Friday, August 30, 2013

Scavenger Hunt 4

  1. A few more scavenger finds to share with you.  
18. Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop
This one was pretty easy considering I live within easy reach of a few good ones. The Copper Still is my favourite and I highly recommend it if you are ever in my neck of the woods. Good food, good Guinness and great craic.....and far too easy for me to get to!!! LOL.
3. City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building

This is the civic building in Norwich. It was hard to get a good picture of it with my phone but this was the best one and I like the clock.
2. Theater for performing arts (not a movie theater)

Oh, the memories of going to the panto here at Christmas as a kid. Again, a nice big main road stopped me from getting a great picture but yay, I got it.
1. Open air market
You can't go to Norwich and not see the market in the centre of the city. Permanently open air come rain, snow or shine :-)
I will post the rest next week and hopefully, I will find the last couple that I need.....although I think the airplane may be a bit beyond my reach at this stage!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hunting the Gorillas Part 2

Ready for some more gorillas? 

#13: Freddie 'Radio Go Go'
Look at them working together.....such a rare sight lol

#14: Whoop! Whoop!
I like this one. It reminds me of comic characters.

#18: Georgian Georgie

#5: Gareth

#46: Walk on the Wild Side

Friday, August 23, 2013

Can I write ok? I think I can!

Hi. My name is Jayne and I am addicted to online classes.


Well, I am currently doing Hello Story, Grammer-Free journaling and iScrap at BPC and have Design Challenges and The Art + Science of Scrapbooking (sounds very academic right?) waiting in the wings. (Seriously, their classes are great).
I am subscribed for 6 months to Masterful Scrapbook Design and do Story Coach at Get It Scrapped which also has loads of great articles and challenges.
Then there is Kirstins online journaling class Find Your Voice which has just wrapped up (although if you head over there before August 31st, you can download the classes and join the great Facebook community for free or pay $5 for the class from Sept 1st) and 30 lists starts on Sept 1st, hosted by Kam and Amy.

Why am I doing all these classes?
Well, apart from needing a good bit of distraction at the moment, I really want to improve the way I talk on paper. I have a pretty good grasp of the English Language granted, but whenever I read back on my writing, I am never satisfied. I know I am a bit of a perfectionist...that will be the Virgo in me...but I am also not massively confident of my abilities.
What I want to be able to do is write without conscience. To not be looking at the story and thinking 'who'd want to hear that'. I want to remember that no matter how mundane the story may be, someone will want to hear it, whether it's you, my family or myself.

I need to remember that it is good to make mistakes. To write and write and write, then to cross out and rewrite over and over. But I also have to remember not to overthink everything. It doesn't have to be perfect. As long it is readable and I am happy with it.

I want to think outside the box. Write in different ways other than linear. Make a real life event read like a fantasy story. I want the story to be more than just facts.

The LO in the picture is an example of what I guess I am aiming for. It is in response to week 5 of Hello Story where Ali encouraged us to use mathematics in our LOs. Yep, I know that is a fairly daunting idea (especially for someone who took 3 goes to pass her GCSE Maths) but you can interpret it in many ways so I took the main examples and focussed on the plus and equals elements of the subject.

I opted to go for a double page LO as a single page bunched all the photos together too much and I wanted them to breath a little. I cropped the 2 top pictures on the left page as they were of 2 different orientations and since we are dots in the pictures, it helps emphasise us a bit. I don't tend to use many embellishments on my LOs and actually used less paper than I usually do.
I liked how the page turned out....I am finally realising that I am a simple scrapper who likes to edge her pages :-). I tried something different with the journaling as well.

It reads...Its a slow ride to the top and anticipation is high. On arrival, it is a short wait before the cart hurtles down the track. The thrill is high and the shrieks are loud. As the cart floats to the finish post, the dripping after effects of the rising water is felt.

Now, I wouldn't say that I am massively happy with it but I am pleased with how it turned out and now that I have broken through that wall, I am encouraged to keep writing and experimenting and practising....and crossing out.

Who knew addiction could be so much fun :-)

This post is tied in with FYC week 3 prompt.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hunting the Gorillas part 1

While I was at home, me and the oldest 2 monsters went on the Gorilla hunt.
We didn't find them all but what we did find were fab.
 Here are a few of the ones we found (I hope I have numbered them right....let me know if u have seen them and I have mixed up the names)
#47: The Ape'd Crusader

#41: Drilla the Gorilla

One of the little Gorillas they had around town.

#52: Besty

#11: Gonzo
 I will post a few more in a few days. Cool, aren't they?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Scavenger Hunt 3

9. something clearly out of place...only on a summers day does the grit bucket look out of place. But since it lives there all year anyway..... willing assistant points out rubbish which is most clearly out of place!

17. candles... aren't these colourful? Found them in a shop in Norwich.

14. a mosaic...I am sure I can find a better one but until then, here is the bar area on the Irish Ferry Ulysses.

Brought to you with Rindas Scavenger Hunt for 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Scavenger Hunt part 2

The nights are drawing in. It's 5.50am and it is still a little dark. Which means that summer is nearly over. So, I better share some more of my Scavenger pictures.
13. a fence: I wish I had a story to go with this picture but after staring at it for weeks, I think I will have to admit defeat and just say, here is a pretty fence near to where I live.
11. animal in a zoo: these little pot belly pigs and their mum live at Glendeer Pet Farm. We had gone there for a work trip and it was great fun. Imagine sitting eating your sandwiches while a llama and donkey look wistfully on at your side.

6. monster taking a nap
photo taken by monster #2
 The rare moments where we would get a little break from monster #4 :-)
photo taken by monster #2
 Getting her from my lap to my sister without waking her was some mean feat but we did manage it. Phew!
photo taken by monster #2

As you can see, the last 3 photos were taken by #2.

I took her on a photo walk and she really enjoyed it. She took some good photos, mainly of water and trees but my favourite picture was this one...
I really like the detail in the cobweb and the angle to it. Maybe we have a budding photographer in the family after all.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

STS- August: Given in love

Sorry about the poor picture but I was a bit impatient to get this documented when I got home :-)

"What's that coming out of your eye, Auntie Jayne?" asks Number 4.
"That's a tear.." I say as more suddenly flow out.
2 little faces look at me with concern as their mum giggles in the background.
Number 3 comes up and hands me a toy car. "Here you go Auntie Jayne, have one of my toys"
Number 4 promptly comes up and does the same.

And that is how 2 seemingly random objects became some of the most precious things I brought back with me from a trip home to see my sister and the monsters.
(Don't mind that my sister being able to cry at the drop of a hat has always been a great source of family amusement...the oldest 2 usually join in the mockery but luckily they were out lol)
monster number 4
monster number 3

This is brought to you (by sheer luck since I've only been back a couple of days and had forgotten all about it :-s) via Sians monthly Storytelling Sunday meme. Hop over and have a look at what everyone is writing about and if you fancy it, join in :-)