WPC: Focus or games night at mine

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5 bajillion points!

Not that our family is competitive or anything…… but there can be all out fights if someone uses the triple word score square for a silly wee 3-letter word like ‘and’. We take our gaming seriously here in the Alba household!

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17 points

Yahtzee…. only becomes fun after a glass of wine!

Pool lowres
120 points!

Pool. Not something I’m very good at unfortunately. Being honest I just like breaking.

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Royal Flush – ALL the points!

Poker. I like to play poker, but only for fun. My sister once told me that when I have a good hand it’s so obvious; if I was a dog my tail would be wagging.

Focus

WPC: (out of) Order

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The front duck wobbled. Probaby planning his big escape!

Phew, just made it by the skin of my teeth – what a weird phrase! Teeth don’t have skin. Well mine don’t ūüė¶ I’ve really trailed my archives for this shot, which was one of the first I took when I finally got a DSLR after years of drooling over them. Anyway I tried Focus Stacking here and it worked (kinda) but the front duck is a wee bit blurry.

Order is the theme for this week and I thought this photograph was quite appropriate. One of these is not like the others.

Be weird.

Stay weird.

Embrace your differences.

Stand out from the crowd and do your own thing.

Be a free spirit. 

Order

WPC: Friend

So many ways to think about this week’s photography challenge. I’m very lucky to have in my life a lot of people I count as friends –¬†Scottish friends I’ve know forever, American friends I’ve known for the past few years, online friends and of course my non-human doggo¬†friend…

My next-door neighbour (and good friend) moved away last month and before she left we spent a lot of time together as she was on her own and feeling sad. Anyway I told her a quote I’d seen on the internet and actually made her cry (which I really feel bad about) but it was so appropriate for us.

“You have 3 types of friends in life:

Friends for a reason,

Friends for a season,

and Friends for a lifetime.”

I can categorise her most definitely in the ‘friends for a lifetime’ group.

In saying that I haven’t always had a lot of friends around me at certain times in my life, whether it was due to moving away, being busy, life changing circumstances or whatever, BUT I have always been able to lose myself and find a friend in a book. This quote from Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n sums it up perfectly in my eyes:

‚ÄúIn the (book)shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner. Every book you see here has been somebody‚Äôs best friend.‚ÄĚ

From devouring Enid Blyton and her Famous Five and Secret Seven series as a child (I wanted to be George SO badly!) I have found a lot of best friends in books throughout my life.

So this week’s photograph is a still life, not any of my favourite books, but just a photograph of some old books I found in mum’s house last year.

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 Friend