Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Scavenger Hunt - a couple more

Grocery shopping and I got two more items from the list
17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms

I did ask the bakery workers if I could take their picture but they told me I had to have permission from the store.
As I had already taken this I shut up and carried on shopping

We went from the store to the petrol station and while Mr M was filling our car and trotting off to pay I saw this poor, sad, Billy-no-mates bouquet sagging out of its bucket and thought it was just perfect for the hunt
1. A Bouquet of flowers

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Scavenger Hunt - two more last evening.

6. A metal bridge

7. A turtle
We went to Chepstow Garden Centre to buy me a new bag. I also bought a pair of sandals. On the way out we spotted a turtle propping up the deliveries folder so we crossed that off the list.
dinner at Paige's

We kind of decided to go home the pretty way so we headed up the Wye Valley and I asked Mr M to slow down so I could get a picture of the bridge over the river at Redbrook. It is a footbridge that goes to the Boat Inn. If you want to drive there then you have to go a few miles downstream and then cross at the road bridge.

Mr M intended to go to Jo's for dinner but they close at 5pm so we headed across country towards Abergavenny where there are several pubs that do food. We paused at The Bell at Skenfrith but a) they don't start serving until 6.30pm and b) as soon as we refused the wine list because we don't drink the man said that the chef wasn't arriving until 6.30pm and did we really want to wait?

We decided he could keep his alcohol filled food and his wine list with the exorbitant prices and we headed towards home. Then we remembered Paige's.

This is a fish and chip shop, not just any old chip shop it has a restaurant and they serve all sorts of fishy goodness. Mr M had Hake and I had Plaice. As you can see it is HUGE. We made the mistake of having a king prawn starter so I ate the peas and all the fish but only half the batter and four chips. Yep, that's right, this chip loving woman ate only four chips because she was so full of delicious fish and I even left a little of the batter too.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Scavenger Hunt - more from our Anniversary Break

14 Traffic Signal

The traffic signal took some getting because it was too far away when we were stopped and then, of course, everyone rushes through as soon as it goes to green. It's a good job I am experienced at this speed photography lark

5. Architectural columns
Saw these columns - well, actually Mr M said "Haven't WE got achitectural columns on our Scavenger list?" So I looked and said "Ooooooohhhh yes!"

Took pictures of both sides of me. This was at Killerton House, in Devon. We had delicious food there. The National Trust source as much as they possibly can from the local area so the pork loin in my dinner as well as the courgette, tomato and herbs for the Ratatouille all came from the estate at Killerton and the cheeses all were made with milk from local farms and came from a somerset cheesemaker for Mr Ms Ploughman's lunch.

5. Architectural columns

12. A Public restroom, bathroom or toilet

The toilets were pretty smart too. Not a great fan of pink walls in a ladies loo but this seems to be the fashion at the moment. I would prefer to see something not quite so sexist - but that's the "Rabid women's libber", as I was once called, in me - something like a rich clotted cream colour or a strong lilac. This is something I will be suggesting to the NT on my next feedback card.

20. A natural body of water

My view of the Bristol Channel from the car at 70mph, you can just see my reflection in the wing mirror. The tide was out so what we can really see is mostly mudflats with the deep water channel in the far distance. The coastline is north Somerset.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Summertime Photo Scavenger hunt trophies!

3. A person walking a dog

12. A Public Restroom, bathroom or toilet
 We spent a few days away in south Somerset and Devon. We visited several National Trust properties and I found a load of things for the scavenger hunt. As usual many of the pictures were taken while travelling at speeds of up to 70mph, although we did manage to be stationary for some of them.
9. A Tent

11. A Cellular Tower or Television satellite dish

19. A Ticket Booth

16. A Panoramic view taken while standing somewhere
up High

20. A Natural body of water.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Number 8 Someone "plugged in" to social media

We went to the Black Country Museum today with the Lord Admiral and Lady Bluefunnel

It is a fascinating place with old houses and shops and the Workmen's Institute. So much to learn and so much to see. We went into the cafe after our two trips on the trolley bus and there was this couple, totally sucked into their phones 

Friday, 5 June 2015

Summertime Photographic Scavenger Hunt -

We're Off!!!

Here's the list as published by Rinda on 1st June

1. A bouquet of flowers
2. An ornate door knocker
3. A person walking a dog (or other animal)
4. People playing a board game or card game
5. Architectural columns
6. A metal bridge
7. A turtle
8. Someone "plugged in" to social media 
9. A tent
10. A college or university
11. A cellular tower or television satellite dish
12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet
13. A merry-go-round or carousel
14. A traffic signal
15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it
16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air
17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms
18. An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle
19. A ticket booth
20. A natural body of water
21. A photograph of you with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt". Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.
If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for any one item on the list, except for Item #21:
Alternative A: People eating outside
Alternative B: Someone holding an umbrella
Alternative C: A rocking chair 

2. An Ornate Doorknocker

This is so good because this is MY door! The knocker is brass but has not been cleaned since it was put there 34 years ago. It is perfect for wiring the Christmas wreath to every year and occasionally people use it to knock the door when they don't see the glowing bell-push at the side of the door. So good to have started