Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Outside the box - a new blogging challenge

You'd think after blogging from A to Z throughout the month of April I'd be reluctant to take on another blog related challenge - well you'd think wrong. This is a monthly photo blogging challenge where a theme is given at the beginning of the month and then we interpret it how we want with five photos taken during the month. Is that clear?

For May the theme is 'outside the box'. It's one of those phrases that you often hear spouted by management type people - we've got to think outside the box, run it up the flagpole,and touching base. So my photos are mainly me being outside a box, taking the theme literally.

1. I'm going to start with a photo demonstrating my least favourite management speak phrase - blue sky thinking. What does that even mean??


2. This box contains Sueno's stone, a remnant of early medieval history in Scotland. It's over 6.5 metres tall and is covered with carvings. One side has carvings of battles and the other has intricate celtic knotwork including a large cross. The stone was uncovered from where it was buried in the 1700's and was finally protected by the glass box in the 1990's in order to preserve it for future generations.


3. In the middle of the picture is a bird box. I love seeing these as it shows that humanity does exist in such a simple way as kindness to the creatures we share this planet with is very important.


4. This is a pillbox from the second world war - it's on Roseisle beach where there are lots of old defences slowly being taken over by the sand. I'm not sure why they're called pillboxes despite doing several Google searches.


5. The type of box that I won't be outside of for very long as I absolutely love these chocolates. My beloved bought these for me as he's just that adorable.


So there you have it, my interpretation of 'Outside the box' - I can't wait to see what June's theme will be.

Click HERE to read how other people have interpreted outside the box.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and treat yourself to something nice this week.

Pamela & Ken
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18 comments:

  1. Hi Pamela, I am a fellow A-Z blogger as well - looks like we needed a challenge for May ;-)

    Ohhh, Rocher are heavenly, aren't they?

    Blue Sky thinking? Never heard, but it must be a thing that fair weather managers tend to do ;-)

    Do you live close to Sueno's stone?

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    1. Hi Tamara, glad I'm not the only one that felt the need to keep challenging themselves. We live about 20 minutes from the stone and you can see it from the main road that goes past.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Nothing wrong with a challenge. Keeps the brain working! :-) And a photography challenge is right up your alley. I enjoyed your interpretation of "Outside the Box."

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    1. My brain definitely needs to be kept working. Thanks for stopping by Stephanie.

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  3. Great job with the theme and welcome to the photo blogging challenge!

    Management speak drives me crazy too. :-)

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    1. Thanks - I'm looking forward to each months theme in anticipation.

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  4. Nice stuff! I'm intrigued by the stone, I'd love to learn more, but I'd have to take a plane most likely.

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    1. Thanks - it is really interesting and the carvings must have taken a long time to do.

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  5. These are fascinating photos. I have never heard of a pillbox - I'm going to look it up! And the chocolate? That NEEDS to get out of the box!

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    1. Thanks Katherine, don't worry, chocolate never stays in the box long in our home.

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  6. Welcome to the photo blogging challenge. I winced when I read the comments you posted along with the blue sky photo. I just used that phrase last week! I was talking about a discussion the volunteer board I serve with needs to have at our next meeting. Guess I'd better check my jargon. :)

    I haven't heard of the A to Z challenge. Going to have to check that out to see what it's all about.

    A great set of photos this month. Those chocolates sure look tempting.

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    1. Thanks Denise, I think we all let jargon slip into our language without even realising.

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  7. Welcome to the challenge and hopefully we'll see you in future months!

    Good work with thinking "outside the box" this month! I enjoyed your photos!

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    1. Thanks PJ, I'm looking forward to the new challenge each month.

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  8. What brilliant interpretations of the challenge. I've only just discovered it too, and hope to take part this month. I'm with you on that blue sky thinking, crazy speak!

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    1. Thanks Becky - it's good fun taking part and trying to come up with something unusual for the pictures.

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