Read 2016 – The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude

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A fired passed this book on to me. It is one in a growing series of re-published novels from the 1930’s. I love the idea that old books are getting a second life. Although you do sort of wonder why they disappeared. This one was quite slow but there was nothing wrong with. A couple of good characters as the main protagonists and I would happily read another book with them in it. All in all a nice murder mystery.

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52 stories – week thirty five – Gone!

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Here we go with another story.

Gone!

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Here is the story from this page –

It was one of those Wednesdays when H came for tea and I asked if she’d help me get some logs from the wood. Trees had been cut down and huge log piles left so we set off with the wheelbarrow. Although not actually doing anything wrong we didn’t want to be spotted and after a couple of incidents with slugs and a frog we heard folk at the end of their garden. We looked at each other and she shouted ‘LEG IT!’ and left me there with a barrow full of logs. Can you believe she left me!

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more to the story?

I don’t think I would add anything more to this page. Although I left the date off again! I hope that this is another one of those little stories that trigger memories and laughter in years to come.

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

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Photo a Day – week eighteen

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Normal service resumes with photos of our everyday.

Wandered to the river in my lunch time.

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A collection of shoes.

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Love this girl so.

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The first courgette flowers.

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On our walk we found this patch of wildflowers. How pretty is that poppy.

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Philadelphus and bee.

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Spotted these two from the kitchen window. Bless ’em.

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There we go.

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52 stories – week thirty three and thirty four

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Hello and welcome to two more stories in this year of story telling adventures.

Night Light

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Here is the story from this page –

Griffith Park  Los Angeles   28 April 2015

Our evening was all planned out. We’d had a busy day driving to downtown LA to see Endeavour and then Angels Flight. In all that heat. We rested in the hotel a while and were heading out to star spot, the universe kind. Then I got a little grumble in the tum and really didn’t want to venture anywhere. But I did and we stopped in Pasadena to get pizza for Gav, drove along the fast and furious freeways and got there just as it was getting dark. It was really busy but we still managed to look through two telescopes they’d set up outside and saw a demo of the TESLA machine. And saw the twinkling lights of tinsel town below. 

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more?

I apologise for sharing gastric troubles! A step too far I think but this is such a lovely story (not the troubles but the other parts) from our trip last year that I wanted to share the overall story of that evening. It was really a lovely adventure even if it started of on shaky ground!

Wouldn’t add anything to this one.

And because I’m behind with sharing these here is another one to bring us up to date with week thirty four.

The fun you have with 2 pence

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Here’s the story from this page –

If we go to the seaside then we go to the amusement arcade. I remember playing one time when I was H’s age in Scarborough with Nana and Grandad Bill. She like the amusement arcade did my Nana! And look at that adorable smile all because she won back a few 2 pence pieces. Of course it’s just the fun of it all that we love the attempted skill and then that great sound of the coins dropping to indicate that we won. Love this tradition, love that girl.

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more?

The date! Good grief how can I forget to add the date! I also don’t think that the story flows as well as it could especially the fact that I’ve mixed a memory of mine in and then back to the story of the photo all in two sentences. But I do like that it tells a little story of these visits to coastal arcades.

I’ll just go now and add the date!

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

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Bloom 2016 – Silver White

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Is this a good thing or a bad? I wait all year for certain flowers to bloom and then can only steel myself to pick them once and leave the rest in the garden?

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Good and bad I think. Which is fine. At least I get one arrangement. The flower in question on this vaseful are the Viburnum opulus. Those green/white orbs of dense wonder. They begin tight and firm, lime green and fresh signalling everything about spring in one flower head. Then as they mature the grow in size and develop into voluminous white balls, loose and frothy.

Along with them are Euphorbia, Lunaria, Hesperis and the grey foliage from an ornamental pear tree whose boughs hang over into our garden from next door! (I asked before I cut them.)

The annuals are slowly growing and filling out and hopefully I’ll be cutting a few stems from them soon.

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Photo a Day – week seventeen

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Here we go with another ‘themed’ week. Yep, it’s Buddy week!

Found himself a ball……

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Catching up on some sleep on my side of the bed!

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Buddy long legs…..

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You know that purple throw was supposed to be for the living room until someone took it for himself. Comfy much?

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He likes a spot in the sun.

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Watching all the action in the garden.

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What can I say?

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It’s a hard life being the Budster!

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Photo a Day – week sixteen

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Weeks are flying by!

A walk to Canal Gardens again. We are very lucky to have this garden and the park on our doorstep.

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I was awake at 4am and for some reason looked out of the window. I was rewarded.

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Out for an early walk with Buddy in my bright orange t-shirt…..not sure it’s me but I’m wearing it anyway!

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The light and the seeds inside a Lunaria seed head.

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So on Friday this girl had an occasional day off school. We went to the seaside and found one of those annoying grab the cuddly toy games….. But look what it was filled with! Ba-na-na! As you can tell I was quite pleased with this find. Unfortunately, even though H got one of them in the grabber claw three times we didn’t win. Those machines……..grr. But we did have fun trying.

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Another sky. So pretty.

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‘Tis the season for the Knautia. The bees love these plants so much and I love taking their photos. Always trying to improve my macro lens skills.

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Thanks for popping in to share our week in pictures.

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Read 2016 – The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Waited ages for this, the last in Raven Cycle, to be published. Here are my thoughts on book one, two and three.

Although I would say that I enjoyed it and it was good I was a teeny bit disappointed because it seemed to me like she tied the ending up in a neat bow in a very few pages. We pressed on meeting new characters, discovering new revelations then all of a sudden it was all finished and done. Maybe I should give YA a rest? Ha! Who am I kidding, that will never happen.

After thinking about this series of books for a while I came to a conclusion about Maggie and her books. Apologies if this was obvious! Her novels mirror growing up. I guess all YA books do because well the characters do grow up as the time in a story progresses. But Maggie tends to have all manner of crazyness happen to her characters then they come out the other side and get on with their lives. Just like the teenage years! She does it well and it’s a good lesson built into the novels, it’ll all be okay.

That was that then, another series bites the dust.

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52 stories – week thirty two – He drives

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Another week, another story.

He drives

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Here is the story from this page –

We are like chalk and cheese when it comes to driving in the U.S. I would not thank you for it but Gav adores it so. And ever since we got upgraded that time in Florida (2013) he only wants a Jeep now. So a Jeep it was for our 2015 road trip. Really I’ve never seen him as happy as he is behind the wheel on those big open roads of rural USA. The only problem is that means I have to navigate…….

The takeaways from story number thirty two/would I add anything more?

It comes as no surprise that I am finding throughout this process that I get my facts wrong! School girl error number one. Okay, maybe I’m not wrong but I actually have no idea if the car we hired last year was, in fact a Jeep. What I should have said was a 4×4. And really this is such an important point for me to remember, ha! I need to remember to try to get the facts rights because in years to come these stories will be what I read and believe to be correct so I must try to get things right.

Apart from that I like the overall story. I could have told it from a different angle, that is something else I am learning. Again it’s an important one for different reasons. Choosing what angle or point of view to tell a story from is another element of scrapbooking that I am flexing my muscles in. I think I will always be learning, thinking about, pondering this one. But I’m okay with that. That is one of the wonders of story telling right?

I’m also finding that I learn more about my scrapbook process, likes and dislikes if I do a long stint of making pages. If I make one a week I don’t seem to learn anything but if I make a couple on one day and a couple the next I pick up on things more easily. I also believe that my confidence grows in terms of design if I do a longer session at the scrap table.

All in all loving this adventure.

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

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Sketch and draw, paint and colour it in

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Earlier in the year I was inspired by an artist and her Instagram account. Lisa Congdon. She has a sketchbook on the go constantly and shares lots of great art both on insta and her blog. Remember last year I tried to do something arty every week and failed miserably? Well I put that behind me and was so driven on by the creativity of this woman I bought myself a new little watercolour book and a couple of fine tipped black pens.

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I was very conscientious throughout April and picked the book up at least twice a week. I’ve tried to be neat and careful which is a challenge. The doodle above is of my own design but the one below is from this pin.

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I love the idea of hand lettering.

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And was really pleased with my first alphabet, taken from this pin. The watercolour paper is quite bobbly so often I ended up with a wavy line.

Couldn’t resist doing a total copy of one of Lisa’s drawings.

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This is such a departure from what I’d usually doodle and I think I’d like to keep going so that I can develop my own style but with a greater degree of thought and care. And practice. If there is one thing that sings out from her work it is the daily routine of practice, of doing it and keeping doing it over and over. This is also something that does not come naturally but I can try.

What I need to do is to put down the laptop and pick up the sketchbook.

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