Macro Cards…

I am absolutely devastated…I have lost my Photoshop CS4 on my computer! I have tried reinstalling it without any success. I have tried the support on the PS website, but that has not been successful either. I could sit down and cry 😦

I will probably have to wait till the end of July till I go to the UK to sort out my woes unless there is someone in this ** place to help me – boo hoo!

Meanwhile, I have edited this as best as I can in the photo editing programme on my computer. I am soooo disappointed with it 😦

I have been learning to play Bridge and today our beginner’s group got together for an afternoon of Bridge. That inspired me to take this photo for this week’s Macro Friday challenge…

Holly and Me…

Yesterday I watched the film “Marley & Me” and it reminded me of a dog that we once had. Her name was Holly.

At that stage we were living in Mauritius and Holly arrived on our doorstep the night before a cyclone hit the island. She was a dog of mixed breed i.e. a mongrel. We were not sure of her age, but estimated her to be around 3 months old.

At first I tried to chase her away, thinking that she had run away from her home, but she kept running back to our house! She was probably an abandoned dog, as are many of the dogs in Mauritius and she obviously decided that our home was her home!

We did not want a dog, but I could not leave her outside with a cyclone about to arrive, so I brought her inside the house, fed her and made her comfortable for the night. Over the next few weeks I looked for a home for her, but no one wanted a dog, so Holly remained with us. She was named “Holly” after the cyclone “Hollanda” that hit the island on the night of her arrival.

Like Marley she was not well behaved and did her best to ruin my life, or at least, the belongings in my life. I think my neighbours must have thought that I had lost my mind when I ran around the garden yelling at Holly because she chewed up my brand new cushions! As with any good puppy, she chewed anything that she get her teeth into – shoes, the children’s toys, anything!

Time went on and Holly was a sweet-tempered, loving dog and became a part of the fabric of our lives.

Then one day she was not around and waiting for her food when I got up in the morning. At first I did not worry, but when she did not appear after an hour I got worried and the children and I started looking around for her. In the end she was found by the gardner. She was dead; we later found out that she had been poisoned. I was devastated! After our stormy (no pun intended) beginning I could not believe that I would be so upset when she died. It just goes to show, they creep into our hearts and bring joy to our lives.

I don’t have a photo of Holly, but I found this cute picture on the site of  “The Graphics Fairy”

The Graphics Fairy

TT Strawberry…

No “Post A Day” yesterday…I could not get online because our internet connection was playing up 😦

The theme for this week’s Tag Tuesday is “Strawberry”.  Not having anything strawberry-like, I visited The Graphic Fairy’s site and found a picture of a strawberry. I resized the picture, duplicated it (twice!), “painted” the background green, placed the pictures, then added an “S”. I then printed out two smaller pictures, cut them out and mounted on the tag. Added a green gauze ribbon and, voila, this is my tag…

Stitches…

After weeks of people being away over the election period, Easter and then the holiday at the beginning of May, I hosted our Monday Stitching Group this morning. I am pleased to report that some stitches were put in to our bits of work, but we also had a good natter and  lots of laughs. It is the best way to start a week!

The project I am working on at the moment is not really at an interesting stage to photograph, so this is some cross stitching that I have done in readiness for the Lagos Christmas Balls that the British Womens’ Group produces every year.

Another Sunday…

After eyeing the skies and wondering if we were going to be rained off we took our chances and went to the yacht club beach. Happily, the rain did not come and we had a relaxing day with friends. I say we were at the beach, but we sat under the shelter of some lovely, shady trees. I do not like lying and baking in the sun.

Camera in hand, I wandered around and took a couple of photos of various things that caught my eye.

This is a new boat in the club…

Are these future sailors in the making?

Cute!!

TT The Deep…

Two Tag Tuesday posts in one week – wow! That is only because I posted one late and this one is not so late 🙂  The theme for this week’s challenge is “The Deep” i.e. anything that is found under the sea.

I lived on a tropical island, Mauritius, for 10 years and so blue, green, turquoise are the colours that spring to mind when I think of the sea there. When one went snorkelling one could see fish in lots of beautiful colours. The coral, funnily enough was not as bright as one would imagine. I read somewhere, that the coral in cold waters tends to be more colourful than the coral in warm waters.

For this tag, I used a background stamp of an underwater scene, using an inkpad containing lavender, blue, aqua, mint and turquoise. I embossed this with a blue pearl embossing powder. The fish and seahorses were stamped, embossed, cut out and mounted onto the background. At the bottom I glued on the coloured stones. After trying different colour ribbons I decided that the yellow one “tied” it all together.

On that note, here is my little tag…

As usual, please go to Rebecca’s site and have a look at the other entries.

Relaxation…

A while back I was going to use this photo in a challenge that had “Relaxation” as one of the themes. However, I did not get round to doing so. Whilst deciding what to post today I remembered this picture.

There are several things that I like to do to relax or switch off from the worries and woes of life. Reading is one and doing puzzles is another. I do have to admit that I don’t get many of the crosswords right, but I like to try and…aah the satisfaction when I get a couple correct!

Pink…

One would think that I spend my life playing golf, but in reality I usually only play about twice a week. With the rainy season starting to settle in, I will be playing less often…I am a fair-weather golfer 🙂

These balls were in the “goodie bags” that was given to us for one of our competitions. I don’t usually like playing with coloured balls, but I really think I will have to use these some time,  they are so…pink!

Now for a little bit of golfing wit…

“I have known girls to become golfers as an excuse to wear pink jumpers.” P.G. Wodehouse

Hmmm…maybe I should go and get a pink jumper.