Friday photo challenge (Week 46) Storm

This week’s photo challenge is ‘storm’. Many times I have tried and failed to get a decent storm photo. This one (above) was taken on Southwold Common in Suffolk last summer during an amazing thunderstorm. It was after 10 o’clock at night, and between the lightning flashes it was pitch black apart from the neon lights on the circus big top in the distance. It was so cloudy though that the whole sky lit up rather than seeing the forks of lightning I was hoping for.

Living where we do, in Gibraltar, we often witness some great storms – especially across the Bay of Gibraltar. One day I watched this belting rain cloud roll in from the Strait of Gibraltar. It turned an otherwise bright day to instant nighttime.

And at last, after many years of trying to catch a ‘proper’ lightning shot, I got one. This was looking straight ahead outside our front door one stormy evening.

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

Sunday Sevens #121 4.2.18

Hello there, I hope you have had a good week. Mine didn’t exactly go to plan, it started well, but ended with me under the weather with bronchitis :-(. Needless to say there are no glorious photos of the Med Steps this week, as much of it has been spent flat on my back in bed! Never mind, these things are sent to try us and I’m slowly getting better. Onwards and upwards….

Stormy Sunday

Last Sunday we saw the beginning of a period of stormy weather. We decided to head to the cinema in the afternoon as it certainly wasn’t a day for the park. By the time we had emerged tree branches were strewn across the road, at one point an entire tree was sitting chopped up  on the pavement after coming down in the gale force winds and closing a road for a time. We had managed to miss all the drama, oblivious in the cinema!

On Sunday night the winds came back with a vengeance. We were remarkably sheltered where we are positioned as the wind was coming from the east and we were protected by the Rock. In the North District, at Europa Point and in town, however, it was a totally different matter. A roof was rippped off an industrial building close to the foot of the Med Steps, a wall of scaffolding several stories high was blown down from a tower block which is under construction in Ocean Village and many trees and buildings sustained damage. It was quite a storm. Amazingly just one person was injured, and that wasn’t seriously. Just a few hours later and the roads and pavements would have been busy with school children and people heading to work, it could’ve been so much worse.

Cosy crochet

As it was too dangerous to attempt our usual Monday morning trip up the Med Steps I was able to complete the latest section of Eleonora from Coastal Crochet’s Crochet-Along. I’m really enjoying this project as it’s being drip fed to us twice weekly in small manageable chunks. On previous attempts at such things I have fallen by the way-side a few weeks in, unable to sustain the momentum to complete the 20 or so rows each week. You can find the details for this project in my last Sunday Sevens if you fancy joining in yourself.

Stormy skies

On Tuesday morning I wasn’t able to park in my usual car park of choice as it was already full at 8 minutes past 9! Presumably people had left their cars overnight as the traffic problems caused by Monday’s storms were rather bad. The commercial entry to Gibraltar from Spain was closed in order to try and ease some of the traffic problems. Several roads were closed because of the scaffolding collapse and that caused chaos.

I digress, anyway I ended up parking on the road surrounding the small boats marina as I couldn’t find anywhere else to park. I did so with a touch of trepidation as the day before had seen high seas and big waves crashing into buildings close to the sea. Would my car still be there when I returned at lunchtime from my sewing class?? Yes, thank goodness it was, it looked like it had had a bit of a drenching from a wave or two but it was otherwise intact.

It’s finished!!

Just one year late, I finished my wedding skirt at Dressmaking class. The hem is done (believe me there’s a lot of hem on the skirt and the lining – I was taking forever!). I’m really pleased with the finished article. It’s too late for last spring’s two family weddings, so it’s on standby for the next big occasion.

Super blue blood moon

Heavy cloud and rain overnight meant we didn’t get to see the super blue blood moon on Wednesday night. We did, however, see it over the Bay on Thursday morning. It didn’t have the orangey red tinge of the dramatic photos from elsewhere in the world but it did look a lot closer and very bright.

Plenty of time to read

So I mentioned before that I ended up in bed with bronchitis. I had been coughing since Saturday but by Tuesday afternoon (after dressmaking) I was feeling decidedly rough and it got worse from there. I spent an awful lot of time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday asleep when I possibly could. And when not sleeping, I read. I’m not a huge reader these days as I often spend what free time I have doing crafty stuff, but I couldn’t really be bothered with that at all.

This week I managed to start and complete Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood which was really gripping and I’d recommend it. I will now seek out the Netflix series of the same name to see how it compares to the book. I also began a book which has been sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read for a while; Shadow of the Rock (Spike Sanguinetti) by Thomas Mogford. The story follows an investigation carried out by a Gibraltarian Lawyer (Spike Sanguinetti) and it’s quite refreshing to read about a place I now know so well, as the first part is set in Gibraltar itself.

Blue skies return!

I began the week with a photo of the Bay of Gibraltar and I will end the week with one too. This was taken late yesterday afternoon as the sun was setting on a beautiful warm day. I spent a bit of time sitting out on the balcony reading as I didn’t have the energy for much more than that, but it was lovely to feel the warmth of the sun after a week of pretty miserable and cold weather.

I hope the next seven days are good for you, and I hope to have a few more inspiring photos for you next week too. Hopefully I will have a mid-week post for you as well, I ran out of steam on that this week…. Thanks for stopping by!

I’m linking with Natalie at Thread & Bobbins for this weekly blog series.

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Sunday Sevens #80 23.4.17

Hello there, this Sunday Sevens has come around quickly. I have had a quiet week in Postcard terms with no midweek posts, I figured that after four posts last week, you wouldn’t miss me too much! 

Schools started back here on Tuesday after just over a week off for Easter, so it’s been a bit more like normal again. We’ve had a vey mixed bag here weather wise with warm sunny days to begin with and gale force winds to end the week!

Bitten by the Med Steps

My Med Steps training hasn’t gone too well this week. On Monday afternoon I tried to repeat my two times round from last week, but failed. It was a gorgeous warm day and the heat of the sun was just too much. I got to the top in superquick time on the first lap but nearly wilted. A second attempt would have been silly. The views were lovely on the way down though…

Lent crochet update


So, finally on Easter Monday, I completed my Lent square Sixty Million Trebles blanket. The blanket will go to help Syrian refugees. 

Also this Lent I have managed to make a couple of baby blankets for Cherished Gowns, who support bereaved parents and I’m part way through another Sixty Million Trebles blanket too – this one is being worked corner to corner. I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve managed to make.



Naughty bunny

Hmmm, this bunny is in the dog house. Every evening we let Diamond out of his run for a bit of freedom in the lounge. Each day we move all hazards away from his level so that he can’t eat anything he shouldn’t. This week we failed…

In the corner where the phone and internet router live there’s a rats nest of wires, which although it annoys me, I hadn’t found a solution to. That was until Diamond chewed through the phone cable!!! I saw him go for it and in the time it took me to get off the sofa and walk less than a metre, the deed was done.

The wire has been replaced, and the incident was incentive enough for me to sort the wires out. Some electrical conduit, a hacksaw and drill later and the wires are rabbit proof! Diamond was none the worse for his evening snack.

Sunset


On Wednesday evening there was a lovely Saharan Dust enhanced sunset. The way the clouds were lying across the sun was lovely so I grabbed my camera with my big lens attached and realised I had a flat camera battery – grrr! This shot was taken on my phone, but isn’t a patch on how the camera would have captured the image. The battery is now charged and ready for the next snap…

Cruise ship season 


Now Easter has passed, cruise ship season is well and truly upon us. There have been several large ships in this week and the difference it makes when you are in town is quite dramatic. It’s great for Gibraltar’s economy, but it can make negotiating Main Street quite a slow affair!

Crochet reward


I was so determined throughout Lent to only crochet things for other people (gifts, Sixty Million Trebles and Cherished Gowns baby blankets) that I abstained from looking at all other things crochet. My monthly subscription from Little Box of Crochet remained unopened, as I knew I would be desperate to make a start on it straight away. 

On Tuesday I had the time to start my blue sky hug scarf from Little Box of Crochet, and on Thursday my monthly Simply Crochet magazine subscription appeared in my post box – oh how I enjoyed immersing myself in both!

Med Steps failure part II 


On Thursday morning I attempted the Med Steps again, but failed to even start them. The wind was so gusty as I climbed up to Jews Gate, where the Steps begin, I was almost blown off my feet. Perhaps not the best conditions to attempt scaling the side of the Rock of Gibraltar…

A more tame walk was undertaken instead. Just look at the wind whipping up the water out in the Bay! Apologies for the blurred focus – I didn’t realise that I’d focused onto the wall – doh (slaps forehead) another photography fail this week!

The stormy weather continued into Friday too. The Upper Rock was closed for safety due to high winds and we had literally hours of thunder rumbling from mid afternoon and into the evening. The first dramatic boom came just as I was heading out on the school run so I had to dash back in to pick up raincoats for us all. Thankfully the shower was light so we didn’t get soaked!

That’s all for this week, not the most inspiring edition of Sunday Sevens I’m afraid, let’s hope next week brings more good photo opportunities!

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie from Threads & Bobbins blog. It features seven (or maybe more) photos from the past seven days.