Friday, February 25, 2011

FSO - From the Hip

I thought this would be a lot of fun when I saw this topic.  I even started practising last weekend.  But then disaster hit New Zealand and sad news reached my family (not from Christchurch).  During the week I lost all enthusiasm for getting out and about and was going to flag participating this week.  But when I got home from work I gave myself a bit of a talking to, not so successful that I went out looking with my camera but enough to get me to lift the camera and wander around the house.

I took 168 photos and managed to find a few passable shots amongst them.  Shooting from the hip is a fun (if a bit hit and miss) thing to do, I will try it again when I'm feeling a bit more perky.

So, here we go.  A couple of bags sitting on the table after I'd unloaded the groceries.

This one made me laugh.

 It was meant to be this.  Got it eventually!

The hot weather fan:

A basket of toys awaiting visits from my new grandson.  (Apologies to the red rabbit for the unflattering angle but worse things will no doubt happen to it before it moves to the other basket of much loved toys the of the older grandchildren.)

I even took a photo of the 'inner sanctum'.  I really don't like plastic flowers.  Those who know me well know this.  I often think of a role playing exercise where I worked years ago.  Can't remember what the topic was but it was something about listening to others' ideas and valuing the input of the team.  During the exercise a girl I worked with suggested we put some plastic flowers on the reception desk, then sat back with a bit smirk on her face while I did my best to pretend that was a valuable suggestion.   To her delight, I was not very successful!  Anyway, these flowers that I keep by my bed were given to me by my twin granddaughters for my 60th birthday.   They were 6 years old and so proud of their gift that I now think of them as my treasures.

I'm looking forward to what the rest of the team has found 'from the hip' this week.  Just pop over here to have a look.


  1. We have a few odd bits and pieces on display in our house - the odder the piece, the higher the likelihood that it came from a grandson!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear that your family was affected by the events in Christchurch. You are in my thoughts!
    I ended up taking several shots of some of mine before I got them right too!

  3. I watch from TV they sent the dialysis patients to Whangarei.

  4. Sorry to hear that you had even more sad news to deal with than the Christchurch situation. I've been sighing about icy streets still making walking difficult. Thumbs up for you for even thinking of doing the photo experiments indoors.

  5. Our prayers have been with you and your country.

    Great shots.

  6. Good stuff in the midst of real drama. Who was it said, 'Whats it all about, Alfie.'

  7. So glad no one was hurt...was so scary!! So glad you had a chance to shoot..cause they were wonderful! I love the roses...cause who they were from:) I to prefer the real ones..but who can argue with kiddos!! Wonderful shootout hon!
    Hugs, Sarah

  8. I'm glad to see you were able to shoot from the hip after such a week of sad news. Your shots are all very entertaining, and as always top notch photography! Loved the stuffed toy baskets and the Treasured Faux Roses stories!

  9. It seems that we have a few things in common: twins, being 60, new grandchildren...(not plastic flowers though...I feel the same about them as you do but I'm sure if my granddaughter gave them to me I would "love" them as much as you do). Sorry about the sad news but hope that things are OK. Worry really takes its toll on us, doesn't it??

  10. The news of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch was awful to hear. So many lives snuffed out.But I am glad you decided to participate this week because I would have missed you if you had decided otherwise, and worried.

    I also dislike plastic flowers, but I love the story you tell about the twins'gift. Sweet.

  11. from what I've seen this week - the really intersting shots are the close ups.... didn't try close up. love the fan. and the bags on the table. have a great week.

  12. fan shot is fantastic Pauline. when I heard of the quake I thought of you and Ann hoping all was well with you. not sure if you lived close or not.

    great shoot out and fun look around your home.

  13. I shoot a lot of pictures from between my ankles and am always looking at things from their level or looking up. I ended up with some beautiful landscape shots last summer.


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