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Lois Loren – Photoshoot – 1 July 2017 – The Images

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12 July 2017 by misselisabethuk

Following on from my last blog:

Date: 1 July 2017
Location: Underpass, under the Ito Way, Gillingham
Model: Lois Loren Rochester, Kent
Make-Up Artist (‘MUA’): by Lois

I now have some images I can share of my shoot with Lois:

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Spring has sprung…

Posted in Daily Jollop with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19 February 2015 by misselisabethuk

imageWalking in the park this morning I was delighted to be greated by swathes of purple crocus flowers, not just emerging from the ground but now sprouting and about to flower.  How quickly spring creeps up on us and now it is truly here (well as far as the crocus thinks so, which is good enough for me).



Running for my life….

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 25 August 2014 by misselisabethuk

I recently looked back at some of my previous posts and realised that I have been bleating on about getting fit since August 2013:

It’s the start of my ‘Get a six-pack plan’…

So I thought an update was in order.  I have to admit there is still no six-pack…. yet!

In April this year (2014) I actually embarked on my most serious attempt to get fit in the last few years and started running.

Now that some time has passed and I have managed to maintain at least 1 reasonable run a week for a while, I have some data to work with to see whether the training is working and whether I am benefitting at all from this increased physical activity.

When I decided to start running I was very excited and eager to get going, and to do well.  At that point I did not know what my ability for running was, if I had any at all.  Nevertheless I was keen to give it a go and had the support of a friend who was proficient in running already, which helped greatly.  I uploaded an App (as you do nowadays) put on my trainers and headed for the local park.

I ran just under 1.5km that first time and realised I was capable of doing more than that.   So the next time I went out I aimed for 3kms which I managed and ran in just over 23 minutes.  Not bad I thought and got the running bug.

Now addicted I went out and bought some running trousers which would also hold my iPhone whilst I was running.  I prefer not to hold anything in my hands when I am running.  I found a pair of Hind long leg running trousers which are really comfortable.  After using them for a while though the position of the pocket in the back where I put my iPhone was causing me back pain.  I think because the phone was knocking against my back whilst running, so I needed another solution for my phone.  I then bought a light waterproof running jacket, which promised a pocket where I could put my phone but on receipt it did not have the pocket as advertised so I was back to square one.

Unfortunately I got a foot injury about a month in to my running and I had to give running a rest for a couple of months until it had properly healed but in that first month (April/May) I had clocked up 45.3kms, which wasn’t bad at all.  On my last run before resting up the longest run I had accomplished was 5.63kms and I had reduced my running time for 3kms from just over 23 minutes to just over 21 minutes.

I started back running in July and clocked up 30kms running and 12km on the cross trainer (to vary my exercising regime) that month, with my longest run increased to 6.5kms and I had improved my 3kms running time to just over 20 minutes.

So far this August I have clocked up 41.2kms running, with my longest run now 9km with my 3kms running time around 18 minutes.  My fastest 1km coming in at 5:44 minutes, which I am really pleased with.

Looking at my starting stats and my stats now, I am running 4kms in virtually the same time as I was running 3kms when I started, which I feel is excellent progress.

Taking up running was one of the best decisions I have made and I suspect most runners would say the same.  If you can, I would encourage you to give it a go.  Get some trainers on and get running, it’s free after all.  Good luck!

2B or not 2B, actually I used a 3B…

Posted in General Scribbings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 9 August 2014 by misselisabethuk

Hobbies a plenty it would seem at the moment and I wonder where I get both the energy or the time from.

I heard a saying a while back which goes, ‘If you want something done, ask a busy person’ (hope I haven’t used this saying in another blog lol).   Well, I’m not sure whether that rings true or not but I have noticed the more you do, the more active you become and thus the more you can do – so there must be some truth in it.

By the way, this is not an invitation for you to ask me to do something…. although if you did I am a helpful sort of person…

So back to the reason for this post.  I wanted to share with you some of my sketches, made following a recent inspirational visit to my Aunt and Uncle’s house, where my Uncle had started drawing and painting again.  He had a really good drawing reference book which covered problems encountered when drawing and how to correct them.  I flicked through the pages and as soon as I returned home I ordered myself one of those bad boys.  Inspiration speaks for itself….


My next step will be to experiment with different subject matters and different materials.  Progress will be reported back in due course…  Hope you like my sketches and hope they inspire you to pick up a pencil and have a go at drawing.  Or even just look at things in a different light…

A dog called Smudge…

Posted in Daily Jollop with tags , , , , , , , on 20 July 2014 by misselisabethuk

One day a little black Labrador knocked on my door and said “hey missus, have you seen my ball?”, I said “why no I haven’t little one but please come in and rest, have a drink and some food before you continue on your way”.  “Thank you kindly, lady” said the little bubble of energy and the dog bounded into my hallway…

Although it didn’t quite happen like that….. It is a delight to share every day with this little black Smudge of a Labrador.  As cute as a button with a cheeky sense of adventure and a heart full of love (and of course an extremely waggy tail).  Smudge you are the best!!

Cute as a button

Cute as a button

A day at Capstone Park…

Posted in So what shall we do today Liz...? with tags , , , , , , , , , on 17 April 2014 by misselisabethuk

Hey all, just wanted to share with you my little trip to Capstone Park today for an Easter Egg hunt.  Although not really an Easter Egg hunt more of a walk around the park, deciphering clues and collecting ‘brass rubbings’ (there’s probably a more official name for this process maybe relief rubbing?!) of animals.

To make this trip a bit more enjoyable I was armed with my Panasonic Lumix camera, ready for an hour or so of point and shoot action.  Here are some of the results from this:


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A stitch in time saves….

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 19 October 2013 by misselisabethuk

…nine, or so the saying goes.

But where does this originate from, I hadn’t a clue so I Googled it…  Meaning:  A timely effort will prevent more work later.

Now I am quoting from

” The proverbial expression was clearly meant as an incentive to the lazy. It’s especially gratifying that ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ is an anagram for ‘this is meant as incentive’.

The Anglo-Saxon work ethic is being called on here. Many English proverbs encourage immediate effort as superior to putting things off until later; for example, ‘one year’s seeds, seven year’s weeds‘, ‘procrastination is the thief of time‘ and ‘the early bird catches the worm‘.”

So there’s a starter for ten…. I thought I had a good work effort but after the thought of Autumn cleaning my back room took hold, I’m not so sure – I adopted the little and often approach, mostly to stop me from getting bored!

The point to the above and the stitch reference is that I started a new project this week (Week 40).  I decided to take on a sewing project and well, it’s not quite finished but it scratched an itch so to speak.  I will share the finished article with you as soon as possible but as always my life is time constrained so I have to flit between all the things I love to do around full-time work, so this may take some time.

I have learnt a lot on this project though.  I have learnt that material is expensive so I have been investigating ways of procuring this cheaper and that the kinds of material you work with can be so different, giving very different results!

I started my project with quite a heavy material and found that the hems were bulky and that I had to double turn the hem due to the fraying nature of the material, as a zig-zag stitch on the edge didn’t help (there is a technical term for this stitch which eludes me right now – remember I am a novice!).  Although some time has been wasted, getting the right result from the material, and probably a fair bit of thread, I navigated my sewing machine reasonably well and the results so far have been pleasing.

My last thoughts for this weeks blog are that it is important to find time to do the things you love to do and to do the things you’ve always fancied having a go at.  There is always something to be learned, enjoyed and remembered from these experiences so I would encourage you all to pursue these activities.

Now stop procrastinating and go and do something!!

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