Friday, January 25, 2019

Scavenger Photo Hunt - January

The word prompts for this month's Scavenger Photo Hunt which is organised by Kate at 'I Live I Love I Craft' blog are as follows
  Metallic, Plate, Made, Aged, Modern, My Own Choice


Metallic - I struggled a bit with this one but I thought that the ceramic pear in our kitchen window had a metallic sheen to it.


Plate  - a plate camera.  I took this photo in September 2017 when we visited The Bromley House Library in the centre of Nottingham on a Heritage Open Days Weekend.  Here is a - link - to the post I wrote at the time


Made - we had quite a bit of vegetable casserole left so we topped it with mashed sweet potato and made a sort of vegetable Shepherd's Pie.


Aged - our aged cat Max decided he wanted to go out in the snow.  He made his way very gingerly, with his rickety back legs, towards the pond but wouldn't go any further into the wet snowy grass beyond so I picked him up and carried him back inside.  In April, if he gets there, he will reach the venerable age of twenty three. 

Modern - A modern replica of an ancient helmet in our local museum - The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. It is one of two made to enhance the understanding of the pieces found in the Staffordshire Hoard; it is a helmet which was thought to be 'fit for a King' but was found 'exploded' into well over 1,000 fragments, many of which were missing, so reconstruction was guided by the designs of other contemporary helmets.  The other replica helmet is in Birmingham City Museum. 


My Own Choice - I'm looking forward to taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch this coming weekend but I don't expect to see one of these in the garden. This was a young emu in a field close to where we walked a couple of weeks ago. It wasn't on its own there were three others in the field and all of them came close to the fence to say hello, appearing rather eerily out of the mist.

Click on the link below to find other bloggers who are joining in this month.

https://livelovecraftme.blogspot.com/2019/01/januarys-link-up-party.html

42 comments:

  1. You are clever, lovely interpretations :)

    Dear Max, looks slightly confouselled in that picture, almost as if he is thinking "what am I doing here, why did I think this was a good idea". You are clearly doing right by him - 22 is a grand age.

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    1. Thank you Jayne. Sometimes Max wants to go out and once he is outside you can see him wondering why he ventured out. We walk round the garden with him but he doesn't go out very often now:)

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  2. A clever choice of images :) I love the replica ancient helmet - I think I read recently about the one at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - I don't think it was there when I last visited the Staffordshire Hoard. I really must go again at some stage especially as I have discovered there is a Burne-Jones gallery there.

    Good to see Max braving the snow - he has reached such a great age - you must be looking after him well :)

    Good Luck with the RSPB Garden Birdwatch!! No doubt we will both find as usual that many of the regulars appear either just before or just after the hour!!!! :)

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    1. Thank you RR, the helmet in our Museum arived at the end of November so I don't think they have been in either museum very long. Max seems to have a down day every week and we think okay this might be it but he seems to bounce back again. Hope you get some birds at your feeders. It's all quiet here at the moment so may try this afternoon:)

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  3. Dear old Max. That is a grand old age. Lovely choice of pictures. I love ostriches long eye lashes.

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    1. Thank you, Max seems to just go on and on, he has great spirit. The ostriches were so inquisitive:)

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  4. Love your photos, so unusual. I agree with other people's comments and hope Max can keep you company for a bit longer. I like 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles but would have been outwitted trying to put the helmet back together! I think Max is my favourite; I have a soft spot for tabby cats as one 'adopted' us many years ago and I still miss him (he moved away when some neighbours (whom he had also adopted) moved away).

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    1. Thank you, I love tabby cats too we've always had tabby or tabby and white cats except for one little grey one:)

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  5. Oh, your Dear old cat, is the STAR, of this post!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you. I've told Max how many people have said lovely things about him:)

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  6. What sweetie Max is. We too had a tabby cat called Max, he only lived to be 12 but we did have another cat that got to be 21.

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    1. Thank you Julie, Max and his sister Chloe, who we lost two years ago aged 20, have been the longest lived of all our cats. Others got to thirteen and fifteen and one we didn't know as we took him in off the streets:)

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  7. Oh Max, what a beauty he is. That's an impressive age. My sister has a tabby and white girl called Chloe. She is 21 this year. Love the metallic sheen on the pear. Taking part in the big bird watch too. Looking forward to it. X

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    1. Thank you Shazza. What a coincidence Max's sister was a tabby and white called Chloe who got to twenty, I still miss her she was my little soul mate. Hope you get lots of interesting birds visit for the birdwatch:)

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  8. A creative set of photos from home and away. Dear old Max had a go at walking outside, but it's not surprising that the snow was not to his taste. The Bromley House Library link is interesting and the helmet replicated helmet using contemporary design and ideas from the fragments found in the Staffordshire Hoard is wonderful. Your metallic pear is beautiful, the vegetable pie looks tasty and the emu something we don't see every day on our walks. Glad the three birds were friendly.

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    1. Thank you Linda, the Bromley House Library is a fascinating place almost hidden in the city centre with an amazing walled garden containing huge trees. It was fascinating to see the completed helmet I'm aleays facinated how archaeologists piece all the finds together to interpret what the objects are. Those young emus were very inquisitive:)

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  9. dear sweet (aged) Max - my heart gave a squeeze when I saw him.
    Clever interpretation of metallic :D

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    1. Thank you Kate, since we lost his sister Chloe two years ago we've thought he wouldn't be here much longer but he keeps going on, he has great spirit:)

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  10. Great photos, I loved the camera photo. Sweet Max, what a darling.

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    1. Thank you, I was pleased to find the camera photo in my archives:)

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  11. Great photos, the replica helmet could have easily been used for 'metallic' too. My favourite just has to be Max though, I do hope he gets to see his 23rd birthday bless him :)

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    1. Thank you, yes I toyed with the idea of the helmet as metallic. Max seems to be very popular - I told him how many times he'd been mentioned but he just covered his eyes with his paws and went back to sleep:)

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  12. Max has lived to be a grand old man of cats. He does not seem impressed at all with snow.

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    1. Thank you, William - he really wanted to go outside but was quite unimpressed when he got to the wet grass:)

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  13. I too thought of the old plate cameras, but wouldn't have a clue where to find one to photograph. Your old cat is so precious!!! An emu out & about in UK! Well I'll be blowed. Thanks & take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan, I was glad I remembered taking a photo of that camera and luckily it didn't take too long to locate it. It is unsual to pass emus in fields over here we see alpacas and llamas too not far away:)

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  14. I think you should win a prize for your interpretation of the prompts this month! Very ingenious! Lovely photos, especially the little emu coming out if the mist. Happy bird watching. 😊

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    1. Thank you, up to a week ago I only had the helmet photo but them suddenly everything fell into place. The young emus were very cute but had quite beady eyes:)

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  15. The ceramic pear is beautiful. I love Max with his crossed front paws - give him a gentle stroke from me. x

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    1. Thank you Simone. Both Max and his sister Chloe used to sit with paws crossed like that, it must have been their cat family trait. I've tickled him under the chin for you:)

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  16. Wonderful photos! Max looks such a beautiful gentleman! I also love a sweet potato mash topping, but sadly I can't convince anyone else here of its merits :-) April xx

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    1. Thank you April, we often forget about sweet potato but do enjoy it when we remember to buy it:)

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  17. Love your photos. Love the Pear, and your lovely cat

    Julie xxxxx

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    1. Thank you, Max is rather special isn't he?:)

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  18. Poor Max - how sweet is he - great age. And the modern interpretation of the helmet is brilliant - mind you, the king's head wouldn't have been very well protected if it exploded into over 1000 pieces. But the emu coming out of the mist is definitely my favourite :)

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    1. Thank you Fil, Max has more 'down' days than 'up' ones now but he does enjoy going outside occasionally. Ha Ha - I wonder if the people who hid the hoard broke up all the pieces to make them more easily transportable or to stop any others acquiring such beautiful objects? The emu is cute isn't it, although we kept our distance as they were almost as tall as us:)

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  19. Great interpretations, I like the pear and the pie looks yummy!

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  20. Great pictures. The Green Metallic Pear is lovely but my favourite is the reconstructed helmet from the Staffordshire Hoard. I find museum exhibits difficult to photograph and them there is all that shiny metal as well. Well done!

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    1. Thank you John. The helmet was hard to photograph through the glass and with lights above and reflections from other cases, that one was about the best of a not so good bunch:)

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