Scavenger photo hunt – March

The scavenger photo hunt has come round once again and this month’s six topics are – flat, wheel, swing, ragged, pot, and my own choice. I must admit that ‘ragged’ got me thinking and at first I was going to use Poppie’s rather-worse-for-wear purple monkey which is one of the toys she came with when I first got her, but while I was searching my photo archives for something completely unrelated to the challenge I came across a perfect example. So here’s my choice of photos for this month –
The inspiration for my first photo came while I was walking the dogs round one of the parks near home and thinking what a shame it is that council cutbacks have meant that the bowling greens are now overgrown and no longer used. Well under normal circumstances bowling greens are usually flat so a few days later I went to another local park and got a photo of one of the bowling greens there.
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Flat – bowling green at a local park
A photo of one of my van wheels would have been a bit too obvious for the next one so another search of my photo files produced this one, a very colourful shot of the big wheel at Elvaston Steam Rally a couple of years ago. It’s an annual event, held on the first full weekend in July, and all the fairground rides are steam driven – it’s a great weekend with something for everyone and the opportunity to camp there from Friday to the following Monday. I started going in 2010 and apart from last year, when I went on the Coronation Street tour that same weekend, I’ve been every year since then and really enjoy it.
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Wheel – the steam driven big wheel at Elvaston Steam Rally
Back to the local park for the next one, a ‘big kids’ swing, and as it was still reasonably early on a dull and chilly morning there was no-one around so I was able to set the thing swinging and get my photo without being interrupted – and if I hadn’t got the dogs with me I probably would have been tempted to indulge my inner child and have a go!
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Swing – in the ‘big kids’ play area at the local park
The next topic really got me thinking but when I came across this photo from a few years ago it seemed to be a perfect example of ‘ragged’. It was rigged up on the beach just a few yards from my tent at the camp site I stayed at on the Scottish Highlands coast. It must have been lovely to relax in the sunshine just above the water but looking at the ragged state the hammock was in it obviously hadn’t been used for quite a while, and probably wouldn’t be used again.
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Ragged – a hammock with a view

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As I have no fancy looking plant pots or drink tea from a tea pot I decided to photograph my favourite mug instead – well it’s ceramic so can be classed as ‘pot’. I actually got it back in 2003 when a place where I worked at the time was relocating to other offices ; they were having a clear out prior to moving and several surplus mugs were destined for the bin. I really liked this one and it was too nice to throw away so I brought it home and it’s been in daily use ever since. The design goes all the way round the mug without being repeated, hence the three photos.
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Pot – my favourite mug
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And finally, my own choice just had to be this one of Sophie. A couple of years ago the zip on the cover of her soft bed broke, meaning it didn’t zip up all the way across although the bed was still perfectly usable. At one point she went through a phase of crawling through the opening and curling up inΒ the bed but underΒ the cover, which was okay by me, but one morning I got up to find that for some reason only known to herself she had decided to dig out all the filling and completely trash the bed. And there she was, in the middle of the big bed and surrounded by all the bits of filling from the soft bed – and it’s surprising just how far this stuff spreads when a determined little dog has been digging, it was all over the place. The look on her face told me that she knew she was in trouble but she looked so cute that I didn’t have the heart to tell her off ; the mess was cleared up and the bed replaced, and up to now she hasn’t done that again.
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Sophie and the trashed bed
Well that’s just about it for my choices this month, as always I’m joining in with Kate’s link-up partyΒ to see what photos and stories others have chosen – I’m sure all the selections will be very different and very interesting, and thanks to Kate for organising the hunt.
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26 thoughts on “Scavenger photo hunt – March

  1. Yes! I can see that ‘oops I should not have done that’ look in her eyes too! But it must have been such fun that it could not be helped πŸ˜€
    That hammock must have had to survive through a winter to look like that! when it was newly up – what a lovely place to contemplate life but it then had to weather the storms – no wonder it was looking ragged πŸ™‚

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  2. I think the hammock must have gone through more than one winter, it looked like it had been there for quite a while. I’m not sure how badly a winter storm would affect that particular location as it’s very sheltered by the surrounding rocky outcrops – in summer the water is very shallow for quite a distance out. I loved the place, it’s so peaceful and idyllic with fabulous scenery – I’d live there if I could πŸ™‚

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  3. Lovely photos Eunice. Funny thing about light bulb moments, is they come when you least expect it. Seems like we both had one for our ‘flat’ photo. Now a big wheel was not even on my radar & to think I’ve a great photo (somewhere) of the London Eye. I’d love to have seen you on that other swing (giggle). Not sure I’d want to use that hammock now, but maybe it wasn’t originally in the water & I ‘”love” the photo of Sophie looking guilty. Better give her a hug from me. Thanks for sharing & take care.

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    1. If I could have taken my own photo of myself on the swing I may very well have had a go! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ A hug for Sophie has been duly passed on, it’s sunny here at the moment so the two of them have just been out in the garden for a while πŸ™‚

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  4. Lovely photos and ideas on this month’s words. Your own choice is wonderful Sophie seems to be saying ‘No, I don’t no why either’. Also like wheel and swing also ragged too:)

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  5. It often makes me wonder what goes on in dogs’ (or even cats’) minds when they decide to do something. Maybe Sophie was trying to make the bed more comfortable but decided it was great fun so carried on digging. I never knew so much stuffing could come out of one of those! πŸ™‚

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  6. Another set of interesting interpretations for the words this month. Just love, love, love the hammock. It looks so peaceful, a place where one can hide from all the rubbish going on elsewhere! Glad you saved the mug; it is delightful.

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    1. The camp site with the hammock was truly peaceful and idyllic – a long way from ‘civilisation’ with no traffic noise and just the sound of birds and the water gently lapping on the beach it’s a real get-away-from-it-all place. I spent ten days there but it felt like more than a month. I was attracted to the mug because not long before it was destined for the bin I’d been to South Africa for the second time so I think fate said it should be mine πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s a shame she couldn’t tell me why she did it but I’m sure she knew she shouldn’t have. Apart from her age – she’s 11 – she’s such a cute baby that I could (almost) forgive her anything πŸ™‚

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  7. Great photo choices. Aww Sophie’s face, she knew she was in the doghouse πŸ™‚ Reminds me of our Amber, we’d been out for a couple of hours and returned home to a sea of wicker basket that she’d destroyed and all we could do was laugh πŸ™‚ I do like your mug, it would have been a shame for it to be thrown away. As for the swing, yes, I always have a little go if no children are about, can’t help ourselves can we:)

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    1. Sophie was definitely in the doghouse but rather than tell her off I grabbed the camera and took the photo πŸ™‚ I can just imagine you coming home to see Amber surrounded by a sea of destroyed wicker basket πŸ™‚

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  8. Haha bless Sophie. She does look like she has been caught in the act. What was she thinking. I love the mug too. Very colourful and different. And your Big Wheel is a great interpretation for Wheel. X

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    1. Sophie reminded me of a naughty child caught in the act but who swears blind it wasn’t them while looking as guilty as sin πŸ™‚ I don’t know how old the mug is but I’ve had it for 16 years now and it’s still going strong – my mum used to drop and break things quite often so it wouldn’t have survived so long with her!

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  9. I think Sophie was being very clever. Her bed was not right – the zip was broken – she wanted a new bed!! She got one too!! Lovely photographs again. The picture of the Ferris wheel is so colourful and the mug is lovely. But I agree that the hammock looked like it had seen better days. x

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    1. I wouldn’t have thought Sophie did that just to get a new bed but who knows what goes on in her little mind πŸ™‚ It’s a shame the hammock was so tatty as I would have loved to take a book and read for a while – I’m not very heavy but looking at it I don’t think it would have taken even my weight 😦

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  10. Oops indeed. I reckon Sophie was “killing” the bed and could not stop until it was completely destroyed. Ollie used to do that to certain toys and he was definitely disemboweling them.

    Great photos, love the colours in that steam driven big wheel.

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  11. My little Sugar was a great one for disembowelling toys. Give her anything that squeaked and she would chew it until she got the squeak out, and she loved footballs. She would chase and play with one for ages as long as it was pumped up really hard but if she could get her teeth into one she would chew it until she got the inside out of it. Sophie has never been one for destroying anything so why she did that to her bed I’ve no idea.

    The rides and stalls at the steam fair are all very colourful and make for some really good photos, I’ve got some great close-ups of the designs and patterns on the carousel πŸ™‚

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  12. Lovely photos Eunice – what a spot for the hammock – wow – somebody was into relaxing in nature. That steam driven ferris wheel looks about my level of fairground ride lol It’s a lovely idea that everything is still steam driven at that festival. And your wee dog is so cute πŸ˜€

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  13. The camp site with the hammock was in such a peaceful and idyllic place, and the hammock itself gave the place a bit of a Robinson Crusoe feel. The fairground wheel was very colourful but there’s no way I would have a ride – I don’t mind heights but anything that takes me more than 3ft off the ground and goes round at the same time is a complete no-no 😦 Sophie definitely has the cute factor, there are some more photos of her in the next post πŸ™‚

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  14. I very much got the impression that anyone using it would fall straight through – I certainly never saw anyone using it while I was there anyway πŸ™‚

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