Monthly Archives: June 2011
I was planning a long blog all about the brilliant Tweetup last Saturday. It was going to have Venn diagrams and everything, and a long apology to my fellow tweetupperers for the amount of time it took me to climb that fecking cliff-face. It would have covered Doodle’s search for the perfect sheep, turtle-love, and of course Arsegate. Then I realised you’d probably prefer a video.
(Thanks for a stonking day to @captain_doodle, @stinkweazl, @domburf, @vickyperry, @justinreid, @frak, @tizbanana, @ammarvellousme, Silvano, Maier and Raph)
Wondered for ages what might be the best way to present all your “Leaves” pictures for the blog, and in the end I decided for once just to whack the feckers on here any old how, and see what it looked like when posted. Hmmm, don’t think I’ll do it this way again, eh? Hover over each pic to see who it belongs to and what they said. Oh, and by the way? There are some superb works of art here. You lot are GOOD.
This week the lovable Mr Wombat has let me, @starlitwolf sit in his ultra comfy #SundayPics chair while he takes a well deserved break to do…well, to do Wombatty things, of course!
After considering several topics, I’ve narrowed it down to three and now (at the last minute, mind you!) I’ve finally narrowed to one. It was an extremely hard choice, but I’ve decided….*ta da duh a dah!*
C O L O U R S!
That’s right, Colors! Colors-Textures and Patterns is this weeks theme. Yes, black, white and grey(gray) are colors too. But as we are coming out of the Winter and into the Spring. I thought this would be a great way to get completely out of the dull winter blues.
So on Sunday, feel free to send your colorful, patterned or textured or both patterned and textured pics in. Paisley shirts, multi-colored pinwheels and what have ya!
So get out there yall and have fun!
You might be wondering how I got the idea for this topic. Well, it’s a long story, so I’ll keep it short-ish. Recently we’ve done some renovation to our home. While pulling a wall down, the builders got a surprize. They found all our walls are double boarded, meaning someone had plaster boarded over the old plaster board(sheetrock, dry wall) and then just painted or wallpaper the new plaster board. We discovered five layers of old wallpapered between the layers of plaster board. The patterns were simply jaw droppingly amazingly ugly. The colors were glaringly awesome, and I dont mean in a good way! They were bold, bright and simply gawd awful! I had to take a picture! There was no way I couldn’t not take a picture! I was going to put it straight onto Twitter, then it dawned… I had been asked to do a SUNDAYPICS. I couldn’t settle on a theme. Why not make it my SUNDAYPICS theme? Yes!!
Where to begin. Well, I needed to pick and choose which photos stayed and which went. They were so very wonderful that I finally decided to keep them all! No favorites here! So any and all pics you sent should be in this blog somewhere. They may not be together, but then again if they went into the same category they will be.
I thought we’d start with how the dull winter blues can change our perception of colors.
First up, we have the simply gorgeously awesome (and cold) photo of the icy blue main hall, Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden which, if I remember correctly, is rebuilt every year because the last one simply melts away during the thaw. During a recent holiday @lilianlouvaine stayed there and took this wonderful shot. When I saw this photo, I just knew it had to be first. Stunning.
During the long, sometimes seemingly unending cold of winter. Most people have been inside, staying warm by the fire. They’ve settled in and have renewed their interest in hobbies, crafts and cooking. Next up, we have photos of some of those indoor activities.
I collect stained glass lamps declares @emjay123, who also has a passion for Frank Lloyd Wright, the world famous American Architect. She reminds us that the days will be getting longer soon and we won’t need to turn on the lights in the early afternoon (in the UK) for much longer! What a beautiful lamp to light up the evenings. Someone who might need a bit of that light is @hc_illustrated, who sent us pictures of her office and says she’s #notobsessivecompulsiveatall. Nope, she’s not, she just loves Rainbows, not to mention Snoopy and Woodstock! She’s our kind of gal!
Snuggling into her lap is @hastillonlyme’s (below, left) cat. She loves the feel and texture of her cat’s fur while petting it as it purrs away. And of course, its lovely coloring is probably what brought the cat home to her in the first place. @ericafairs (below, middle) didn’t let us see her cat but shows us it’s apparently much loved brightly colored toy which while being played with, is a guaranteed instant winter (ok, year round) entertainment for us mere humans. And if the toy isn’t for a cat today, perhaps it’s enthralled by @widget53’s Matthew, the fighting beta fish. I wonder if Matthew can hypnotise the cat with its smooth, flowing swimming manner?
Or is the cat daydreaming he’s “THE Bravest Cat on the Planet” and wishing he was going after bigger fish? Perhaps like this super bright pink shark sent in by @MrChambers. “Ack! Not that big!!”
If the fire’s not warm enough for ya, perhaps this beautiful jewel toned, patterned quilt made by @FlossieTP (below, left) can help warm you up. Or maybe you’d like to while away the long evenings playing a game of Bugs (or Cooties, as this game is called, in The States) with @kirtle (below, middle) and whoever else may want to join in. Count me in! She also says this is so much better than the paper and pencil version. Oh, and look what @lettyP1 (below, right) and Lucy have been up to. Why, they’ve been making bracelets for the local craft fair!
Now to show you what inspired this theme. The horrifying wallpapers we found caught between the layers of plasterboard. Believe it or not, these two pictures are of parts of same wall, The far left picture also shows the pebble dashed side of our house.
Now, let’s get away from the renovations and back to child’s play? What do ya say?
Get a load of the Lego filled bucket that was sent in by @JaneGoth (right). I wonder if she plays with them while she’s in the house alone. I bet she does! I’m fairly certain I would! But yall won’t tell my secret, will ya? Will ya?? lol
Ooh! Will ya look at that? Looks like its warming up outside! Time to run the brush through our hair, get our coats and boots on and get out of the house! Cabin Fever has struck!
Say hello to newcomer @francoisome! (below, left) It looks like her daughter is way ahead of us. Just look at that gorgeous hair with fabulous streaks of color! And do be careful to look in your coat pockets before putting them on. @MannyMunkeh (middle) could be anywhere! After all, Color is what its all about when hiding. Oh wait, there he is! As for these boots, well to be honest, I dont think @Och23’s daughter will ever lose those. They are a fabulous shade of pink. And besides, who would want to lose those? I totally agree with her statement, “I wish they came in adult sizes”. I do too!
@AvenSarah and @alliterative’s son(E1) has found a way to entertain himself and his brother while they wait for us to get ready to go. He’s found some ribbon on a stick to twirl while E2 watches. Looks like E2 has thrown his toys in a heap on the floor and is quite captivated by the blaze of swishy colors. Just looks at that baby’s hands! Now, are we ready to go on our first of many warmer day outings? You know the ones I mean, the days that are too sunny to stay inside but too cold to stay outside.Those. Where shall we go first? Well, @andromedababe went to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on a foggy day where she found this giant dinosaur waiting for her. Yikes! Not only does it look gigantic, it’s red too and just look at how it dwarfs the bench behind it! Perhaps, we should go somewhere safer; like to a children’s indoor playground. And seems two others had the same great idea! Ball pool! Apparently, not the same pool, as @Gib46 (below, middle) has opted to jump in with his bumble bee pal and one of his munkeh buddies, while @nyncompoop (below, right) has her gorgeous son test “the waters”, so to speak. And his face says it all. Awesome!
This girl seems to be dancing to the beat of her own drum as she poses in the street in this vibrantly colored outfit and @bestoftimes declares “the colors are real!” Looks like no matter how grey the day is, her day will always be brilliant. Speaking of tattoo, (Get it? Beat, drum, tattoo? hehehe) How about these tattoos? @skydivemacca sends us a picture of her tattooist and the color he’s now added to Weeble Bot. She didn’t say who’s tattoo it is, but it sure is cute! And @flossie_TP shows us a bit of her son, The Tattooist’s artwork. Nice! Love the shape of the hand; however the dagger going through it looks quite painful. Ow!
@underbundle (left) has been doing a little playing of his own. He’s discovered his iPhone’s camera lens is small enough to focus down a kaleidoscope. Turns out it was a cool experiment with great results!
I’m not sure if this was an experiment or not but it too turned out quite cool. @skydivemacca (right) found this colorful wood looking wave pattern taking over the Science Museum. Whatever it is, I swear it’s taking over a doorway.
@mrsactive (below, left) spent the first of the warmer days re-staining her outdoor wooden furniture. The wood stain gave this bench seat a lovely hue and brought out the wonderful wood grain to perfection.
This bric-a-brac shop’s window is quite interesting. Loads of variety just to get our interest. The star (or is it a lit up shell?) is what caught my attention first, as if it’s ready burst right out of the window. Then the lit up round fan or globe thing. Some people could probably stare at this window for days wondering what everything is, or @island252 (above, right) could just ask the shop keeper.
Perhaps it was raining that day but @miffybarker (below, left) decided to stay in and so did @RHSFB12 (below, middle) and both found loads (no pun intended) of colors and textures in their ironing piles. And what’s this? @wombat37 (below, right) is being as helpful as ever by showing them these brand new irons he found at the Bury Market that they may want to use.
The days are getting longer. Blue skies are replacing the dull grey ones. Flowers are blooming far and wide. Caterpillars are changing into butterflies and moths are gathering near the outside lights.
Glorious blue skies have been found by @jasononion (below, left) who occasionally lives near this roundabout that’s the geographic center of Cornwall. Looks like @macjude is also enjoying the blue view of sky with the help of volcanic dust from Iceland while laying back in the garden. This brightly colored kite was caught in mid-flight by @jaxbourne (bottom, left) who spotted it on an absolutely gorgeous day. This wonderfully painted house is classic mainland Europe to me, suggesting it’s perhaps in Spain or France, especially with the blue skies above but no, @ariadnes_web (bottom, right) found it in Fife. Love the plants along the steps.
The weather has warmed up and more days in row are looking nicer and brighter. Now families begin planning day trips that are to be spent entirely outdoors to enjoy the longer hours of daylight.
Looks like the baby’s ready for a day out in this multi-colored striped all-in-one and just look who @Em_and_Lola (right and far right) went to see, this fab specimen of a peacock who seems to be all eyes. (Sorry. Horrible joke. I’ll get my coat and hat)
I don’t know about yall, but Mr and I always drive to where we are going to go for a walk; sometimes it could be just 15 minutes away from home while other times, it could be as far as 5 hours away. We’re weird like that. So as we all head out to our various types of transportation, @tonihill79 (below, left) has been watching where she walks and points out this bloom that seems to be coming out of such dry earth its almost as if it’s coming straight out of the asphalt to greet us. So glad she didn’t trip over it. There’s no tripping over what @JudgeTread, (below, middle) who suddenly stopped short as he spied something else on the ground. Someone’s lost their car freshener and he shouts “Smile!” as if only noticing the brilliant smile of the tiny piece of cardboard. Then @RHSFB12 shows us this stunning daisy which is happily living in her daughter’s VW Bug. I wonder if she’ll give us a lift so we can walk on the beach?
Listen to the quiet roar of the waves, the sounds of splashing water and enjoy the feeling of the warm sand between your toes. This all reminds us of the beach. Here, @jaxbourne (left) reminds of the visual beauty, texture and patterns of the sand and sea. Just smell that smell! Ahh! I wonder if there are any loungers available? There’s one! Oh wait, looks like it’s being saved for someone by a Robertson’s Jam Dolly. Even though he’s very well dressed, I think @magentablog (right) might want to take him home soon, he’s looking more than a bit toasted.
It must be early Spring if they are still allowing dogs on the beach and here’s @superblouse’s (far left) dog Sandy, the sandy colored dog who went to the beach with her Dad and is curiously looking through the rails to see the waves and anything else moving along the sand. Curiosity killed the cat, ya know. Then we see @jamerz3294’s (left) dog, Ace geocaching in the wet, happily showing us the fish he rolled as he enjoys splashing through the water. How so very happy both dogs look!
Another newcomer to #sundaypics is @stevie_82uk and what an entry! A simply brilliant view of the crystal clear azure sea from high above (right).
Newcastle has a magnificent bridge as attested by @keithy73, (left) who shows a great sunset highlighting it and the river below. The silhouette reflections are quite beautiful. And look at what wonderful hues this next watery reflection brings out. Not everyone would have noticed but @island252 (right) sure did! Good on ya girl!
The butterflies have come out to help spread the seeds and pollen of the plants and trees and @alliterative (below) shows us proof that they are definitely out and about.
Other sure signs of longer, warmer days are picnics and family barbeques go on the rise. Indoor markets are moving their wares outdoors. Day trips become holidays(vacations). Festivals and outdoor Events pop up everywhere. So come on, let’s see where some of the others have been to find lots of colors, textures and patterns.
Look who’s having a barbeque! @jfzola25 (far left) says #yesdearthebbqisreadytocookon. Oh boy, hope you like your food extremely well done! First up to the plate is this cutey wearing the bright sunhat and is the son of a friend of @emmalipton (left). Isn’t he adorable? And look at those chubby cheeks, almost makes a girl just want to give them a little squeeze!
This luscious home-grown rhubarb has been brought by @thetiniestvole (below, left) to our barbeque in the hope of turning it into a crumble before the rest of the food is ready. Plenty of time! In the meantime @ariadnes_web (below,right) has brought some fresh berries to nibble on while we wait for the steaks, chicken and shrimp(prawns) to come off the grill or perhaps today, the menu is burgers, hot dogs and sausages which is alright by me!
Whether you’re at a picnic at Kew Gardens or somewhere else, have a seat on this bright colorful super comfy looking plaid blanket that @scullyscully (below, left) was kind enough to bring. Speaking of colors, seems @toffeegirluk (middle) has been to the races, the horse races that is and she was checking out all the colors the jockeys were wearing before placing her bets. I hope she won! At a different race called MotoGP Jerez, @davidgilray found this girl in the bright orange. She is a walking advertisement for Tigretón rolls, which is a chocolate covered rolled cake filled with apricot and cream. Sounds deee-lish!
While it’s certainly no Kew Gardens, my local town square (left) sure can put on a delightful display of brilliance! Every year, when I go into town and I see the garden areas surrounding the War Memorial in full bloom, I stop the smell the roses and other flowers. I always want to take a picture of all the lovely blooms that come out near Easter time, but I never seem to have time. This year was the first time I actually stopped to simply take the picture.
Next up, we have @mikeybaer (below, left) who sent a view of where he was on the day this theme came up. He was looking at the minarets of St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow. He’s now happily staying in Australia for the time being. Last year, or at least I think it was last year @Captain_Doodle and his lovely wife went to Morocco and brought back these lovely photos. The middle one is “Colourful jars of stuff wot they were trying to flog us in Marrakech…” and the one on the right is “some pretty patterns from Fes… ”. I love the lively kaleidoscopic pattern. I wonder what else they brought back.
Again you responded magnificently to this theme – there were so many classy photographs that I thought they’d meld well into a rather fine video. Be warned, there were lots of entries so it’s about ten minutes long. Get yourself a cuppa and a hobnob. Also, there’s a little NSFW section near the end, but you’ll get plenty of warning if you want to click away. Personally, I pause it at that point.
Some of the pics do require a bit of explanation, and you can see some tweeters’ comments below.
@MissAthena That is a drosera filiformis aka a thread-leaved sundew carnivorous plant.
@stoleasheep My first ever #SUNDAYPICS taken at a garden party yesterday. I call it ‘The Angular Gatecrasher’
@sjnewton East cliff, Hastings.
@jfzola25 A red wine barrel I cut the top out of to plant a tree in. Odd texture too that the pic doesn’t fully capture, one half is crystallised, the other a smooth deeper colour and it smelt amazing.
@binarydad Steam engine innards.
@IainLJ My “Circles” entry is this lifebuoy that I saw when I was out walking recently.
@Em_and_Lola My perfect, Grade A, 8 cell embryo that developed into my beautiful daughter Lola.
@sarahtregear My Zils or Finger Cymbals which came with this lovely photo of Tarkan.
@andrewmaginley Rosette from a Guittar by Will Gibson Dublin 1768, followed by the triple rosette from a Theorbo.
@thefrolick The exit stairs at the Vatican Museums last thing at night. Museums are lovely late at night. Followed by a wonderful double rainbow yesterday eve in Hastings. Pure Lucky Magic.
@the_super_vixen My first Sunday Pictures woot! So here is an assortment of kendo stuff They go onto the Shinai, The left item is a rubber dome stopper and the right is a Tsuba (Tsuba = hand guard).
@scullyscully I share a drawing of the damned roundabout where I failed my driving test; drawing courtesy of my fab driving instructor.
@JudgeTread Tensioner. This was looking straight down, leaning over the (electrified) fence, whilst balanced on a wobbly drain cover!
@BestofTimes Light from the National Museum of Scotland. A lampshade from below followed by another shot from the National Museum of Scotland.
@ericafairs My favourite circles, EVER.
@ariadnes_web My son exploring as a baby (19 now!), followed by a nice salad I made.
@LettyP1 A log pile we walked past this morning.
@DavidWaldock The finest kind of circle.
@johnrisby A ceiling fan, a gas bottle, Going fast, I Spy.
@captain_doodle The Soviet-Egyptian memorial (think Soviets funded Aswan Dam’s construction).
@talojo By the Millennium bridge, which I think I submitted on a diff #sundaypics .. it’s part of a ‘Millennium walk’ around the town.
@EnglishKirsty A circular bottom with a circular spot belonging to Olga da Polga the Guinea Pig.
@skydivemacca Not quite a circle for #SUNDAYPICS but I’m not complaining.
@tonihill79 I leave my computer for a few minutes and Circles appear i have tab dedicated to #SundayPics ALWAYS at the top of my screen.
@MacJude My first go firing a gun at a range in California.
@MrsAshborosCat Flowers from our friends wedding last week. It was an Indian-Greek wedding. Brilliant.
@combat_wombat Sockets followed by Headphone case.
@ephemeraldog #SuperMoon #WinterHill, Miyazaki Forest Spirits, Invasion, Almost a Circle, An effort from some time ago.
@carolthescot This is our garden.
@matt_cochr I was looking for inspiration for the circles topic whilst emptying the dishwasher (they are bowls).
@oldmotherriley The bottle wall was built by @copyconsultant; thought you’d like to know.
@treadgently Ever decreasing circles … this is my first try, so please be kind.
@mallrat_uk My new throw for my sofa purchased today.
@miffybarker Sweet cake circles.
@ellililalou Peacock! – the mixing bowl I left on the hob and burnt the arse out of.
@alliterative E1 & I on top of a giant wheel.
@mfitchett Mint tea and runner bean planting.
@minidibdob Here’s my entry after a long sunday afternoon walk.
@hardyheroine Solitary bee nests in my beehouse.
@ButMadNNW I live here. Again. Circles – my life is moving in them.
@emjay123 Riding in circles on a sunny day.
@chickenprincess It had to be Eggletina really. In a circle, see.
@thelovelyhubby HAPPY circles.
@janegoth A wand for making bubbles. I took this about 3 years ago.
@lilianlouvaine Buckets in the garden next to Mr Lil’s pond excavations.
@superblouse The London Eye looking all romantic (Feb 10).
@jaxbourne I’m sat looking at these… so here is my Real time circles.
@davidgilray For any lunatics out there (taken from my terrace, C diz) #supermoon.
@starlitwolf Compass Rose Geocoin a geocaching trackable front n back & smiles followed by our dinner(tea). Don’t worry chips added aft pic. Finally, the Trolley guy asked me with odd look on face what I was doing. Told him art project called Circles! Yall should’ve seen the look on his face when he came up n saw me, then when it dawned on him.
@sarahpez A present from Livvie.
@dbrereton Mirrorball Blackpool, followed by Xmas wheel.
@crofty Possibly the most satisfying and comforting set of circles. Ever.
@philwalters This is a cropped circle pic, as opposed to a crop circle pic.
@Shysarah2009 Small part of my candle collection – obsessive me? Never lol. Followed by a Spice rack.
@sherbertpip68 My son Alfie looking out of a Lego sharks mouth at the Sea Life centre.
@richlieu_uk Teatime at Casa de Richlieu_uk – home made pizza.
@little_mavis Rescued this from garden this afternoon, bobbing about, helplessly. It’s happier now, just looking out, must be an indoor balloon.
@hollylightly Love these amazing creatures.. (circles on his back).
@jimtheSG Spider in tumbler on coaster.
@davidtims Circular rotating fan things with a hint of water spray.
@lizardsimpkins I’ve been learning Adobe Illustrator today. Doing really well so far.