Thursday, 9 February 2017

5 in 5 - Melanie - February 2017

Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start of this challenge Melanie has taken part in this monthly meme and as she doesn't have her own blog I post here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part, so over to you Melanie:
"Once again just down the road from where I live The Brighton Jetty Classic Sculpture Exhibition is on with sculptures exhibited both indoors and outdoors. I have walked around looking at the sculptures twice already but today being the 5th  I took my camera with me as I went to look at them again.  My plan was to take a walk early when I had hoped the sun would be up and there would not be too many people around. Today is the final day that the sculptures are on display and the annual Brighton Jetty swim is being held. The action begins around 8am when market stalls and food carts start trading then races start at 9am.  I arrived at the Jetty about 7am and already the area was coming to life but unfortunately there was no sun poking its head out from the clouds. 

I took lots of photos and in my collage you can see five that I took around the same time.  I have always loved the pelican and there were actually three pelican sculptures in this year’s exhibition all made from steel by the same artist.  Many of the exhibits were made from steel.  The sculpture in the top right hand corner is called ‘bloom’ and was one which received a Highly Commended ticket. The sculpture on the bottom right hand corner is called ‘Ecotone’ and was winner of the Young Artist award. I did not stay to watch any races but headed home after taking photos.  I was pleased to get home as shortly after arriving indoors it began to rain and the rain set in for the morning.  Hopefully it will not have put too much of a dampener on the day for those people participating and watching the swimming".

Thank you for sharing these photos, Melanie, and as always, for taking part. I love the shape and textures of these sculptures and wish I could have seen them myself, but I think you will agree, we have done this through Melanie's photo and description, and this looks like a wonderful annual event.

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

If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and join in please go to the original post where you will also find out how to link in.

And to find out more about this monthly photo challenge, and how this started, please go to this post.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

5 in 5 - February 2017 - Getting to the root of it.....

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

The other day I received a unexpected email. It was from a lady in Shropshire who has just started to trace her family history and she wanted to know if we were related. I was excited to tell her that we are, and so a flurry of emails and photos has ensued over the past few days. We share the same great grand parents, so I guess this makes us second cousins.

Ten years ago I had another family member, Maureen, contact me. She gave me a wedding photo and wrote names next to some of the people
but I never sat down and really worked out how these people are connected. Until now. Caroline had asked questions which made me realise I have information but no understanding of how things fit together, and so it was time to get to the root of my family tree.

This is something I have been working on for many years, on and off.
I realised it is important to talk to relatives while I have the chance, and am sorry that I didn't ask my grandparents more
questions, because I know now that their stories are a loss. But I have written down memories told by my parents and family members and each family branch has a file, or two, with notes and records.  

I also have a collection of old family photos for each of the family branches. I am blessed that I knew all of my grandparents and had a close connection with them. Framed photos hang in the hall.

Great grandparents are more of a mystery. And since they had large families I get confused trying to work out which siblings belong to which family. Stories mingle and intertwine, so this week I started to organise the photos. I knew this album would come in useful! It has good strong pages and a cover that will be transformed.

I also have a collection of certificates. The information they hold is fascinating, and often raise new questions. Researchers often say that witnesses hold interesting information.  I do not know who William or Mary Ann Alice Brown are.  Friends of the married couple, maybe? I need to do more investigating, but I do know that William was unable to write and left a X as his mark.

However, it seems my grandfather was a 'very good' scholar, and that 'he should do useful work for an employer'!  He was nearly 14 years old when this was written and I expect this would soon be his calling.  

I have been lucky as Maureen gave me a pile of paperwork and records, copied from her extensive research over the years. Before the internet she spent many hours visiting record offices and libraries. I am very grateful for her sharing all this, I just need to slowly work my way through and make sense of it all.  These past few days I have been able to unravel a family mystery, and fill in a huge gap for a family I didn't know I had. How exciting!

Some months my photos are more spontaneous for 5in5 and I did plan to take photos when I go on a walk this morning. But I decided to organise my paperwork and use my family tree as a prompt instead. Initially I was going to take the photos in black and white or sepia. 'Adventures in Seeing' this week invite you to take photos in a different way, and I thought this would be fitting. But instead I will take black and white photos when I go out. I might be back to share these photos another time, but meanwhile if you fancy picking up your camera why not join in with 5in5? It could be lovely to have
your company!   

Here's what you do and there are more details here

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 (or wish to) until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.

                              You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

Thank you to those who took part in last months challenge: Melanie, Paula, Mary-Lou, Melissa, Karen, Susan and Borqna. It was lovely to see some new contributors, a big Welcome! If you don't have a blog you could take Susan's example and share on FaceBook instead. What a great idea! Either way, please add a link to this page so that others can come and see other 5in5 photos if they wish. I appreciate not everyone wants to join in with a photo challenge and that's okay because visitors are very welcome too! So thank you for popping by and feel welcome to leave a comment or your blog link. I will see you back here next month with another 5in5!

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