29 Apr 2015

Scavenger Hunt: April


Here are my Scavenger Hunt photos for April. (Some of them were taken during our recent time in Italy).

Thank you Greenthumb (Jill) of Made with Love Blog for organising the challenge. You can find out more if you click on the coded link for Scavenger Hunt on my side bar.

The list for April: upside down, clouds, chair, something sweet, growth, glass, bedroom, rain,
                         egg, fresh, feet, whatever you want

UPSIDE DOWN
This dog is a happy dog and belongs to the owner of one of the shops in a local hill town and can often be seen enjoying the sunshine and the company of shoppers.



CLOUDS
On some evenings just before sunset the clouds take on a pink tinge as do the distant snow-capped mountains. (A view from our house).



CHAIR
This chair (a replica) called The Plotting Chair can be seen in a cottage in the village of Old Whittington near Chesterfield, Derbyshire called Revolution House. At the time it was a small inn which became a meeting place for three local noblemen disguised as huntsmen.  Here in 1688 they plotted to overthrow King James II, an act that seems shocking except we're reminded that times past were often turbulent ones. The cottage is now a small museum furnished with period items.







SOMETHING SWEET
This is the traditional Italian cake in the shape of a dove that is eaten at Easter. The original recipe is similar to the Christmas panettone, but there are other varieties that are either vanilla or chocolate sponge-based. We brought the chocolate covered one back from our trip to Italy and our grand daughter made the chocolate muffins for our Easter family teatime gathering.




GROWTH
Do you remember the giant lemon that our daughter was given as a Christmas gift?  We planted the pips in several pots and below is the progress so far. (Since taking the photo the seedlings are twice as big).



GLASS
The Winter Garden, Sheffield City Centre, seen from a different entrance and piazza.



A detail of a stained glass window in St. Lawrence's Church, Eyam. The window was created by Christopher Webb who signs his work with a drawing of a tiny cobweb in the bottom right hand corner.



BEDROOM
An hotel bedroom



RAIN
On a visit to Rome the day started out sunny, but then we had some light rain.  Mr. P. had a rest whilst I took some photos!

EGG
I usually get out my collection of decorated wooden eggs to make an Easter display.  The one (below) is a blown egg that I painted many years ago.  The gold paint has helped to preserve it. The egg cup is of olive wood and I inherited it from my great aunts.


FRESH
Avenues of orange trees line many of the streets of Rome's historic centre or can be see in public gardens.   I expect this fresh fruit was decorative rather than gathered and eaten. The oranges would certainly have needed a good wash because of the dust and traffic fumes, but did look attractive.




FEET
Mr. P. found a hornets' nest when he was working in the roof space in the Italian house.  We've had a bad experience in the past from a hornet which stung one of our children when she was an infant. She had to be taken to hospital for emergency treatment after an allergic reaction. Below is a close-up photo of one. The body is better studied from a photograph as I didn't stay around for long and I'm interpreting the tarsal claw as a foot!





WHATEVER YOU WANT

The personal highlight this month has been the Queen's visit to Sheffield and it was an honour for my husband and I (as members of the fellowship of seniors) to be invited to Sheffield Cathedral for the Maundy Thursday service and to see Her Majesty present the Maundy Money to 89 senior citizens (the present age of the Queen) who have made a difference to the welfare of our communities in the city over many years. This ancient royal ceremony takes place in Holy Week as a reminder of the washing of the disciples' feet by Jesus during the Last Supper before he went to the cross. During the Last Supper Jesus said  'And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you so you also must love one another' John 13.34. 
The name Maundy is derived from the Latin word mandatum meaning a commandment.

Due to the strict security procedures photography was not allowed inside the cathedral until after Her Majesty had departed so my record of the day was limited to the ones below and I've included the one taken by a professional photographer (source unknown). I've also included an article from a national newspaper.







50 comments:

  1. Lovely photos and so interesting too. How wonderful to attend the Maundy Thursday service, a real honour. I have to say that my favourite is the upside down doggy though, she looks as though she's sunbathing.

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    1. The dog is very sweet. We used to have a dog like that when we lived in Italy. He was called 'Morse' because of his black spots on white fur.

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  2. love that floating pink cloud.. and the thatched roof, and of course I LOVE THAT DOG!... adorable. i would want to take him home.
    we are waiting to see if the queen will have a new great grand baby today on the prince anniversary..

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    1. We're waiting expectantly also.

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  3. How fun was that! I got to go to Italy and hang out with the Queen. Enjoyed it.

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    1. Ha Ha! Yes, it was a good month! :)

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  4. lovely photo's Linda. How lovely to have been at the Cathedral for the Maundy Service and to get a glimpse of the Queen. She still looks so well for her 89 years doesn't she.

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    1. She's wonderful for her age as is the Duke of Edinburgh who accompanied her. She looked happy and, of course, we all enjoyed the special occasion.

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  5. These photos are wonderful! You did a grand job of capturing a wide variety of subjects and I like the extra information. That plotting chair is very ornate and your upside dog picture is very sweet x

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    1. There has been a lot going on during the last few weeks with plenty of scope for the challenge!

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  6. What a wonderful collection of photos, Linda. Love the dog enjoying the sunshine and the stained glass window with cobweb signature. I remember seeing orange trees in the streets when we were in Italy and I enjoyed your photos of Revolution House - I thought it was a lovely little place when we visited and so interesting. How lovely to have been at the Maundy Thursday Service in Sheffield Cathedral, definitely an occasion to remember:)

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    1. The Scavenger Hunt is a lot of fun, but it always challenges me. There's always one or two subjects on the list that I have to think about and look for.

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  7. I love the pictures of all the differenct subjects, it is a real 'rich tapestry'.

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    1. Glad you found this Scavenger Hunt post interesting. Janneke.

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  8. What an interesting and informative set of pics, my favourites are the blown egg, the spotting rolling dog and the plotting chair, everyone should have a plotting chair!xxx

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    1. I knew you'd like the dog, Dina. :)

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  9. How wonderful that you got to go to the Maundy Service!!! A wonderful experience for you and great memories. Your other finds are great too, I really like the unusual chair, and the how great that your lemon pips are doing so well too! Wonderful to see the pictures of you and your husband in the Cathedral! Thank you for sharing with us. xx

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    1. It's been a busy but memorable few weeks, Amy. It'll be interesting to see how the lemon seedlings progress and will keep you all posted! :)

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  10. What a wonderful and varied selection! Lovely happy upside down dog, terrific chair replica and enjoyed the history lesson, fascinated by the growing lemon seedlings and orange trees...someone could be startled if one of them fell down. How exciting to be part of the Maundy service at Sheffield Cathedral ~ Quite the month!!

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    1. It has been an eventful month indeed!

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  11. How very special to see the Queen! I would be so excited.
    Loved the way you illustrated each word. What a treat.
    Oh and a lemon tree is growing at your house. I need to
    try that. I still have three lemons we brought home from
    California last month. I think they would work.

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    1. It's fun trying to grow trees from a seed although I doubt whether we'll get any fruit in our UK climate! We now have several peach trees that have produced blossom and also an orange tree.

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  12. Lovely set of photos Linda. Your Dove cake looks simply delicious. P x

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    1. Thank you, Patricia. We all enjoyed the Italian Easter cake so it was well worth bringing back from Italy.

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  13. A really lovely and interesting collection of photos for your April Scavenger Hunt - the Queen looked wonderful, she is amazing for her age.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary. The Queen is a gracious lady as all who meet her can testify and she is indeed amazing for her age.

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  14. Wonderful selection of photos, from the upside down dog to been part of the Maundy service. But I would love to see the street lined with Oranges.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thank you Amanda. The orange trees in some areas of Rome's busy historic centre are an attractive sight. I can imagine there would be a lovely fragrance in blossom time.

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  15. This is a real treat to see your photos from the scavenger hunt. A wonderful selection and all fun to see. Thank you for sharing them Linda :)

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    1. Hello Denise. Thank you for your visit and comment and glad you enjoyed the photos for the scavenger hunt.

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  16. Wow---how special it must have been to be with the Queen (who is still amazing at her age) on Maundy Thursday... SO SPECIAL!!! Congrats.

    Love all of your pictures to go with the words given to you... The upside down dog is GREAT... YUM--on the oranges on that orange tree....Your fancy eggs are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. The Royal Maundy service was very special. A memorable day for those who received the Maundy money from the Queen and for the rest of us who were there.
      As usual the scavenger hunt was quite challenging but fun.

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  17. Really enjoyed your selection again and particularly the stories you tell around them. I particularly liked the happy dog, the Italian cake and the stained glass cobweb. x

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    1. Thanks Julie. Happy hunting in May!

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  18. Hello dear Linda
    Your Scavenger Hunt portfolio is a great way for me to have a catch up with what's been happening here!
    With the pressures of working more days (the result of losing one great team member, now replaced by two new people) my visits to read the blogs I enjoy is very spasmodic.
    I loved seeing and reading about the orange trees in Rome - my two visits to eternal Rome alas have been short and filled with "the sites", which, in the most part is what happens when travelling!
    How lovely to have the Queen at your Maunday Thursday service - what a dutiful servant she has been.
    It's good to see that Prince Charles is doing more and lessening her public appearances - maybe we get a different impression in the colonies!
    Enjoy your Spring Linda!
    I've just had an email from a friend of mine in England with four Spring flral photos she took - I will post about it this week!
    Hugs
    Shane x

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    1. Thank you Shane. Lovely to hear from you and shall look forward to catching up with your news. :)

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  19. génial
    moi aussi j'ai fait le petit jeux de la " chasse aux trésors "
    je vous souhaite un joli mois de MAI
    tendresse
    edith (iris) France
    j'adore le chien pour le mot ' à l'envers " ♥♥♥

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    1. Hello Edith (Iris), It's good to hear from you and to know you enjoyed seeing my scavenger hunt photos.

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  20. Good Morning Linda,

    I loved the Scavenger Hunt and the opportunity to see such a variety of photos and places. I like both American and British history and enjoyed the photo of the plotting chair. I really liked the orange trees lining the streets of Rome as well. What an honor for you to participate in a visit from your Queen on Maundy Thursday and what a cause for celebration to know you have a new Princess.

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    1. Hello dear friend. The scavenger hunt challenge is an enjoyable project. Yes, we're pleased that the baby has arrived and names have been chosen.

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  21. Dear Linda,

    How wonderful to see all your lovely photos on the scavenger hunt - great that you were able to have a visit from the Queen, and yes such an honour. Love the little happy dog and hope the lemon trees grow well from the seedlings.
    Happy week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. I hope you have a good week :)

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  22. Hi Linda! I'm late getting around to everyone, but I'm so glad that I didn't miss yours! My favorite has to be the upside down happy dog ~ only because I'm a sucker for dogs! I really enjoyed the one of the Queen. I saw her once in the summer of 1959 when she and Prince Philip visited Prince Edward Island in Canada. They went right by my brother and me ( 8 and 9 years old) in an open car, and Prince Philip smiled at me! I've never forgotten the thrill! Good luck growing your lemon tree!

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    1. Thank you Louise. You won't forget the time when you saw the Queen and Prince Philip. We used to go to Ascot Race Course in Berkshire every year when I was young. The Royal family would ride passed in carriages at the opening of Royal Ascot Week and in those days there was less of a crowd and it was wonderful when members of the Royal family smiled straight at us.

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  23. Thanks for taking part in this months scavenger hunt. I really enjoyed your photos, Upside down, growth, rain and glass are my favourites. Greenthumb

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    1. Thank you Jill for setting up the Scavenger Hunt photo challenge. It's a thought-provoking, enjoyable project.

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  24. Fun and interesting post, Linda! Love your Easter egg. Do you still paint? (Perhaps I'm having a senior moment and just blanking it out.) Blessings, Bess

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    1. Hello Bess. Good to hear from you. I used to do more crafting and painting when I was doing some tutoring with a group of ladies. My eyesight isn't so good for doing very fine work these days. I enjoy looking at art work though..

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  25. I love your choice for "upside down!"

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    1. What a challenge the scavenger hunt can be with some of the items on the list! It makes you observe the world around you even more. I loved the sight of that friendly dog relaxing in the sunshine.

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