Saturday, 31 January 2009

SPS + Challenge

Show us a portrait today, but focus on something other than the face

Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

Yesterdays prompt from HSMSHS was Three

The cardinal number that is the sum of two and one and a prime number

Lyrics from Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad by Meatloaf

I poured it on and I poured it out

I tired to show you just how much I care

I'm tired of words and I'm too hoarse to shout

But you've been cold to me so long

I'm crying icicles instead of tears

And all I can do is keep on telling you

I want you

I need you

But there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you

Now don't be sad

Cause two out of three ain't bad

Thursday, 29 January 2009


Prompt from HSMSHS is Staircase

A series of steps to facilitate passage from one level to another

On the way home from the park with the dog I took a little detour and voila a row of houses with staircases.

Didn't even need to get out of the car

It felt slightly strange sitting in the car taking pictures of other peoples stairs, I was waiting for a irate owner to appear shouting, thankfully there were none only this, not too happy to see us, cat

Lyrics from Promenade by U2

Earth, sky, scenery.
Is she coming back again?
Men of straw, snooker hall.
Words that build or destroy
Dirt dry, bone, sand and stone.
Barbed wire fence cut me down.
I'd like to be around in a spiral staircase
To the higher ground.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

The Whole World Hinges On Your Swings

Prompt from HSMSMS is Hinge

A device for holding together two parts such that one can swing relative to the other.

Lyrics from Bang And Blame by REM

It's not my thing so let it go

If you could see yourself now baby,

The tables have turned

The whole world hinges on your swings

Your secret life of indiscreet discretions

I'd turn the screw and leave the screen,

Don't point your finger,

You know that's not my thing

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Could You Carve Me In A Tree

Prompt from HSMSHS is Carve

To cut or chip in order to form something

Lyrics from What Am I To You by Norah Jones

When I look in your eyes
I can feel the butterflies
Could you find a love in me
Could you carve me in a tree
Don't fill my heart with lies
I will you love when you're blue
Tell me darlin' true
What am I to you

Monday, 26 January 2009

Don't Discard Me

Prompt from HSMSHS is Discard

To get rid of as useless or undesireable.

Lyrics from Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John

I can't find, oh the right romantic line
But see me once and see the way I feel
Don't discard me just because you think I mean you harm
But these cuts I have they need love to help them heal
Don't let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it's always someone else I see
I'd just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me

Friday, 23 January 2009

Troubled Water

Prompt from HSMSHS is Water

A liquid that is essential for plant and animal life. Find 'Water' in your space

Lyrics from Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel

When you're weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes,
I will dry them all;
I'm on your side.
When times get rough
And friends just can't be found,
Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Take A Tip From One Who's Tried

Prompt from HSMSHS is Tip

The pointed or rounded end or extremity of something slender or tapering. Find a tip in your space.

Lyrics from I Threw It All Away by Bob Dylan

Love is all there is, it makes the world go around
Love and only love it can't be denied
No matter what you think about it
You just won't be able to do without it
Take a tip from one who's tried.
So if you find someone that gives you all of her love
Take it to your heart, don't let it stray
For one thing that's certain
You will surely be a-hurtin'
If you throw it all away

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The Aroma Of Your Perfume

Prompt from HSMSHS is Aroma

A distinctive and typically pleasant smell. Show us an aroma in your space

Lyrics from It Started With A Kiss by Hot Chocolate

It started with a kiss, in the back row of the classroom
How could I resist the aroma of your perfume
You and I were inseparable, it was love at first sight
You made me promise to marry you,
I made you promise to be my bride
But you were only eight years old and I had just about turned nine
I thought that life was always good,
I thought you always would be mine
It started with a kiss,
I never thought it would come to this

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

I’m As Calm As A Fruit Stand

Prompt today from HSMSHS is Fruit

A sweet and fleshy product of a tree or plant. Show us some fruit in your space today.

Just in case you can't decide exactly what it is

Lyrics from Damn Sam by Ryan Adams

As a man I ain’t never been much for sunny days
I’m as calm as a fruit stand in New York and maybe as strange
But when the color goes out of my eyes, it’s usually the change
But damn Sam I love a woman that rains

Friday, 16 January 2009

You're So Square

Prompt from HSMSHS is Square

A geometric shape with four equal sides. Show us a square in your space today

Lyrics from You're So Square by Elvis

Oh you don't like greasy diners
You don't like sleezy bands
You just want to go
To a movie show
And sit there holding hands
You're so square
Baby I don't care

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Let's Be Jolly

Prompt from HSMSHS is Jolly

Merry, full of fun, delightful and enjoyable, show us Jolly in your space today

Lyrics from I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson

I could promise you things like big diamond rings
But you don't find roses growin' on stalks of clover
So you better think it over
Well, if sweet talking you could make it come true
I would give you the world right now on a silver platter
But what would it matter
So smile for a while and let's be jolly love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Handle With Care

Prompt from HSMSHS is Handle

To touch, hold or move with the hand or a part of anything designed to be held or grasped by the hand, show us 'Handle' in your space

Lyrics from Handle With Care by the Travelling Wilburys

Been beat up and battered round
Been sent up, and Ive been shot down
You're the best thing that
I've ever found
Handle me with care
Reputations changeable
Situations tolerable
Baby, you're adorable
Handle me with care

Monday, 12 January 2009

Rewritten By Machine And New Technology

Todays prompt from HSMSHS is Technology

The application of mechanical or scientifics for industrial or commercial use. Show us Technology in your space

Lyrics from Video Killled The Radio Star by The Buggles
I heard you on the wireless back in Fifty Two
Lying awake intent at tuning in on you.
If I was young it didn't stop you coming through
Oh-a oh
They took the credit for your second symphony.
Rewritten by machine and new technology,
and now I understand the problems you can see
Oh-a oh
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Friday, 9 January 2009


Prompt from HSMSHS is Old
Made, built or having lived for a long time Show us something old in your space.

Fix You

This beautiful old wall and the old broken fence, spotted on my walk with Belle, then we went here

Where she stops and waits patiently for me to catch up. A little later she meets some friends

You would never guess to see her like this that she has a brain tumour. A few weeks ago Sue remarked that the steroids she is on might give her energy, they certainly have but they have also made her slightly manic :) I wonder what the dog on the rights excuse is :).
Finally before heading home, me knackered, Belle wanting more, I looked up

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Xronia Polla

Today is Yiannis name day. In Greece, everyone celebrates the "Name Day" of the saint that bears the same name. Name days are more important than birthdays. If he were at home in Crete, he would get together with family and friends, but he is here and stuck with us. In Crete his family may roast a pig, here he has gone out for Pizza with Katie.
We did make a effort though, years of having a Greek Brother-In-Law has taught me how important this is. He got presents,cake,wine, balloons and a phone call from his family,I hope he has enjoyed his day.
And if you happen to know a Greek called Yiannis here is what you say

Xronia Polla

In Another Sphere

Prompt from HSMSHS is Sphere
A round, ball shaped object. Show us a sphere in your space

Lyrics from Home In The Sky by Cat Stevens

Come the morning ill be far from here
Slowly rising in another sphere
Old world goodbye cause i'll be
Home in the sky in the morning bye bye

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

My Heart's In The Highlands

Prompt today from HSMSHS is Heart

A representation of a persons thoughts and emotions. Find some heart in your space today

This was sent to me in the post 3 years ago on valentines day, no note, no card, a mystery as I never found out who sent it.

Lyrics from Highlands by Bob Dylan

Well my heart's in the Highlands gentle and fair
Honeysuckle blooming in the wildwood air
Bluebelles blazing, where the Aberdeen waters flow
Well my heart's in the Highland,
I'm gonna go there when I feel good enough to go

Monday, 5 January 2009

BeginningTo Wonder Why

First prompt in 2009 from HSMSHS is Beginning

To welcome in the new year, the definition of our first word is 'the source, origin or commencement of something. Show us 'Beginning' in your space.

Hyacinth bulbs just beginning to sprout,now as I have finally remembered to bring them out of the dark and into the light,hopefully they will grow into beautiful flowers.

Lyrics from You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac

I never did believe in miracles,
But i've a feeling it's time to try.
I never did believe in the ways of magic,
But i'm beginning to wonder why

Friday, 2 January 2009

My little artist

Katie locked in her room yesterday
Yiannis telling me I could not go in
The result...a charcoal drawing of Mr Dylan, I was thrilled and emotional

And here they are, Katie and Yiannis, huddling, they do a lot of that:) She wears his sweatshirt. Young love ? So sweet !

A Little Light Cube

Oh what a wonderfull toy, I have had fun playing with it. A xmas present from Katie, the lights to go with it she tells me I shall get for my birthday :). Four different coloured backgrounds.
The "single flower" shot was taken using the black background. The simplest of things, one pop and its ready to use, which for me is great, no instructions to ponder over and try to make sense of. I am sure this is going to be well used.

Anyone like a Toblerone before I eat them all