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I Just Take Pictures

My view of the world. Do you see what I see?


HAPPY CANADA DAY
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To all my Canadian friends and acquaintances

HAPPY CANADA DAY
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Happy Birthday Esteefee
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A big Happy Birthday to the lovely esteefee


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Stone Angels
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A Little something for the Dr Who Fans


Stoneware
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Stoneware

Who would like to find this at the "bottom" of the garden
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Adonis

Taken at Patchings Arts Centre in Calverton

Reproduction of David the masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created by the Italian artist Michelangelo

Foxglove
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Foxglove

Flowers
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Flowers
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Flowers
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EEEK!
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Am I imagining things again?

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1940's Knees Up Video
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As today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Europe, I thought I might get into the spirit of things and I have created another video this time for the 1940's Knees Up at Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham.



Video length 3.02 mins

Connected 2014: A Tale Of Two Cities
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Another year, another exhibition.

This is the AU presentation we had during the exhibition this year.

Enjoy


Mass Bolero
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If you want to know how quirky, creative and crazy the people of Nottingham are then take a look at this tribute to Nottingham's favourite ice skating champions



I Just Take Pictures - Statues
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I Just Take Pictures - Lest We Forget
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I have had a project in mind for a while to showcase the photographs I took at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire especially the Armed Forces memorial which always moves me to tears.

Here I have created a video and I hope I have conveyed the emotion I felt

Will the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaching next week and this year is the centenary of the start of the 1914-1918 Great War I thought it a tribute to those who served my country.


I Just Take Pictures - Squirrels
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My latest video of my photographs


I Just Take Pictures 2 Another Video of my photographs
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My first Photograph Slide Show
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I just created my first photograph slide show and placed it on YouTube


Homemade Bounty Bars and Treats
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Ingrediants

 

15 oz milk cooking chocolate
4 cups shredded coconut
1 can (384ml) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Icing/Powdered sugar

 

Method

 

In a large mixing bowl mix together the coconut, sugar and condensed milk.

 

Line a 9 x 12 inch foil tray with greaseproof paper or baking parchment.

 

Empty the coconut mixture into the tray pressing it down and levelling it flat.

 

Refrigerate over night.

 


Turnout the coconut and cut into 2 x 1 inch rectangles

Melt the chocolate over a pan of boiled water stiring all the time to keep the chocolate shiny and glossy. Be careful not to splash water into the chocolate.

 

Remove the bowl from the pan and allow the chocolate to cool for a few minutes.

 

Working swiftly drop one if the coconut blocks into the chocolate coating it completely using two forks.

 


Allow excess chocolate to drip away as you lift out the chocolate covered treat and place on greaseproof/parchment and allow to cool


As the chocolate cool and solidifies you can patten the bars with a fork and decorate


Sprinkle with a little coconut or crystal sugar


You can also melt white chocolate and drizzle over the treats


When cooling do not place in the fridge as the chocolate will go dull


If you dont want to make bars you can always make balls of the mixture for a chocolate treat


I also added glace cherries to some of the mixture to make a treat like the old 1970s/1980s Roundtree Cabana Bars

 

ENJOY!!!


Rare Occurance
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A very rare occurrence

The Blue Jays are leading the American League East Division.

MLB standings 15APR14

Choux
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My first attempt at choux pastry profiteroles wirh lemon cream and there is chocolate ginger sauce on the side

 


Back to work blues
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It looks like half my work offices are under quarantine since Michael has brought in a Cold/Flu virus on Monday. Here in the accounts, Sam and Cameron are spluttering away, June is practically coughing up a lung and Treena escaped with a couple of days off.

In Sales, John as usual has caught the bug and passed it on to Simon. Fortunately Laura and Suzy have yet to succumb to the cold although Leigh and Neil and the new guy (who I have yet to be introduced to whose name I believe is Darren?) seem fine for the moment. I think David and Andy in Stock are restricting their access as much as possible to the upstairs offices so are Paul and Jack although Jack is on nights this week so he has escaped so far.

So, I come back to work after a few days off and everyone is feeling very sorry for themselves.

And here I am hoping that I don’t compound my hay fever with a cold. It’s bad enough with the sneezing and stuffed sinuses but I don’t want to develop the cough everyone has.

Even with viruses and coughs and sneezes, everyone enjoyed cake. No one is too sick for cake. Comfort food! My cheesecake, lemon drizzle cake and chocolate, nut & cherry brownies went down a treat and I even had people asking for more.

What fun eh?

Nope I don't think I have escaped the dreaded lurgy!

Birthday love
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I want to thank everyone who made my wedding anniversary on Tuesday and birthday, yesterday so special: my family, friends and colleagues.

I booked the last two days off work so I could enjoy them and relax. I spent time with my family and out in the sun with my camera although inspiration didn’t strike unfortunately but they were good days. The only drawback was my allergies, yesterday was terrible for my hay fever with the trees budding and blossoming, but at least the anti-histamines worked although they make me a little drowsy but at least they don’t make me hyper verging on high like my last lot did.

I received some wonderful personal messages from you, my dear, dear friends from LJ popkin16 wild7orchid tarlanx debris_k calico_pye .

I also received a wonderful dancing Tigger from sgamadison a gorgeous cake from daisychain1957 and some beautiful flowers from selenic76 .

I have some brilliant virtual gifts from aadarshinah who sent me some lovely tulips and aqualegia who sent me some presents.

Also I am a very lucky girl because ami_ven will be writing a 300 word drabble of the pairing or genre my choice for me. Thank you sweetie, I can’t wait.

But not only from my friends here on LJ but on Facebook but also a few Twitter messages too, like the wave I received from David Hewlett in sun drenched Cannes (Although I had to be cheeky enough to as for it).

DH Birthday Tweet

Thank you all so much my dear, treasured friends, thank you for your good wishes, and support, they mean a lot to me.



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Happy Birthday Melagan
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A big Happy Birthday to the lovely melagan


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Does my bum look big in this?
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Does my bum look big in this?

Happy Birthday Danceswithgary
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A big Happy Birthday to the lovely danceswithgary

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The Chef held prisoner
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EmCon 2014 at Nottingham's Albert Hall on Sunday 16 March 2014


Cylon
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Cylon by Melodysparks (Chris Preedy)
Cylon, a photo by Melodysparks (Chris Preedy) on Flickr.

EmCon 2014 at Nottingham's Albert Hall on Sunday 16 March 2014


Robert Llewellyn
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EmCon 2014 at Nottingham's Albert Hall on Sunday 16 March 2014


Ben Miller from Primeval
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EmCon 2014 at Nottingham's Albert Hall on Sunday 16 March 2014


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