52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 5 Sunset/Sunrise

Shaded sunset-3

Sunset, for the 52 week challenge at The Girl That Dreams Awake. 

The other evening, I looked up at the sky and saw this wonderful sunset, some of the clouds were shading the sun and creating this amazing effect. I was taking them from my son’s room (its got the best view!) and so couldn’t resist experimenting with his Playmobil pirate ship sailing off into the sunset!

If you want to join in or just see more sunsets and sunrises, then hop over to The Girl’s site (link above) she’ll be awake and dreaming!

52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 3/4 Reflection of a self portrait



I’m way too late for this, but being determined to try to keep up with some challenges, at least for a few weeks, here is my week 3 and 4 combined. Taking a few moments in the evening sat outside, I looked up and the sun was shining on me and reflecting in my kitchen window. After recovering from the inital alarm at seeing myself, I thought, that it would make a good “selfie” for this challenge. I’m not keen on having my photo taken, but when I look over the holiday pics and realise that it looks like I stayed at home, maybe I just need to “get over it”. I’m the sort that would rather be hiding at the back, fading into the shadows, staying under the radar. Maybe I just don’t want to give anything away, be judged by other people, I keep myself to myself. I think many photographers are the same, we like to hide behind our cameras!

A Self Portrait and A Reflection for the 52 week challenge at The Girl that Dreams Awake.

Thursday Doors: Arras – Part 2

Arras town hall

Arras town hall

As promised from last week, here is another door from Arras for Norm’s Thursday Doors. This one is from the Town Hall, constructed during the sixteenth century and totally demolished during World War I. During the 1920s and 30s, the local residents carefully reconstructed their historic building “brick by brick”.

This picture has also featured in black and white for this weeks Monochrome Madness.

Some more images of the beautiful Arras Hotel de Ville.


Thursday Doors: Arras



Whilst on our family holiday this year, we had a few car troubles and ended up staying longer than expected in this town. What was intended to be an overnight stay turned into a three night mini-break! Seeing as we were stuck there, we decided to explore the local town, a very good decision as it turned out to be a surprising place full of beautiful, old buildings and despite the shops being closed there were still many bars and ice-cream places open😉

Arras has a long and interesting history, affected by both WW1 and WW2 and also suffering during the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. It was once part of the Spanish Netherlands and you can see this from the town houses which surround the Grand’Place and the Place des Héros, they have a very Flemish look to them.

I managed to capture a few doors, but the buildings are the real stars, so here are a few pictures of the beautiful Arras townhouses.

I have a few more Thursday Doors from Arras, so I will be sharing these over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, go over to Norm 2.0 for more Thursday Doors.