Friday, 28 July 2017

July 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part). This month's list of 10 words was difficult for me; can't put my finger on the reasons for this but it certainly was a challenging list.  I have tried to think outside the box and hope my logical thinking does not mystify you (or bore you!).  Here goes!

1   Crane

Just about to sit down and eat my lunch when I noticed this crane fly on the patio
doors - raced upstairs to get my camera and it was still there!
Funny after I took this photo I've not seen any more but have seen
lots of mobile cranes driving along.

2  Ring

Can you guess where this concrete ring came from?  If you live with an engineer/DIY man
then you might see one....  it was attached to the front of the washing machine drum.
Yes, our washing machine died and he found the drum had become perforated
so impossible to repair.  We had to race out and order a new one.....

3   Set

Here is the crochet roll I made to keep my set of crochet hooks in.
I was on a day course years ago and make the appliqued panel.
Later I used it to make my crochet hook roll.
Luckily I had some lengths of Kumihimo braid I'd made many
moons ago as well as some nice chunky beads.
Perfect for my needs.

4   Light

My alternative Christmas tree I made last year
complete with red lights!
It is a branch from an ash tree, yarn bombed along
each branch and then 'decorated' in my style!
Rather than a 'fairy' or star at the top of the
tree I have an owl glove puppet.....

5   Bow

Jeepers, all I could think of was Beloved's cross bow..... ornamental object!

6   Spring

Well done Beloved for finding me this huge spring; it was destined to
be a new set of springs on a garage door at the old house but never
were fitted.  My foot (size 5) is for scale.

7   Open

How it is, whenever we are out and come across a closed gate, I volunteer to open it, wait for
him to drive through and then close it?  I am such a wonderful wife as I do this no matter
what the weather is doing...  Once I had to open a gate and some sheep escaped...  I had
to go and knock on the farm door; they were not impressed; thankfully no sheep 
just rain when I fought with the above gate.

8   Grand

I present my GRAND Design....  the wooden bridge over the stream at the bottom of our garden
(I call it the Zambezi) is rotten but I still find it useful, visually and for resting plants, tools etc 
on or grabbing hold to as I step down into the Zambezi on the far right of the bridge.
We found a big slab of reconstituted stone here and Beloved laid it across the water for me.
At the far end was a slope up; no problem getting up but coming down (with a dodgy knee) 
when it is wet, was awkward.  So I built a series of steps; then I spotted another slope to the 
far right and made some more steps.  The second photo does not show it clearly
but where the word PATH is, was a slope and I kept sliding down to the plants
on the left so I got my border spade out and about 90 minutes later I had a rough
and ready path.  I can't believe why I did not create this path ages ago.  
Already I am wearing the steps and path out.

9   Park

Where we live, we are within striking distance of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and so
much more.  We have all these beautiful PARKS to enjoy.  Here we are descending into Malham
with tantalising glimpses of Malham tarn.  I'd hate to live where it was all flat.
I'm not a bicycle rider so give me the hills and dales!

10   Own Choice

A few weeks ago the grass in our fields was cut and baled.  The day before it was baled
we walked up the long field and I nearly stepped on this juvenille curlew.  I did not want to disturb
it so just did a quick snap (hence the slight blurriness) and walked away.
I estimated it to be at least 7" (18 cm) long.  Usually I use my foot for scale
but I thought it inappropriate to use it that day.
That beak has a lot of growing to do yet.

Well that's my offerings for this month.

Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don;t forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.


  1. Lovely photo. Good one! Crane fly didn't think of one of those!

    Julie xxxxx

    1. An inspired idea the crane! Hawthorn encourages us to think outside the box and I do try. I did think of the crane bird but not many round here!

  2. Love your 'out of the box' ideas each month - I look forward to reading them and once again you have excelled yourself :) That spring looks heavy duty, wouldn't like to try and bend or pull it - could do some mischief to myself!! Clever use of park :) We stopped at that very point yesterday to take a photo -you can just make out where I volunteer :) Don't forget to link in (if you had done already - my apologies but the link up failed and I have had to insert a new one so you will need to add your details again) xxxx

    1. It is good that you 'approve' of my thinking out of the box. I do enjoy seeing other people having photos of places I know. Small world! Will Eldest be setting the next set of words?????

  3. Lovley M, though before I read the caption on the insect, I thought maybe I had something wrong. Didn't realise they are called crane flies as I just think of the as stick insects. I enjoy seeing everyones else's versions & I think my favourite is the baby bird. Enjoy the "Parks" whilst you can in the warmer weather & take care.

    1. Yes, I too enjoy seeing what everyone else comes up with. Never thought of our crane flies as stick insects; again it is interesting to see how you view things!

  4. I always look forward to seeing what mechanical pictures you have chosen each month. Love the huge spring and B was most impressed with the crossbow. My favourite has to be your Grand design, especially as I know how much you put into it. It is the best photograph of the finished work. Really shows how your design has ended up.

    1. You will probably sign when I say I've altered my grand design slightly! I've put a different top step on the steps across the Zambezi. Have yet to blog about it! I've also got ideas to extend my grand design!

  5. Oh yes like the crane fly as an interpretation, although I do not like them. You live in a lovely part of England with all those national parks nearby. Hope the baby bird was safe from the haymakers. My favourite too.

    1. Yes, I don't care much for crane flies but it was a handy solution to the photo hunt. I did walk up the field the following day and the juvenille curlew was not there. So I am assuming it moved off after we left it in peace. It shows you that it pays to have your camera with you at all times!

  6. What a fantastic collection! Can't believe I didn't think of nation Park, being from the Peak District, haha! That's a great photo of Malham, I've had a few good walks around there :)

    The photo of the curlew is fantastic - there are lots of curlews around here but I've never seen a young one before. I also love your little bridge and the cross bow is an interesting one for the word too.

    1. That was my first sighting of a juvenille curlew; today as we were driving home a flock of 12 curlews flew over; wonderful. I do miss them in the winter when they retreat to the coast. Not walked round Malham for at least 25 years! I'm kicking myself that I did not think of boats when I read the word bow!

  7. I've chosen National Park too. We have such lovely ones on our doorstep. Thats a wonderful snap of the baby curlew. You sound like you are a great Gate Keeper. ;)

    1. Yes I am the official gate keeper! I always hear myself say 'Oh I'll open the gate'..... We are blessed to live so close to so many National Parks.

  8. I had to go on the internet and look up crane fly because when I saw the picture I thought it was a daddy long legs. And so it is - they are one and the same thing.
    Some lovely photos, thanks :)


    1. Thanks for reminding me that it is also known as a Daddy Long legs; not my favourite critter! Glad you liked my photos.

  9. Excellent! Such a diverse range of interpretations. Your crochet roll is beautiful! Oh and I have that gate opening job too! J 😉

    1. Perhaps we can synchronise drives out so that we can take it in turns to open the gate..... Thanks for commenting on my photos. I wonder what challenges August's words will present?