lucky I still said ‘yes’!

The beautiful confetti throwing & bubble blowing moment was lovely…

until someone (naming no names!!) got the bird seed out…got the Groom right in the eye…

The first dance to Paul Weller’s ‘You’re the best thing’ (we met at a Weller concert in Barcelona)…this was supposed to be a beautiful moment, a Dutch tradition started by friends where everyone holds ribbon ends and you end up entwined together in beautiful colourful ribbon….it didn’t quite trasnslate as the ribbons lengths were too short…

more like being lassooed is how ours was!

“Say something nice about the bride”…I hope I wasn’t too threatening!!

“Just Married”…

The End

Thanks to Tara Cain & A bloggers wedding album …go take a look at everyone else’s ‘meringues & vol au vents’!

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The Gallery: Week 93 – Friends

…’oh goodie’ I thought when I saw this weeks prompt, I have great friends and lots of photos of them…some from my distant past, lots recently through having my children and many collected from each chapter of my life along the way.  As a hoader of most things, any things from my past…I also collect & hoard friends.

Here’s a few of them:

My best mate ‘Bird’…we became friends at University when we played Volleyball together, ultimately ending up travelling the world together, working together…still best mates nearly 20 years on, she’s awesome!

I met Lula at work…she tagged on to a holiday a few of us had booked to Bali, a random liquid lunch in Kuta and many Cuba Libre’s later and we became best her!

My wonderful big Sis, Hils…obviously known her a while and tho’ we fought as kids, she is my most precious friend in the world…so lucky to have her.

…and this is all of us together on my 40th at an outside ice rink…I love that I met each of them at different places & times but we all have worked and played together!

These are a mixture of some of my closest friends from university and a summer camp in the USA but all happily morphed into one common group of friends now…this was taken when we all met in Australia for one of my best friend’s (Dickie) wedding (me with the beer in hand!). We still all catch up, not all at the same time so much as spread in various countries and now all with children but it’s always like the good ole carefree days when we do meet up.

In the yester years of letter writing (can barely get a birthday card off on time these days) I took great care in choosing all my different coloured & patterned stationery from the shops and specific pens depending on my mood and I would write letters to everyone…and there was nothing like the thrill of receiving one back.  If only those days were still here and the post didn’t only consist of bills, flyers & other boring stuff.

However, I can’t complain about the ‘modern day letter writing’ as catching up with old friends on Facebook & emails from around the world is fab.  Sometimes I think I should trim down the number of friends I try and stay in touch with but each one holds memories of a certain time & place in my life and without them and the photos that go with them, I would forget bits of my life.  So I’ll hold on to them all (I still have most letters I’ve ever received too and address books dating back to school…yes, our loft is fairly full!) for now and continue to carry on making new ones…you never know when you may need one!

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The Gallery: Light…cont’d…

…got confused with another linky where you can only post one photo and after having a looksie at other peoples entries, realised I had loads more photos that I always remember for the ‘light’…so sorry, here’s a few belated ones…


This was taken by hubby on our honemoon to Morzine…such a great pic for the fact that I was looking like I could actually snowboard and not on my @$$ as was the case for most of the time, bar this split second!

And after the honeymoon, (…literally) came out firstborn, light of our lives…


Camera Guy was very good at taking pics in those days as it was just the 3 of us, always stopping the car because it was ‘great light’…


Our ‘baby’ looking like an angel with his ‘halo of light’…we have tried to reinact this moment with our subsequent babies but none were quite as perfect as this one…


…and finally this one, always love a children & ice cream photo…


OK…and now I am going to turn the lights off…..and go to bed!

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The Gallery: Light

The Gallery: Light

…I love that these prompts make me slow up a bit and look at daily life through slightly different eyes…so here’s what I’ve come up with…


Always good to appreciate the end of a lovely day….minutes before the chaos of ‘bath, bashing & bed’ ensues! (what it was known as when we were kids…don’t call social services!!)

Pop over to Sticky Fingers to see what other lovely light inspired images are in The Gallery.

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The Gallery: Embarrassing Outfits

Yikes, probably not the best way to start a blog, showing me in my least attractive moment but seeing as this is not an Internet Dating site and I am so new to blogging that I doubt anyone will be looking, it’s probably a good time to get it out of the way.

Plus I could do with a laugh right now…this cold weather is killing me as is the combination of no sleep, 3 children under 6 and our ‘middle’ one grabbing the terrible 2’s by the horns and really ripping them to shreds………so…….which embarrassing outfit to select, there were/are so many!

It probably should come from my college days back in the early 80’s as Chelsea Girl in Margate was responsible for most of them but this is a new PC and I don’t think the photo memory bank goes back that far (phew!)…so I’ll just have a quick browse, see what shows itself…

Of course we thought we looked cool...on a ferry en route to France, goodness only knows what the chic French thought of us!

How kind, Facebook provided this relic…seriously, stripes were so ‘in’…they must’ve been, all of us were wearing them!

Unfortunately I am the one wearing the orange stripy leggings and I’ve no idea what the oversized magenta sunnies were all about. The white headband was a poor attempt at trying to calm my wild hair…now if straighteners had been around in the early 80’s…!

Now go to to see the other entries and maybe join in …if you’re brave enough!

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