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Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose

RE-PURPOSING A SWIMMING POOL

You buy that house because, among other conveniences, it has a swimming pool. Perfect for the children to learn to swim in. And they do. Learn to swim I mean. And they have wonderful times right throughout the summer, never changing out of their swimwear. You have pool parties for them, wild splashing games with friends all afternoon. Food is served on the terrace.And it is such fun and you thing this will always be your life.

Then comes phase two. Languid teens sunbathe at the poolside squealing at little brothers who tease them with bomb-dives that engulf them. Then the little brothers grow up and sunbathe at OTHER girl’s pools. And dad swims once or twice a season,mom hates cold water and eventually all that is left are massive bills for the chemicals to keep this dinosaur clean. We found out that we has a ‘sick’ pool that needed resurfacing, which would have come at a huge cost. And who would have swum in that newly surfaced pool anyway?

We had to take action and the first thing we did was empty it. And stare at it for a couple of years and make plans to do something with it. But what? Fill it in? Nah. Too difficult. Then we decided to make a sunken garden with a fish pond and splashing fountain, although it took another couple of years to begin the task.

Enlisting the help of the now-grown children (and one spouse and the gardener)  my husband  began to fulfill our dream of a lovely place to sit and have afternoon tea. After moving LOTS of soil, and huge quantities of blocks and working out how to empty any flooding that might occur in an area that is below ground level and planting rows and rows of roses in the terraces, the sunken garden with fish pond, was complete. And beautiful.

Designed by my husband Paul and built with strong able-bodied young people and the middle aged helping.

I made the tea and other refreshments and took the pictures.

 

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the magnum opus begins

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this post was in response to a wordpress weeky photo challenge  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/repurpose/

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient

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spider’s web in the early morning sunshine. Freshly made, to catch her daily dinner. Resilient? Of course. Repairs are made with every breeze or careless dog brushing past, that can shred her hard work. Getting up and trying again is what it is all about!

 

 

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Dainty but resilient flowers push their way up through the beach sand to give joy to their Creator just for today.

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The most resilient of all. A beautiful woman who has seen pain, grief, joy, sickness, health. births, deaths of loved ones. And yet she smiles so gently, wisdom in her kind eyes.

 

 

 

In this busy busy world we don’t take enough time to stop and rewind. So take time to relax , holiday season is upon us so in the busyness of Christmas preparations take time out  to. . . just . . relax!

 

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Relaxation. Nothing like sitting in the middle of a stretch of water with nothing else to do but relax!

 

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Holidays!  Sunset, a glass of wine and excellent company.The deep relaxation after a busy day in the sun

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Nothing else to do after a picnic, but relax!

This post was in response to  a Weekly Photo Challenge : Relax

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/relax/

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1976. My first doll house, made from a grocery box and the figures made from clothes pins and the furniture made from found objects and cardboard.

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country kitchen made from a wooden wine box, my collection of miniatures has grown over the years. I find tiny objects irresistible!

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The study of an early 20th century explorer. Each tiny diorama tells a story as I have let my imagination go .

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Christmas Eve afternoon tea. I love the tiny tea-set!

 

The scale of all of these room boxes is 1″ in 12″ some of the contents are charms from Christmas crackers,  some are from junk shops. For the trophy heads I bought a packet of plastic animals, cut off the heads and stuck them to wooden discs. Such fun! I don’t think I have really grown up!


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

A few years ago we had to replace out kitchen floor-covering with tiles and the resultant chaos was hard to live with. We had to wait 2 days for the cement to dry before we could move everything back to its place, leaving us to camp elsewhere in the house, climbing over and around the mess in the dining room, fridge and stove and dishwasher and washing machine in the passage, piles of books in the sitting room. I took these photos as a record for posterity, I never thought I’d be posting them in a photo challenge!

One can’t help thinking how pathetic our belongings look where they are just jumbled together, and one can feel incredible compassion for victims of earthquakes. My chaos lasted a couple of days, then all was returned to its place; ancient towns of central Italy  have sustained devastating earthquakes in the last two weeks and their residents are having to live with permanent  devastation and loss. My heart goes out to themdsc07762dsc07768dsc07764dsc07773

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify

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I found this charming tableau in a village in Switzerland. An ordinary log had been transmogrified into a monster; a rather benign monster, judging by the waggish expression of the gnome next to it!

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