Six word Saturday


Shall we revel in curvaceous beauty?


Sensuous swishing,

Shaking off the kiss of rain.

Don’t you like my curves?


After the rather sombre mood of my last post I’m in need of a little uplifting beauty.  The Weekly Photo Challenge gives me the perfect opportunity. I hope Jude will approve this for her garden too.

Gilly – for you I have your own personal six words.  “I don’t have time to tanka”.

Warm hugs to all.  Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to share with Cate.  Join me on Monday for one last Polish walk?


Six word Saturday


From one Steampunk Event to another!

Isn’t life strange sometimes?  Last Sunday I was in Nottingham, in the wonderful company of my daughter, Lisa, and her role-playing friends.  I was attending a book launch for “Steampunk Apothecary”, an enchanting collection of jewellery and fantastical tales.  Emilly Ladybird (otherwise known as Jema Hewitt, and the chief bridesmaid at my daughter’s wedding, if you remember that far back) describes how to make these beautifully curvy pieces.

You could create blood red ruby earrings

Blood red ruby earrings- Jema demonstrates how to make them

Or how about the mermaids?

Or how about these curvaceous mermaids?

The balcony in the Malt Cross Cafe

The beautifully curved balcony in the Malt Cross Cafe

We were upstairs in the uniquely beautiful Malt Cross Cafe, a grade 2 listed building.  Emilly Ladybird was our gracious hostess, and naturally, there was cake!

Lisa, Emilly Ladybird and Claire

Lisa, Emilly Ladybird, Mr. Woppit and Claire

Mr. Woppit and cake

Mr. Woppit and cake

Lisa was keeping cool most elegantly

Lisa was keeping cool most elegantly

And posing, when requested, with her husband, Leo

And posing, when requested, with her husband, Leo

Imagine my surprise to learn, during the conversation, that this coming Sunday my hometown is to host its first ever Steampunk event!  Lynne and Richard Hardy, designers of the game “Cogs, Cakes and Swordsticks” will be appearing on board HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool marina.  “Come and say hello” they said.

Sure enough, on my return home I found “Tiffin on the Trinc- a Steampunk convivial”, advertised locally.

Tiffin on board the Trinc poster

Tiffin on board the Trinc poster

What’s a girl to do?  It’s Father’s day so I’ll be cooking lunch first.  For more details of Jema’s fabulous work, and last Sunday’s fun, take a look at An extraordinary, but delicious, affair.  Tomorrow?  It won’t be the same without my gorgeous girl.

Got your six words ready for Saturday?  With thanks to Cate at Show My Face.  And I really can’t resist a “two for one” approach this week.  I’m submitting this to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge : Curves 

After all, what’s a corset without curves?

Cee’s fun foto challenge : Circles and Curves

Sometimes you just can’t resist a challenge, other times you are lured there bit by bit.  Cee does her very best to make it fun and I do like to reciprocate.  I started out with my head full of Greek amphitheatres and quirky gnomes pushing spherical balls in Wroclaw, but look where I ended up!


You know I’ve been mentally wandering the Greek Islands lately?  Well, it was on one of those islands (and right now, I don’t recall which) that the great plate adventure began.  We had recently moved into a house with a Delft rack, and it seemed a shame not to use it.  Standing outside a Greek pottery shop, I chanced to admire a plate in the window, and right there the collection began.

Not the cheesey “souvenir from Corfu” type, you understand.  Oh no!  Far more tasteful than that.  But it did become a feature of our holidays for a number of years that we aided the local economy with a carefully chosen plate.

Back in the UK, I spotted some beautiful Russian plates in a magazine.  A semi-naked kitchen wall seemed to be crying out for a little attention.  Before I knew it, I was collecting again.  Aren’t they a lovely shape?

This post gives me the opportunity to try out the circles format in the WordPress gallery.  If you click on the first of each series of plate you can see them in close up.  Sorry the photography’s not great.  Much scope for practise, methinks!

I guess I just like plates!  I even started to receive them as presents.  This little one normally sits on the top shelf of my china cabinet.  No, I’m not going to show you the entire contents of the cabinet.  A girl has to have some secrets.

Pretty, isn't it?

Pretty, isn’t it?

Thanks Cee, for this opportunity to mess around with circles.  You’ve properly cheered me up.  Head over to Cee’s page for some totally different takes on circles and curves, and some much better photography.