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A Photo – Blue Hands

For Jenny Matlock Summer Rainbow – Blue.

More Photos:

Memory – Yellow (& a bit of water) – Playtime Green & Black (Nature)Broken MirrorZoom Holidays –  Pip Squeak learns about Emotions CreaturesMotherhood (Yacht) – Who needs the beach when you have a ball? (Up up and Away) – Still life: Life’s Lovely Laundry – Symbol of Friendship (Xenophile) – Self Portrait by Red Ted – (My) Men – Enchanted Woods (Violet Woods) – Portrait – 7 Sins – Pride – Joy – Spring – Ugly – These should be in a Tim Burton film – Outside my front door (Watering Can) – Me – Colour (Red Ted’s Bunny)

The Gallery – Memory & Kindness Club – Kind to Animals

2 for 1 Saturday is back. The Gallery and Kindness Club in one!  

The Gallery – Memory

This week’s prompt for the Gallery is “A Memory”. I have decided to stick to a shortened form of it “Memory – Full Stop”. For me memories are made up all sorts of different things. Above all the five senses – they are such an amazing way to recall a memory within split seconds. For me the smell of paint brings back primary school memories, the clicking of  a car door, long night time journeys to Austria.

Here are four photos to represent the five senses that I will hope will one day evoke lovely childhood memories for my children:

  1. Touch – the soft fur of our cats
  2. Taste – the tangy taste of gorgeous pick your own raspberries
  3. Smell – the smell of freshly popped popcorn
  4. Sound – the sounds of rain against the window pain, snuggly wrapped up on the sofa reading a book
  5. Sight – all of the above brought together in these photos (I did think of a lovely beach or wood photo we took this week, but 4 photos lend themselves for a nicer presentation -sorry! All photos taken on 13 August 2010 – and all photos formed part of our “Holiday @ Home” this past week):

 

 

Previous Galleries

Yellow (& a bit of water) – Playtime Green & Black (Nature)Broken MirrorZoom Holidays –  Pip Squeak learns about Emotions CreaturesMotherhood (Yacht) – Who needs the beach when you have a ball? (Up up and Away) – Still life: Life’s Lovely Laundry – Symbol of Friendship (Xenophile) – Self Portrait by Red Ted – (My) Men – Enchanted Woods (Violet Woods) – Portrait – 7 Sins – Pride – Joy – Spring – Ugly – These should be in a Tim Burton film – Outside my front door (Watering Can) – Me – Colour (Red Ted’s Bunny)  

Kindness Club – Kind to Animals

Susie once again came up a with a fabulous prompt for the Kindness Club – be kind to animals. I am a great believer in respecting all things – be it nature, “things” or animals. It frustrates me to see senseless waste (you should have seen the damage disrespectful people did at the Pick Your Own Fram early this week – I believe it is quite common). As part of this, kindness to animals and creatures plays a big part.

Our cats have been a great way to teach Red Ted to be gentle and respectful. If he is not, they run away. It also means that from very early on he understood the words “gentle” and “careful”, which we were able to apply in all sorts of other situations (particularly the word “careful”). So being kind to our cats helped us in other areas as well.

Look at the poor cat tolerating all that joyeus tugging:

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Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Being on Time – or Blogger Memes – Kindness to Neighbours -Open the Door – Values through Play- Military

The Gallery – Yellow Lemons & Kindness Club – Recycle

 2 for 1 Saturday is back. The Gallery and Kindness Club in one!  

The Gallery – Yellow Lemons (unprompted)

The Gallery Prompteuse is on holiday. So I will do my own prompt… as The Red Ted Gallery is open! And as I frequently combine my Gallery post with The Alphabet Thursday, I will use that prompt today. Alphabet Thursday is doing a Summer Rainbow and this week’s colour is YELLOW!  

Jenny Matlock 

I tried to take this as an opportunity to stop simply “pointing and shooting” and to learn a bit about editing in photoshop. I didn’t get very far. Here are my original photos, erm, cropped! I am sure we will be seeing many lemons this Alphabet Thursday… and I look forward to seeing the others!   

 

  

Yellow Lemon 

And whilst we are on the topic of Yellow, here is a painting I like by Franz Marc (Little Yellow Horse)

And some quotes:

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” van Gogh
“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Picasso

Ok… since posting my yellow post… there has been unprompted Water Theme.. Well.. I give you (Water) Blue + Yellow = Green with Dew Drops!

Previous Gallery Posts: 

Playtime Green & Black (Nature)Broken MirrorZoom Holidays –  Pip Squeak learns about Emotions CreaturesMotherhood (Yacht) – Who needs the beach when you have a ball? (Up up and Away) – Still life: Life’s Lovely Laundry – Symbol of Friendship (Xenophile) – Self Portrait by Red Ted – (My) Men – Enchanted Woods (Violet Woods) – Portrait – 7 Sins – Pride – Joy – Spring – Ugly – These should be in a Tim Burton film – Outside my front door (Watering Can) – Me – Colour (Red Ted’s Bunny)  

The Kindness Club – Recycling & being Green

I was pleased to see Susie’s challenge for the week “recycle” – I am a keen recycler myself – and you may have noticed that my crafts and tutorials are peppered with it – Loo Roll Giraffes, Tea Towel Aprons, Baby Bibs , Fabric Mache etc.  My view on the topic is:  

Reduce – Reuse  – Recycle  

Many of us think that they can ease their conscience of “waste” by simply recycling once a week. But it starts way before then.  

Reduce: Firstly, don’t use something in the first place – i.e. take your bags to the supermarket rather than taking a plastic bag there, albeit if you reuse it at home… Don’t buy unnecessary baby equipement that you “feel you absolutely need” (like a spare travel cot at Granny’s house). I am pleased to say that Red Ted associates going shopping with getting bags ready. Hurray. One mini lesson learn.  

Reuse: Many things can be reused many times before actually being thrown away – hand me downs are a good example. But once a hand me down is beyond use, do you throw it away? Probably – you could however make something out of it – like a child’s toy or bib. My cousin recently told me of how she made a beautiful patchwork quilt out of her sister’s old PJ! Perfect. Red Ted and I reuse lots of things from around the home in our crafting. Like these penguins: Made out of my old deoderant bottles (full post here)! Or this Gingerbread man I made out Red Ted’s jogging bottoms.  

Finished!

Recycle: only NOW does recycling come into it.  However (and I do fail at this and need to do it more), without purchasing items made from recycled materials (e.g. recycled toilet paper or black bin liners), there is no point in recycling, as your recycled waste needs to be made into something that needs to go somewhere. So, do recycle and start buying recycled!  

Ok. Green rant over. Sorry!Previous

Being on Time – or Blogger Memes

Kindness to Neighbours

Open the Door – Values through Play

Military

The Gallery – Nature (Green & Blacks) & Kindness Club – Be Nice to a Neighbour

2 for 1 Saturdays continue… First up the Gallery, where I get a chance to take random photos. Then the Kindness Club, where I get a chance to think about how I am teaching values to my children. I will always try and fulfil the prompt with the help of Red Ted and Pip Squeak!

The Gallery

We are back at the Gallery this weekend. The theme being “Nature”. Nature is indeed wonderful and inspiring. I am particularly taken each year, how out of “seemingly” nothing my vegetable garden grows. From this black patch of earth. A tiny seed. A little care (but not much) and a couple of month’s later, as if by magic. Green. Fruit. Veg. And then, when we are done with it, it goes back to that black patch of earth. Magic. Nature at its best!

As Green & Black’s is sponsoring The Gallery this week. I let them inspire me to take these photos:

From the BLACKness that is our compost…

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comes this beautiful GREENness that is the underside of the leaf of our huge courgette plant.

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Isn’t nature amazing? That from Black can come Green?

And for those of you visiting from Rainbow Alphabet Thursday, here is “Green” painting I like by Mark Rothko

More Gallery Posts Here:

Broken MirrorZoom Holidays –  Pip Squeak learns about Emotions – CreaturesMotherhood (Yacht) – Who needs the beach when you have a ball? (Up up and Away) – Still life: Life’s Lovely Laundry – Symbol of Friendship (Xenophile) – Self Portrait by Red Ted – (My) Men – Enchanted Woods (Violet Woods) – Portrait – 7 Sins – Pride – Joy – Spring – Ugly – These should be in a Tim Burton film – Outside my front door (Watering Can) – Me – Colour (Red Ted’s Bunny)

The Kindness Club

This week’s challenge at Susie’s Kindness Club, is to do something nice for a neighbour. You really must go over to her site and read the prompt – as she has some very thought provoking comments as to why she picked this as a topic – reading her prompts are as inspirational as the acts themselves.

Now, I have to say, that we are VERY LUCKY indeed, we have some wonderful neighbours all around that we get on very well with. We regularly pop round for coffees, chats, to use the, erm, stove or to briefly “offload” a child whilst something urgent needs to be done. My family have benefited hugely in terms of clothes and toys, and I am not kidding when I say that this has impacted our monthly finances noticeably. My “meagre” offerings in return are muffins, granola bars (at Nr 10) and the a wee bit of baby sitting (at Nr 9 and Nr 14). But before I feel too humbled, I would like to say, that I did “try” from the word go and when we moved in almost 4 years ago, that Christmas I brought them all some homemade Austrian Cookies as a means of introducing ourselves. Maybe that small gestured helped bring about the generosity that followed? I don’t know. But I like baking and I like sharing.

So today, Red Ted and I made some more of our “famous” Yoghurt Pot muffins (the photo are said muffins, minutes after coming out of the oven). We have eaten half, but tomorrow I will take some round to Nr 10 (sadly Nr 14 is on holiday). I was worried that “continuing” to be nice to the neighbours I know well, wasn’t quite enough and that I should venture further afield (but I am scared of scarring the widow at Nr 13, I have been racking my brains about what I can do for her for months now), but decided that actually, this is ok. I have great neighbours and not only do they deserve a muffin, but a whole post to tell them how lovely they are. This is to you, Nr 10, Nr 14 and Nr 9. You know you are. And my world wouldn’t be the same without you!

More cookies and cakes coming your way in the years to come…

The Gallery, Alphabet Thursday & Kindness Club – Zoom up close & Military

Hi, my 2 or even 3 for 1 Saturdays are beginning to be a bit of a regular thing! If you don’t like, it let me know, I can always split the post.. but to be honest I don’t want to overload your inboxes or google reader. So 3 for 1 it is (again). First up The Gallery & Alphabet Thursday (as always) and second my newly found Kindness Club at www.NewDayNewLesson.com. Not sure why it took me so log to find. But there you go.

The Gallery & Alphabet Thursday

Don’t you love it when things “come together in an unexpected fashion? This week’s prompt at The Gallery is “Can you see what it is yet?” – a photo of something close up or an usual angle. Which for me is a perfect Z for Zoom up close on Alphabet Thursday! Hurray! So here is my photo: I picked what I believe is an every day item (I have a great photo of our garden table, but because you don’t “know” my garden table, that may not be a fair photo).

Do you know what it is yet?! (I don’t think it is too hard). Will reveal in my 3 for 1 next week!!!!

Previous Photo Posts:

Holidays –  Pip Squeak learns about Emotions – CreaturesMotherhood (Yacht) – Who needs the beach when you have a ball? (Up up and Away) – Still life: Life’s Lovely Laundry – Symbol of Friendship (Xenophile) – Self Portrait by Red Ted – (My) Men – Enchanted Woods (Violet Woods) – Portrait – 7 Sins – Pride – Joy – Spring – Ugly – These should be in a Tim Burton film – Outside my front door (Watering Can) – Me – Colour (Red Ted’s Bunny)

The Kindness Club – Military

Every Tuesday Susie gives a prompt having to do with kindness and we link up. Easy. Or so you think. This week’s challenge is a “military” theme. Odd you would say, no? But it is designed to thank all those in the military for the great work that they are doing. There have been many sacrifices and many families left behind without fathers, brothers or sons.

Although I rarely think of it, I guess our family does have a military history. My father in law was in the army until retirement and The Englishman spent 5 years of his early working life in the army. It forms who you are. It influences how you think. You see things others never will. You learn things about yourself that others never will. The army has been aspects you can criticise (I can go on a bandwagon about that one), but many good things – it teaches you about respect, about people, about self esteem, about leadership and to love your country.

So I took this photo of The Englishman’s toy soldiers (that I normally frown at, especially when he buys another set), they represent his and his father’s regiment – RGBW, which now no longer exist as it has been merged. An era has passed and all that remains are memories and memorabilia.

Remembered but never forgotten.

The Gallery – Holiday & Pop Art Kids – Louisa

The Gallery

The Gallery’s theme this week is “Holidays”.

Palm tress, blue skies, deckchair, suntan lotion and good read. Sounds like the makings of a great holiday… in our backyard.

With The Englishman’s MBA’s fees and exam schedules, a stay at home mum and two kids, we shall be having a lovely holiday in at home this year. Trips to the Science Museum, Picnics in the Park and lots of mummy & daddy time for the kids are planned. Lovely Summer.

Devon 2009

 
And here a favourite picture from our holidays last summer in Devon!

I am also linking up the Devon photo to    “your country” theme…

Previous Gallery Post:

Pip Squeak learns about Emotions – Creatures – meet the Milking Ant & Cedric the Snail – Motherhood – Who needs the beach when you have a ball? – Still life: Life’s Lovely Laundry – Symbol of Friendship – Self Portrait by Red Ted – (My) Men – Enchanted Woods – Portrait – 7 Sins – Pride – Joy – Spring – Ugly – These should be in a Tim Burton film – Outside my front door – Me – Colour (Red Ted’s Bunny)

Pop Art Kids – Louisa

A while back a ran a giveaway of a Pop Art Kids portrait to those people joining me on Facebook! The lucky winner was Maren and her little Girl Louisa!  Here is the final product!! The actually painting looks even better live, I know that I would say that, but it is true.

Will ship internationally. Contact me on info (at) redtedart (dot) com.

The Gallery – Creatures

Ant milking

The Gallery’s theme this week is “Creatures”. I decided to head to the garden and seek out one of Red Ted’s current fascinations (amongst snails and those funny little armadillo things). Here you have “Ant Milking Greenfly”. They are on our potted apple tree in our front garden. Now I have the photo, the bug spray is coming out!!!

I may also now have an excuse for a stronger lense… it was a b*gger to get that close and the greenfly still wouldn’t focus (and I would have liked to be close still). Sigh.

And then we met Cedric:

A wandering we shall go

 

 

Previous Photo Posts:

Motherhood

Who needs the beach when you have a ball?

Still life: Life’s Lovely Laundry

Symbol of Friendship

Self Portrait by Red Ted

(My) Men

Enchanted Woods

Portrait

7 Sins – Pride

Joy – Spring

Ugly – These should be in a Tim Burton film

Outside my front door

Me

Colour (Red Ted’s Bunny)