Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light 2


I was asked by http://mycyberhouserules.com/ to see what my entry into this week’s challenge would look like if I “colour splashed” it.

So, here it is (I love it!).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

The theme for this week’s challenge is Let There Be Light.

The photo I am sharing is not one that I have taken but one that I have composed. It was one of my first attempts at using Photoshop to create an image using layering techniques and other fancy effects.

I think it catches the theme of this week pretty well too.

When I decided I want to “create art” I needed an inspiration so I chose to try and represent current songs in an image.

Can you guess the song?

Thanks for looking, to see more great images and to take part, go here:

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Dissect A Word: Contemplate…





CON – don’t fool yourself
(JE) T’AIME – love yourself
PLATE – help yourself

Thanks to the daily prompt

An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2014 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self improvement!


Nose Etiquette…

Greg-Guilemin-The-secret-life-of-heroes-Super-bogiesI pose the question – what is good “nose etiquette”?

This might seem like a bizarre question but it is something I have pondered over for many years and I am just seeking some clarification. Maybe it’s just me?

Imagine the situation. You are chatting to someone and suddenly notice a “foreign” item on, in, around or hanging from their nose. It could be a bogey (booger), tissue, skin, an annoying long nose hair or anything else that just shouldn’t be there.

What should you do?

Do you tell them? Do you think about telling them, stop concentrating on what they are saying and then realise it’s far too late to tell them and let them go off out into the world with extra nose accessories?

If you are the person that is more than happy to advise someone that they have “a bat in the cave” how well do you need to know this person before telling them?

Here’s a situation I was in the other day. My colleague had some “stuff” under his nose and I was torn whether to tell him or not. In the end I didn’t. Later that day I was eating a large seeded bread sandwich which was delicious. Half an hour after I’d finished, I touched my nose and found a seed had planted itself at the tip of my nose. It must have looked like a little, hard, brown bogey! No one had told me. I tried to think of all the people I had spoken to after lunch who would have seen my unwanted nose bling. Is that “nose karma” for me not saying anything to my colleague? What “nose” around, comes around?

Another thing…whenever I’m speaking to someone and they start touching their nose, I immediately become paranoid that there is something wrong with mine and once the conversation is over I either rush to the nearest mirror or if no mirror available I somehow use my iPhone to check my nose!

Is it just me? Am I just a little bit crazy?

Let me know your thoughts on good nose etiquette.

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge – Week 8


Disco is the naughty star of this week’s challenge from Michelle.

You may already know that Disco loves the shower. She will sit outside it when I’m in it and sit inside it once I’ve finished. She either likes to drink the water or is fond of a little paddle about.

A couple of weeks ago I managed to get a shot of her inside whilst there was still drops of water on the door. I thought it would be a nice effect. Since I’m still obsessed with the Splash feature of the PicStitch app I decided to use that to highlight her eyes and her collar.

What do you think?

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Vote Yes, RIP Scotland

The word on the street and for this week’s word a week photo challenge is High.

The photo I am submitting has a story (don’t they always?) and when I was cropping it just a few minutes ago it developed a whole new meaning.

It was taken a few weeks ago at Torry Battery, Aberdeen. My original plan was to try and make it look like Greg was standing on top of a high building on top of the Aberdeen skyline. I guess I could still try and do that but the photo is serving a new purpose now.

I cropped off all the land so it looks like Greg is just standing on a cloud beside a flagpole with the Saltire flying in the wind. I think that in itself is quite striking as the vast expanse of sky behind him looks epic.

This is it below….


That was originally going to be the end of it but then the thinky cogs started turning in my brain….always a concern!

There is currently a campaign underway to allow Scotland to vote to become independent from the rest of the United Kingdom. I don’t know enough about the in’s and out’s or the implications of this yet to make up my mind which way to vote. Greg, on the other hand, hates this idea, Alex Salmond and everything he and his political party stands for. I met Alex Salmond in the theatre one night and he said Hi, asked me how I was and I thought what a nice man but apparently I can’t decide our nations future on that basis….

When I saw the photo in it’s cropped, epic sky format with the ripped, torn Scottish Flag waving in the wind I had to meme-ify it…..

Here is the original photo also…


I hope you like and if you have any views on how I should vote feel free to share.

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Sunday Photo Fiction: November 24th 2013

This is my first attempt at the Sunday Photo Fiction where the idea is to write a short story of 100-200 words based on a photo provided.

I’m not even sure if what I have written has made sense in my head, let alone anyone elses but I thought I would give it a go….

35 11 November 24th 2013

“Get my torch out, there’s a hat, put it on…?” said the last, confused pigeon on the wall to his neighboring pigeon.

“What on earth are you talking about….” he started to ask.  Before he could finish his sentence he was attacked by a hungry cat.

The first pigeon on the wall flaps around angrily, shouts down the line loudly and angrily…

“I said, watch out – there’s a cat – pass it on!”

Moral of the story – Pigeons who play Chinese Whispers get eaten by cats!

Thanks for that – let me know if I’m allowed back next week…..

I’m Listening To…

Following my previous “I’m Listening To…” post I got the below message back from Jim Gellatly which was really encouraging – thanks Jim, you’ve made bath time much more fun🙂


monstersandmenWhat am I listening to just now?

“My Head Is an Animal” by Of Monsters and Men

I’d heard of them a few months ago but hadn’t actually sat down and properly listened to them. The other day when I was in HMV looking for albums that I could (ahem) go home and stream online. Yes, I will be sad when HMV finally closes its doors for good but I realise that I, along with many other people who will complain, am partially to blame for the demise of HMV…

As is always the case there was a song playing in the background that I really liked. If this was pre-Shazam days I would have had to run to the checkout to see which CD they had on the “currently playing” stand, ahhh those were the days…or not.

I quickly Shazam-ed it and I was surprised by how quick Shazam actually works these days. I remember when Shazam first appeared on the scene. You had to call 8520 and hold your phone up to the speaker and wait what seemed like 5 days for a message to come back saying it didn’t know the song…..much improved Shazamming these days, thankfully.

The song was “Little Talks”

Two things initially grabbed my interest in the song. Firstly, the catchy trumpeting (I’m not sure if it even is trumpets but for the purpose of this, they are trumpets). Secondly, the mix of the female and male vocalist works so well. I think that is something missing in new music these days – there’s no male/female combos. Well, not that I’m aware of – so please let me know of any recommendations. The last group that I can really remember working so well with male/female vocalists was Belle and Sebastian.

I didn’t know the album had actually been out for so long or the fact that the song “Dirty Paws” was featured in “Apple – Introducing iPhone 5“. You don’t really hear much of the song in it though because the very rude people at Apple are too busy speaking about some new phone….so here’s the actual video.

(That reminds me I too made a video called “Paws” :))

I really like the female singer whom I shall call Nanna – because that’s her name. Nanna has a really distinct and unique voice – but not in an annoying kind of way – leave that for her fellow Icelandian (?), Bjork. On the track “From Finner” she really shows off her voice. A third of the way through the track there is an accordion interlude that, for some reason, makes me want to start drinking vodka and attempt to do a Russian Cossack dance…oh well I’d manage at least one of those two things quite successfully….

All in all it’s a really good album and I would say give it a try!