Friday, July 26, 2013

Scavenger hunt

I had planned to have a few 'ready to go' posts while I am at home but time ran away with me.

I have managed to catch up on some posts though and see Rinda is planning a linky on the 31st so thought I'd get a few of my finds up before then.

I am really enjoying doing the hunt and have even found a little helper while I am home ;-)

(An outside bench) ...I have posted several in Instagram (paperwoolthread if u want to see more of my finds so far) but this is my favourite because it is unusual. It is part of the new 'staging area' in the town centre.

(Fisherman) On my phone I cant really see the fishing rod but that's what he's doing. I asked number 2 to pose so I wasn't too obvious. As u can see, she happily obliged.

(Dinosaur) Loved this display when we went to my Uncles favourite hobby store the other day.

(Windmill) I have come across a few windmills in the last couple of days (and my uncle nearly went off the road looking at one I had spotted.!!) but I think Lilliput Lanes version had to win hands down

(Something out of place) rubbish in the river....always depressing to see but number 2 only delighted to point it out once I had described the challenge

(I will put in the links when I get near a computer ....don't know how to link on my phone)

- Posted on the move :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

By Jove, he done it

picture from bbc sports website
Do I need to say anymore?

Well done Andy. You played a great tournament. You played a great match.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Storytelling Sunday: July

Pictures are wonderful.

They give you snapshots of your life. Things you have enjoyed (or occasionally have not enjoyed). Places you have been. Things you have seen. People you love.

They are precious for bringing back memories that may have been supressed for years...

...I had totally forgotten about that guitar but I remember loving it after finding this picture.

They are precious for sharing stories, even if the picture isn't quite what you want.

They are precious for the images of those that have passed so that you remember them and can share their stories with generations that will never meet them.

But, photographs are not my precious this month.
Because I have found something altogether more fun, heartwarming and memory inducing.

I finally rescued the family videos that have been in my parents storage container for the last few years.

I am not ashamed to admit that when I first heard his voice for the first time in 15 years, I cried.

I can't wait to have a proper look at them and get them onto DVD so everyone can see them.

So far, my most favourite precious to date.

Storytelling Sunday is a meme created by the lovely Sian. If you want to join in or just want to read some wonderful stories, hop over and have a look.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Find Your Voice: Lesson 1

I have always enjoyed writing.
The feel of the pen sliding across the paper.
The skill of forming the letters, then the words.
I enjoy doing bubble writing, dabble in Calligraphy and scribble in all different types of styles.
I can write upside down, backwards and with my left hand. 
I can type with both hands at a reasonable speed.

So, why, as I have got older, has my confidence in my writing become so low?

I was good at English, did it at GCSE and A Level. I wrote stories as a child and always thought that I would end up doing an English Degree (I didn't!)

I devour all sorts of, films, music, books, magazines, comics, blogs. But when it comes to putting down my words, I struggle.

 I have lots to say. I have stories I want my nieces and nephews to remember in the future. But, how do I put  it into words?

The first step is to look at what I like. So, armed with lesson one from Find Your Voice (the free storytelling workshop by Kristin), I wrote a few notes and this is some of what I came up with.

What is Storytelling to you and what are your goals?
I have been scrapbooking for a while and always struggled with the journalling. Not from lack of stories. More the feeling that no one wants to hear them or what if I don't do them justice. I have an awful tendency to overthink things and that creates a tendency to not go with my instinct, even though 9/10 times, my instinct is pretty good. However, I have just started researching my family tree and it has really highlighted the need for me to get these stories down. 
I want the stories to be interesting, to engage and inform the reader. A little bit of whimsical is fine as long as it has some factual basis to it. It doesn't have to be long but the narrative has to keep the reader involved. A little suspense is always good. 

What are your favourite stories and which storytellers do you admire?
I read and watch pretty much anything. I love fantasy, comedy, sci-fi, historical fiction, social history, horror and the occasional lifestyle/contemporary story. 
Writing wise, the list is endless but ones that spring to mind across the whole word/visual/sound spectrum include: Philippa Gregory, Neil Gaiman, Mark Gatiss, Richard Curtis, Enid Blyton, Terry Pratchett, David Bowie, Ed Sheeran, Ray Davies, Steven Moffat, Julie Kirk, Sian Fair and Ali Edwards.

Ok, now onto Lesson 2!