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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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).

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.

An hotel bedroom

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!

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.

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.

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!


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.