Monthly meet-up July : Sculpture

July’s prompt for the monthly blogger’s meet-up arranged by Sandra at Wild Daffodil is sculpture.

Last summer we saw many, many sculptures on our travels, especially in Rome, but this one stuck with me most of all. It was a fountain in Toulouse, in southern France, and was erected to commemorate the 210 victims of a flood in 1875. It was beautiful and poignant.

The fountain can be found in Place Olivier in Toulouse.

June monthly meet-up : sunlight

This month’s monthly meet-up theme is ‘Sunlight’. Living in Gibraltar, we are blessed with quite a lot of that, this photo is of a sunset, as seen from our front door. I loved that the seagulls swooped into view while I took it.

My favourite sunlight photos though, have got to be of the inside of the Pantheon in Rome. The beam of sunlight which comes through the ancient domed roof is breathtaking.

It has got to be seen to be believed. A truly awe inspiring place.

I’m linking with Wild Daffodil for this monthly blog meet-up.

May Monthly meet-up: Flower

This beautiful lily is flowering, as I type, beside my front door. May is such a beautiful month for blooms. These ‘trumpet flowers’, as we call them in our house, were glorious at a place we visited in Spain at the weekend.

Isn’t this floral wall display I saw in Spain on Tuesday delightful? They were all genuine geraniums and they were gorgeous.

And of course, the Med Steps is gearing up to be in full bloom any moment…

Which reminds me of my attempts to translate them into yarny creations

I’m linking with Sandra at Wild Daffodil for this monthly meet up.

Monthly Meet-up April : Yellow

Crumbs how are we on our fourth monthly meet up of 2018 already? This month’s prompt was ‘yellow’, so here’s a sunny sunflower to brighten your day. One of our first crop when we moved to our current home in Gibraltar, which luckily gave us enough space outside to grow some sunflowers.

Regular visitors to Postcard from Gibraltar will know I am a watercolour student. This is one of my most recent paintings done at my weekly watercolour class…

Last summer we visited Rome and one of our days there was spent touring around the Vatican. It was a truly fascinating day, and you can read all about it in my Postcard from the Vatican. While we were there we simply had to send home a postcard from the Vatican….

Oh and another great trip last year was to visit some very good friends living in Berkshire. While we were there, we went to Legoland for the day, which is where we saw these ducks!

I’m linking with Sandra of Wild Daffodil for this monthly meet up.

Monthly Meet-up March : Scale

The Bay and Strait of Gibraltar is incredibly busy for shipping. As well as passing vessels, many large ships moor off the Rock of Gibraltar either for bunkering services (refueling and supplies) or to wait for their turn to go into port at either Gibraltar or Algeciras.

These large ships are an everyday sight for us living here, the novelty of seeing them wears off after a while. That is until you get up close to them.

When you head out into the Bay in a small boat, like one of the dolphin tour boats, you feel dwarfed next to them. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be in one of those small supply boats approaching a huge tanker in heavy seas. The crew must have nerves of steel.

In fact it was only when the new Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth came into port last month that these giant ships were made to look a little bit smaller.

That is my take on scale for this March monthly meet-up hosted by Wild Daffodil.

Monthly Meet Up – February : Warm

Appearances can be deceptive. The above photo looks pretty warm doesn’t it? It’s of the beach at Tarifa in southern Spain, the southernmost tip of Europe as a matter of fact. The water is the Atlantic Ocean. It was a sunny but bitterly cold day in January a couple of years ago.

Ah, that’s better! Same ocean, different country. This was taken on our stay in Portugal last summer, believe me – it was warm!!

I’m linking with Wild Daffodil for this Monthly Meet Up

Monthly Meet-up January : Sparkle

Throughout 2017 I took part in the weekly photo challenges set by Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil. This year, they have both decided to take a break from setting this particular challenge. Instead, Sandra at Wild Daffodil has started a monthly meet-up with a prompt for you to share photos or blog posts you may have which are appropriate for that prompt.

This is the first of the monthly meet-ups for 2018 and January’s word is Sparkle. What better way to start the year’s new blog series than with some sparkly fireworks from New Years Eve?

As I enjoyed taking part in Sandra and Cathy’s photo challenge last year so much, and I thought I would miss having a weekly photo post, I have decided to launch my very own photo challenge for 2018. Starting this Friday will be the 2018 Friday Photo Challenge. The first prompt is aptly ‘New Beginnings’ and if you would like to join in, just tag me in your post and I will share any entries each month as we go along.

Do join in if you fancy it, there’s no pressure to get involved each week if that’s too much of a commitment, just dip in and out if you like. The full list of prompts will be published with the first Friday Photo Challenge post this Friday.