November 23, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Family Room Decorations

Some years ago we installed a new light fixture in the family room for better, brighter lighting when we in the room.  The fixture we choose does that quite well as well as providing a platform to display our very favorite hanging decorations each Solstice.

Family Room Solstice Decorations

Family Room Solstice Decorations

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November 22, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Two Hearts

Two Hearts

Two Hearts

Today we have a different sort of Hearts…within a Rome apple.  I was peeling a small number of different types of apples to be made into apple sauce and  One of the last apples I picked up was a Rome apple. When I cut it in half I saw these two perfect heart shapes outlined in red in the center of the apple.  The two hearts were so beautiful I decided to make this the Solstice Challenge image of the day.  We love heart decorations of all sorts in the Solstice time and with two hearts as beautiful as these must be shared.

Oh, once the apple sauce was finished, my wife mixed it with some pear sauce she made a few days ago and the combination is absolutely delicious.

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November 21, 2017: Solstice Challenge – The Rose and the Cat

The Rose and the Fox

The Rose and the Fox

We love roses, no matter the type or shape, even in decorations.  Today’s Solstice Challenge image is two of our favorites, the Rose and the Cat.

 

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November 20, 2017: Solstice Challenge: Beatrice the Reluctant Solstice Cat

Beatrice the Reluctance Solstice Cat

Beatrice the Reluctance Solstice Cat

Today’s Solstice Challenge image is the decorations in our home office.  Beatrice, (our Tortoise Shell cat), was lying on the footstool and was getting ready to bolt at the very thought of having her picture taken.

As you can see, the office is very festive and a joy to sit in, whether reading or working.

I took this image with my iPad using the Halide app and processed it in Snapped.  I was truly surprised to see how well the image came out with the iPad camera.

 

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November 19, 2017: Solstice Challenge – The Oxford Compact Dictionary and Solstice Star

The Oxford Dictionary under a Solstice Star

The Oxford Dictionary under a Solstice Star

Rather strange title for a Solstice challenge, eh?  Words have always been important in our household and some years ago, I managed to find the two book Oxford Compact Dictionary set (sans magnifying glass) for my wife.  It’s used frequently each year yet we never quite had a permanent “location” for the two-volume set.

Sample page within the Oxford Compact dictionary set

Sample page within the Oxford Compact dictionary

The dictionaries are quite large, heavy and each volume is 9″ wide, 12″ long, and 2.75 inches thick.  Each page within is divided into four “pages” of three columns each, we needed a dictionary stand but never could find one to our liking.  Last year, however, we came across a very nice wood dictionary stand on wheels that easily held an opened volume with a shelf beneath for the second volume – a much better and usable arrangement when we need to look something up.  And, as you can see, the print is so small that one truly needs a magnifying glass to be able to read the definition.

 

 

 

 

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November 18, 2017: Candles Under Glass

Candles Under Glass

Candles Under Glass

 

Today’s image is titled “Candles Under Glass”.  The candles are battery operated and complemented with LED lights under glass domes.  In the background is part of an
“alphabet rug” from our time in Berlin, Germany in the late 1970’s.  As you can see, each letter is depicted by an animal form that matches the english letter.

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November 17, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Victorian Chandelier

Victorian Chandlier

Victorian Chandlier

This small decoration was picked up a few years ago and has become another one of our favorites.  It’s not hard to image this chandelier being part of holiday decorations in the Victorian era.

 

 

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