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Every cloud has a silver lining



This is the photograph that I had in a photography competition; it got into the final 12 photographs but didn’t win. I have been invited to the presentation for the winner this week and afterwards will be the big Christmas lights switch on. Every cloud has a silver lining!

Smile with tongue out

I will get a chance to talk to be people and I suppose the conversation will be about photography; after all there will be another 11 finalists there including the winner. I printed some of my better photographs out yesterday to take with me. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to photograph the event. It’s a hospital and taking photographs isn’t usually allowed because of patient confidentiality. I’ll take my camera just in case; I might be able to photograph the Christmas lights.

The sun is shining in England and it’s great light for photography, but it’s also a good day for pegging out washing and so that has taken priority. The problem with Saturdays is the traffic on the roads as people go out shopping. I have shopping to do too, I framed a photograph in an A4 frame yesterday; it was only a £1.00 from Poundland so I would like to do some more. It now adores my living room wall and sort of fits in well with the antique mirror and oil painting.  A framed photograph would make a good Christmas present. I could photograph people’s houses and give them the photograph for Christmas!

I sometimes go to a Victorian sweetshop to buy sweets and it’s around the corner from Poundland so I would like to pop in there too this weekend. Both shops are open on Sunday, so I’ll try to pop in tomorrow. I have to go to the nearby ATM. I also want to go to a discount supermarket or two and take more photographs. I’ll have to start early, I’m going to have a busy day! I need to clean my car too.

I think you feel more confident if you take some pride in your appearance. That includes making sure my car is clean; but for the presentation I intend to dress smart but casual. I would wear a suit, but they would confuse me for a doctor! It will make a change for me to be a guest rather than a patient at the hospital. I have a few stories to tell about being a patient in that hospital! I’ve had plastic tubes inserted into me in places you can’t imagine. I have interesting memories of bed baths and not being able to get out of bed to use the loo. I’ve had CT scans, a brain scan (yes, I have one) and an MRI scan; all fascinating stuff. I have had X rays and even a ultrasound scan. I’ve had a biopsy, colonoscopy and cystoscopy and survived! I have had surgery there and woke up during the operation; thank God the anaesthetic was an epidural. That worked out well because while I was in, I saw a doctor about my other problems and they got much better. Every cloud has a silver lining…

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4 responses

  1. I love the textures in the photograph, Mike, it should have won! How do they sell those sweets? They would make a good present if presented in a handmade paper cone!

    3, December 2011 at 12:44 pm

    • Hi Myfanwy,

      The sweets are sold from jars by 100g but I sometimes buy a whole jar and get a 10% discount. I’ve been out in the cold and struggling to feel my finger tips! I think I’ll buy a couple of jars of sweets this weekend; they ‘re made by Teddy Gray’s of Dudley. Fruit sherbets and herbal tablets to keep out the cold I think. You can sometimes pick up a glass bowl from a car boot to fill with sweets. I did something like that for Valentines Day; but used chocolates for a frugal gift.

      Shame about my photo, but at least I don’t have to make the speech!

      3, December 2011 at 4:19 pm

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