Thursday, April 30, 2020

WPSH April Link Up

It's the end of the month and time for the final link up for the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt, which was hosted by Eileen.

Here is the original list, as amended to extend the ending date and additional alternatives to accommodate having to shelter in place/stay at home:

  1. in the bag
  2. contrast
  3. the way to go
  4. colours
  5. a garden gate
  6. vintage 
  7. I stood here
  8. 11 o'clock
  9. solitary
  10. the little things
  11. industrial
  12. time for tea
  13. a keyhole
  14. flavour of the month
  15. letters
  16. a barrier
  17. a line
  18. a chain
  19. an alley
  20. monochrome
Alt A: Chess or Checkers
Alt B: Market
Alt C: The View From My Front Door
Alt D: Three Colours One One Item
Alt E: I Am Reading
Alt F: The Sky Today
Alt G: Free Choice
Alt H: Free Choice   

It was a bit of a challenge to find photos for one or two of the prompts, because I had ideas for what they should be and then, couldn't go looking for the appropriate items to photograph.  But, in the end, I think I liked that challenge, because it made me think "out of the box", so to speak.

My other photos for this WPSH are here: (December Photos), (January Photos), (February Photos), (March Photos).

These are my additional photos for this month:

#3 The way to go:

#3 The Way to Go - A Map of Jerusalem 
I like to look at a map and "see" where I am going. 

#6 Vintage:

I have two possibilities for this prompt; I couldn't quite decide between the two, so I am showing both!

#6a:  My Mother's China Figurine.

My mother had said that she had this figurine and its lady companion since she was a teenager (my mother was born in 1920).  I don't remember seeing the lady, though, so she must have broken a long time ago.  But, my mother brought this figurine with her when she left Sri Lanka.  I honestly don't know the significance of this figurine or why she chose to bring this particular item when she got rid of so many other items.  The arm holding the red rose broke off once, and I glued it together and I think the head broke and I glued that together, too.  Every time I declutter, I hold this figurine and ponder, but, I put it back on the shelf, simply because it was my mother's and she chose to bring it with her.  It is about 6 inches high and has no identifying marks that I can make out.

#6a Vintage: My Mother's China Figurine

#6b: Pair of Dictionaries.

Charles Henry Carter, a Baptist missionary to what was then called Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka) compiled two dictionaries, an English-Sinhalese Dictionary and a Sinhalese-English Dictionary.  According to my mother, her paternal grandfather is supposed to have worked on the compilation of the dictionaries, although I haven't been able to verify that!  My mother didn't have a copy of the dictionaries, although one of her brothers had a set which went to his daughter.  Then, on a subsequent visit to Sri Lanka, my step-father's sister, Aunt SM, decided to gift to me the set of dictionaries her mother had given to her, on May 6th, 1944.   Her copies were printed in 1924 and in 1936 and her mother had written the date they were given to Aunt SM.

#6b Vintage Dictionaries

Inscribed by my Step-father's Mother

#8 11 o'clock:

#8: 11 O'Clock

The anniversary clock on the mantel.  A gift from my step-father to my mother, who had a fondness for clocks.  It was meant to replace another anniversary clock (one that had to be wound with a key, approximately once a year, which, apparently is why they were called anniversary clocks) that she had to give up, on the rather acrimonious occasion of the household goods being divided after my father's death.  This clock is battery operated and one of the points that connect to one of the batteries broke.  So, now, it runs on two batteries instead of three.  It is yet another object I look at and debate whether to keep or not when I declutter. 

#10 The little things:

Display of my Collection of Little Things
I like collecting miniatures!  Some of these items, such as the blue and white porcelain elephants and the glass "Snoopy" figurines were given to me by my mother.  Below the Snoopy figurines, are two porcelain Siamese kittens - I've had them since I was 11 years old!  Originally, it was a mama cat and three kittens, but, these two kittens are all I have left.  In the space next to the kittens is a clear glass bird with its wings raised up, which is not really visible in the photo - but, my step-father's sister gave it to me when I left the family to come to the U.S., as it was my first "solo flight" (the very first time I flew on a plane by myself) and I was "leaving the nest", so to speak.  That was in 1974! 

#11 Industrial:

#11 Industrial - Utility Pole
Not sure if the utility pole (telephone, cable, etc.) in my backyard counts as industrial.  But, it's the best I can do!  If not, maybe this can of lubricant might do:

Industrial - Alternative!

Or, maybe I can substitute Alt. A Chess or Checkers (below) for this!  This prompt was a hard one for me!

#13 A keyhole

#13: A Keyhole
Not quite the keyhole I was hoping to photograph, but, it is a keyhole!  Looks a bit like a shocked robotic face, doesn't it?

Alt A  Chess or checkers:

Alt A:  Chess or Checkers
How about chess and checkers?

Alt E: I am reading - 

Alt E: I am reading
This is the book that I am currently reading.  I've had it for several years and never quite finished reading it.  I put it aside to donate during one of my decluttering sessions, but, since the donations have not been scheduled for a pick up, yet, I decided to go ahead and finish reading it.  I am finding it a very interesting read.

I am very happy to say that I have been able to take photos for all the prompts on the original list and even some of the alternatives, as well.  Thank you, Eileen, for hosting this and, I am hoping that there will be a summer one, as well!


  1. It's always fun to see what you come up with for the prompts. Someday I'm going to join you. I signed up once, but that's as far as I got.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I do hope you will join the next one! I'm enjoying this!

  2. I like your photos. Mine are not very interesting.
    I thought you called the clock anniversary clock because it was an anniversary gift. :)

    1. Thank you, Nil; I thought you had some very interesting ones! I read somewhere that anniversary clocks actually worked for about 400 days between windings, but, I remember we used to wind ours once a year. One of my half-brothers was in charge of winding it, as it was believed that he could be trusted to be careful with it! :D

  3. I want to join this. I think it would be fun. I always love to see what y'all do with the prompts.

    1. Anne, if there is a summer one, I hope you'll be able to join. :)

    2. There is a summer one and I'm also going to do some mini monthly ones which you are welcome to join in with.

      Bless, thanks for joining in. I've loved seeing all your photos

    3. Thank you, Eileen. The mini monthly ones sounds lovely!

  4. All good finds for the photo search. Those dictionaries are treasures!

  5. I always enjoy seeing the images you come up with for the prompts.
    And I like picking out my favorite. I find the close up of the lock interesting but my favorite is your miniature collection.
    Those Snoopies are adorable.

    1. Thank you, Debra. My mother was living and teaching in Hong Kong and I was at university in Wisconsin when she sent me those. Originally, the two little Snoopies were attached to the big Snoopy with chains, but, at some point, one chain broke and then, I just removed the other one, too. This is why it is so hard for me to declutter - practically everything that's in my house has some memory or the other attached to it. :p I am not very good at decluttering memories!

  6. You certainly did well with your images. I love the keyhole, it does look like a face!
    The weather turned glorious this afternoon. Not hot but ideal for puttering in the garden. I used a special tool to aerate the compost bins, transplanted a couple of buds of rhubarb and raked some flower beds and pulled some weeds.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. Sounds like you got a lot done in the garden! Hope the nice weather continues. :)


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