Thursday, August 19, 2010

TT - news - holidays

Theme Thursday nearly got the better of me this time, I couldn't think of any photos in my archives which would do for "brush", even with my best lateral thinking hat on.

But then I noticed this arrangement in the kitchen.....

So this is today's Theme Thursday photo which is in honour of Anoia - in Terry Pratchett's discworld, the goddess of things that get stuck in kitchen drawers.

Most likely to get stuck - the bottle brushes

plus a pastry brush
plus the washing up brush
plus a paint brush of LG's
plus a dolphin nailbrush in the background. Nose only visible.

I've been a bit incommunicado in the blog world lately, for which apologies again.

I hit the ground running fast last September in a new job, on a year's contract after extricating myself from a nasty and unliveable situation in my previous job - and it feels as though I've hardly slowed pace or stopped since then.

I reached a high point of tension a few weeks back when I had to apply for my job, go through interview, worryworry lack of sleep etcetcetc, but thankfully I got the job.

Accumulated stress built up over quite a long period is seeping out of me, leaving me limp and intermittently vacant.

Last Friday at 5pm I jubilantly set my "out of office" message on my work email.

This Friday - tomorrow! eeeek! - I am off to India for 2 weeks, touring a bit in Kerala with a great friend and a few other people. I'm just, only just, just now, not quite, well almost beginning to believe that this is going to happen.

I'm very excited, and will be back in blogland - with photos no doubt - in a couple of weeks time.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

summer sepia 7

This Saturday's sepia photographs are all pictures of previous Lettuce holidays, which seems appropriate as I'm off on holiday soon.

This photo is one of my favourites, I think because its such a lovely picture of my mother, and her mum - my nan. And it looks properly windswept as English beaches tend to be.
I'm looking quizzical there in the background, and my brother and sister in the front.

This second photo brings back memories of the sand creations my father used to make for us to sit in - cars and boats especially. And I remember that spotty tunic I'm wearing, it was towelling and would have been scratchy with the sand.

And here we are - mid-to-late-60's - with a family we holidayed with frequently. Before the days of factor 50 sun screen for kids I guess, we all look pretty tanned.

happy sepia saturday

Thursday, August 12, 2010


These first photos are from Perpignan, which is a very palmy place.

Way down in the South of France, and within easy reach of

The next two are from Glasgow, Scotland

where they are protected by these wonderful Victorian greenhouses.

My local downbeat urban rundown downtown Woolwich actually has some palm trees, and I thought I had some photos I could post. But no, I must have imagined taking photos of them.

They are unexpected and look somewhat out of place in the high street by the red London buses.

Maybe I imagined them.

Here is a local and more indigenous palm:

Saturday, August 07, 2010

summer sepia 6

This week's sepia summer family photos are of my brother and sister, who I love very much and don't see or talk to half often enough.

My sister followed my brother's arrival by 18 months.

I remember these little collapsible beach seats

And by the time these photos were taken, I'd have been sleeping
in the shade somewhere, as I followed my sister's birth by only 17

Thursday, August 05, 2010


This is a rather too autumnal theme for me, I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet.
Though there is plenty of parched summer-brown grass around in the UK just now.

However, I've enjoyed revisiting some of my numerous photos of beautiful Suffolk brown countryside, taken while walking with a best friend and her dog:

This birdbath was in my father's ex-garden

and this door knocker was spotted in the South of France (Domme, in the Dordogne/Lot region).

This is Eastbourne.....

A couple of lost browns:

(apologies if you've seen this photo before, but I couldn't not include this particularly bizarre brownness)

Cob nuts, snapped and then snaffled last autumn...

and lastly and most favourite, a pint of delectably brown Old Speckled Hen.

more Theme Thursday brownness over here