Friday, 31 July 2015

Linking up with Rinda

Hello! Today I am linking up with Rinda and her Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt. WARNING!! Photo heavy post!

I have lots of photos from the list which I took whilst on holiday in the Languedoc region of France, so here goes!

2. An ornate door knocker - I spotted this as we were walking around Mirepoix and thought it was perfect!

3. A person walking a dog (or other animal) - again in Mirepoix - Penny spotted this lady and went up to her and stroked this huge dog!
 4. People playing a board game or card game - not exactly a board game, but close enough and being played by Hugh and Penny in her room with the fan blowing on them as it was so hot!
 5. Architectural columns - these lovely columns were in Mirepoix which is a lovely medieval town.
9.  A tent - this is as close as I have got so far! It was at a ruined castle and we sat under it to watch a video in French all about the castle - we understood about 1/10th of it!
12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet - I had two of these to choose from and have gone with this one. Hugh and I were exploring a tiny village called Camon and we had walked past this when I suddenly screeched to a halt and ran back to take the photo when I remembered it was on the list!
 13. A merry-go-round or carousel - I have to include both here! The real one was in Mirepoix and the beautiful toy one was in the window of a shop in Carcassonne.

 14. A traffic signal - this one I have already done, but I found another one which I prefer in Carcassonne. Carcassonne is basically pedestrianized, but there are a few vehicles allowed to drive around and they have to obey the signals - if they can see them!
15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it - this one I am struggling with and this is the closest I have come. Taken through the car windscreen as we were driving back to the villa.
 16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air - this is one of my favourite photos of the whole holiday. It was taken in Tarascon on the hill which had the bell tower on it.

 17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms - still really looking for this one, but Penny and I looked pretty similar in these outfits!
18. An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle - again taken from the car as we were driving along!
20. A natural body of water - this is Lac Montebel which was about 20 minutes from where we were staying. It was a pretty overcast day, so I have oomphed up the colour using Instagram! 
If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for any one item on the list, except for Item #21:
Alternative A: People eating outside - the family having lunch by the pool

Alternative C: A rocking chair - seen on a stall at Mirepoix market.
So, I have very nearly completed the hunt! Only a couple more to find for me - number 10. A college or university; number 20, A photograph of you with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt" and possibly a substitute for numbers 17 and 15. Still got a little while to find them, so I will be keeping my eyes peeled.

Do hop on over to Rinda's blog where everyone is linking up today and drop in on some others to find how they have interpreted the prompts.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Five Faves for June - the layouts

So, since returning from holiday, apart from completing my course and looking for a job I have been doing my layouts with my five favourite photos from June.

First up is the collage of photos from my birthday trip to Hever Castle.
And then this one of me on my birthday. The paper got a bit warped as I did some inking and texture paste and dried it with my heat gun. It looks ok in the album though!
The third layout is all about my lunch with my ex-colleagues on my last day in my previous job.
And finally two photos on one page, taken on our early Father's Day treat to Tropical Wings.

I'm not going to be having as much time to scrap now as I found out an hour ago that I start a new job tomorrow - gulp! It is an ongoing temporary role in the General Surgery Unit at Basildon Hospital as a secretary/audio typist.  I won't have my Friday afternoons off any more! Oh well, it will give me the experience I need to then apply in the future for part time roles, so I can't complain! I am excited and nervous! I'll let you know how I get on!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

I'm back!

So, having prepared posts to publish whilst I was away on holiday so it wouldn't be noticeable that I was away, since I returned on Saturday I haven't had time to post anything! Need to think this out for my next holiday and schedule posts for the first week back too!

Anyway, we had the most wonderful holiday, in a beautiful villa, in a tiny village 5 minutes from Mirepoix in the Languedoc region of France.

Penny and me playing catch in the pool (because I have some embellishments that are beach balls lol!)
We spent a relaxing two weeks exploring the local area, swimming, sunbathing, reading and eating (on Saturday I return to Slimming World to see what the damage is!).

I had three favourite places which we visited. The first was Carcassonne - a fairy tale city which we ended up visiting three times. Once, in the evening with my Mum and Dad, once during the day with Penny and the third trip was again with Penny on the day we left.

My second favourite place was Tarascon. Oh what a view from the bell tower which Penny and I climbed. Well we climbed the hill the bell tower was on, but the tower itself wasn't open to the public.
View from the bell tower in Tarascon
It was just breathtaking. Whilst Penny and I climbed the hill, Hugh enjoyed visiting a model railway - a win win day out!

My final favourite is Mirepoix itself. What a fantastic medieval city.
Penny purchasing a new wallet

As it was so local we went in a few times and enjoyed the market, a medieval festival on our last day and several trips to the brocante (antique) shops and the cafes.

I managed to practically complete my Scavenger Hunt and will be posting those photos when Rinda does her blog link up at the beginning of next month.

And so back to reality this week and back to college. I got the results of two exams I was waiting for and was thrilled to pass both with distinction. I took my final exam today and have been in close contact with an agency this week and am hoping to start my first medical secretarial temporary assignment next week.

I have SO many lovely photos to scrap and will be sharing them with you as I get going!

And here are the lovely people I spent my holiday with.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Con Bravo

Last July Penny went on a huge adventure over to Canada all by herself to meet up with a friend she had only ever talked to online and to go to Con Bravo. I made her a mini album with all the photos she took, but kept a couple of copies for myself so that I could do a layout or two for my chronological album.

I showed Penny this page when I had finished it and she loved it! I was so pleased! I used the same papers that I used in her mini album and managed to use up all the matching brads too.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Park Life

Just a quick layout to share today of a photo taken last August when Penny, Wendy and I went to Canterbury for the day. I used Shimelle's layout idea from her latest class and a kit from Noel Mignon. Loving that sparkly pink glitter tape.
Hope you have had a nice relaxing weekend. Be back again later in the week with another layout to share.