Quasimodo Lives Here (26 Week Letter Challenge: Q)


Quasimodo Lives Here


26 Weeks Letter Challenge





One Photo Focus May

Seriously, where does the time go? Is it truly May already, time for another One Photo Focus hosted by the wonderful Stacy Fisher of Visual Venturing?

Yet May it is and here is my interpretation of this month’s photograph from the very talented Julie Powell – Photographer and Graphic Artist.

One Photo Focus May WM

My objective for editing this month was to create the feel of yesteryear by reducing the saturation, adding a grunge texture, then a frame that gives the illusion of the colour seeping from the photograph.

Here is Julie Powell’s lovely original photograph.

May One Photo Focus - Julie Powell Original

Be sure to check Visual Venturing for all the other wonderful submissions for this month’s One Photo Focus. There are always so many incredible interpretations to this one photo.

Kudos once again to Stacy for hosting such a wonderful challenge – thank you!

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A New York City Night (OWPC)

This was one of those moments where you want to cram as much into a photo that you possibly can but are very limited with time and ability. We were walking out of Macy’s in New York when something was flying past the Empire State Building.

Night time in New York!

The moon was close by also, then as I was framing the photo I could see the American flags in the corner (our last night of a week there and I only just notice them!). Photographically it’s not great, but memory wise, it’s perfect for me!

Night is this week’s One Word Photo Challenge word from Jennifer at Jennifer Nichole Wells. Drop by for a visit if you haven’t already done so as there’s still a few more challenge words for this year!







Doorway into Yesterday (Wordless Wednesday)


Doorway into Yesterday

Boston today which means…

Hello Darling Hubby!

Took us awhile but fortunately we killed some time by having to clear immigration (I still have my completed immigration forms so I have NO idea what that was about), look for cell phone coverage but found none, had hubby’s luggage delivered to our cabin, then by complete chance there he was, in all his splendor, in front of us at Customer Service. Group hugs!

Then it was into Boston for Miss Nine to purchase yet another Build-a-Bear and for Master Eleven to acquire some black make-up (it being Halloween tonight!). We had the best day and even though we were never rushing, we still managed a trolley tour of the city and lunch at Hard Rock along with our shopping. Not bad!

Sailing into Boston was beautiful, particularly seeing all the old church steeples amongst the buildings.

First port of call, so to speak, was to visit the Build-a-Bear shop where Miss Nine was NOT disappointed. How wide is her smile? Almost as big as her parcels from within the store!

Even when we were surrounded by all the stunning old architecture, we could still appreciate one or two modern pieces such as this bridge.

The park in the city center reminded me so much of Hyde Park in London.

But every good shopping day should be rewarded with something delicious and as always, Hard Rock delivered. Whilst the rest of the family enjoyed starters, mains and dessert. I enjoyed sharing the starters and finished with a Creme Brulle of the new millennium. My gosh it was delightful!

As we waited for our shuttle back to the ship I practiced using the panoramic function on my new i5, pretty cool heh?!

Our shuttle back hit peak hour traffic combined with an accident as what one doesn’t realize under that very road you see above, are eight lanes of traffic by-passing the city center. Somewhere in there was a bingle and what should have been a 10 minute trip turned into an hour of wise-cracks but I have to admit with departure time getting closer and closer it wasn’t just the children asking… “mum, how much longer?”