Photo a day Advent week 4

Photo a day toys and Christmas

Original Mego Spock from the 1970s


Captain Kirk visits the parent on Boxing Day

Photo a day toys and Christmas

Wonder Woman key ring – also doubles as a tree decoration

Photo a day toys and Christmas

The Moomins meet Father Christmas

Photo a day toys and Christmas

I often rescue dolls and figures from charity shops. This is a 2014 Disney (Tangled) Rapunzel bought for £1. Her hair was in a state but otherwise she was in great shape.


Captain Janeway from Voyager comes across some strange objects…


Barbie and Ken as Mulder and Scully feeling the Christmas vibe.


Cat and Christmas tree

Kitten playing under Christmas tree

Rory’s first Christmas

When we just had Valentine, we bought some lovely vintage sixties glass baubles. Valentine never goes near the decorations. But when we got Rory as a kitten we decided we’d go with fake tree and cheap decorations in case he was different. Well – of course he was different. Anything shiny, dangly, sparkly – he’s on it, in it, chewing it.

So for several years we stuck with the fake and cheap and regularly shouting at Rory to stop chewing the lights.

This year, though, Steve had got sick of the fake and the cheap, the shouting and the kitten-proofing. So we bought a real tree in a pot, and against my better judgement put up the vintage sixties baubles.

So how’s it going? Well, apart from some interest the other morning when the decs were sparkling in the sun (he is obsessed with sparkles and reflections) he’s kept away. I don’t know if it’s the real tree – smells funny and is pointy – or if he’s grown up… Let’s see if we, and the tree, can make it through the holiday season though!


Cat and Christmas Tree

Oohh – what’s that shiny thing?

Cat and Christmas Tree

Oohh there’s another shiny thing up there…

Cat and Christmas Tree

The shiny things torment me.

Cat and Christmas Tree


Christmas lights

My photo-a-day theme for Christmas week was lights.

Christmas tree light on our windowsill
Christmas lights photo

Crescent moon and neighbour’s lights
Christmas lights photo

Christmas lights and (brief) snowfall
Christmas lights photo

Made by swinging a small string of lights
Christmas lights photo

Outdoor lights out of focus
Christmas lights photo

Lights reflected in my spoon during Christmas dinner
Christmas lights photo

Battery operated lights displayed in a wineglass
Christmas lights photo

Photo a day Year 4 week 14

This week we have celebrations, birthday toasts and memories of school days.

A photo a month through 2012 – a New Year’s Day post

A picture a month 2012

Marianne and Adam

January. Marianne and Adam

My daughter announced her engagement. Taken in my living room with light coming in from the window above them.


February. Blackbird in the snow

The month it snowed. The lovely contrast between the blackbird, snow and red berries – like a fairytale.


March. Titanic dresses

I took these on my iPhone 3s when I was at Angels costumiers choosing Edwardian dresses for a photo shoot.


April. Bootleg Sixties show

Bootleg Sixties show in Bedford.

owl eating

May. Owl of the year

Taken at the bird of prey centre at Old Warden. It reminds you just what hunters owls are.

June Jubilee celebrations

June. Jubilee celebrations

Taken in a pub in Biggleswade during the Jubilee weekend. The owner’s two dogs were running around in the bar. I think this one is Holly.

Bee 5NL

July. Bee on lavender

Lots of close up shots of the bees this month. And I got a new lens for the Canons.


August. Beatleweek

This was Beatleweek in Liverpool and the first outing for the Fujifilm X10. Backstage (well side stage) at the Adelphi ballroom.

September. Wedding

September. Wedding

My daughter’s wedding to Ad Lester-George. Bristol Registry Office then The Rummer and the Grain Barge. I’d bought the X10 because I didn’t think she’d appreciate me turning up with a Canon, lenses and Black Rapid strap as mother of the bride, but I didn’t want to be without a camera either. It’s turned out to be my carry-around camera and it does a really excellent job on most occasions.


October. Loft conversion

We had our loft converted in October and November. This was somewhere mid conversion – once the stairs were in there was no stopping the cats from exploring.


November. War Memorial

The war memorial by the station at Letchworth Garden City.


December. Christmas dinner

Dad’s Christmas dinner at the Galley Hall on Christmas day. He’s been very ill this year – and was/is still recovering from another bout of pneumonia, but he managed most of his dinner none the less.

Photo a day year four week 13 (the last week of 2012)

This week I concentrated on close-up festive images. We have fibre-optic lights, a Lego Father Christmas and reindeer cupcakes.

Photo a day year four week 12

This week we have frustrated commuters, show-off birds and Christmas decorations