Postcard from Gibraltar Friday Photo Challenge (Week 41) Nocturnal

This week’s photo challenge theme is ‘nocturnal’ and here’s one of our little nighttime visitors. These geckos crawl around on our frosted glass windows on summer nights waiting to pounce on any moths which may pass by. It’s like watching a nature documentary unfolding on our kitchen and bathroom windows some nights, and rather gruesome at times.

We do have bats too, but they wouldn’t oblige and stay still long enough for me to photograph them!

Next week’s theme is: curve.

Friday photo challenge (week 40) Purple & a super-duper summer round-up!

This week’s photo challenge theme is ‘purple’, I spied this autumn crocus on my Monday morning walk up the Rock. But how about some purple stalactites? You can find them in St Michael’s Cave…

I spotted this purple Bee in Manchester, you can read all about the Bees here.

I just love a hydrangea…

And a little purple plant I painted at watercolour class…

So that’s this week’s photo challenge entry done, now to take a look back at what everyone else has been up to over the summer:

As things got a bit hectic at times during the summer I didn’t manage to do a monthly round-up, so here’s a mega round-up of some of the entries to the weekly Postcard from Gibraltar Friday photo challenge (the photos are from Instagram and were taken by other people taking part in the Postcard from Gibraltar Friday photo challenge), thank you to everyone who’s taken part!

Week 27 : Golden

A golden sunrise (above) and 4th July fireworks (below)

Margaret at The Crafty Creek joined in with this one, she included a golden retriever and some stunning shots of golden roses in her entry.

Week 28 : Favourite

Animals are always popular!

…. but if you fancy an adorable tale about a precious favourite toy, hop on over to Wild Daffodil.

Margaret has a lovely selection of favourites in her entry over on The Crafty Creek.

Week 29 : Button

Aren’t these button pictures cute? Sandra at Wild Daffodil made some beautiful crocheted buttons…

Week 30 : Seaside

Seagulls always bring the seaside to mind…

As does a funfair!

Sandra at Wild Daffodil shared a fabulous pebbly picture and poem for the seaside theme this week!

Week 31 : Garden

Our beautiful Alameda Botanical Gardens featured this week as well as the garden at Kensington Palace.

A lovely walled garden in West Wales features in Sandra’s post on her Wild Daffodil blog.

Week 32 : Steps

From Kuala Lumpur to Upper Town in Gibraltar….

….to paddy fields in Bali with The Crafty Creek!

Week 33 : Reflective

Isn’t this quilt stunning?! And that sky…

Over on her Wild Daffodil blog, Sandra featured the most stunning baptismal font for her entry for ‘reflective’.

Some gorgeous reflections feature in Margaret’s Crafty Creek post.

Week 34 : Stitch

This marvelous cross-stitched wolf has his eye on you…

Margaret’s beautiful silk ribbon embroidery is just breathtaking in her Crafty Creek entry for stitch

Sandra at Wild Daffodil has been creating things since she was a child, and judging by her Instagram account she is a prolific crocheter, here is her ‘stitch’ entry.

Week 35 : Viewpoint

Randall made me giggle with this one…

…read the comment.

And it was a scenic rather than moral viewpoint which Margaret at The Crafty Creek opted for for her entry.

Week 36 : Waterways

The Crafty Creek waterways entry features some beautiful waterways too…

Week 37 : Pride

Different definitions of ‘pride’ featured…

Week 38 : Autumn

Margaret at The Crafty Creek has some stunning autumn colours in her blog post!

Week 39 : Delicate

Sandra at Wild Daffodil featured a beautifully delicate dahlia in her post.

Margaret at Crafty Creek had some incredibly delicate creations…

Thank you all for taking part in the photo challenge this summer!

Next week’s theme is ‘nocturnal’.

Friday photo challenge (week 38) Autumn

We may not have autumn in the same way as in the UK with falling leaves and all the beautiful colour that goes with that, but we are experiencing autumnal mists at the minute.

Yesterday’s trip up the Med Steps was very atmospheric. Don’t think it was cool though, I was really hoping for a bit of cool weather because it’s been so very humid since the height of the summer. It was warm and humid all the way up until the ninth set of steps towards the summit and all of a sudden I walked into a cool blast of breeze coming up from the sea – it was so welcome!

It’s this cool air which causes the Levanter cloud to form on the top of the Rock, and that cloud is what seals the hot humid air in for those underneath, yuck!

Many of the plants on the side of the rock are dead and burnt to a crisp after a long hot summer, but this clump of purple flowers took me by surprise. Not everything has gone to sleep!

Friday photo challenge (week 37) Pride

I’ve gone for national pride for this week’s Friday photo challenge. On Monday, Gibraltar celebrated it’s National Day, and both the place and the people were decked out in the red and white of the Gibraltar flag.

Shop windows looked suitably festive.

And some people went to great lengths to look the part…

Central to the day (aside from eating and drinking with family & friends) is the political rally, in which local and UK politicians speak to the gathered crowd and via TV and radio to those at home.

We even had a pre recorded message from Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street. The place was awash with red and white.

There were ticker tape & streamer cannons and even smoke things going off!

We were even treated to a death defying aerobatics display…. I could hardly watch…

And the day was finished off with a fireworks display.

Friday photo challenge (week 36) Waterways

When I think of waterways, it’s the Norfolk Broads which spring to mind. This summer, as we have done many times before, we visited the Broads while visiting family members who live near by.

This time though, we got up close and personal with the waterways and explored them by canoe. It was probably the best day of the holiday for me, it was quiet, calm and so beautiful to be able to slow down and take in all the surroundings. There were literally hundreds of dragon flies flitting about close to the surface of the water.

We also visited this stretch of the Broads at Burgh Castle (below), which has history right back to the Roman occupation of the area…

We enjoyed a particularly pretty sunset there from a Broadside pub beer garden!

Next week’s photo challenge is ‘pride’.

Friday photo challenge (week 35) Viewpoint

A favourite viewpoint of mine in Gibraltar has to be this spot on the Med Steps where you can look along the Eastern side of the Rock towards Spain. But last week I visited a completely different kind of viewpoint…

(It was obviously the time of day for Jet 2 maneuvers).

The visitor centre at Manchester Airport. We have a plane enthusiast in the family you see…

Friday photo challenge (week 34) Stitch

Only 24 hours late for my Friday (ahem Saturday) photo challenge for this week. Stitch is the theme. Stitches have been with me ever since I was a child. I first learned to sew, knit and crochet when I was probably younger than 10. Taught by my Mum and Grandma.

It brings me lots of pleasure and I always have several projects on the go at any one time. The first photo of crewel wool honeysuckle has been a work-in-progress for at least 8 years (whoops – I really should get it finished).

Then there’s a pile of some of my crochet blanket creations (the bottom two using lots & patterns from Attic 24).

And as I am currently at my parents’ house on holiday, here’s a couple of my previous projects from years gone by which hang on their walls….

Friday photo challenge (week 33) Reflective

The word reflective can mean several things; a reflected image, light or heat, a geometrical transformation resulting in a mirror image and deep thought. So here’s examples of all of those things….

The first photo was taken on the beach in Spain, and was just so beautiful. We’d gone on a (rare) peaceful evening stroll along the beach and watched as the sun disappeared over the horizon. It’s at times like this that I find myself pondering the most important things in life.

Another sunset photo, this time in Toulouse in France while we were there on holiday last year. The River Garonne was so still and calm, a perfect surface to reflect the bridges and the Ferris wheel.

And finally, the Rock reflected in a wing mirror while heading off on a shopping trip earlier this week.

Next week’s Friday photo challenge is ‘Stitch’.