K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I set the theme for today’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, knowing that I was getting up early for work yesterday and hoping I could capture something to do justice to the prompt; Break of day.

Well I wasn’t disappointed, because there was some suitably atmospheric fog adorning the Devon countryside on my drive home; with the imposing Castle Hill house and gardens, (Fortescue family seat, currently home to Lady Arran) providing a dramatic landmark amongst the rolling hills and ancient trees.

It certainly is worth getting up early sometimes, when the world is still waking up, you get to witness nature at its best.

See what K’lee has in store HERE.

Now it’s time for you early birds to show us what photographic worms you caught for us…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

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Cosmic Photo prompt.

Late as usual, here’s the weekly prompt for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, tying in to one from a few weeks ago, when I asked for shots from the tail end of your day.

This time we’re going to get an early start, because the theme this week is; Break of day.

You know what to do, so let’s see your daybreak photos on Monday.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Only two days to go, so you’d better get out and buy your significant other a card, some chocolates and/or some flowers, because Valentine’s Day is almost upon us.

Which explains the theme to today’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, set this week by K’lee, romantic fool that he is; The look of love.

It really didn’t take me any time at all to decide on the photo to use, since it so precisely meets the brief; an edited version of a blissful selfie of Rhonda and I, the day we first met in person, back in 2014. Along with a shot of Rhonda and Audrey having a thumb war, where their expressions speak for themselves.

K’lee will show you some love HERE and it’s a multimedia extravaganza, let me tell you.

Now we want to see what elicits the look of love from you…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

Cosmic Photo prompt.

K’lee has chosen the theme for this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, going with the most topical prompt, to tie in with the upcoming Valentine’s day celebrations; The look of love.

Now, I’ve already thought of at least one photo to use, but I shall still be seeking further inspiration over the weekend.

You can show us what you came up with on Monday and join in with the photographic love-in.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary.

I’m not sure what’s going on this week, I spent most of yesterday thinking it was Wednesday and for some reason I forgot that it was actually Wednesday today.

Anyway, here’s another alternative definition for you, this one probably falls into the “only funny in my head” category, but that’s just luck of the draw;

“Rudimentary” – A factual TV show about the adult entertainment industry.

#1linerWeds

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I set the theme for today’s post on K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, choosing to give you open licence to show us some reasons to be cheerful.

I didn’t have anything particular in mind and, after Saturday being such a success, it was nice to just slob around at home while the ladies pampered themselves for the day.

I could post a picture of my lovely new phone or the excellent new wireless headphones I spent much of the day listening to, but neither of those things make me anywhere near as cheerful as knowing my wife and daughter are now able to renew their visas. Meaning my offerings are not so much based on photographic proficiency or spectacular effects this week, but they stick very closely to the brief.

In honour of the Superbowl, (which I don’t watch and which only interests me because of the food involved) here is a photo of the amazing dinner Rhonda prepared last night; chicken fried steak and gravy with mashed potato and “Texas toast” (just out of shot)

…followed by a sight that can’t fail to cheer anyone up, Audrey jigging about to a YouTube video in her “floofy” pajamas.

K’lee will cheer you up, HERE, so go and check him out.

Now it’s your turn to put a smile on our faces.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Illness, debt, parking fines and other good news.

Today’s SoCS post takes the form of an update on a previous rant and should I manage to crowbar in Linda G Hill‘s prompt, that’ll be a bonus;

” “in other words.” Use the phrase at least once in your post. “

Ok, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Things are looking up.

As I mentioned in this post, it has been an anxious couple of weeks, wondering whether we’d be able to finance Rhonda and Audrey’s upcoming visa renewals, so I was rather nervous when I walked into the bank on Wednesday afternoon.

It didn’t hurt that I’d woken up that morning with a hideous cold; my head appeared to be stuffed with wet cotton wool and it felt like someone had filled my sinuses with glue, so I was experiencing events through a kind of virulent sensory fog, which may have actually taken the edge off the stress.

Anyway, long story, short; after twenty minutes of watching compulsory, cheerfully-voiced warning videos, detailing the dire consequences of not paying back the money they were about to lend me at an extortionate rate of interest, then signing multiple copies of finance agreements, I was the lucky beneficiary of another seven years of debt and, far more importantly, the wherewithal to keep my family on the same side of the Atlantic for another thirty months.

In other words; Mission accomplished.

It was amazing, the difference that successful act of financial negotiation made to my mood for the rest of the week, despite my steadily worsening man-flu and the fact that both Rhonda and I were still working every available shift and barely saw each other until Friday evening, when she had an unexpected night off.

I decided, in deference to my cold and our small monetary victory, that I’d give myself a weekend free of overtime, so Audrey and I went into town yesterday; to trade in some of her old DVDs, buy a game for her Nintendo DS, (a Christmas present designed to coax her attention away from YouTube for a while) and get a battery for my watch.

Having selected a Sims game Audrey had already expressed an interest in and got it half price in exchange for a few old Barbie DVDs, I spotted this gem whilst waiting to pay…

…which, needless to say, I couldn’t resist.

In other words; What a bargain.

Next stop, the jewellers, where I remembered I had a “battery for life” deal on the watch I bought there, my first freebie for the day. Then, as we left I spotted a sale in the clothing store next door, where I picked up a half price winter coat. Not bad, huh?

But it didn’t stop there. Next door to the clothing store is the 3 Store, my phone provider and I thought I was due an upgrade soon, so I just stopped in to check.

“Oh, yes, you’re actually due an upgrade now…Yes, we have a very good deal for existing customers at the moment, too..”

Really? That’s a first, usually they couldn’t care less once they’ve got your money, it’s the new customers who get all the perks.

So, half an hour later, after Audrey had played with every mobile device on display and inspected the huge wall of Instagram photos for cute animal pictures, I walked out with a brand new £400 phone and the aforementioned offer for loyal customers; an £89 pair of Bluetooth headphones, all for free, gratis and no charge.

In other words; Time well spent.

We returned to the car, on the way to pick up my de-kerosene’d work clothes from the laundrette and grab Audrey a take-out from McDonald’s, (an exception I make very rarely, I can’t stand the place, but having two Americans in the house means I occasionally compromise my principles; Audrey claims the chicken nuggets are just not the same anywhere else and Rhonda has a weakness for their strawberry milkshakes) only to see a traffic warden standing over my car, electronic terminal in hand, stylus poised over the screen.

“No no no no no no! Oh bugger, am I late?”

“I haven’t issued it yet…”

I don’t think I properly registered this unheard-of response from a parking nazi council traffic warden before, so I continued to apologise.

“I’m sorry, I got held up in the phone shop, how late am I?

“Ticket says 12.19, by my watch it’s 12.39…I haven’t issued it yet…”

He looked at me over his glasses and actually smiled, as I stood there laden with shopping bags and Audrey watching curiously from behind me, (I’m not certain, but I think his eyes might have even had a bit of a twinkle, but that could be wishful thinking) then he clipped his stylus back into its slot and nodded.

“They don’t pay me any more if I give out more tickets, you enjoy the rest of your day.”

“You, sir, are a truly wonderful man, thank you.”

And off he went, looking happy in his work, probably unaware that he had rescued me from ruining a near-perfect Saturday and helping restore my faith in the goodness of people for a change.

In other words; Things are looking up.

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#SoCS

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Cosmic Photo prompt.

It’s the weekend, so it’s time for another prompt on K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, which I’m picking today.

I’ve had a particularity good couple of days, so this week’s theme is simply; Reasons to be cheerful.

You can show us what makes you happy on Monday, by following a few easy steps, so why not get involved if you’ve never taken part before.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

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