25 Days for Daloni – September 1st

My friends Sister Daloni has been going through treatment for Cancer of the womb over the last few months, and she is now just about to start a round of radiotherapy.

The treatment seems to be working, here is a post she put on Facebook a while ago;

The treatment is working and at my last CT scan the docs could not see any tumour mass and the tumour marker in my blood is now down to normal. Which is obviously fantastic news.

However anyone who has been through Chemotherapy will know how horrible it is, and though she is glad it is over & has worked, she is not looking forward to the next bit.

Julia had this great idea:

I came up with the idea of collecting from all of you any cheerful, inspiring, funny or apposite poems, stories, reminiscences, photos, cartoons, drawings, short videos etc etc so that I can organise to email her one every day. That way she’ll have something to look forward to each day, if we can together muster 25 of them.

I thought I might be able to generate a few more on here?

My family are a huge source of ‘jokes’ so I’ll start my 25 days of cheerfulness with some ‘funnies’ from my Auntie Eileen via my Dad

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity? Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to consider Dialogue

Dialogue is an engaging conversational exchange.

When it comes to photography, dialogue can be perceived as a consensual interaction between two images.Placed next to each other, each photograph opens up to meanings that weren’t there when viewed alone.Each composition reveals the photographer’s specific sensitivity to certain content or visual elements.

It’s your turn now: for this week’s challenge, bring together two of your photos into dialogue. What do they say to each other?

I’m not sure if they are talking!


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Oh dear… I finally got tagged in the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

My sister of all people (she isn’t even on Facebook!) sent me her video via ‘WhatsApp’ so I had no choice!

Here’s my video :-)

Ice Bucket Challenge

I made a donation to The Motor Neurone Disease Association in the UK, the British equivalent to ALS and nominated my friend Jacqui & all my step children, who are undoubtedly calling me a wicked stepmother now!  I would have nominated my girls too, but my sister nominated them already!



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There’s a blaze of light in every word; the holy or the broken Hallelujah

My mum sent me this article from The Irish Times, published on August the 19th, Peter’s birthday. We sang this song at our wedding (not very well… It’s a difficult song to sing, and our organist didn’t know the song & we didn’t practice so it was a bit of a bungle) but it is still our favourite song. I love what Thomas Casey has written about our song;

We have been to see Leonard Cohen 6 times since he began his world tour in 2009

We have been to see Leonard Cohen 6 times since he began his world tour in 2009

Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah hit the headlines again recently when Fr Ray Kelly’s custom-made cover version for a wedding in Meath went viral.

In an era of so many disposable pop songs, what is it about this song that has given it such a long and varied shelf-life?

Why does it touch so many people so profoundly? Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Sunset in a basket at Ellscott Park campsite

Sunset in a basket at Ellscott Park campsite

I love taking photos at sunset, so I don’t need a weekly photo challenge to be looking for  silhouettes , however I did have this weeks challenge in mind this evening as the sun went down into the basketball net!

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The Chertsey Show

When we came back from New Zealand I was thrilled when my friend Sarah gave me a tomato plant :-).  Damien & Louise’s garden full of vegetables and herbs have inspired me to make a lot more from my garden next year, starting with tomatoes!

My first tomato

My first tomato

Our first tomato though would be a perfect candidate for ‘Thats Life’ (a TV programme from the 80’s that had a special section showing rude vegetables) but it’s not on any more :-(  Then I thought maybe they’d have a section for funny vegetables at The Chertsey Show, but they didn’t have one!

They had everything else though!!

And here’s a few of my photos from last years show that I never got around to sharing;


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Sunset on the Beach at Rockingham, Perth

Fishing at Sunset on the Beach at Rockingham, Perth

I’m not usually up early enough to catch the sunrise, definitely not in summer! Thankfully for me I can capture silhouettes at sunset too!  Here is one I took of people fishing at sunset on a beach in Perth.

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First in Show!!

A pair of Mandarin ducks

A pair of Mandarin ducks

I entered this photo in a competition at The Chertsey Fair under the class ‘British Birds’  Even though these ducks originate from Asia (closely related to the Wood Duck found in America) a large feral population was established in the 20th century due to specimens escaping from collections, and there are now 7,000 in Britain.  I photographed this pair on the Thames in Walton. Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

TextureI’ve been waiting for an opportunity to share this photo I took of the sea at dawn.  I wouldn’t have described the ripples as a texture, but when the sea looks like this it seems a lot more viscous than it is

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Does anyone eat Llama?

P1270025Out walking this weekend, we came across a flock of llamas.  From a distance they look like strange sheep, but not up close! Continue reading

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