S is for.... The Alphabet Photo Project

There was such a choice of subjects for the letter S this week, we have Spiders everywhere making webs in our garden, apparently it's the mating season for them, I have some macro photos of Seeds and some of Shells from the beach, then there are the ever present Seagulls here by the Sea where we live!

But S is for Stained glass window this week.

These beautiful windows from St. Margarets Church in Rottingdean represent the three archangels, Gabriel, Michael and Raphael.  They were made by William Morris from the designs of the artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones.  The three east windows were erected in 1893 as a personal gift of the artist to commemorate the marriage of his daughter Margaret in the church.  

Linking up with PODcast for the Alphabet Photo Project.

Learning the Alphabet

R is for.... The Alphabet Photo Project

Very much looking forward to the day when we can take a dip at the local Lido again, it is one of the very few left in the country and plans are afoot to return it to its former splendor.

R is for Renovation - inside and out.

Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project.


My Sunday Photo

This gorgeous Red Admiral butterfly fluttered around me and the girl as we sat in the Marina square in the sunshine this week whilst enjoying our ice-creams.  It taunted us every time we got close then fluttered away until it stayed  and let us get close to say hello and capture on my mobile.

One of the last butterflies of the summer, beautiful, delicate, intricate being, the girl was mesmerised and kept still (for once) and whispered "hello butterfly" and once it flew off into the sky she waved and jumped bidding it farewell until we could no longer see it.

It's the little things.


Q is for ... The Alphabet Photo Project

Amongst the many presents we received when Miss CCL was born was this lovely quilt, all pink with checks and dots and flowers and hearts, perfect, just like her.

It is enormous and once out of her crib graced her new cot nicely.  It has been washed and washed and washed again and again but still retains its colours.

I have a project planned to make a couple of memory quilts and I'm hoping they all get passed down to my grandchildren one day.

Q is for Quilt.  Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project.

Quilt, Quilting, Making Quilts

So long Summer

Last summer was a summer to remember for me, I enjoyed every last drop of it with my then rising 3 year old girl.

This year has been no different, I seem to only be able to remember warm, sunny, fun filled days with her, days to remember, days to cherish now summer is ending and she will start school. I shall miss the freedom we have had to decide on the spur of the moment to do things we hadn't planned and her wonderful happy exuberance at everything I suggest, all an adventure for a just 4 year old.

We've had many days like this...

And a few like this ...

we've had some spectacular thunderstorms and lightning shows, all of which made for a typical English summer.

So long Summer, you've been amazing...

Summer 2014 sunshine beautiful days

P is for ... The Alphabet Photo Project

There are a few of these historic blue plaques dotted around the area, as there probably are in many other towns and cities.  I find it interesting to know who lived where and when and always stop to read them.

You can find out more about historic blue plaques on the English Heritage site.

P is for Plaque, linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project.

English Heritage Blue Plaques

O is for .... the Alphabet Photo Project

This is a beautiful silk handkerchief that my dad bought when he attended the Melbourne Games as a 20 year old spectator.  Please excuse the appalling quality of the photo, of course I searched high and low for the handkerchief and missed the link up, this snippet has been enlarged from another photo I had of it.

 Once I do finally locate it, I will rephotograph it.  It has most likely been put away safely away from tiny paws as it is quite delicate.

Even though I missed the link up to the Alphabet Photo Project, I'm posting because I didn't want to leave a gap in my alphabet!



N is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project

Halfway through the Alphabet, this week it's N for Neon.  These fun coloured straws are loved by the girl who mulls over her choice of colour daily to dip in her milk.

Linking up with the Alphabet Photo Project

Great Bloggers Bake Off! #GBBO Bake Along

Last year I followed the Great British Bake Off (on another blog) and attempted a recipe a week for the entire series, it was quite a feat!  I made everything from cakes to breads and buns and biscuits.  This year I will be taking a break but can't resist joining in for a few of the programmes.

I do bake some things regularly like cakes and biscuits but I'm not a fervent cake decorator or builder of cake scenes!  I will leave those to the artistic bakers.

I make cookies, biscuits, crackers and healthy bars in some form every week, we like a go-to snack and whipping up a small batch of something home-made is an excellent way of knowing what is in them and usually so fast too. 

These Walnut & Sultana Cookies are a favourite here and never last more than a couple of days!

Walnut & Sultana Cookies
Makes 12-15
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 15 minutes

Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C fan (I have a fan oven)

100g unsalted butter, cool and cubed
200g self-raising flour
70g soft brown sugar
100g walnuts, chopped
50g sultanas
1 medium egg, beaten

Rub the butter and flour together with your fingers until it resembles fine breadcrumbs (I love this bit!).
Stir in the sugar, walnuts and sultanas.
Stir in the beaten egg into the dry ingredients, then take small dollops of the mixture and shape into cookies and pop onto a greased and lined baking tray.
Bake for around 15 minutes or until lightly brown.  
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Linking up with Super Golden Bakes and Mummy Mishaps

My Sunday Photo/Silent Sunday


Seagull taking a stroll

M is for... The Alphabet Photo Project

I cannot tell you how much I adore Macro, especially with flowers, insects and plants!  There is something so magical about zooming in on a subject to find hidden treasures unseen by the naked eye.

I really need (want!) a macro lens but they are so pricey but I do have a set of macro filters for now which I am still practicing with.

M is for Marvellous Macro, linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project

I love Photography

L is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project

The beach is on my doorstep so it is hard to ignore or resist a visit especially in the summer months, but I will sit by the beach in all weathers, I think it is my spiritual home.

No matter where I go each day I either pass the seafront on my travels or see it from my bedroom window, the sight of the sea has always calmed my soul.  So this week L is for Linger, taking time out of my day occasionally to linger over a cup of tea or coffee at the cafe on the seafront.

Linger - to stay in a place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave......

Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project

K is for ... The Alphabet Photo Project

Kindness - being friendly, generous and considerate with affection, warmth, gentleness, tenderness, concern and care.

So the dictionary says and this picture taken around 18 months or so ago really sums kindness up.

Miss CCL, like the rest of us, loves our dog.  When she arrived he was in full health, when she came home, he had a good sniff then ran around like a mad thing, someone else to play with him!

About 18 months later he became diabetic and started to lose his sight, she instinctively gave him a helping hand to find his way around the house and still does, they make a good team.   I love the way they are together and cannot think of the day not too far away when we will have to say farewell to him......

Linking up with PODcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project


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