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Alison's Profile Photoblog

I’m usually behind the camera lens but these photographs present and portray me up front in a candid way.

I have been a Fuji Finepix member since January 2010. My love for photography started in 1971 when I first received my first camera at the age of eleven. Since then I have documented experiences and events which have resulted in hundreds of albums stacked in the loft. Since purchasing my first digital camera in 2006 photography has been made easier to store and view photos on the computer. At a click of a mouse my memories are re-lived in an instant.(Photo: Santorini, Greece on 17/9/10. My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff)

While I was having a trip down memory lane viewing my life in pictures these past six years, I realised there were only a few photos of myself, on my own, in front of the camera. My love for photography meant I was always behind the viewfinder seeing life through a lens. I mentioned to Geoff, my Husband, why this was. His answer made me smile. "That's because you won't let me use your camera very often." Geoff had a point. It got me thinking. For while I was clicking the shutter I was in control of my shot and I was directing the composition so some of the natural shots of me were being missed. Time to change that as Geoff is now going to buy his own little Fuji camera so he can take his own photos. (photo: Santorini, Greece on 17/9/10. My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff)

Even on our Wedding Day on 14th December 2007 I took 350 photos with my little pocket camera capturing my view, the Bride’s perspective. The memories I captured were priceless to me as some photos were taken on the journey in the wedding car and from my eyes and my angle on the day. Snapshots but precious shots. I even took the little photo printer into the Bridal Suite on my Wedding night. It was so exciting watching the printer roll out a dozen colourful wedding photos to take on the Honeymoon next day. (photo: Fuji S3500 camera taken by my youngest Son)

Our fabulous Honeymoon was celebrated in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Geoff took this photo of me high up on the freezing cold mountain with the Austrian Alps in the background. Geoff’s been given the nickname 'Sherpa'. Sherpa, an apt title chosen by a good friend of mine as Geoff carries my camera, equipment and folding tripod everywhere. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 18/12/2007.)

At the age of 17, I was appointed Head Girl at my Secondary School in 1977 and I experienced a highlight of mine in May 1978 when I received my Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace from Prince Philip. Growing up I had always desired to be a Policewoman or a Nurse but an opportunity arose in the same month as my trip to the Palace, to venture into the Jewellery trade. So just days before my 18th birthday I began my career and worked my way up the ladder from Sales Assistant to Assistant Manageress to then be appointed Manageress. I then opened my own retail Jewellers shop in 1988 in our town and 'retired' at the age of 40 in the year 2000. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by a work colleague on 27/10/06 when I returned to work for a Jewellers for a few months to help the owner open a new shop)

One of my mottos has always been to look on the bright side of life. Having been born on a Friday 13th I still view myself as lucky not unlucky. My ideas and inspirations, dreams and goals have always remained my main vision even through diversity. My photography portrays my path of life. My published poetry presents my inner thoughts and feelings. Life has a funny way of twisting and turning, full of what if’s and what maybe’s. Life deals a pack of cards and it’s up to me how I play the hand. Mind you, there’s sometimes always a joker in my pack. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff in Tenerife on 14/5/08. Charlie Chaplin street entertainer)

Life at forty in the year 2000 was life changing for me having had my life very much unexpectedly change direction after divorce and 'retirement'. I started travelling and had a few holidays on my own abroad and I went on holidays with my friends and my love for travelling grew. It was the beginning of finding the new me. I joined the gym to keep fit and the 'old Alison began to bubble to the surface again'. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by my friend in Halkidiki, Greece on 27/6/06)

Geoff and myself met through a mutual friend in the Summer of 2006 and soon we were enjoying holidays and cruises together. This was taken by Geoff by St Mark's Square in Venice on the waterfront. My rainy days became less and the sun at last began to shine. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix camera taken on 17/9/07)

Finding love second time round is all and more than I would have ever dreamed of. Geoff took this photo of me on the Cruise ship sailing the Adriatic. I had introduced him to my world of travelling and he has caught the travelling bug now. The world is our oyster and we now both grab life with both hands. Every day is just so precious as later events would show us. My life at 47 was one of those special years. Three months after this photo was taken by Geoff, we were married. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken 15/9/07))

This one of me was taken by the ship's photographer on the Cruise just over four and a half years ago. I fill many roles at present that being a Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Step-Mum, Step Nan, Auntie and friend to many. I was born Friday 13th May 1960 and my Zodiac sign is Taurus the Bull. I have two Son’s aged 28 and 26 years old. I guess I would say my personality traits describe me as being a generous, kind, sensitive, understanding, caring warm hearted person. I have a sense of humour and enjoy the quieter things in life now I am ageing gratefully.

It was in Malta where I travelled on my own for a two week magnificent holiday where I experienced one of my life's highlights swimming with the dolphins. This was the taken by the Mediterraneo Marine Park photographers in October 2005. Geoff and myself re-visited a few weeks ago to Malta although we didn’t get to see the dolphin show again like I had hoped.

One of the photos Geoff took of me on our holiday travels was in Tunisia on a safari camel trek complete with Lawrence of Arabia headwear. The camels stopped for a break and the camel guide gave me a piece of cucumber to place in my mouth and the camel gently took it from me. A party piece indeed and I've never quite looked at a piece of cucumber in the same light since. LOL! (photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken on 1/3/07)

On the same holiday in Port el Kantoui in Tunisia I was kissing a baby camel. Ahh, so cute! (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 3/3/07)

Here I am again getting close to the camels on the camel safari on the volcanic terrain of Lanzarote. I think I missed my vacation in life for if I had a career choice now I suppose I would choose to be a holiday Travel Rep or venture into Photo Journalism. (Photo: My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on 15/2/11.)

Talking of Safaris, here is one of me looking the part in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. We travelled on the Monster truck Safari excursion which travelled through the Dominican countryside and the 8 wheeled drive truck waded through six foot of rippling river across the terrain. Green rolling mountains, endless species of exotic plants and bough trees bending with fresh fruit and it was one of the best exciting day trips we've experienced abroad.(Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 21/4/08)

One of my favourite photos was when Geoff took this one of me on the beach in Sosua, Dominican Republic. Our hotel was literally on the sandy beach edge and it was a truly amazing holiday with relaxing sunbathing. Sosua Bay attracts many water sports enthusiast, including snorkellers and divers because of its sheltered, calm waters, diverse species of fish and intricate reef structures. In the winter, whale watching is also a popular tourist activity in Sosua Bay.(Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 12/4/08)

Two months later I travelled back to the sunny Canary Islands again with my friend having only been there two months prior with Geoff. I love Playa de las Americas in Tenerife and looking to book again next year. My friend took this photo of me as the evening sun was setting before our evening meal. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken 23/6/08)

Passports were at the ready, washing and ironing done and re-packed from my above holiday three weeks previously, so Geoff and myself flew to Magaluf in Majorca for his 50th birthday. My Niece and her family were on holiday nearby in Cala Fornells and she took this photo of me paddling in the Kayak on Paguera beach. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera 16/7/08)

I'm one for taking photos of meals abroad for my memories but I'm not often photographed eating the evidence these days. We enjoyed a shared takeaway pizza washed down with bottles of cider on this holiday on our balcony overlooking the beach. Magaluf was Geoff's choice for his 50th birthday and although we had a great holiday, Magaluf would not be a holiday destination I would re-visit due to the excessive exuberant youthful night life. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix camera taken by Geoff on 20/7/08)

Geoff clicked the camera and captured me with a rare hangover sunbathing in Lanzarote. (I don't drink much these days...honest!!) I can still recall that headache perhaps that's why I love a good cup of tea these days instead. LOL!! (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera on 28/9/07)

After showing you that last photo I had better show you my good side again. This has to be my ultimate all time favourite photo of myself. One of the happiest days in my life ever. My Wedding Day to Geoff on Friday 14th December 2007. (Just over four years and four months ago) It was the one and only day in the whole of my life so far, where I felt and looked my very best, so I treasure this memory and image. I reached my goal weight of 9 stone 3lb for my Wedding Day and this photo appeared in a national slimming magazine of which I am a member of my local slimming club. It is my inspirational photograph to show me what dreams are made of and shows that fairytales can come true. (Photo: Canon EOS 350D taken by our Best Man)

Here's a change from my natural born blonde hair (which is helped these days by the Hairdresser's bottle of magic to hide those slipping in silver strands) I'm dressed as Cleopatra. I love this photo taken of me on for my friend's Halloween fancy dress party complete with a dark wig. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 31/10/09)

Here I am playing statues in Tenerife in Playa de Las Americas on my 49th birthday,
(Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 13th May 2009)

Two days later we played mini golf and it was hats off to Geoff as he beat me again. I am very competitive and I like to do my best in everything, however, I am a gracious loser too. (Photo:My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera taken by Geoff on 15/5/09)

This photo of me was taken by Geoff on his birthday on the 19th July 2009 in Halkidiki in Greece. We love Greece and the relaxing holidays and this holiday apartment I have visited twice. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 camera)

This is another shot of me on the balcony four days later remembering a story of how the hotel had escaped the bush fires as the wind changed direction at the last minute. Firemen had pumped water from the swimming pool the owner told us. It happened after I visited in 2006 and within days of returning home, wildfires caused by lightning ravaged the Halkidiki peninsula in the north, a summer holiday destination especially popular with Britons. More than 1,000 tourists had to be evacuated. Then in 2007, Greece experienced its worst forest fires in recorded history when blazes raged from the north of the country to the south. (I was also alone in another part of Greece once and experienced a small earthquake with three different tremors.) I was on top floor of a third storey concrete building at the time. An eery feeling I will tell you. (Photo: My Nikon Coolpix S1 taken by Geoff on 23/7/09)

A few weeks after our above holiday in Halkidiki, Greece, our lives were to be tossed upside down on the 9/9/09. (coincidently, look at the date when I called the Emergency number. A date we won’t forget) Geoff became dangerously ill with severe Pneumonia and complications. I was told that 'I had saved his life' by calling the Paramedics out with only two hours to spare before Geoff would have died. We had only been married a matter of months and I nearly lost him three times as he fought a brave battle for his life and Geoff was hospitalised for 6 weeks and he had 7 months off work. I stayed at the hospital seven hours a day and my weight plummeted with worry and stress. Our holidays were cancelled to Lanzarote and Mexico while he recovered. Just before Geoff returned to work we went to the Dominican Republic and Geoff took this one of me on Bavaro Beach. (Photo:My Fuji F70EXR camera 7/3/10)

This photo reminds me of seeing the sunrises and sunsets on that beautiful Bavaro beach which were magical as Geoff and myself strolled hand in hand along the sandy beach. Life certainly is more precious to Geoff and myself these days and we appreciate every day that comes along. But little did we know in the Dominican what lay ahead of us in the next few days and is shown in photos below. (Photo: My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on 6/3/10)

Well, here I am before we set off to the airport, on crutches forcing a smile to add to the memories of our wonderful two week holiday in the Dominican Republic. Luckily, we had got to within 24 hours of flying home before I collapsed at this very spot with my hips giving way. I couldn't move an inch. The pain was something else. So the holiday Rep called the Hotel Doctor and I was rushed to hospital in an ambulance. Geoff and the wonderful helpful Rep travelled in tow to interpret the language barrier. I had X-rays and was told I would need both hips replacing in the UK and so I was given tablets and strong painkilling injections for the flight home. (Photo:My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on 16/3/10)

Facing an eleven hour flight home pumped with medicine, I was half out of it here in the Dominican Airport as we waited for our flight. I did not want to be photographed sitting in my wheelchair. Our flight was cancelled as the plane needed a part and I had to be transported to a hotel for the night along with a plane full of passengers. It cost us dollars for the porters to push me around but we did get through customs fast. The next day we went back to the airport and I was man lifted up the plane steps in front of a gasping crowd in my wheelchair. The only thing I could think of was the fabulous sunset setting in the Dominican distance...and my camera was packed away.(Photo:My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on 16/3/10)

I was on crutches for 8 months and although the Consultant is not doing hip replacements as of yet, I have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and recently Psoriatic Arthritis and I have had three minor operations and have experienced ill -health for the past two years. We had to cancel Barbados for my 50th Birthday two years ago. Things are getting better and I am gaining strength, walking and driving locally again. I'm losing the little weight I put on since being immobile. I still cannot do aerobics which I miss. This was the first time in a swimming pool for over two years. I am like a big kid at heart. I even had a yellow rubber duck in there, but don't tell anyone. (Photo: 16/9/11 My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff.)

It was lovely to be able to resume my photography. While I was ill I treated myself to the Fuji HS10 camera and learnt how to use it by reading the manual while I was housebound for months. I took that many sparrows through the patio glass door that I never wanted to see another one. Fortunately, Geoff has been in better health and has been able to support me. This photo was one of me waving and taking photos of the Easter Bike Run in Staffordshire a year ago. (Photo: My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on 10/4/11)

My photography gets me out and about in the fresh air and although I am still limited to what I can do I am taking the small steps in the right direction. It just goes to show we never know what is around the corner or what life has to offer. A photograph may paint a thousand words but can never tell the whole story unless it is told. (Photo: My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff reflected in the lens on 10/4/11)

Look at that chip! It is the biggest I've ever eaten and a more recent photo. Another birthday approaches next month for me as I celebrate being fifty two. No doubt I will enjoy my day somewhere special. (Photo: My Fuji F70EXR camera taken by Geoff on the 15/10/11 in Caernarvon)

This last shot taken in Zell Am See, Austria by Geoff with my Fuji F70EXR camera on the 18/12/10. This is me and I am in my element on holiday having my Fuji HS10 camera in my hand. I love being in my own little world looking at life through the lens.

I hope you have enjoyed my Profile Photoblog and seeing another side of me in front of the camera lens.

Thanks to the photographers involved and thanks to you for viewing.

Alison.

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 18:38
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Phwoar Alison. Oh yeh and nice photos.

Dave.

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 18:39
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Will you marry me!!!. Lol

Hello Alison, now there's an idea not too many would do.  It's a cracking idea and I think you have set the format should anyone else be brave enough to have a go.

So much info along with each photo, I feel a bit privileged to have read it in a way.  All you have been through, to still be such a positive and cheery person.  I admire that so much in you Alison.  See ya soon (bench placement)

Smashin. XXX

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 18:42
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now that is a different type of blog i think my natural beauty and dashing looks would make a good blog what do you think lol

so where are the old baby and school photos maybe you could add some from your time as head girl......

are you goona come to the slimbridge meet in september i think you sould

really liked this blog well done

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 18:44
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 LOL ! Thanks guys. I must admit I took my time thinking whether to post this but this is my life and I feel comfortable to share it with you. Thanks for the compliments.

Steve, that's three times you've asked me to marry you and I've never actually replied. LOL!! Geoff asked me 7 times before I said "Yes". LOL!  See you at the bench replacement.      Smile

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 18:48
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what a lovely personal blog Alison thank you for sharing it and wish you and Geoff all the best

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 18:51
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Hi Alison and I cannot forget Geoff what a stunning photoblog of your memories through the years and I have to say you looked stunning and you should be very proud of yourself. Alison many thanks for sharing a super set of pictures take care & best wishes BoB.xxx P/s Many thanks for your kind commen ts on my WWT Blog.

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 18:58
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Wow, I love you too , but I'm happily married myself. Love your outlook on life and your attitude to travel and adventure...we share that too !

Love the bikini shot !

 

Jim

'Bokeh' Competition entry:- http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/competition/entry/697372

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 19:04
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Well done Alison,you have more bottle than me that is for sure,letting us look at your private moments,so well done you (and Geoff for taking the pictures) Smile

 

 

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 19:17
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What a wonderful idea for a photoblog Alison, and you've done it brilliantly. I think holidays are what make the days in between worth while, and I've loved seeing all these photos of yours, we've even been to some of the same places, one of my favourites was Halkidiki , around 15 years ago.

I know what it's like living with Arthritis, my partner has had Rheumatoid Arthritis since his late 20's, but I think having a positive attitude helps almost as much as the drugs on times, and it certainly looks as if you've got that, well done you!

Like you, I've got boxes full of photos and albums all over the house, (and, also like you, I'm in hardly any of them Smile ) and even now, with digital photography, I still like to print out my photos and keep albums. When I'm too old and feeble to remember how to switch on my computer I still want to look back on all my wonderful memories Smile ).

Thanks for sharing this insite in to your life, I've really enjoyed both the story and the photos, I'd love to see more, so keep them coming I say.

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photography- cheaper than owning a dog and you get just as much exercise!

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 19:24
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Derr...dur...derr....derr.........Cue  the 'This Is Your Life' music!!! Wink What a candid - and brave - photoblog you've produced for us, Al. Thank you so much for posting your recent life story - you have been through so much in these last few years and it takes a very special type of person to feel they can share life's highs and lows with an audience of virtual and not-so-virtual friends here in Fujiland. Here's wishing you and Geoff many, many more continued years of health, happiness and piccy-taking (notice I left the most important bit till last! LOL).

Di.

PS. You should be well-used to tremors by now with coming from North Staffs! Smile

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 19:27
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WOW, what a fantastic story and some cracking photo's of a very lovey young lady, your old mans a lucky fella....

 

WW

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 19:40
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What a tremendous blog, Alison. The photographs and the history are superb. The photo' of the Egyptian woman, I'm sure that I have met her somewhere. As for the white bikini. Are you HOT! or are you HOT!? My typing has gone all wobbly! Congratulations.

Jan.

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 19:44
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Thats a great story of part of your life Alison. Great pics by Geoff.

Mike

 

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 20:30
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What  brave girl you are. I wouldn't have had the nerve in my twenties  never mind 40/50. I hate having my photograph taken and very rarely photograph people. So thank you for showing us what a stunning person you are in front and behind the camera.

Christine :)    

 http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/competition/entry/702799    Bokeh  entry

 

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 20:40
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Brilliant blog Alison... enjoyed it so much.  What a life you've had so far.  Good on yer for making the most of life with the travelling.  Something I intend to do when I have fewer commitments.  Wishing you good health for the future and thanks for all the lovely blogs you've done in the past.

Sheila x

What if the Hokey-Cokey really is what it's all about??

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 21:24
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Brilliant and brave set of photos Alison-thank you for sharing these amazing shots. I love the progress and pace of it. So sorry to hear of your ailment,being another sufferer of psoriasis,i always blamed stiff joints on it.

                                          Think they are all excellent but the pool one is my favourite,you look like you were enjoying the rest. I would not have the courage to post photos of me-if there were any-here.I am much too self-critical but then again,i have not got your natural assest,...lolRegards

Des

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 22:27
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Liked the kissing camel shot. Reminds me of the joke about the new foreign legionnaire who wakes up one morning to find the whole troop dressed in No 1 dress uniforms belts and kepis blancoed and  gleeing in the sun.  His oppo explained that a camel train was coming and there was the opportunity to have some nooky. It was further explained to the new recruit that there were no women with the camel train just camels. When he asked why all they were all dressed up, his mate replied, 'well you don't want an ugly one do you?'.

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 23:03
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Brave girl Smile

i certainly wouldnt do similar.

some great photos and im sure they all hold a memory for you.

love the towel and sunspecs one.

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Date Fri, 20/04/2012 - 23:15
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What a great Blog Alison I think other people on here should have a good long hard look to see how to actually to a Photo blog its very Interesting look forward to the next one 

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 02:10
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Thanks, Alison, for sharing a bit more about yourself through this blog.  You certainly have the ability to make lemonade when life hands you lemons.

judypw

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 02:16
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LOL JOHN!!! I always have to read your responses. You are a truly well-balanced human being. I mean that with all due respect.

This has been one of my favorite blogs to-date. Open, candid, fun and entertaining. You have had a blessed life full of experiences. Thank you for sharing some of it with us. Personally, I would enjoy finding more like this one.

I don't text and drive,  I snap photos. =)  

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 05:36
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A Proper Blog ..........

cris...

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 06:36
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I loved reading and looking at this sperb blog!

(I bet Mr Finpix likes it too!)

x

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 08:01
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Thanks for all the lovely compliments and messages. I’m overwhelmed at the response.

Nigel. I think you should do a profile photoblog. LOL! The baby and school photos are tucked away in the loft but I might find one to post on here later. LOL! I’ll cross Slimbridge when we get nearer the date.LOL!!.. Thanks Archie and Bob.... To Jim, love ya too matey, thanks for being a good pal.XX..Thanks Ian (Wanilson)...Thanks Lee (Leebee) for your lovely kind words...Thanks Di for your good wishes. I do feel I know you well, here on Fuji. xx... To Warwick Wolf my thanks. I’m lucky to have Geoff...For Jan, LOL! I bet you see a lot of Cleopatras with you having a name like the Egyptian...Thanks Michael...Thanks Christine for your lovely compliment and sentiments. I was more in my comfort zone in my 40’s and now my 50’s than I was in my teens, 20’s and 30’s. I think life is ‘easier now to handle as such’ as I have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. I’m growing older gratefully with re-newed confidence. Thanks again Christine...To Sheila (janga stud)Thanks for your lovely message. Who knows our paths may cross with living near each other...To Des (stone12) Thanks Des. I think I know how you feel. I like the warm weather to warm the bones. Some skin ointment I had off the GP helped me, called ’Dovobet’. Thanks for your support. We have a great rapport...Best wishes Alison x....To John(Marsden) Geoff and myself smiled at your camel message. Geoff joking tried to trade me in for one camel (I thought I was worth two actually)on the camel safari but the guide preferred his camel to me.LOL!!...To Dave, (Torres) my thanks. The towel one is funny. That headache was a cracker!...Micklemass my thanks to you as always.x...To Judy(thirteen1386)thanks .Love the saying that I ‘have the ability to make lemonade when life hands me lemons.’..I will remember that phrase...To usmcsky (Eric) thank you for your lovely message. Who knows maybe more members will follow with profile photoblogs...Thanks Chrissyb and Chris (birdwoman)... My heartfelt thanks for all your messages and support.

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 08:23
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I think it is a very brave thing to put yourself in front of the lens and on a open forum like this. But, you have pulled it off 100%.

Love all the photos and a brilliant idea for a blog.

I am off to foreign lands this year for 14 days and I am going to be placed in many opportunities, so maybe I'll do a blog like this too. Maybe.

Ian

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 08:35
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Your wonderful personality shines through in this Alison, and it's lovely to see someone who is not afraid to stand infront of the camera...Lesley willonly do it wrapped in waterproofs and from a distance.

Well done

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 08:45
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it's lovely to see someone who is not afraid to stand infront of the camera.

It's very brave too!! Mind you if I looked as good as you I would do it more often!

Thanks for taking the time to share this and giving us all an insight of the real you. You have obviously spent a lot of thought putting this together and it definitely been worth while becuase it's been a pleasure to read.

Hope your health continues to improve Alison and I hope that we will actually meet up one day and you wont just be a good friend on the other end of an email or a lovely blog like this.

Viv xx

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 09:18
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Very cool Alison, that chip really was huge! 

Dean...

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 09:24
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Thanks for sharing this Alison. We've never met, however, I feel like I know you really well because of all your fabulous blogs. You are obviously a very special person and what a stunning figure too.......I need to go on a diet. ;) 

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 10:11
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 Here is a baby photograph of me taken in the Summer of 1961

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 11:23
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Another amazing blog from the champion blogger.

Great story, lovely photos. Brave too, I couldn't do this... having said that I'm a Taurus too, I travel quite a lot but I don't think I would look as good in a bikini Wink

Thanks for your comment on my latest blog.

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 13:33
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Well done Alison,its fantastic, like you life has thrown a few spanners in the work for me cancer/plastic surgery at a  young age, arthritis, several miscarriages to name a few but being a true Taurus we can cope with it all bring it on I say! Thank you for sharing your life with us and taking the time to upload all these very special and personnel memories and thoughts. I am inspired to taken more photos and see if I can reach your high standards (don't hold your breath waiting)!!! Hope you are feeling better and getting out and about with camera Take care

Best wishes Julie x

Julie

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 14:14
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Oh Alison, what a great blog, I have enjoyed every moment of it. You are so photogenic and I love the way you have bought some humor into it. Stunning photos and a stunning figure. A wonderful story with a real happy ending. Good on ya girl, you have had  some knocks along the way, so it wonderful that you have turned this corner and are now enjoying your life to the full with your lovely Geoff.

2 weeks to go on your next adventure, have a fabulous time, you really deserve it.  I have now been home 6 weeks with a promise to myself that I am NEVER going to get on a plane again. But here I am getting out the brochures, What am I Like Smile.

Thanks for putting this rather fantastic together, I admire you. Best wishes, Pam xx

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 14:50
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Thanks Ianfinepix for your lovely message. I hope you have a wonderful holiday...Hi Ian. Thanks for the lovely compliment. I’m as comfortable in front of the camera but love being behind the lens more. LOL!...My dear Viv, thanks for the lovely sentiments. We will definitely meet one day soon for sure.XXX... Dean, cool, thanks...For Angela A my heartfelt thanks. I really feel we do know each other well too. You would save me your last Rolo I know you would.LOL! There again, I’ll let you have it. Too many calories for me. Ha ha. XX  To Richard(dickylloyd) Is white not your colour then? LOL! Thanks for the lovely comment...To Julie60, thanks and our lives mirror in more ways than one. Keep smiling my new found friend.Happy Birthday soon too. X....Hi Pam, thanks for the beautiful words. We would make great travel companions. Think of the photoblogs we would produce.Wonder where your next trip will be. Thanks Pam.XXX

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 14:51
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Love the shot of you on the tricycle Alison. XXX

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 15:17
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this is your life this is your blog and what an amazing blog it is you describe the ups and downs of your life through script and fotos, i got to say you definately dont look your age and what a lucky bloke geoff is, a wonderful blog some lovely places youve been to, thanks for sharing a very personel blog Smile

Tony 

thats much better than the one i took

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please take a look at my latest blog Smile

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 16:21
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Hi Alison! what an amazing blog ,I like it

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 16:43
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It's really good to have a super record of the great things that have happened in your life, and brave to include the bad bit.  This is a great set of photos and well done for compiling such an entertaining blog. 

Best Regards,

Steve

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 17:39
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Good on you!!!!! Alison

After seeing some of those photos perhaps the glass slipper would have fitted .

Great Blog it must have taken you hours to put on

I dont think I will follow this with pictures of me unless you want to see a human beached whale as a Blog

Well done a verty fine piece of work you must be very pleased !!

Regards Brian

I hope you see my comment it took ages to get to a free spot

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 18:50
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What a lovely set of pictures! I'm sure they conjure many happy memories, and more to be added presently.

p.s. Do you model at all? Wink

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 18:53
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Aww Alison i really loved this blog, your best one yet.  You take a wonderful photograph (in front and behind) 

Your very much more braver than me haha.  You didnt scrimp on anything, you gave us the good and the bad and let us have a sneaky peak at your life and i thank you for that.

May you continue to have many more wonderful holiday xxxxx

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 18:54
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come on alison add the baby photo to the blog you look a cutie  lol

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 19:28
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great blog and wonderful idea thx for sharing.

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Date Sat, 21/04/2012 - 22:01
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A really amazing Blog Alison, you are certainly a master of the blog with your travel and the "little people" blogs, but this one recording your lifes ups and downs requires courage, this you have illustrated brilliantly with a lovely set of photographs, I like the Metorphor you have used in the shot with your brolly in Venice, they are not all rainy days and the sun does shine

Well done Alison and all the very best to you both.

Colin

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Date Sun, 22/04/2012 - 09:29
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· Sony Tony, thanks for the compliment...Attilody thanks too....To Wrinklysteve my thanks...Brian.france1,thanks and if theGlass slipper is size 6, it just might fit.LOL!....Bobski thanks. LOL!No, the only models I’ve been with are my little one inch macro little people for my photoblogs....Rosie,thanks for your lovely message. I thought you were going to say ‘you gave us the good, the bad and the ugly’.LOL!xx... Nigel, you got to see my baby photo after all....Thanks John...Colin Berry my thanks for your continued support. Best Wishes. Alison.     Smile

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Date Sun, 22/04/2012 - 14:14
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Well done Alison. You are one very brave lady to do this terrific blog. I like a lot of people find hidding behind the camera better than being in front of it. Thanks for sharing your events with us. Keep up the great blogs oh master.

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Date Sun, 22/04/2012 - 14:49
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Thanks squashed (Dave) for the lovely compliment.

Update latest news...Geoff, my Husband has bought a Fuji L55 pocket camera today complete with 8gb memory card and case. Geoff has registered his camera and is now officially registered as a Fuji Finepix member today 22/4/12. Geoff is registered under his name of Geoffrey Bruce and his screen name is Sherpa. (A good friend of mine gave Geoff the nickname Sherpa as he carries my camera, tripod and equipment for me.)

Welcome Geoff to the Fuji site.    Smile

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Date Sun, 22/04/2012 - 16:05
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Welcome Geoff look forward to seeing your photos, have great fun taking them and recordinng the special moments in both your lives. Thanks for the lovely comments Alison Hope you are feeling better Take care

Best wishes Julie

Julie

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Date Sun, 22/04/2012 - 18:38
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Great Blog Alison this is a great collection of amazing photos sorry i didnt comment  any earlier i have had my hands full with my Little one

Fiona

FiFi

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 10:08
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Thank you for the message Alison that's all we can do keep smiling, your picture with the camel brought back memories we did the camel ride at sunset then the following morning the sunrise by the salt lakes. Barrie's camel was lashed to mine as was another guys, it could only happen to me I had the randy camel!!! You have never heard such a din this animal was making. My mother had said make sure you do not wear any perfume it gets them excited, I thought she was joking. Thanks for reviving that memory take care, remember what John wayne said When the going gets tough the tough get going.

Best wishes Julie

Julie

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