Letter Art

It’s Brenda’s Photo challenge time again and this time she has challenged us to look for letters in everyday objects.
So I’ve compiled a little selection for you, lets see how many of you can read them.

my letter art

Photo letter art

views letter art

blog letter art
How many of you managed it? Can you tell me all the different items I have used to get the letters?
Remember to drop in at the other bloggers taking up the Brenda Photo challenge just follow the highlighted link.

Black & White

Tom-fishing guy has drained the colour out of this weeks header challenge and has chosen “Black and White” as his theme.

He did give us lots of options saying it could be a black and white image or a colour photo of a black and white subject.

Well Tom, I hope you don’t mind but you have given me a good excuse to divulge myself in another of my hobbies, art.

Christine, over at Christine’s Arts revitalised my love of drawing a few months ago and I’ve been meaning to post a couple of my efforts ever since.

Daves Pencil Art-3 

This one is just a quick sketch I did trying to get the form and perspective of the face correct. I’ll let you decide how far out I am.

Daves Pencil Art-2

The next one is still quite rough, this time the subject is of a young child.

Finally I moved onto animals and tried my hand first at a dogs leg…

Daves Pencil Art

finishing off with the animal portrait in the centre of my header…

cat pencil drawing

I hope you’ve liked my take on black and white this week. It’s maybe been a little unconventional, but then it’s good to be different every now and again.

If you want to see what the other headbangers have thought up for the theme Black and White, then follow their links at the top of my right hand menu bar.

Remember you can see all my past headers by clicking on the Header Challenge 2011 or Header Challenge links at the top menu bar of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you tomorrow.

Get ready for Black & White!

Empty Chairs

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We have been asked this week to think about “Romance” for our header challenge, chosen by Gailsman.

Now when I think about romance I can’t but think about my lovely wife Mel. So todays blog post is dedicated to her.

I must admit I’m a bit of an old romantic at heart and I do like to surprise her with little gestures of flowers or presents for no reason other than to say, I love you!

One of the presents was one I made myself, a pair of entwined hearts whittled out of a single peace of oak; as I had known since I had first met her that we were meant to be together…

entwined hearts carving   Shakespeare says it better than I can:

 “Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you, Did my heart fly at your service” (Tempest)

As I said I also like to give her flowers, sometimes big bunches of them, but sometimes just simple little rose buds, just to say, I love you.

roses in bud vase

My love is like a red, red rose

   That’s newly sprung in June :

My love is like the melody

   That’s sweetly played in tune. (Robert Burns)

Just today I finished another piece of carving I had been working on for a while. The word “Love”.


My wife had already seen it in its not quite finished state but today I surprised her and finished it off and set it out on her desk surrounded by roses’ and petals as you can see in the header for her to find when she came in.  I will let you decide if that is romantic or not.

Don’t forget to check out the other romantics by following their links in my right hand menu bar under the Header Challenge title.

As for being romantic my philosophy is much like Voltaire's,

 “Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination”.

So use your imagination and tell that someone special how you feel.


As for my someone special, “Jeg elsker dig”.

Its that Grasshopper again!

The grasshopper has jumped in for another appearance, this time super macro!

 Some people might not like him, describing him as a bug but I thing he's really interesting. This little chap jumped into our conservatory and landed on my desk in front of me, so I just had to take his picture. He didn't stay still for very long though and I had to follow him around the conservatory camera in hand trying to get a good shot or two. I hope you agree he strikes a good pose. He eventually decided the photo session was over and leapt off back into the garden. Lovely little fella.

Sea Lion

Coming slowly back to the surface from below the water line.

and relaxing in the sunshine...

Below the Water Line!

Well it looks as if the crocodile from this mornings post hasn’t eaten anybody so he must have gone far enough away for me to post this weeks header challenge photos.

This weeks Header Challenge has been set by imac and he has chosen  to go “Below the water line”.

Now what's one of the main things you see below the water line? Well for me I think it’s fish…

blue fish

Sad looking fish…

white horned fish

Smiley looking fish…

yellow fish

Colourful fish…

Boulogne Day 5-1-5

Slippery fish (well eel really)…




Cute… Look we've found Nemo!

I hope you haven't got too wet on our little trip below the water line, and the crocodile has stayed away for the whole post. I hope he hasn’t gone to pester any of the other headbangers as they do their headers for this weeks challenge. Why don’t you drop in on them to see if he has, or if they have succeed to post below the water line. Just follow the links to their blogs in my right hand menu bar.

Thanks for dropping in feel and free to browse any of my other posts there's lots more photography and blogs for you to enjoy.


Are we ready to go "below the water line" for this weeks Header challenge? Well not if this monsters waiting for us there. I'll put up my full post and header later and maybe something or someone will have scared him off by then.

Name that Flower

I'm not sure what these are called, are there any keen gardeners amongst today's visitors who can help me out and tell me what they are called?

I'm sharing my blog today as part of Today's Flowers, why don't you follow the link below and see some more amazing floral displays.

Yellow seed head


Everyday has been chosen for the Header Challenge theme this week and it has been chosen by Sandy. Now when I first saw the theme I thought what does that mean? What am I going to do for the theme everyday? Then I realized that it’s really just anything that I do everyday or that happens everyday to me or someone else or to everyone else. When I thought of it that way it was much easier.

As you can see in my header there are three pictures the first of a tea pot and cup, well its said that an Englishman must have his cup of tea “everyday” to see him through the day and in a lot of peoples cases many cups of tea.

The second photo is of a freshly baked loaf of bread. We bake our own bread “everyday” its much nicer than the shop bought loaves and so easy to make.

The third photo is some eggs in our ceramic chicken collected “everyday” from our small flock of hens. They’re really tasty with a rich golden yolk.

We also grow some of our own fruit and vegetable's, not many but a few. For those that don’t wish to, or don’t have the facilities to do the same the local markets are a great source of produce.

Everyday the traders are selling their wares in our towns and villages.

I visited the market in the town of Boston Lincolnshire to see what everyday trading was going on.

  There was fruit and veg…

fruit & veg stall

Tomatoes & Mushrooms

Toms & Mushrooms

You could buy your various breads too…

Bread Stall

There was even a stall that just sold eggs (fresh and pickled).

Egg market Stall

I liked the look of this stall, full of cakes…

Cake market Stall

This very bright stall was a sweet toothed heaven and probably a dentists hell, with row upon row of confectionaries.

sweet stall

Amongst the myriad of other types of stalls that make up the market in Boston, there is even a luggage stall where you can pick up a bag or even a trolley to take all your purchases home in.

bag stall

Everyday most of us have enough to eat and drink, spare just a moment in your busy life to think about those who don’t have enough everyday. If any of you are able, my daughter is going to Kenya next year as part of a World Challenge Expedition to support just some of these under privileged children, and needs sponsorship. You can support her via  the link in my right hand column or via her website at: http://keziahsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/ Thank you.


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