Friday, 30 December 2011

Scavenging: the December alphabet

As the last and final of the 2011 Photo Scavenger Hunt, this is a biggie and I have put in each picture in full.

I have loved doing this and would really like to thank Kathy at Postcards from the PP for running this every month. It must be almost as hard to come up with the subjects as it is to find the pictures, but it is hugely appreciated.

Here are mine - I'm off to look at everyone else's!

A-nniversary, our 5th wedding anniversary which was on 2 December. This is close up of one of our Christmas lights which we took with us on our week away.

B-ird, which I know should be under R for robin, but then the reindeer wouldn't have anywhere to go! This little chap was a regular visitor to our holiday cottage and was very happy to pose for pictures. 

C-rannog, at Llangorse Lake near Brecon in Wales. It's a reconstruction of a defensive settlement and Tim found it photogenic and was in all of my pics.

D-eaf carol singers, in the Forum in Norwich. They were tucked to one sure during a craft fair and were doing sterling work. Quite a few people were stopping too, which was lovely.

E-lves, in our Santa's workshop which we bought in Brussels for our third wedding anniversary

F-ake snow. Not sure I would have bothered, would you?

G-ales, with Tim doing his best not to fall over.
I had to hide behind a rock to hold the camera still!

H-ilton Hotel London. A tree in a wheelbarrow. Really???!

I-cing, on the festive wreath that grew and grew into a giant danish pastry.

J- uuuuust made it! OK, I know this is pushing it a bit, but I took so many pictures of swans taking off and landing at Welney that the one decent one had to find a place in here somewhere! It was a very windy day and it looked such hard work!

K-nitted santa. This was made by my grandma who we sadly lost at Christmas time. She was a great knitter and this chap takes centre stage on the tree every year.

L-langorse Lake, which is where I worked as an outdoor pursuits instructor when I was 18. We went back to see how it has changed and it really hasn't, although it felt small and like part of a different life. In the background is Pen-y-fan, the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons which I climbed many times while I was there. The focus was affected by the wind - see G for gales!

M-olly, my lovely niece, at our festive family swim.

N-ew York (and Washington), my AMAZING present from Tim. Ten days of visiting all those places you only see in films. Thank you very much (and I'll try to think of something more exciting than an IPad stand for you next year!)

O-h yes it is! Oh no it isn't! We always go to the panto once everyone has broken up from school. The Norwich Theatre Royal has a fantastic comedy double act who always do the Widow Twanky and Buttons role, and have us in stitches. With the same jokes. Every year.

P-ig chopping board, with balanced gingerbread trees on top. I'd like a good reason, I don't have one!

Q-uality Street which is an integral part of watching the Sports Personality of the Year. The Quality Street can't be opened until then, the rules according to my brother-in-law!

R-eindeer at Bicester Village. Sort of gift wrapped.

S-anta, made of balloons in Leadenhall market. Love his curly beard!

T-iffany's in London. There were no decorations at all in the shop, just these sparkly window displays. If you are that posh, you don't have to work too hard at Christmas, obviously...

U-niforms, on the Household Cavalry as they rode through Hyde Park. So many people stopped to watch, it makes you proud.

V-ery grumpy! Cats don't like hats :-)

W-interton beach in Norfolk on Boxing Day, with a seal in the sea if you look hard enough. It was a lovely blustery walk but we don't see any of the seal pups which were supposed to be there, just wary adults...

X-box games night with too much rock band 

Y-ears gone by. This is a picture of Tim's great aunt Mary, which is one of 100s I have scanned in as part of a big family archive project. I made this into a card for her this year which I hope she enjoyed.

Z- zzzzzzz.... Surprised this chap is still standing - he counted all of his sheep over the road.


  1. A lovely set of photos. I love the balloon Santa.

  2. That's a very different set of photos. It shows exactly how you spent your Christmas! Lucky you with that trip to the U.S.!!!

  3. wonderful photos! I love the one for Z and the balloon santa. You have nice mix of photos and it's nice to see photos from various locations too. Well done :)

  4. Great photos, I love the very grumpy cat!

  5. Terrific set of photos which I enjoyed very much. Your knitted Santa from your grandma is reminiscent of the Santa my mother knit ... fits on a doorknob and comes out every Christmas as well.

  6. I've enjoyed all your photos - such a good mix of different locations. Love the Welsh ones and beach as well as the grumpy cat:)

  7. Love your photos - some really unusual choices and lots of different places.

  8. The balloon santa is neat. Cute kitty even if he/she is grumpy.