Sunshine’s Macro Monday #18

These photos were captured on my iPad mini while wandering around the flat and terrace. As you can see from the photos, I’m still focussing on inanimate objects. I did try to photograph one of our small lizards and one of our Hitchcockian large black birds but both refused to stay still. I’m just not fast 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.

Mystery Blogger Award III

I have accepted the very kind nomination from Betul Erbasi who writes short stories in English and Turkish over at a blog of the same name. Betul’s a PhD student at the University of Southern California and the blog provides her with an outlet for her creative talent. Head on over there, check out her blog and give her a follow.

Mystery Blogger Award” is for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are some of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion – I definitely fall into the latter category!

Okoto Enigma: https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/

Three Things About Me

It’s getting more and more difficult to come up with stuff I’ve not already talked about!

1. My boss at my last employer decided to commission an assessment of his executive team. I came out as “The Board Rebel,” a title I much relished. My boss less so!

2. As a child I tried many times to get rid of my kid sister. I was unsuccessful!

3. Dogs love me! I’ve no idea why but they always make a bee-line for me.

Favourite Posts

I love all the posts about my beloved husband, such as:-

https://viewfromtheback.com/2017/12/31/things-my-beloved-has-lost-hire-car-keys/

https://viewfromtheback.com/2017/12/08/things-my-beloved-doesnt-do-put-things-back-where-they-belong/

https://viewfromtheback.com/2017/08/19/things-my-beloved-does-leaves-everything-until-the-very-last-moment/

Betul’s Questions

1. What was the last thing you challenged yourself with?

This https://viewfromtheback.com/2019/04/21/a-moment-of-madness/

2. What is your favorite food?

Probably lobster

3. What is your dream city like? What kind of city?

My dream city is where I live in France. I’m an unashamed urbanite.

4. Can you describe yourself in a sentence?

Don’t need a sentence. I can do it in 5 words – Remainer, happy, fun-loving, healthy and long-time married.

5. (Weird/Funny, repeated from above) What was your most embarrassing moment (or most disgusting habit – if you can’t think of one) ever?

I’m going to have to give this some thought. Oh, I know, when I accidentally stole a car. You know, I should write a post about that incident!

Award Rules

Is it my imagination or are these pesky rules multiplying?

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

5. Answer the 5 questions you were asked.

6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

7. You have to nominate 10-20 people.

8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

10. Share a link to your best post(s).

My Nominees

Anyone can join in with the fun. Feel free to answer Betul’s 5 questions either in the comments below or in a stand-alone post on your own blog.

Above all, have lots of fun this weekend

Best wishes

Sheree x

Friday Photo Challenge – dramatic

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.

Well, you can’t get much more dramatic than the Great Barrier Reef!

 

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 #44

Today I’m featuring doors photographed on my last visit to Alassio, in Italy, which are all from the same street!

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 #17

These photos were captured on my iPad mini while enjoying a walk in our neighbouring forest. There are some signs of winter’s approach but most of the trees still have their green leaves.

 

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.

Special Blogger Award II

I was gifted this award by Steve and his feline companion Muffin who write about their lives and friends in the country over at Steve’s Country. If you don’t already follow this lovely duo, head on over to their blog and press the “Follow” button.

 

Award Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions you are asked ( if you’re comfortable doing so!)
  • Create 10 questions for the bloggers you’ve nominated.
  • Nominate at least 3 bloggers for the Special Blogger Award.
  • Comment on your nominees most recent blog post to let them know you’ve nominated.
  • Have a fun.

Steve’s Questions

1. How long have you been blogging?

Too long! I started back in 2009 but had a bit of a hiatus between 2012 – 2015 while blogging about cycling over on VeloVoices.

2. Did you like writing before blogging?

I’ve always enjoyed writing.

3. What did you like to write before blogging?

Mainly work-related stuff and newsy letters to friends

4. Do you think you will still be blogging a year from now?

Yes, unless you know something I don’t?

5. What is your favorite part of blogging?

Planning and preparation.

6. Have you ever had any nasty comments from people?

Not that I’m aware of……

7. Have you ever had to block someone?

No!

8. If no to #6, what would you do if you did get a nasty comment?

Ignore it! Life’s too short to worry about nasty comments. Sticks and stones and all that………………….

9. Do you enjoy flying?

Yes, I enjoy being airborne!

10. Would you prefer to fly across the ocean or go by boat?

Fly, every time. Please don’t tell Greta, she’ll cross me off of her Xmas card list.

My Nominees

You’re all Special Bloggers and equally deserving of this award so why don’t you join in and answer Steve’s questions? Either in a stand-alone post on your blog or in the comments below.

I hope you’re enjoying the weekend?

Best wishes

Sheree x

Thursday doors #43

The next couple of weeks will feature doors photographed on my last visit to Alassio, in Italy, all from the same street!






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 #16

These photos were captured on my iPad mini while enjoying a visit to Bordeaux.



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.

Liebster Awards XI, XII and XIII

Again, a spot of amalgamation! I was honoured to be nominated by these three lovely bloggers:

  • Nico, a day-dreamer and servant of God, who blogs over at the little alchemist
  • Smiley Subi who expresses her thoughts and feelings over at Act out
  • Steve (and Muffin) who express their love of the countryside and its inhabitants over at Steve’s Country

These are all great blogs, so don’t forget to pay them a visit and give them a follow.

Now, I hope you’re sitting comfortably and have refreshments to hand because this is going to be another looooooooooooong post.

The Rules

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

3. Answer the questions the blogger(s) asked you.

4. Nominate some bloggers and make them happy!!

5. Ask your nominees some questions and notify them about the Liebster Award 🥇.

Nico’s questions

1. Are you a pessimist or an optimist

Incurable optimist!

2. Bookworm or gamer

3. Do you want to be a kid or an adult

An adult who’s young at heart.

4. Are you a sadist or an empath.

Empath

5. Introvert or extrovert

Introvert though most people think I’m an extrovert.

6. Singing or dancing

Neither!

7. Favourite writer

Nobel Prize-winning British author Kazuo Ishiguro.

8. Your passion

My beloved husband of 42 years.

9. Have life pause button or have life rewind button

Neither, I’m on fast-forward

10. Favourite sports

MotoGP, cycling and football.

11. Favourite quote

Anything by Dorothy Parker

Smiley Subi’s Questions

1. What is the best thing about you?

My positivity and energy

2. Why did you start blogging?

The short answer: “Because I could!” The long answer

3. According to you your best post.

This one about #EKKA has been my most popular recent post but my favourite one is about my father.

4. Would you like to donate your organs?

Absolutely!

5. The most beautiful gift you’ve ever given to your parents?

A large photo potrait of their three gorgeous daughters for their 50th wedding anniversary

6. Have you ever thought that there is another world beyond this world?

Why not?

7. Suppose you are a police officer and what will you do if a family member of yours commited a crime?

Encourage them to hand themselves in before I report them.

8. According to you, How can control corruption?

I’m not sure you can, because you need to eliminate all human greed.

9. What according to you is the best punishment to a Rapist?

It’s not up to me to decide on punishments, that’s for the justice system.

10. Which work ever you did that made you very happy?

I liked managing multi-disciplinary teams.

11. Best Memory of Life?

I’ve lots of great memories  – see my series of posts on them – and, I hope, I have more to come.

Steve’s Questions

What 11 things do you dislike and why?

Oooh, Steve, this is a tricky one but here goes:-

1. Discrimination for any reason, it’s just unjust!

2. Jaffa cakes! I cannot abide chocolate and orange together. The only think I like with chocolate, is more chocolate.

3. Disorganisation  – I like everything to be neat and orderly.

4. Dirty car – I like Tom (my SMART car) to be kept clean and tidy, and in tip-top condition. Remember those adverts about Toyota Yaris?

5. People who take credit for the work or efforts of others. I don’t think I need to explain why that’s not right.

6. Whiny, whinging kids. It’s not that I like them to be seen but not heard. I’m happy for them to be noisy – I certainly was – but I want joyous, energetic noise.

7. Anything that wastes my time. When you get to my age, the clock is definitely ticking. I don’t want to waste a moment.

8. I dislike it when my football teams (Aston Villa and OGC Nice) lose, but then so does every single supporter. We always want our teams to win, sadly it’s not always possible.

9. I dislike having to change the tyre on my bike after a puncture though, luckily for me, Frenchmen are so chivalrous that I very rarely have to. Someone will inevitably come to my rescue.

10. BREXIT, I’m a Remainer – obviously.

11. The causes of homelessness and poverty. The world needs to become a fairer place. I’m happy for my taxes to help those who are less well off, and so should everyone who’s as fortunate or more fortunate.

Nominees

As usual, I’m throwing this open to anyone who wants to join in. Feel free to pick up the challenge, run with it and answer all or just a few of the questions above but, above all, have a great weekend.

Thursday doors #42

Today and the next couple of weeks will feature doors photographed on my latest visit to Alassio, in Italy, most of which were all from the same street! However I’m kicking off with church doors – always rich pickings.

Church front door
Church Facade
Sant’Ambrogio

The Sant’Ambrogio Parish Church was built in the second half of 15th century on a site previously occupied by a small 10th century church. The Romanesque style that characterised it was converted into Baroque in the early 18th century though the bell tower dates back earlier to 14th century. The Renaissance façade, with its sloping roofs, was superimposed in 1896.

Nave

The beautiful church interior of the church contains some significant works. The central vault is frescoed with scenes from the life of Sant’Ambrogio painted by Virgilio Grana from nearby Albenga. There are also works by other well-known artists, such as Bernardo Castello, Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari and Giulio Benso.

Next door to the church is a cinema!

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).