Now we are renting in Milton Keynes, in a comfortable house but with a barren back yard...and very few birds. We still put food out but mainly the greedy pigeons feed. Then during the snowy days of late I spied a little bird feeding.
It was tricky taking the photo. Getting the camera, without the bird seeing movement inside the house, positioning the camera against the glass so there was no reflection, waiting till the bird moved so he was move visible, then click!
My photography is improving!
So far so good for Day 1.
The format for my pages in a ring binder with the circle tags numbering the days came from Erica Lee's blog http://1creativelife.blogspot.com/
I found an A5 sized ring binder which is perfect...but I haven't figured out how to decorate the cover yet! Might just cover it in fabric. Mmmm I did say I was going to use up my stash, not buy more.
I also pre decorated the pages this year - not sure how I like that idea. Will the papers etc go with the photos?
The intention is to use circles as the recurring element throughout the pages. We'll see what happens!
I also finished preparing the numbered pages for my album for this year's "Journal Your Christmas" with Shimelle.
Check out www.shimelle.com if you are interested. I did my first JYC album with Shimelle last year and loved it. On reading through it last week I saw that on 1st Dec last year I took a photo of snow in our backyard in Scotland. Mmmm... will it snow tomorrow? Doubt it but maybe for Christmas? And shortly after that it'll be Spring again.
Our Family - Our Story
It's exciting and scary at the same time.
I'm holding an afternoon tea & coffee followed by a presentation to inspire and help people write the stories about their families so they are captured for future generations as journals, photo albums or in electronic form. It's in Milton Keynes on 21 November from 2 to 4pm. If you want to come post a comment below and I'll email you the details.
The idea of the project came when I visited Bletchley Park and saw an ambulance just like the one my grandmother drove in London during World War II.
I loved my grandmother. She was my ‘special relative’ while I was growing up but I realized I have very little documented about her. I know her date of birth and death, and where she lived. There are a few family photos over the years with the odd caption but not much else. I just remember her now as a lovely, frail old lady who died when she was 94. Obviously she must have been very brave and strong when she was younger, to drive an ambulance during the bombings.
It is such a pity I never found the time to sit with her and write down all her stories while she was alive.
The house is called "The Shambles". Oh I laughed, thanked the man and told him he had made my day!
One thing that really lifts me up and takes the negative thoughts away is crafting. I am very lucky to have a large dining room which multitasks as a craft room. Sometimes it's quite tidy....
But this week its chaotic because I have several things on the go at the same time. I have the lessons to prepare for my "Learn to Scrapbook" course - you can sign up for that on the right hand side of this page.
I'm also making a book for Xmas, some Xmas cards and still trying to finish the Wedding Album started in March. And then I am preparing for my big project - "Your Family - Your Story". This is a community based project that I'm launching on 21 November. More about that later....
So it's no wonder my craft area looks like this.....
Mmmm.....Must be in the mind because my table looks quite messy in both photos!
When someone is in your life for a REASON . . . It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrong doing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realise is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.
People come into your life for a SEASON . . . because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
If I'd stayed in bed I would miss some wonderful sights. You can't beat a sunrise for a great start to the day!
I take photos of the interesting, unusual or funny ones. And of course they make their way into a Memory Album to enjoy later.
Why is the sign for 490 yards and not 500? How do they know? Where does the measuring start on a bend?
It just seemed odd to us that a sign was needed to say no charge for wheelchair users.
The label on the wine cask says " Don't drink and walk on the road, you may be killed" It struck me as sad that it's a necessary label for a South African wine.
The Stop sign, don't follow the vehicle in front didn't make too much sense to me.
And I'm not sure why Troops crossing would be dangerous. I guess it means "Be alert & ready to stop as troops may cross the road ahead"
Have some fun with your camera and learn to make a Memory Album. Just a small investment of £5 per month and you get weekly instructions in your in-box. See the link on the right side of this page.
It's a photo album... that's it. When you stick your photos in some sort of album and write the date and place, that's scrapbooking. The point of it is that as time passes, our memories of the exact details ...the who, what, where, when and why gradually fade. So we encourage you to write a little more about the photo or the event. That's called journalling. And if you keep all your photos digitally the journalling is just as important.
The other aspect to scrapbooking is the decoration of pages. If you have ever looked at the scrapbooking magazines or the many websites you'll see the pages are generally decorated with pretty papers and embellishments. These are just added to give the pages some creative, attractive or artistic look. Whether you do that or not is over to you and your creative side...and the time you have available.
In this course you get to make a Gratitude Journal...while learning to scrapbook. A Gratitude Journal is just a book where each week or day (over to you) you can write down something in your life you are grateful to Be, Do or Have. This can be simple like enjoying the sunshine or something very meaningful to you.
You learn different techniques in this course. You get to try things so you find out which scrapbooking techniques you prefer and then you can use them in your own photo albums.
Learning to scrapbook this way is so much fun. And its very affordable...only £5 per month. Each week you get an email with instructions on a technique for the next page of your Journal. Try it and Join in the Fun.
My "Create a Gratitude Journal" course is going well. People are signing up and sending me emails about how much they are enjoying the process and learning to scrapbook at the same time. Please send me some photos of your pages so I can post them on the blog too. Here's my Title page....
One of the things that I'm most grateful for is the love of a wonderful family. We spent last Saturday in London celebrating Louise's birthday with the Thames RIB Experience. It was so much fun. Exciting, exhilarating and lots of sights on London too. What gave me the most pleasure was all of us together including husbands, cousins & boyfriends, doing something together and enjoying each others' company. This is all of us experiencing the thrill of high speed on the Thames!
There’s a World of Possibilities….
Over the past few months I’ve been concentrating on being grateful ….grateful for all the many wonderful things in my life. My health, happiness, my husband & family, the possessions I love, the magnificent beauty of nature all around us, not to mention hobbies, sports and the many ways we can be entertained. And I’ve found that by doing so, I am much happier, like I have an inner peace.
The other aspect I have found to be true is that the more one is grateful for what one has now, the more one’s dreams are fulfilled. This is well documented in books like “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne's, Michael Losier’s “The Law of Abundance” and “The Key” by Joe Vitale who says
“Just be happy now.
Out of this now will come the miracles you seek”
So I thought it would be wonderful to celebrate by creating a book of my life. It’ll be part scrapbook, part journal, with collage, photos, records …. all sorts of fun ways to document the things I am grateful for.
Come on an adventure with me. Create a Gratitude Book and Celebrate Your Life.
Lots of Possibilities is my new online Club where I'll be helping you make your own Gratitude Journal for only £5 per month.
Every week you’ll get an email with prompts, instructions, hints and tips to help you create your book. We will explore the different aspects of your life in more detail. And I’ll share samples of my pages too.
Join me on this Journey. Click on the button on the right to Sign Up Now
We’ll scrapbook... learn some new techniques. Maybe you think your pages in your photo albums have a sameness about the look of them. Here’s an opportunity to try new things without fear of making a mess in your family albums.
We can make the pages lumpy if we want. We won’t worry too much about the archival aspect of our pages because this book is for us, unless of course you want to preserve it. That’s fine…over to you.
The plan is not to spend any money after the purchase of our book…well we might need to top up on adhesive but we won’t need to buy any new papers, stickers etc unless we want to. It’s a challenge to use up stuff from our current stash!
If you’re just starting scrapbooking I’ll be teaching you how to do it. You might want to buy a few sheets of pretty paper to get started or be inventive and use other things like old greeting cards or wrapping paper.
We might incorporate other craft techniques into our pages…stamping, embossing, collage, decoupage, beading…who knows where our journey will take us.
We’ll journal....this might be a word, a sentence or our deeper inner thoughts. But it’ll be about the things we’re celebrating. I’ll help you with your handwriting if you don’t like it but it’ll be fine to use a computer too.
We’ll take photos….of the usual subjects and the unusual. We’ll explore taking photos of different subjects, maybe from different angles. We’ll also use existing photos.
Mostly we’re going to have fun, be grateful and celebrate our lives!
I can’t wait to get started on this journey with you. What are we waiting for? Click on the button below to sign up.
I found the film thought-provoking. How would I feel and behave ....as a mother? I've never had a sister but our daughters have...how would they feel and behave? Not easy questions to answer.
It's very well acted and I'm told the ending is different to the book but it's well worth seeing. However if you don't want to sob in public, wait for the DVD.
Imagine my surprise when flowers were delivered to me yesterday afternoon....I've had my birthday...its not my wedding anniversary. Thank you Karen! Such a lovely thought and you're away on holiday too but thought you might like to see them.
Watched the tennis last night. On the edge of our seats, but congratulations to Andy Murray on winning the game. Tonight I'm off to a card making class.
.....in my teenage years with the Jackson 5
.....when our girls were growing up and into dancing, his music featured in many concerts
.....the Mums dancing to "Whose Bad?" Embarassing as that was, with my College students watching, I did dance to an audience.
.....an awesome performance by Michael in Auckland about 15 years ago where in a stadium of thousands we spotted our daughters.
.....and here's a photo of the last time our family danced together to Michael, November 08.
Also I'm feeling a little sad that this is the last Support Team Call.....