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Weekly Photo Challenge (Selfie)

Well, this is a difficult one for me as I’m positioned by others and never with a self serving camera. Yet. So I’m taking the liberty of posting a daughter’s selfie and allowing myself to do this because she took it on my camera.

happiness is a new dressing gown (mrscarmichael's daughter)
happiness is a new dressing gown (mrscarmichael’s daughter)

Please don’t tell her I’ve posted this.

Weekly Photo Challenge (Juxtaposition)

Just because I’ll be right in a window position this Thursday eve – having drinkies with friends. Half way up the new, looking down on the old. Should be a goody.

side by side (mrscarmichael)
side by side (mrscarmichael)

Cheers y’all.

Weekly Photo Challenge (Window)

On a road trip for one on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island a couple of years ago I stayed, quite by chance, in Rimu, one of  Hydrangea Cottages Punakaiki (photos 8, 14 and 15).

These Nikau Palms were the panoramic view from my lavatory window. What a lucky girl.

palms provide promised privacy (mrscarmichael)
palms provide promised privacy (mrscarmichael)

I am thrilled to see the cottages get a well deserved superb rating on trip advisor and I shall return for the Pancake Rocks, the Hydrangea Cottages and the views from all the windows.

Weekly Photo Challenge (One)

This one beautiful orange Vespa was parked by itself in a Soho street outside The Sun and Thirteen Cantons, a pub I spent many many hours in back in the day.

My first job in the UK was in the building next door.

orange solo (mrscarmichael)
orange solo (mrscarmichael)

I took this pic the other day, retracing steps with my girlfriend, K…….

Weekly Photo Challenge (Unexpected)

Earlier this year I spent a goodly number of my Saturday mornings awaiting Daughter #1’s arrival at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, the British Airways hub.

Over the months the advertisements changed, some plain dull, some rather good, some wonderful.

This Burberry offering is my favourite not least because orange is my favourite colour but because Romeo Beckham just looks so cute and happy.

I took many photos attempting to get one without passing pedestrians.

The unexpected is that I love this one because of the intruder. A BA pilot no less.

Romeo Beckham, Burberry and random pilot.
Romeo Beckham, Burberry and random pilot.

Related post: I Had Lunch with David Beckham Today

Connected through Habit

When my one remaining dog died in April the habit sized hole of daily dog walking vanished like Alice into Wonderland. Conections severed.

Flynn going for the windswept look (mrscarmichael)
Flynn going for the windswept look (mrscarmichael)

My boys spent their lives together and Flynn, the younger and well behaved edition of Dogs Carmichael, was bereft when Bertie died in 2012.

Bertie and Flynn taking the waters (mrscarmichael)
Bertie and Flynn taking the waters (mrscarmichael)

His canine companion gone Flynn started following me round the house standing in any room I was in. Waiting for me to come back and be in the one room where he could relax. It was odd and, it must be said, a little annoying. I guess it was an old age thing. When you’re 98 and your best bud vanishes it’s not really too much of a surprise that you become a tad peculiar.

I vowed I would keep walking. And for a while I did. But when it’s raining and there are no big brown pleady eyes guilt tripping me I’ll admit I have struggled to force myself out the front door. My connection to the Chess River, Chorleywood Common and Old Shire Lane is disappearing. I would like to move.

I vowed to do more with my new freedom. This I told myself, and anyone else who would listen, is my time. My time to travel, to work, to learn and not to be tied to hearth and home as much as I have over the last twenty four some years.

I also vowed not to get another dog. Getting a puppy would swirl me right into a time warp. I’d be back in Kansas whereas I’m hoping for a taste of Oz.

But habits die hard. I’m feeling disconnected.

best foot forward (breeder's photo)
best foot forward (breeder’s photo)

Last Thursday I almost got a puppy.

How could anyone resist her? The cuteness, the colouring and the pose. She is giving off Carmichael attitude in bucket loads.

I’d chosen the flowery Bella Bean collar and I’d shortlisted her names to Desirée or Lettis. Mr Carmichael would have had a conniption over both those choices but that, I can assure you, is not why I stopped myself.

I didn’t get her because right now, at this stage in my life, I need to stick to my guns. To make new connections and create different habits. I need to do more and different stuff.

Tell me I’m wrong.

Related Posts:

I would love you to read these posts written about my beautiful boys if you haven’t already.

This post has been created in reply to both the Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit and Ailsa’s of Where’s my backpack?, connection.

Weekly Photo Challenge (Eerie)

Well, it would look great in an eerily haunted house……..

ghostly light (mrsca
ghostly light (mrscarmichael)

These are brilliant:

Weekly Photo Challenge (The Hue of You)

When a wall changes to match my drink I know I’m a happy bunny.

Negroni, straight up (mrscarmichael)
Negroni, straight up (mrscarmichael)
Mojito pre trimmings (mrscarmichael)
Mojito pre trimmings (mrscarmichael)
voila et voila (mrscarmichael)
voilà et voilà (mrscarmichael)

And to leave you with a starburst of healthy fluids

100 percent oj (mrscarmichael)
100 percent oj (mrscarmichael)
applause (mrscarmichael)
applause (mrscarmichael)

Colour coded drink photos taken at the Wynn (Las Vegas), the Parker (Palm Springs) and Venice Beach.

They were all yummy.

Weekly Photo Challenge (Infinite)

Back in London with grey and drippy skies my thoughts turn to infinite blue – thank you America for the bounty you gave us.

daily dose of blue view (mrscarmichael)
daily dose of blue view (mrscarmichael)

Deepwell, Palm Springs, Ca.

tangled up in blue (mrscarmichael)
tangled up in blue (mrscarmichael)

Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ca.

blue background poster art (mrscarmichael)
blue background poster art (mrscarmichael)

Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, Ca.

fashion show mauling (mrscarmichael)
fashion show mauling (mrscarmichael)

The Strip, Las vegas, Nevada

hiking blues (mrscarmichael)
hiking blues (mrscarmichael)

San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs, Ca.

Weekly Photo Challenge (Good Morning)

My love affair with desert warmth and blue skies continues with this post. Hot of the press from the Albert Frey house Carmichael mom and pop are renting is the first pic I snapped yesterday morn staggering from bed to sun lounger.

This London gal could get used to a view of such perfection.

would you like coffee with your slice of breakfast heaven? (mrscarmichael)
would you like coffee with your slice of breakfast heaven? (mrscarmichael)