Today is 6th June and 76 years ago the D~Day landings happened, and it is seen as the beginning of the end of WW2. Back in May last year Phil and I went to France and as well as Mont Saint Michel and Conde, we visited some of the places, museums and cemeteries around the Normandy Beaches. Whilst I’ve been off work die to the Corona thing, I’ve been compiling a book of our travels there, and got it finished this week. I’ve uploaded the PDF version here. A couple of the pages are double spread pictures which get broken up for single page viewing, but the rest are OK. Feel free to have a scroll through!

Day 349

It has become a thing in December, the naughty elf on the shelf. All over social media people are posting photos of the naughty things the elf did. Mostly parents, who do it to entertain their children, but some who just do it for the heck of it.

None of that nonsense at Fraggle Towers.

Day 349 ~ impaled

Day 335

Such a change to see some blue sky today, so we went out to Tynemouth Market, as I’d told Phil about the 2nd hand record stalls they have there and he wanted to peruse the goods. Very annoying to see one of the albums I’d flogged at a boot sale for 50p many years ago is now selling for £60! 🙄

Phil can say the same, he sold a lot of his record collection back in the day, and a fair few of them are worth a mint. Sigh. If only we’d known bliddy vinyl would make a come back!

Anyway he got 7 LP’s for a grand total of £25, bargain!

Day 335 ~ Recording.

Day 332

I’ve recently been putting together a little magazine with Blurb, regarding my trip to Tuscany. I haven’t used Blurb before, so their programme for compiling the zine was a steep learning curve, but an easy (ish) one, they have some excellent tutorials to help. I have used Mixbooks in the past for a couple of albums of holiday photo’s, but it’s nowhere near as comprehensive or versatile as the Blurb programme, which is called Bookwright. I did a magazine rather than a book, as they are cheaper, 🙂 and I will make a series of our travels and keep them all together in something or other, a binder, or box maybe. Because of the tools in Bookwright, I have been able to add words over pictures and stuff, so I’ve done the magazine more or less like a blog post, with all the history and little nuggets added in amongst the pages. It arrived in the post today, and I am quite chuffed with how it’s come out! The quality of the reproduction of the photo’s is spot on, and the paper feels nice too. It’s in colour of course, but with some B&W shots too.

Day 332 ~ My zine

Day 329

In spite of the grey gloomy wet weather that we are suffering from, Sophie and I went out with our cameras. Our objective was Brancepeth Castle which was holding a craft fair, but when we got there at 11am the carpark man told us it didn’t start until 12. So we had to find somewhere else and went off to Crook Hall, in Crook 🙂 instead for a couple of hours. We wandered the gardens in the drizzle, and I did manage a few shots in spite of there being no flowers or anything much, but I did espy this chap in the vegetable garden…

Day 329 ~ Elvis

I don’t think he works at the chip shop anymore 🤣.

Day 302 ~ Tenacity Tank revisited

You may remember my post on Phils labour of love tank from a couple of weeks ago, if not it’s at https://fragglesotherplace.com/2019/10/02/day-275-on-tenacity/

anyhoo, it’s coming along and Phil has more or less finished the ground floor of the interior. A fair bit of it he has had to scratch build from plasticard and the like. I do like the little seat he has installed. There’s a lot more to go in yet, and as bonkers as it sounds not much of it will be on view, or even be able to be viewed when it’s all finished. Which is why I’ll take photo’s along the way!

Day 302 W.I.P Tenacity.

you can click on it to embiggen and see all the mad little details if you are interested.