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NaBloPoMo and Travel Theme: Colourful Bouquets

It’s been a thoroughly dreary day here but these seasonal flower bouquets made me smile :-)

Matthew was so cute sitting with his teddy bear in Taylors Coffee Shop today that I just had to get a few photos of him to share :-)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

The Last Post is a mass participation project that has seen communities across the UK playing the Last Post on a variety of different instruments to remember lives of World War One.  In Woking, our event was organised by Andy Mabbutt from The Phoenix Cultural Centre and hosted by Eddie Jones at The Trench Experience shop and Upcycling Centre.

The Trench Experience shop was the ideal setting for our event. The Charity was founded by Eddie Jones in 2005 and has just started work on a permanent base for the educational project, on land beside Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey. The site will be developed in real-time to the events of the First World War, leading up to a Victory Celebration in 2018. The charity has chosen The Artists Rifle Regiment to illustrate trench conditions. The Artists fought as a battalion and were in the thick of the fighting with the Royal Naval Division at Passchendaele and Ypres. I’m really excited about this open-air, living history museum!

Cllr Tony Branagan, the Mayor of Woking, opened the event and welcomed us all. We honoured the memory of the Artist’s Rifles with prose and poetry from Greg Freeman, of the Woking Writers Circle, and also from me. Wilfred Owen is one of the best known members of the Artist’s Rifles and his poetry was a huge inspiration to me from my school days. I felt it was fitting to read a number of his poems including, Beauty and Anthem For Doomed Youth, two of my favourites and incredibly moving pieces. I also read my recently penned homage to Blood Swept Lands.

Vic Cracknell took us on a journey through the music of the era which brought back memories for many of us, young and old. My Great Aunt Jo was always singing with us when we were children and I was probably one of the most vocal members of the audience during the sing-a-long when Vic launched into She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain! Voices rose all around the shop for It’s A Long Way To Tipperary and Pack Up Your Troubles. One of the most moving moments of the event came as Vic read an actual letter from the Grandfather he never met, back home to his family about having been wounded in action and losing an arm. It was full of reassurance to loved ones and gratitude for all the help he was receiving. Such an upbeat letter considering such dire circumstances!

A great achievement bringing several of Woking’s community groups together to put on such a successful and moving event!

NaBloPoMo -Warm Glows

Wordless Wednesday and NaBloPoMo – Towers Of London Bridge

Andy Twyman

NaBloPoMo and Travel Theme – Belonging at The Lovely Music Night

Every month a Lovely Music Night is held at The Phoenix Cultural Centre in Woking. Tonight was that night and it was truly lovely! There’s such a feeling of belonging for both audience and musicians at these events. Thank you to Dave Lambert, Ciaron and Alan, Lisa Von H, Dave Salsbury, Dan Shears and The Velveteen Orchestra, Andy Twyman and Cardboard Carousel for the wonderful music!

All photos taken on Sony Xperia Z phone and processed with Google Photos App.


One Four Ways - November Week 3

One Four Challenge: November Week 3

The days are drawing ever shorter, and as Winter takes hold I really do feel that I’m suffering from a lack of sunlight! I thought I’d represent my mood and the change of seasons in my choice of processing this week. I used Nik Silver Efex to create this dark and moody monochrome. Thanks to Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me for hosting this challenge!

Here’s my gallery from original photograph up to Week 3!


Blue Monday: Blue Cross

A gallery of blue abstracts created by photographing a piece of blue Maltese Glass with my phone and processing using a combination of the Google Photo App and Adobe PS Touch.


Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

Woking Writers Circle

A writing group meeting in Woking

Forty at Forty

Forty celebrations for forty years.


The Moon and the Wandering Cat....Wandering...Finding...Capturing...Sharing...Because Photography must be a pleasure...

Jet Eliot

Travel and Wildlife Adventures


See your world in a different light

Roving Bess

The Journaling Photographer

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News from Mostly Autumn

The Insatiable Traveler

Images and Tales from My Adventures, Whether Next Door or Thousands of Miles Away


thoughts from the forest


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