Could it be true that when you hold a conch to your ear you can hear the ocean?. wouldn't it be perfect if by simply holding a wooden spoon in your hand you could smell the resinous leaf mould of the forest floor, if running your thumb along the vein of a feather found you soaring over treetops, the wind biting your skin. Suppose rolling a pearl in your palm left you drenched in tropical seas, the turquoise water closing over your head or if by smelling the waxy skin of a lemon, you were transported to an Italian hillside, sun baking your back. Could it be that we all have the place of our birth flowing through our veins. Could it be that you can take the shell out of the ocean, but can't take the ocean out of the shell. 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 #creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #hubs_united #artybus #arts_help #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creatively_squared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_creative #hashtagfloosie #hp_little
Some things look just too odd to make sense, but apparently there is a reason why certain dogs are clipped to resemble a collection of pom-poms. In the 17th century poodles were used as water retrievers, the name "poodle" comes from the same old German word that brings us "puddle" and roughly translates as "splash" hound. Apparently shaving their back end stopped them from becoming heavy and waterlogged whilst swimming, while the big "mane" kept the vital organs warm, likewise shaving the face allowed them to see where they were going, whilst the "topknot" was often tied with coloured ribbons helping the owner identify his hound from a distance. There doesn't seem to be any credible explanation for the bizarre pom-poms on feet and tail, but there's no harm in a bit of decoration #aravisfantasyfruitnveg 🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩 #creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #hubs_united #artybus #arts_help #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creatively_squared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_creative
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The TV only had three channels when I was a child, and as my mother had a strange prejudice against ITV, we only really watched the BBC. Childrens TV was a low budget affair in those days, limited to a couple of hours after school. I had to walk back from the village primary and would always come in tired and hungry, my mother would never have dreamed of giving us food to eat in front of the TV, we would sit up in the kitchen gulping down sandwiches and milk, maybe a slice of cake so that we could watch the children's TV shows. It always started with β€œPlay school” this was a program for babies, we thought condescendingly, they sang nursery rhymes and played games with a collection of unattractive toys, Big Ted, Little Ted, baby doll Hamble, rag doll Jemima and a big stuffed Humpty Dumpty, there were three different shaped windows, each day they would zoom in on one or other of the windows and show a short film, maybe something being made in a factory or animals playing. we had little interest in this juvenile offering. Next it would be Jackanory, even lower budget than Play school, this was simply someone reading a story book, the only interest being the illustrations being flashed up on screen every so often. Then there would be cartoons, which were nearly all American imports, Scooby Doo or the Whacky races, the English animations were usually paper cut-outs, often looking like they had been coloured with felt pens jerkily moved around in a sad approximation of the slick American shows, but in spite of their poor quality we still watched Mr Ben, Captain Pugwash or Paddington bear. Then after β€œNewsround” an attempt to get little English children to take an interest in current affairs, came the flagship (literally) of children's TV β€œBlue Peter”, A magazine program with cooking, craft, interviews, fund raisers, and interesting articles, you can tell the age on most English people by asking β€œwho presented Blue Peter when you were little” for me it was Peter Purvis, Valerie Singleton, and dear, dear, John Noakes...cont...#jj_forum_1789
I will eat my five a day and I will do my best to get my seven hours sleep, I'll take the requisite amount of exercise, but when the government tells me not to drink coffee after lunch, it is going too far, "don't tell me what to do" 🍏🍏🍏🍏🍏🍏🍏🍏 #aravisfantasyfruitnveg #creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #hubs_united #artybus #arts_help #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creatively_squared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_creative #ig_4every1_greenandwhite #numberof5 #jj_forum_1789
How flattered I am to be thanking @Instagram for featuring another of my pictures,πŸ™πŸΌ Thank you also to all those of you who have visited my account for the first time, I'm overwhelmedπŸ™πŸΌ And an extra special thank you to my old friends for your kind comments πŸ™πŸΌ And finally, a request, should you catch me getting big headed or "up myself" just remind me, that popularity is as fleeting and ephemeral as a bubble, enjoy it for the moment, because the next moment it's gone 😊 πŸ’ΏπŸ’ΏπŸ’ΏπŸ’ΏπŸ’ΏπŸ’ΏπŸ’ΏπŸ’ΏπŸ’Ώ #creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #hubs_united #artybus #arts_help #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creatively_squared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_creative #jj_texttypographical #cs_ohmyword #jj_forum_1789
How attracted we are to things that show the passage of time on their surface. The worn silvered timber of the mountain hut, that speaks of winters of deep snow and biting winds. The lichen embroidered surface of gravestones, the milky opalescence of sea glass, tumbled by countless tides. How beautiful we find the verdigris stained copper on roofs and gutters, the fiery blossom of rust on iron, the blackening of old silver, even the yellowed pages and scuffed leather of a well thumbed book, or the soft fading of favourite jeans or boots. So why is it that we don't see the same beauty when the passage of time is marked on our bodies?, aren't the scarred hands of the artisan or the silver veined belly of the mother, or the lines on our faces simply the patina of a life well lived. πŸŒ•πŸŒ–πŸŒ—πŸŒ˜πŸŒ‘πŸŒ’πŸŒ“πŸŒ”πŸŒš @creativelysquared @alphaboardco #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #hubs_united #artybus #arts_help #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creatively_squared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_creative #jj_texttypographical #jj_forum_1783 #gotd_1381 #cs_ohmyword #hp_textured #typographical2_nio
Of the ten little goldfish we bought in the summer only three remained. This population decline had been hidden from us because The waterlily in the pond has never been more impressive with abundant waxy white flowers squeezing their way between the glossy green pads that covered almost all of the surface. With the onset of winter and the decay of the waterlily leaves we realised that the flower had simply got too big for the pond and that was probably responsible for the loss of 7 fish over the months, so we decided to capture the fish, empty the pond and dramatically reduce the lily. Our first attempts to catch the three darting fish failed, "let's drop the water level by half and try again" we agreed, so we set up a siphon, it was already late in the day, so when it got dark we stopped the siphon, planning to catch the fish in the morning (a large bucket of clean water, was already waiting for them). But when we came down in the morning, disaster had struck over night, gravity had done its work and got the siphon running again, the water was all gone and there, close together on the lily roots, lay three glassy eyed golden bodies. Oh why hadn't we taken the pipe away completely rather than just stopping the flow. How guilty we felt, this had been all about making life better for the fish, and we had killed them. It was starting a rain and as there was no longer any rush about clearing the pond we went back inside. It was not until the following day dawned dry and bright that S put on his wellies and climbed into the pond, the three golden bodies lay where we left them the day before, but now with an inch of rain over them, as S picked them up on his shovel, one of them miraculously twitched.. quick, get them in the bucket of clean water.. two of the corpses give a little jerk, a cloud of mud erupts from their mouths and they start swimming, the third floats to the surface, no resurrection for him...but we cannot believe our eyes, and feel even more guilty as we had left them in the empty pond overnight convinced that they were dead. Cont..... #jj_forum_1785
Dragons eye #cs_greenery πŸ’š#creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #hubs_united #artybus #arts_help #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creatively_squared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_forum_1781 #jj_creative #hp_textured #green3_nio #ig_4every1_greenandwhite
Tonight is a night of magic, when all things are possible, when all my bad decisions of the year past can be wiped clean in the sure and certain knowledge that, come midnight, I can be reborn as a fitter, smarter, better organised version of myself, on this magical day, I still believe..... So here I am, waving goodbye to 2016 #whpresolutions #aravishand 🌟✨🌟✨🌟✨🌟✨🌟✨ #creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #hubs_united #artybus #arts_help #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creatively_squared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #gmfm_0609 #jj_mobilephoto_133
Hades drew the short straw, no Olympian mountains for him, no perfect meadows, no majestic oceans, he was king of the underworld, where the sun never shone, no flower ever bloomed and no birdsong was ever heard. He had tried to make the place nice "it needs a woman's touch" he decided, so he went courting, he picked a goddess and brought her jewels, he wrote her love poems he promised her his kingdom, but she didn't want to live underground and she turned him down. Hades didn't give up, he courted goddess after goddess, and one after another they declined, no one can put up with that kind of rejection for ever and eventually Hades became rather bitter and vowed he would not let anyone humiliate him again. One day whilst driving his chariot through Sicily he heard the sound of maidens laughing and playing, approaching and peering between the trees he saw a beautiful Goddess laying in a pool of flowers whilst laughing nymphs gathered and threw more flowers until she was almost buried by them, "now that's just what I need to brighten up the underworld" he thought "and this time I'm not taking no for an answer" so he grabbed the unfortunate Goddess and made off in his chariot. Now the kidnapped Goddess was Persephone, she and her mother Demeter were in charge of nature, with Persephone having particular responsibility for plants. Whilst Demeter was searching everywhere for her missing daughter her job of ordering nature got rather neglected, she didn't organise the weather, and with Persephone underground the plants began to wilt and die. Eventually Demeter discovered what had happened to her child so she petitioned Zeus (top God) to order Hades to release her. Zeus agreed that as long as Persephone hadn't eaten anything in the underworld she must be released, Hades agreed because he knew that he had tricked Persephone into eating a small piece of pomegranate. But it was such a tiny portion the goddesses pleaded to Zeus, only six tiny jewelled seeds, so Zeus made his judgement, Hades must release his hostage, but for six months each year she must return to the underworld, one month for each pomegranate seed. Cont.....
Let me tell you the story of the fake ping-pong club. This Christmas my brother-in-law started his "awfully big adventure" he had been ill for around a year and a half with a rare form of motor neurone disease, which attacked his brain (he was in his 50's). Before he became ill, he was a member of a local ping-ping club, and enjoyed a few hours of table tennis with his friends each week, but as he became more unwell he became disruptive and eventually he was asked to leave the club. But each Wednesday night he still fetched his paddle and waited for my sister to drive him to the village hall to play. So my sister came up with a strategy, each Tuesday night she booked the small second room in the village hall, and two of his friends from the ping-pong club came and played table tennis with him for three hours, whilst my sister had a few hours respite from the endless stress of watching her husband decline. It was easy to persuade him that ping-pong club had always been on a Tuesday, and fake ping-pong club was born, he continued to play even after he had lost the ability to speak.. This little story is a testament to the fortitude my sister showed dealing with something no one should have to suffer. "Let there be light" for today's @jj_community forum. #jj_forum_1771 🌟✨🌟✨🌟✨🌟 #creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #hubs_united #artybus #arts_help #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creatively_squared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #fingerprintofgod #rebelsunited_nature #gmfm_0606 #gotd_1387
I saw him fell the birch tree, he took a knife and slit the bark along the length of the trunk, with a steel scraper he eased the bark away from the timber, and rolled it like a large rectangular animal hide. I watched him bend long timber lathes, softening them in the heat of a fire and binding them in position. Next he pulled the shallow roots of the black spruce from beneath a carpet of moss on the woodland floor, and stripped the skin from them. He used the roots to stitch the bark skin around the wooden frame, the canoe beginning to take shape, he split and bent more timber ribs and struts, knocking them home, tightening the skin around the rigidity of the wooden skeleton. He melted resin and painted the seams and joints for waterproofing. You would think the boat was finished, but instead he carefully scrapes into the bark above the water line, a garland of trees, stars, birds and a moose head. At last, I watch him lowering the boat onto the tranquil brown river and climb aboard, the paddle is elegantly shaped like a leaf or a spear, the but of the oar sits in his hand as if it had grown there. The whole is a thing of beauty, still with the grace of the birch tree it glides across the water like an egret or a swan #aravisforest πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚ #creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #hubs_united #artybus #arts_help #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creatively_squared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies
In the interest of anti-drunk driving, this year I will be leaving Santa a glass of milk.. #aravish2o #creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #pt_earth #hubs_united #artybus #coearthco #arts_help #blueplanethq #earthexclusive #artselect #moodcommunity #insta_israel #awesome_phototrip #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creativelysquared #mom_hub943 #jj_forum_1778 #aravisforest #ptk_minimal_whiteblue
How annoyed I used to get when my little sister copied my pictures, I didn't understand when my mother told me it was a compliment and that I should be flattered, "but it's my idea and she's a copy cat" I whined. Instagram is a place where I've have to learn this same lesson again, I was advised by a more successful iger, that if you put something "out there" you must expect it to be reproduced. The idea of "intellectual property" is an odd one, is any idea truly original, even when we don't think we are copying something we are all still influenced by things we have seen, a subconscious library if you like. Now last year I posted a couple of Christmas card designs using fingerprints, I was messaged by someone showing me the same design that her young son had copied, and I found that I was genuinely flattered and pleased. Now with Christmas fast approaching, I keep coming across one of my own pictures of those same cards on Pinterest, and finally I understand what my mother was trying to teach me. Should you feel like letting your children have a go at fingerprint robins or reindeer, the very simple designs are at #araviscards and I would be delighted 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 #creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #pt_earth #hubs_united #artybus #coearthco #arts_help #blueplanethq #earthexclusive #artselect #moodcommunity #insta_israel #awesome_phototrip #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #gotd_1373 #jj_fotum_1770
Have been having fun wrapping presents using wallpaper samples, recycled fabrics and textured card, could easily get carried away, after all everything looks better with ribbons and bows 🎁 #aravisfantasyfruitnveg #creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #pt_earth #hubs_united #artybus #coearthco #arts_help #blueplanethq #earthexclusive #artselect #moodcommunity #insta_israel #awesome_phototrip #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #pi365_red #red_stunningshots #jj_forum_1763
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