Thursday doors #51

With Paris being such fertile territory for doors, here are a few more:-

 

 

 

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments’ on Norm’s site, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #24

Here’s some photos I’ve taken of birds though I do find it difficult to get close enough!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your helpful feedback and kind comments on these posts – most encouraging.

Sunshine’s Macro Monday is a challenge hosted by Irene encouraging us to scrutinise the smallest of details by getting up close and personal and bringing someone or something to life in a photograph. It’s a one day challenge without prompts.  Irene posts a Sunshine’s Macro Monday post each Monday, just after midnight Central Time (US) so don’t forget to use the tag SMM and mention Sunshine’s Macro Monday somewhere on your post, create a pingback or add a link in the comment’s section of her post.

Real Neat Blog Award IV

Tatterhood most kindly nominated me for this award back in October (hangs head in shame). She writes or rather muses on her blog of the same name. Please check it out, she has some interesting content. Oh, and don’t forget to give her a follow!

As you’ll know from previous Neat Awards, I’ve interpreted “neat” as being “wonderful, terrific.”

The (Pesky) Rules

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.

 

My Nominees

You should all know how this works by now. Anyone who’s kindly taken the time to read this post is nominated. That should be more than seven, right? Please answer the same questions either on your own blog or, in the comments section below.

Tatterhood’s This or That Questions

1. Seagulls or Pigeons?

To be honest, these have to be my two least favourite birds. But if you force me to choose, I’ll plump for pigeons because a pigeon has never stolen my fish and chips, though they do crap all over the handrail on my balcony. Fortunately for the seagull that flew off with the cardboard box containing my fish and chip lunch at the Fish Shack in Apollo Bay, there were only a few chips left.

2. Cake or Biscuits?

Both! Please don’t force me to choose. You’ll find plenty of recipes for both on my blog.

3. Flip-Flops or Sandals?

Do Birkenstocks count as flip-flops because I wear them all the time at home and, of course, all summer long.

4. Chop Sticks or Forks?

Depends on what I’m eating. I always try to eat Asian food with chopsticks but fancy trying to eat pizza with chopsticks? No, I thought not!

5. Roman Emperor or English King?

An emperor and king are both rulers, but the power associated with them is different. A comparison can be drawn between a regional manager and the CEO of a company. An empire can have many kingdoms within it; the emperor rules the entire empire while kings (or queens) rule smaller kingdoms within the empire. While the king (like the regional manager) has total control over his territory, the emperor (like the CEO) is the one who makes the final decision for the entire region. So that’ll be Roman Emperor every time. So much more power and pomp, plus I’d look good in a toga!

6. Inktober or Blogtober?

I would love to take part in Inktober – that’s drawing not tattoos, right? – but I’m not great at drawing, I need to persevere. So it would be Blogtober.

7. Random Crap or Sensible thought provoking Questions?

Random crap every time! Indeed, it could be the strapline for my blog.

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend.

Sheree x

Friday Photo Challenge – balconies

I love these weekly challenges because it forces me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

The Challenge proper doesn’t return until the end of the month so I’ve used some from last year which I missed.

This is the view from the balcony at the side of the apartment as the sun prepares to set.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, why not join in the fun?

Friendly Friday

How to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a ‘Friendly Friday’ ping-back in your post, so others can find your entry.

  • Publish a new ‘Friendly Friday, post including a URL link to the host’s post, tagging the post, ‘Friendly Friday’ Add the Photo Challenge logo, too, if you wish.
  • Copy the published url into the comments of the host’s post, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Visit other Friendly Friday entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the host blogs to see future prompts.

Please note there are no deadlines for any Friendly Friday Photo challenges.

Thursday doors #50

Paris is, of course, a veritable treasure trove for doors. If I lived there I could probably just post pictures of doors every day for years. These are ones which caught my eye on our trip last October. As in last week’s from Milan, I was often thwarted by badly parked vehicles or traffic as I tried to take my photos from a suitable vantage point.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments’ on Norm’s site, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #23

After the photos from MoMa, here’s some more from the garden.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your helpful feedback and kind comments on these posts – most encouraging.

Sunshine’s Macro Monday is a challenge hosted by Irene encouraging us to scrutinise the smallest of details by getting up close and personal and bringing someone or something to life in a photograph. It’s a one day challenge without prompts.  Irene posts a Sunshine’s Macro Monday post each Monday, just after midnight Central Time (US) so don’t forget to use the tag SMM and mention Sunshine’s Macro Monday somewhere on your post, create a pingback or add a link in the comment’s section of her post.

Sunshine Blogger Awards XII, XIII and XIV

I’m still playing catch up up and  once again I’ve amalgamated a few awards, you’ll understand why in a moment.

I was nominated back in September <hangs head in shame> by the following fabulous bloggers whom you should all be following!

  1. Mathew of The Wolf Boy nominated me for this Sunshine Blogger Award! Now, I don’t always participate in these awards on a timely basis but I do eventually get around to them. 😉
  2. Mathew also nominated Jessica a writer of romances who in turn nominated me!
  3. Then I was nominated by Gifted 50 over at Pene’Pasta for the Soul who says:

Behind every strong woman; are all the other women that came before!

See, I know I don’t always participate in these awards on a timely basis but I do eventually get around to them. 😉

Those Pesky Award Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

Mathew’s Questions

1. If you could choose anyone in the world to lead your country, who would it be?

I’ll be honest, I’m more than happy with Monsieur Macron!

2. If you could go back to school to study any subject of your choice and not have to worry about finances, what would it be?

Probably Art History or Modern Languages

3. What is one thing that you’ve never eaten that you’d like to try?

I wanted to try jackfruit and Moreton Bay Bugs but I did that when we were in Australia

4. What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Frogs’ legs

5. If you could have a romantic getaway with one person for a weekend, (imagine you’re single, celebrities allowed) who would it be?

I’ve been giving this one rather a lot of thought. I tend to tease my beloved husband by saying: “I haven’t yet met the man I’d swap him for, though I’m still looking.” If truth be told, I’m only window shopping. There’s no one else I’d rather enjoy a romantic getaway with than my beloved husband of 42 years!

6. What was the darkest movie or novel that you’ve ever fallen in love with?

I don’t like dark movies or novels. Remember you’re talking about a woman who was traumatised by Jaws and finds Dr Who and Harry Potter scary!

7. Do you like zombie movies?

Ugh, no!

8. Would you ever consider being one of the first humans to go to Mars knowing that you could never return to Earth?

Absolutely not

9. Would you rather the beach or a mountain top?

A beach every time

10. Who inspired you the most in the world?

My late parents

11. What is one of your favorite quotes?

Anything by Dorothy Parker

Jessica’s Questions

Jessica apologised for being (and I quote)

……………………..such a cute parasite (feeling shameless right now 😂 ) but I’ll be “borrowing” most of Mathew’s questions because they are great.

So I just answered the three questions which were different from Mathew’s

1. If your life was a novel, what would the title be?

Lucky me

2. What’s your dream date?

A night out with my beloved husband.

3. Most Memorable Birthday?

I’m still waiting for that one!

Gifted 50’s Questions

1. What time of day you consider your most creative?

I’m not sure I have one. Maybe after I come back from my ride.

2. Who/what encouraged your love for writing?

No one really.

3. Have you ever regretted posting something on your blog, and if so why?

No, because I always bear in mind that it could be read by anyone!

4. What is the best advice you have received and from whom?

I’ve been very fortunate to have plenty of mentors during my career but probably the best advice was always from my Dad. Now, when I’m in a tricky situation, I ask myself: “What would Dad do?”

5. Name your most defining quality.

Dogged persistence

6. What is your favourite meal and why?

Steamed lobster. I don’t think that needs any explanation, do you?

7. What advice would you give yourself 20 years from now?

I fully intend to be around for another 20 years but my advice would be to remain physically and mentally active.

8. Who/what is the most influential force in your life?

After my late parents that would be my beloved husband.

9. If you could travel the universe, where would you go?

If you read my blog regularly, you might say I’ve done that already! I do, of course, have a bucket list but many of them are re-visits.

10. What do you think of our world today?

How long have you got? Lets just say I’m fearful and leave it at that.

11. Have you ever had a divine encounter, if so tell us a little more about it.

No.

My nominees

Congratulations for having made it this far! Your reward is to answer any 11 of the questions posed above, either in the comments section below or in a post on your own blog. Go on, spread a little sunshine, you know you want to!

Hope you’re having a great week-end

Sheree x

Friday Photo Challenge – ebb and flow

I’m having to freelance using a couple of prior prompts for a couple of weeks until the Challenge resumes again.

Photographic prompts for the Friendly Friday Challenge, at Something to Ponder About, will begin again from January 31st, 2020. I understand that there are some exciting photography prompts planned.

On Friendly Friday 7th February, the new Friendly Friday challenge host, Sandy from The Sandy Chronicles will post her first weekly prompt. It will then alternate between Amanda at StPA, and Sandy’s blog, from week to week, on a Friday.

Friendly Friday

How to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a ‘Friendly Friday’ ping-back in your post, so others can find your entry.

  • Publish a new ‘Friendly Friday, post including a URL link to the host’s post, tagging the post, ‘Friendly Friday’ Add the Photo Challenge logo, too, if you wish.
  • Copy the published url into the comments of the host’s post, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Visit other Friendly Friday entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the host blogs to see future prompts.

Please note there are no deadlines for any Friendly Friday Photo challenges.