Saturday, 30 November 2013

Saturday Snaps and an Advent Preview

This week's Saturday snap-: A photograph, each Saturday- Quirky or Serious?, Fun or Interesting?, Real or Abstract? 
 
A winter gathering of Geese, Caelaverock, Dumfries and Galloway.
 
And now for something different!:
 
The other day I was browsing other people's blog's looking for inspiration. I was on the hunt for some new challenges and ideas to liven up my blog. I wanted to do something for advent and the Countdown to Christmas. In amongst hundreds of ideas for making children's advent calendars, or making lists  of advent activities- I found a photo challenge- A virtual Advent calendar.
 
Now, I don't know about you- but still at my age, there are a few things that make Christmas Christmas- and advent calendars are one of them.
 
 (I think Blue Peter had a lot to do with this- The making of the advent wreath 5 weeks before Christmas was an episode I was glued to. How 2 coat hangers and a bit of tinsel were transformed into a piece of Christmas wonderment was beyond me!) But once that wreath was hung up, and the first candle was lit- well Christmas really had started. 
 
 Now I often disguise the fact that I buy an advent calendar for the kids in my class- and sure enough I do, but it's actually me, who likes to open those little windows and see what's inside! 
Long before the days of chocolate advents, the little doors hid secret pictures and I loved to find out what was behind each one- You always knew that December 24th was going to be some variation of a Nativity scene- but that didn't stop me wanting to open it.
 
So the prospect of making my own was too good to pass by.
Posting a Christmas image everyday was the brainchild of Josie and  KCs Court Julie
An invite to post something Christmassy, whether it be a found image, clips, or photos of your own, seems an exciting way to countdown until Christmas- And so I joined up!
 
For each day in December, in the countdown to Christmas, I'm going to post one of my photos. Now they may just be as they are, or I might have a play around with them- but whatever takes my fancy will result in a little picture to share- and just like opening those little doors- you'll never know what you might find!
Here's to December 1st!

P.S For those who are waiting to find out what this was-
 
Well, you'll find it was indeed an elephant! Now I haven't got a picture of the complete elephant- but I have one very similar so you can get the idea of what it looked like. It belonged to a group of elephants on parade in Singapore:)
 
See you tomorrow!
Amanda

12 comments:

  1. Great idea, I'd love to join in but I don't think I have the energy or inspiration at the moment.

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    1. There you are then- you can have a look at my daily pics and pretend it's your own advent calendar- I don't mind sharing- but unfortunately there's no chocolate in this one:)

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  2. I like advent too Amanda, so I will look forward to seeing your advent pictures. I am amazed about the elephant, I was right!! I could just see the ear starting and the top of the leg somehow. Scary huh! Hope that you have a peaceful and enjoyable advent. xx

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    1. Thanks, and yes, you were very clever with the elephant:)

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  3. I shall enjoy your advent posts, Amanda! Maybe next year I'll be in a place to tackle a project like this! Your bird photo was beautiful! Enjoy your countdown to Christmas!

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    1. Thanks for the comment about the geese picture- I'd taken loads that day and had forgotten all about them:)

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  4. Thanks for spreading the word about the advent calender. I invented it last year and Josie was the only one who took me up on it, this year I have a few more people............ I think once people see all you have to do is put a picture on every day - it is as easy as that!
    Julie xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Looking forward to doing it, it was such a great idea, so pleased I could join in:)

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  5. Love your Saturday snap! What a great idea for the advent photos, I don't think I can join in but I'm going to enjoy looking at other bloggers photos:)

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    1. Well, welcome to looking:) Happy Advent.

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  6. I remember the Blue Peter advent crown! Happy memories. Thanks also for just reminding me that I need to dig out our choccie calendar (Cadburys of course). Looking forward to seeing your advent choices. x

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    1. I too have a Cadbury's one- brought over from the UK:)

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