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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life – California Road Trip

Here is my entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Street Life. As with my last entry, the photographs displayed were taken on our most recent holiday, a road trip in California. And most, if not all images were taken by the other half, some edited by hubby, some edited by me… if edited at all (it’s a bit of a mixed bag).

I couldn’t make my mind up on which image to use, so I thought I’d use a few, I figured I may as well, we have loads of photo’s from that trip (we took over 2000… a little snap happy I think!)

Scuba diver crosses Cannery Row, Monterey

Scuba diver crosses Cannery Row, Monterey

Powell and Market Cable Car in San Francisco. Look closely at the background for a glimpse of Alcatraz

Powell and Market Cable Car in San Francisco. Look closely at the background for a glimpse of Alcatraz

'Street life' on Paradise Pier, Disney's California Adventure

‘Street life’ on Paradise Pier, Disney’s California Adventure

Hilly San Francisco

Hilly San Francisco

Tourists and fans line the Hollywood Walk of Fame ahead of the season premiere of Sons of Anarchy

Tourists and fans line the Hollywood Walk of Fame ahead of the season premiere of Sons of Anarchy

Just crossing the road in San Francisco

Just crossing the road in San Francisco

Street life for the tourists in Downtown Las Vegas

Street life for the tourists in Downtown Las Vegas

 

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The (blogging) holiday is over

OK, so I’ve been very naughty lately, only one one post in the past three weeks and that was a video of my cat! (If you haven’t seen my coffee drinking cat, here he is!) But I had a good reason, my PC some how (I’m TOTALLY the innocent party here) got itself a virus which has taken a while to get it sorted and removed, and trying to write a blog post on my iPad is an absolute nightmare, so I’m afraid I took a little holiday from all things blog related, but it’s time to get back to work!

My fundraising efforts are ticking along nicely. I’m still working on the raffle, so don’t have any big projects on the horizon just yet, I’ll worry about that after the raffle is drawn at Easter time. My mam is doing great with selling raffle tickets, so big shout out to my mam 🙂  I also need to do a shout out to some of my former colleagues who very generously held an honesty box bake sale during Fairtrade Fortnight, and donated the proceeds towards my cause. It’s truly amazing how helpful other people have been, (and no doubt will continue to be!) in my fundraising challenge, I am very appreciative!

Insight Magazine, St Cuthbert's Hospice

Insight Magazine, St Cuthbert’s Hospice

Also, I’m almost famous in the St Cuthbert’s Hospice Community! The article below was included in their magazine which is sent out to their supporters and volunteers, which includes quite a few people I know, so I’ve had the whole “I’ve seen you in the Hospice magazine!” conversation a few times. Embarrassingly I forgot to tell my family that I was going to be in there, and my mam found out through her friend…oops!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In other news I am donating my time and talents to Marie Curie Cancer Care, having signed up as the Secretary for the recently launched Local Fundraising Group in my town. We’ve only had one official meeting so far, so we’re a very new group.

Launch meeting of our Local Community Fundraising Group for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Launch meeting of our Local Community Fundraising Group for Marie Curie Cancer Care

That being said we’ve already orchestrated a collection day at a local supermarket as part of the Great Daffodil Appeal, which raised over £600 in one day! Our next group meeting will be focused on planning a Blooming Great Tea Party in June, which is another flagship event of the charity. I was a little apprehensive at first about signing up, particularly as I have quite a bit going on at the moment with my own personal fundraising efforts, but now I’m just excited to bring on a new challenge and in doing my part to help more people… it’s a fab feeling 🙂

That’s it until next time, and I promise it will not be as long before my next post… (maybe I should start writing it now just to be sure!!)

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Naughty kitty steals the coffee!

Our eldest (pet/child) Zak steals the cold dregs of hubby’s morning coffee. The cat has no shame at all, absolutely none. When the mood takes him he will happily try and swipe the food off your plate whilst you’re eating, so this should really come as no surprise. Our only concern is how long has he been doing this, and is it only to cold coffee?!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Abandoned outhouse, Bodie Ghost Town

I don’t class myself as much of a photographer, unless I’m rather drunk and it’s a night out with friends when suddenly I’m snap happy, but most of those photo’s turn out blurry anyway, so I’ve never got involved with the Weekly Photo Challenge before. But, when I saw the theme this week was ‘Abandoned’ I felt I could finally take part, even if I am sharing photographs taken by the other half, but hey, what’s mine is his and vice versa right? Well actually, my saying is “what’s his is mine, and what’s mine is mine” I am an only child after all!

Anyhoo, my half loves taking photos of abandoned things, so I actually have plenty of images to choose from for this theme, particularly abandoned vehicles. On this occasion I decided that I would share a few photographs which were taken on our recent holiday to California, more specifically taken at Bodie Ghost Town in Bodie State Park.

Bodie Ghost Town

And just to keep the photographer happy, one with an abandoned car in the landscape…

Abandoned vehicle at Bodie Ghost Town

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Keep Calm and Buy Raffle Tickets

Keep Calm and Buy Raffle Tickets

in the last two week’s I (with the help of my colleagues) have made some great progress with the raffle I’m going to do at Easter time, and have been contacting local businesses for donations of prizes, which is going really well and I’m now itching to start selling raffle tickets!

Last week I received a fantastic donation towards the raffle, a brand new Kindle Fire HD given to me by an old school friend who is a successful travel blogger, you can find his inspirational blog, Man vs Clock, here. Anthony won the Kindle through this blog, but Royal Mail couldn’t guarantee that it would actually reach him on his travels and so it stayed with his mam until he kindly offered it towards my raffle. A great big thanks to Anthony for his kind generosity; the Kindle is definitely one of the top prizes available!

I’ve also managed to get prizes such as an overnight stay in the suite of a local Castle, vouchers for meals in local restaurants, spa visits, treatments etc, so it’s all coming along nicely and I’m expecting more prizes to trickle in over the next week – for my first raffle it’s all rather exciting!