Shadows abound in this woodland setting at the Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau, Wisconsin. It makes rather a creepy kingdom for the kids to climb and play in as they slay a dragon, rescue a princess or fight off enemy intruders.
For more on Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows
After all the health issues that we’ve faced so far this year, my husband’s knee replacement surgery being the latest, I was overjoyed to finally have something to celebrate when our eldest grandson and his lovely young bride were married last week. It’s not often that the family has an opportunity to get together, now that they are all moving further afield with jobs that demand so much of everyone’s time, so we made the most of every moment. And if you have read this far, I sincerely hope that, if you haven’t already done so, you will follow this link Happy 21st Birthday Grandson! to see why I was so happy to share this wonderful day with the bride and groom.
And in response to Michelle Weber’s Weekly Photo Challenge here is a collage of images that I was able to capture when I wasn’t dancing, talking and generally having a marvelous time.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Collage
When I was a child growing up in London, I yearned to possess a doll house such as the one my friend owned. It was a large, three-storied wooden house with furniture and lighting and I was green with envy. I was too young to understand that my parents couldn’t afford to gratify my craving for such a lavish toy and when they did eventually buy me a small, metal 4-room house, I can remember the feeling of bitter disappointment which I hope I managed to hide. Perhaps this is why now, as an adult, I can’t resist the occasional urge to buy a wooden dollhouse and splurge out on fixtures and fittings or gaze longingly at really fancy houses and miniature furniture in museums such as those pictured below at the Stephenson County Historical Museum in Freeport, Illinois.
I’m currently renovating an old house that I bought at a thrift store and every time our granddaughter visits she looks to see how far I’ve got with the decorating, her little fingers itching to rearrange the furniture. I want to tell her that this is not the kind of toy that you play with. This is just for looking at, not for touching, but then I remember the house that I longed for when I was her age and I have to relent. “OK kid, but be careful.”
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teddy Bears, Dolls, Toys
Cee invited us to play musical chairs for her Fun Foto Challenge last week. I’m a bit late to the party but here are a few images that I thought I’d share. Whenever we take a tour of interesting old houses I like to look at the furniture in terms of groupings when I take pictures rather than viewing the room as a whole. Chairs very often play an important part in these sets. There were plenty of chairs at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and one impressive pipe organ in the Grand Banquet Hall to help supply the music.
I don’t know if they ever played musical chairs at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills but there were some nice chairs and a beautiful Steinway piano if ever they felt like getting in the party mood.
Personally I dreaded being forced to play musical chairs at kids parties. I was an only child and probably because of that, I never felt comfortable around other children. Parties, I suppose, were something that my parents naturally thought I would enjoy but they only made me cringe and playing musical chairs was a nightmare. These days I love sitting in chairs and listening to music.
More chairs, this time at the Taylor House in Freeport, Illinois, and two musical instruments for the price of one, a piano and flute, also at the Taylor House. For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/29/cees-fun-foto-challenge-musical-chairs/
There may possibly be a few tense moments over the turkey this year but let’s hope we can just enjoy being with our loved ones and make the most of every moment. I have so many things for which to be thankful, not the least of which is the pleasure of your company, and I want to thank you all for joining me here and at my other blogs. I really appreciate all your ‘likes’ and kind comments. Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Thanksgiving.
Seeing the world through a child’s eyes can very often help us to appreciate the magic in the little things in life. I know my grandchildren have given me a whole new perspective on things.
The magic of butterflies. Watching this amazing thing of beauty flutter its wings and take its first flight. Keep very still little brother and perhaps it will rest on your shoulder.
The magic of flowers. Who knew there were so many lovely colors and cool smells! I wonder if there are any fairies at the bottom of this garden.
The magic of exploration. Which way shall we go? It’s a big world out there and who knows what we might find! A magic kingdom perhaps.
The magic of music. What a great new sound! Now he’s in his 20’s and playing guitar in his own band. Still making musical magic.
Halloween magic. Catching sight of his reflection in a shop window. Wow! Look! There’s a kangaroo just like me!
The magic of unconditional love. A quiet moment shared with a best friend. Someone to tell all those secrets to.
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What are you eating??? Why, Halloween candy of course, grandma. Wanna see? For more on Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Halloween Challenge go to https://jennifernicholewells.com/2016/09/26/jnws-halloween-challenge-2/