Blue Skies and Millenium Wheels

We’ve been having some beautiful weather lately, and it’s a perfect time to wander around the city, catch some rays, and snap some city shots. Here’s one I took recently of the good ole’ Millennium Wheel (I didn’t actually go on it though, sadly), while walking around the area.

Next shot, the Millenium bridge maybe, I do love the zig-zaggy style of it : )

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Peacock Drawing Mondays

Like when your niece asks you to draw a peacock, and all you have is lined paper.

Luckily, I’ve noticed that I have a growing fascination with peacocks these days (among other animals!), so I’ve been doodling and drawing peacocks and peacock feathers here and there to see what works, not to mention working some peacock motifs into mehndi art.

This is the end result of the peacock I drew for my niece, which I thought could have been a lot worse 🙂

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A Daisy in Three Stages

I like this idea of splitting a single picture into three (or more), to give it an interesting effect – like this one, which lets us focus on different parts of the same flower. While this is only a quick effect which was created on my mobile, I like the idea of mixing two or three images together in one photograph – a bit like a collage perhaps. I’m wondering how else I can play around with this, with various colours and themes – although for now, I’ll probably keep it simple and see what works!

Presenting…a daisy in three stages : )

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Writing on the Wall: A Horseman & A Donkey Rider

I don’t often see art on people’s houses – although plenty on street walls, pavements and commercial/random buildings! – so thought this was quite interesting, a silhouette plaque of a knight and a commoner (or perhaps the knight’s valet, I have no idea.) I don’t think this is artwork is necessarily a critical comment on class, history, or even art, and I can’t even be definite that this is a knight – but I do think there is something quirky and cute about this.

Maybe the house-owner just really likes horses.

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Weekly Scary Muppets Links

It’s been a good while since I’ve done of these, I’ve been bookmarking funny (and random) articles everywhere waiting to do a Weekly Links post, and finally am able to link them. I won’t bombard you with all of them, so here are some of the best ones:

Books – and what a difference one letter can make. The Lion, the Itch and the Wardrobe makes me think of mothballs, for some reason.

Muppets with people eyes
. This is genuinely disturbing for a reason I can’t quite put a finger on – maybe because they look so much more sinister and serial killer-y. Yikes.

Conversations with Cats. Just because.

Some Disney love – Disney movies inside other Disney movies (because we can spend the whole film looking for other characters rather than follow the plot) and er…exploding Disney Princesses. I don’t really know how to explain that one.

This is cute, a blog about brothers and sisters relationships pictures – although less cute is the postal potato (I may try this on one of my sisters though).

Bad lip-reading (and translation) of scenes from The Walking Dead. There’s a whole channel devoted to this, believe it or not!

Silly Youtube comments. We all look out for (and contribute to) these!

Cliches and well-worn sayings, I do like this, plus there’s the following two posts underneath.

Lastly, why we like WordPress.com (if you’re actually on WordPress then you’ll relate even more!)

That’s all for this week, I hope you’re enjoying the weekend and planning lots of things for the summer (I know we are!), until then, here’s some Lego.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

I couldn’t decide which pictures to use for this challenge, but settled on these ones because Bournemouth and Durdle’s Door are one of my favourite places in England!

Here’s one picture which I loved, that I took of a more panoramic view of the beautiful Durdle’s Door and the surrounding waters:
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This is a close-up of the same landmark, with a focus on the pebbles and sand, which feels a bit more quirky to me, and shows how big ‘Durdle’s Door’ is.

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And here are both images side by side – which really illustrates how one scene or object can be photographed in several different ways and angles, and still look unique! Definitely something to try for yourself, I say – and maybe to play around with sizes and colours too, perhaps!

Which angles do you prefer? I think I like the landscape, panoramic style one : )

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Messy Minds

This is kind of how I’m feeling at the moment – not quite scatterbrained and woolly, but more chock-full of ideas and plans that I need to sort out. I’m also feeling a little out of routine in blogging after a whole month of the Journal your Ramadan challenge – it may take me a while to get into something less structured!

I’ve got a few ideas bouncing around in my head in terms of what to draw, storylines to follow (and make sense of!), and of course, new places to visit! I’m also catching up on the ever-growing piles of books (and e-books) which vary from fantasy to murder mysteries, to historical to quirky and interesting literature (like this book) as well as a list of films I want to watch, crafty things I want to make, new ideas to explore for my sisters’ and my online shop Feroza, and of course, dinners and catch ups with friends!

In the mean time, here’s something I’ve been thinking about recently that you can mull over: if there was one thing I wanted to do more than anything, in the whole world, as the one defining thing in my life – what would it be? And how would I get there?
Any ideas? What would your answer be?

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Our Eid Day…!

We had a merry old time on Eid day, with lots of relatives visiting, plenty of amazing food cooked by my mum, some beautiful dresses (on the women and the babies!), and a good laugh with everyone. We didn’t do anything extravagant this year (no parties or nights out!), but it was simple and fun, family and friends all dropped by with good wishes and it was a great way to end a memorable Ramadan. Here’s a few pics!

We had a fabulous wardrobe (although no one had better outfits than the baby girls in the family):

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…which was accessorised with pretty jewellery and bangles:

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And even better, the girls had some gorgeous mehndi on:

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There was some scrumptious food for everyone to eat:

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Followed by several desserts, like Eid biscuits, cakes, mithai and savouries:

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And of course, Eid presents! The babies and kids got spoiled the most, although all of us got some amazing presents (mostly clothes and jewellery, and of course chocolate!), which we all loved.

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All in all, a great day for everyone, we’re all pretty wiped out now and still recovering, but it’s nice to have had a big family celebration after a while. Now that Ramadan is over, we’ll be going on trips and having lots of barbeques, although that’s not to say that this special month has been forgotten!

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How was your Eid? Did you do anything special?