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#49 – Friendly Friday: Mood

This Friday Something to Ponder About and The Snow Melts Somewhere have challenged us with:

What’s your mood?
That’s the theme for this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge.

Well on Thursday night we had travelled up to visit my father, and on Good Friday we had travelled further north to take both him and my wife’s mother out for lunch.  We had a great day and the weather was lovely, my mood was ‘loving and loved’.  On the Saturday I knew we had planned a visit to a stone circle, this would be number 49 of 50 that my wife is attempting to visit before her 50th birthday in June this year.  So my mood was ‘excited’, as I have only visited this circle twice before and it is probably about 16 years since the last visit.  So a 9 photo stitch of this grand circle in its magnificent surroundings.

‘#49’, Druids circle, Penmaenmawr, 2019.#49



An old favourite – Friendly Friday: Raindrops

This Friday Something to Ponder About and The Snow Melts Somewhere have challenged us with:

Create a post sharing your interpretation of this week’s Friendly Friday prompt –


Although taken on our old little 2mp Dimage Z3, this photo remains one of my favourite shots that features raindrops.

‘An old favourite’, Lost gardens of Heligan, 2011.An old favourite


Down in the woods – Friendly Friday: Photo walk

This Friday Something to Ponder About and The Snow Melts Somewhere have challenged us with:

It’s Friendly Friday again and the theme for this week is Photo Walk.

What catches your eye?

A walk down in our local woods always means there is a photo opportunity. So here are a few shots to give you a feel for what catches my eye, when there are no stone circles, ancient monuments, vast open landscapes, or cats to be found.


Spring Flowers – Friendly Friday – Feelings of Spring

This Friday Something to Ponder About and The Snow Melts Somewhere have challenged us with:

Create a post sharing your interpretation of this week’s Friendly Friday prompt

– Feelings of Spring

I have posted a few challenges recently based on the theme of spring, so for this one some lovely spring flowers taken on a recent walk, to bring some spring cheer into your day.

‘Spring Flowers’, Dyffryn Gardens, 2019.FFPSpring


This one’s 4 u – Friendly Friday – Story

This Friday Something to Ponder About and The Snow Melts Somewhere have challenged us with:

Welcome to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge!

This week’s prompt is short but sweet: Story.

Interpret it any way you’d like! Tell a story with a picture, or use words to accompany your picture.

A number of years ago, far too many in fact, ok, ok, it was the 30th August 1991, I wrote a song entitled ‘This one’s 4 U’.  I was sat in the front room of my parents house, where at that time I was still living, and the lyrics were based on what I saw around me.  I have always seen song lyrics as a story, sometimes I am attempting to tell the listener my version of the story, and sometimes the listener imparts a meaning that was never intended.  Anyway back to ‘This one’s 4 U’, it became a firm favourite with some of my friends, it was a fun tune to play, and playful to listen to, the chorus goes:

My Dairy Queen
Where have you been
Ginger, Tabby and Black one
This one’s for you

Well the third line of the song relates to the children’s book below:

‘Black one’FFStory


So a small part of my lyrical story came from a story itself, woven into the lyrical tale I was telling about the room in which I sat.

And if I have got this right you should be able to hear a recording I made a couple of years ago.


Derelict – Friendly Friday – Mistakes

This Friday Something to Ponder About and The Snow Melts Somewhere have challenged us with:

Create a post sharing your interpretation of the weekly prompt – Mistakes.

Ok so where to go with this one?  I have any number of badly out of focus, blurry photos to choose from, and also a number of shots of the lens cap or the floor, many mistakes in post, random filter choices and over sharpening, would any of these make interesting viewing for you all?  Hmm maybe not.

So here is a picture of Kenmure Castle taken during last years visit to Dumfries and Galloway.

‘Derelict’, Kenmure Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, 2018.FFPCMistake

So where is the mistake?  There are too many buildings like this around the country, left un-lived in, and unloved, and once the roof has gone it takes very little time before they turn to ruin.  This once magnificent building is slowly turning to ruin, this once proud building occupied up until the middle of the 1900’s is falling away, and to let it do so, like so many others may be a ‘mistake’.


Small but significant – Friendly Friday – Climate change

This week Snow challenges us with:

this week, for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge, I’d like to challenge you to post a photo (or several) with the theme Climate Change.

I hope you don’t find this topic too difficult or intimidating. It can be anything – your imagination is the only limit!

So how to answer this challenge?  I am a reducer, a reuser, and a recycler, I hope I do my bit to help slow the decline of our life supporting ecosystem.   Perhaps we have made such a mess of things that we deserve what is facing us, but there is always hope, however without action there can be no hope.  Now is the time for action, ‘now’ is perhaps always the time for any action, especially if we want our labors to come to fruition.

So what photos to use for this?  I have no photos of arid landscapes that used to be green plains, no photos of the melting ice caps.  Perhaps a photo from a protest? Maybe not.  Perhaps I am thinking too big.  Just as each of our small actions can in someway help – although this should not stop us thinking of the larger changes we can make in our lives, I started thinking of the smaller changes and went out into the garden.

The first photo is of where a lovely Cistus was once planted, early last year we had quite a dramatic snow fall with high winds, the bush was buried under a six foot snow drift, which weighed the bush down so much and lasted so long that this portion died and had to be removed.

‘Stumps’, 2019. FFClimate

We have a sizable Lilac tree, however the wind has been so strong of late that one of its larger branches broke this week.

‘Wind damaged’, 2019.FFClimate2

Both of these are such small things, but the more dramatic weather  is symptomatic of the climate change we are experiencing, and these small things have affected my life.  This all scales and these small insignificant problems become worldwide problems.

So in each of our own small ways, let us attempt to do something big!


Significant – Friendly Friday – Turning Point

This week Amanda challenges us with:

Have you ever experienced a ‘Sliding Door’ moment? Those moments when you made a choice in life, that led to significant changes for you?

I have to say the largest ‘Turning point in my life would probably be asking Karen if she would consider spending her future with me, and then 10 years later on asking her to marry me, and finally we got married and she became my wife.  So meeting her has probably been the most significant turning point in the last 23 years, we have been together just over 20 years, but it took me a while to get around to asking her to spend her life with me!

So here are a couple of pictures of our wedding rings, both taken while on honeymoon, the first time we were to visit Cumbria together.




Penmon Dreams – Friendly Friday – Dreamy

This week ‘The Snow Melts Somewhere’ challenges us with:

Since my blog’s tagline is Stories and dreamy images, I’ve given myself permission to dream a bit when I blog. Let’s forget about all the worries in the world and daydream… Let your mind wander. Where does it go? What do you dream of?

Today’s theme for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is Dreamy.

So here are a couple of photos taken this year at Penmon point which I feel have a dreamy quality, the first is a 5 photo stitch landscape, which by now some of you will know I am quite fond of producing.

‘Penmon Dreams’, Penmon point, Anglesey, 2018.FFDreamy

And the second a dreamy picture of the light house.

‘Lighthouse dreams’, Penmon point, Anglesey, 2018.K.Humphreys (7 of 8)

And just because I noticed it in my media folder as I was looking to upload the two above, a bonus shot I have used before taken while walking alongside the river Nith.

‘Heron Dreams’, Glencaple, Dumfries and Galoway, 2018.nith4

And just because the above seem to be all about watery dreams –

“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Linear imposition – Friendly Friday – Contrasts.

This week Amanda challenges us with:

This week on Friendly Friday Photography Challenge, I am asking you to create a post on “contrasts.

So I have chosen to use another photo of ‘Long Meg and her daughters’, this time for two reasons.  I like the contrast in this photo of the ‘linear’ being imposed on the ‘circular’, that is the ‘modern’ road being driven through the ‘ancient’ stone circle.  I also just like the visual contrast in this image the highlights and shadows of the sky.

‘Linear imposition’, Long Meg and her Daughters, Cumbria, 2018.ContrastMeg