Thursday, 14 April 2016

5 in 5 - MELANIE - April 2016

Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start Melanie has taken
part in this monthly meme and we managed to find a way round
her not having a blog by posting here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part!  So, over to you Melanie:

My 5 in 5 for May 2014 found me taking a walk in the new wetlands near where we live now two years on I decided to go there for my April 5 in 5 2016.  Two years on the vegetation looked like it had been there forever and the wildlife had arrived and made this their home. 

Thank you for sharing here Melanie, it's a lovely idea to revisit an area and to take notice of the change. 

If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and take part in
this challenge you have until 25th before this months link closes.

  It's great fun and you can see more posts and link up here.  
And if you want to know more 5in5 this post should answer any
questions and give other information that you need.

Hopefully Melanie will be back next month and I hope you will join us. Thank you for popping by, it is great to have your company!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

5 in 5 - April 2016 - Beginning to see more clearly now

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.

This year has not gone as expected and different distractions have taken me off my usual path. Things I enjoy and planned have been over shadowed and I a beginning to find my way back and see more clearly again. So when I took my Mum to the hospital yesterday for a cataract operation it seemed quite fitting to take photos for this months 5in5 post. Excuse the quality of the photos. Sometimes it is about the story and trying to look inconspicuous in a hospital while taking photos!

I am decluttering at the moment and I sorted out a big bag of books to take to the hospital. They have a table and always have a request for donations.  Guess what?  I dashed out and forgot to take the bag. I was irritated with myself especially as I had rushed to register and label some of the books for BookCrossing, but I dropped these at another collection point in the evening and will prepare another bag for when I take my Mum back to the hospital in 3 weeks.

Once all the patients were called for their treatment the waiting room was empty.  

Time for me to get my book out.  Seeing so many people waiting for cataract surgery made me  count my own blessings and appreciate being able to read.  We take so much for granted.   I am currently reading 'Bird by Bird - some Instructions on Writing and Life' by Anne Lamott.  I thoroughly recommend it if you like writing.

In a corner of the room is a cabinet with interesting equipment. It makes a fascinating addition.

And on another table is a box of spectacle cases. One little boy sorted through to find one to use for storing his pencils, the bright blue one had handles and was shaped like a handbag. He wanted to take this for his nan, who was here having surgery.  I was tempted to look through myself, but reminded myself I am decluttering.  I also decided to collect together my old cases and bring them next time.

Mum's surgery went well and everyone having the treatment said it was completely painless and straight forward. Some said they look forward to being able to read again without glasses so it seems there is lot to be thankful for. 


Thank you to Eileen, Melanie, Miriam, Maggie, Karen and Borqna for joining in last month. It is always lovely to have company and if you feel inspired to take part yourself here is what you do:

1.  Choose a location.
2.  Have your camera ready.
3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).
4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.
5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below. 

   Please note:

You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos to the link and you can take  your photos any time. They do not have to be taken or posted on 5th!
If you would like more information please go to the original post

where you will find more.


Thank you for visiting and I plan to get back to blogging more regularly and to visit blogs that I follow. It is something I have
missed.  A lot.

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