#BringBackOurGirls 100 days later

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Su Leslie:

I think of all that I have done in the last 100 days, and know that if my child had been taken from me and I didn’t know where he was or what was happening to him, I would be so consumed with fear and anxiety that even the smallest things would seem impossible. Please, don’t let us forget these girls and their families.

Originally posted on The Brixton Housewife:

Over the past 100 days I have:

pottered in my garden.

tweeted.

helped my husband lay new flooring.

written school reports.

protested for Palestine.

bitched with friends.

received flowers.

been overdrawn.

attended a street festival.

laid in the sunshine.

argued with loved ones.

bought new artwork.

laughed.

witnessed the dashed hopes and dreams of a nation.

taught Zumba to my class.

cried.

received callaloo and cabbage seeds from a stranger.

hoovered (ok I’m not fooling anyone) hoovered.

listened to my unborn baby’s heartbeat.

felt fat.

stalked on Facebook.

watched a human chess match.

daydreamed.

found it impossible to sleep.

eaten Nandos.

watched TV.

participated in a treasure hunt.

joined the TEDx Brixton event team.

had a pedicure.

rushed to hospital.

attended a beautiful wedding.

Over the past 100 days the Chibok girls have:

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How quickly the world forgets. ©Sarah Peace

How quickly the world forgets. Photograph S Peace ©

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On needing an infusion of colour

24 Jul
Inside the greenhouses of the Wintergarden in Auckland, there is always colour and warmth. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013.

Inside the greenhouses of the Wintergarden in Auckland, there is always colour and warmth. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013.

It rained again overnight, and although there is some blue in the sky this morning, the Met Service is predicting heavy showers, hail and (for Auckland) low temperatures. So another grey day then — which makes Ailsa’s travel theme of “purple” very welcome. If I can’t find colour in the living world today, I can vicariously enjoy my favourite colour in photography.

I'm used to golden skies from my office window, so this took me by surprise. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

I’m used to golden skies from my office window, so this took me by surprise. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

The Wintergarden, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photo: Su Leslie 2013

The Wintergarden, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photo: Su Leslie 2013

And of course reality can always be modified to visualise an interior landscape. These sculptures have both appeared in my dreams lately, and playing with photo-editing apps has allowed me to externalise, and understand those dream landscapes.

Antony Gormley's 'The Angel of the North', as it sometimes appears in my dreams. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013.

Antony Gormley, ‘The Angel of the North’. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013.

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Ramon Robertson,’ Void.’ Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

If you’d like to see Aisla’s wonderful purple images, visit Where’s my Backpack. Here are some other bloggers’ interpretations of the challenge that I’ve enjoyed:

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/travel-theme-purple/

http://loganbruin.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/travel-theme-purple/

http://shootngo.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/travel-theme-purple/

http://figliodelgiaguaro.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/travel-theme-purple/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/travel-theme-purple/

http://adventuresofmisshouse.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/travel-theme-purple/

http://jennysotherstuff.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/travel-theme-purple-amongst-other-colours-one-redeeming-feature/

http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/travel-theme-purple/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/five-shades-of-purple/

http://dauwpics.blogspot.be/2014/07/snel-nog-even-pootjes-wassen.html

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When the weather offers just shades of grey

24 Jul
Watching the world go by. Caffe Eis, Cuba Street, Wellington. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Watching the world go by. Caffe Eis, Cuba Street, Wellington. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

It’s hard to believe, watching the sun go down in a clear blue sky, that it’s rained virtually every day for the last few weeks. My Wellington trip was fantastic, but yielded few photos — it was just so dull and grey. Here are a few, shot in colour but really not diminished by removing that for Sally’s  Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices ChallengeBlack & White.

Neil Dawson, "Ferns". Civic Square, Wellington, New Zealand.  Neil Dawson's wonderful metal globe of interconnected fern leaves hangs high above the square. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Neil Dawson, “Ferns”. Civic Square, Wellington, New Zealand. Neil Dawson’s wonderful metal globe of interconnected fern leaves hangs high above the square. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

City lights brighten the inky blackness of The Lagoon, Wellington. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

City lights brighten the inky blackness of The Lagoon, Wellington. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Giant ceramic shards form a sculptural entrance-way to the forecourt of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, Wellington. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Glen Hayward, “Rita Angus used to grow her own vegetables.” Hayward’s giant ceramic shards form a sculptural entrance-way on the “four plinths” sited on the forecourt of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, Wellington. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: having fun with my 100 days project

23 Jul

Today I really feel that I have no words left over. I’m thirteen days into my 100 Days Project, and it is challenging.

But he random word generator has been kind and I’ve been mostly happy with the results. I’m finding that while I originally imagined doing things “to” the words, what actually seems to happen is that my random word inspires an idea, which then plays off a photograph. It’s the marriage of words and image that excites me.

These are days 6 and 7; “leaf” and “junk.”

Here are some other bloggers’ Wordless Wednesdays that I’ve enjoyed:

http://tikulicious.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-188/

http://foodessen.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-german-baking/

http://beyondthewildgarden.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-ray-of-light/

http://hurtledto60.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-17/

http://gracethorson.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-calico-cat/

http://unclespikes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-weekend-pad/

http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-tv-theme-hawaii-five-o/

http://afishandabicycle.com/2014/07/22/wordless-wednesday-loch-and-sea/

http://jillianchantal.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-211/

http://dyoselin.kissedmuses.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-33/

http://duverdiary.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-alternative-feast/

http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-111/

http://loreleispixels.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/wordless-wednesday-010/

 

Warning: contains culture

20 Jul

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Libraries, art galleries and museums are probably my favourites kinds of container. Within their walls I can experience histories, cultures and creativity. And actually, I would have to include books here too; containers of knowledge, stories, dreams.

Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum and gallery. While I tend to the view that in trying to attract large numbers of visitors Te Papa has a tendency to “dumb down” this country’s complex and multi-faceted history and culture, I still visit the gallery, and appreciate the curatorial and conservation work that goes on behind the scenes.

“Containers” is the theme of this week’s Daily Post photo challenge.

Six Word Saturday: feeling at home in Wellington tonight

19 Jul

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The boy-child and I have developed a series of rituals around our Wellington trips. One is dinner at Macs Brew Bar and a walk on the waterfront. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

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Wordless Wednesday: watching the icicles melt

16 Jul
Water trapped in the grooves of our roof froze last night; leaving icy rods to melt in the morning sun. Of course the Big T and I had to pull a few out to play with. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Water trapped in the grooves of our roof froze last night; leaving icy rods to melt in the morning sun. Of course the Big T and I had to pull a few out to play with. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

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