Colour Studies of Stillness

I know fairgrounds are traditionally all about whirling movement and laughing people and loud music and flashing lights, but these bright colour studies of stillness and emptiness filled my lens this afternoon – I may take a walk over later tonight to take some action shots in the dark, but for now I’ve been enjoying the peace and quiet of these almost meditative machines as they ready themselves for the hard day’s work ahead 🙂

Easter travelling fair, Wanstead Flats, Leytonstone, East London


All the Fun of the Fair

There’s never a high turnover of customers in the afternoon when the travelling fair arrives in town, but they open up anyway, and the youngsters certainly enjoy it. Evenings bring the main hustle and bustle of lights and action, but I enjoy wandering around and finding the quiet moments of peace in the often lengthy space between afternoon rides… 🙂

Fandango-s One Word Challenge: Turnover

M is for Mandala

M is for Mandala

If there’s one design shape I colour in more than anything else it’s probably a mandala. I always like to start in the centre and work my way out, layer by layer, turning the page around and around as I go. I find the rhythm soothing, and decide on each colour as I go so never know exactly what colour-scheme I’ll end up with! Some mandalas are relatively simple in pattern, and some are more complex, but I really love colouring them all 🙂

Half way through this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge, what fun! Thirteen down, thirteen to go… 🙂

Flower of the Day: Beautiful Blue

The trouble with not having a garden of my own, and therefore taking photographs (from the street, of course) of flowers in other people’s gardens, is that I often have no idea what type they are! But if they look pretty, I take them anyway – and these beautiful blue flowers looked spectacular in the spring sunshine 🙂

Flower of the Day

L is for Landscape

L is for Landscape

This cute little rural village landscape was fun to colour in – I used coloured pencils and a rather muted palette for me, but was really pleased with the result. I love the way adding colour can lift a flat image from two dimensions to three… If I had a little more patience (not to mention the needlework skill) I think this design might make a lovely quilted wall hanging 🙂

For this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’m taking you through my alphabet of colouring in – thanks for joining me!

Lipids and Lipoproteins and Lips

Oh, the scientifically complicated things I have to learn about now I’m getting older…! I’ve learned that cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid, and when it combines with proteins in your blood it creates lipoproteins – High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) which is known as ‘good’ cholesterol and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) which is known as ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Hmmm… and apparently my ‘bad’ cholesterol level is too high, so not only do I have a ‘fatty liver’ (potentially bad) but also gallstones (created by too much unprocessed cholesterol in my gallbladder). The upshot of this excess of fatty cholesterol is that I’m going to have to drastically alter my diet to try to unfatty my liver again and stop my gallstones playing up too much. Oh joy!

I guess I’ll just have to learn to take much more care in paying close attention to which foods I let pass my lips from now on. But why oh why does the list of things I have to NOT eat and drink match so closely the list of things I love best… including alcohol and chocolate… Boooo…! 😦

Stream of Consciousness Saturday