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According to the "rules" of Five on Friday - such as the are!! - I am supposed to share five things with you. However, as I made the rules, and as rules are made to be broken, and as it is nearly Christmas, today, I have more of a random miscellany to share with you. I am working more on the theme of taking five minutes than sharing five things...
The upstairs of the grand staircase at Basildon Park with the lovely swags and bows decorating it.
Noticing this beautiful star shaped light. I must have walked past this hundreds of times now, but I never took time to really look at it before. It really is a star at this time of year though.
Some more swags at the top of the "family stairs" at Basildon. I love the railings on these stairs.
I have been playing with my camera again and in particular using the manual settings for focus and so on. It is amazing what great effects you can get and this really is just the sort of thing that I wanted to be able to achieve. I love how these look. Rest assured though, I will share some in focus pictures next week!
Of course there have been other decorating things going on and I have been playing a bit with the special effects that you can do with photo editing. Above is a selection of sparkly baubles that are in the kitchen. The picture was a bit dark, so I lightened it and then added the effect of darkening around the edges.
Below is my new mistletoe decoration. It is hanging from the light in the hallway so that hubby and I can kiss under it when he gets home from work (sorry, I know, I know, I know!!!!) and again I played with the effect, adding a white fade to the edges of this one.
Some more Basildon things, a decorated Christmas cracker and a view looking down on the top of the massive tree in the staircase hall, an unusual view of a tree.
Finally, the Knitivaty. This was created some years ago, I believe by a volunteer and has been on display each year in various locations around the house. This year I see that someone has added some jewels to the Kings. I am glad that we also have a religious element to the displays in the house.
I hope you enjoyed taking five minutes to look at some pretty pictures!
I am joining in Five on Friday, taking five minutes from our day to enjoy five things. Please go and visit the other people who are also blogging about Five on Friday this week.