WPC: Anticipation

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Anticipation clings to the air as the engine, wreathed in puthering smoke and steam, pulls steadily closer to the station. The gathered crowd jostles for position, each individual determined to find the best position available. Voices chatter excitedly, a thrum of excitement carrying along the packed platform. You strain your ears to hear the familiar huff and clank of the metallic beast’s approach.

Soon it will arrive. Soon it will disgorge its passengers.

And then the festivities can truly begin.

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This post is for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is anticipation.

The photos were taken in York two years ago, when we visited their Christmas Market. As my train obsessed nephew was with us, we couldn’t not pop over to see the steam train (the Christmas White Rose) that was just about to arrive in the station.

I wasn’t sure whether or not to include the second picture. I like the blur on the people, I feel it gives a real sense of just how busy it was. Unfortunately the train itself is also a little unclear, and I’d have liked it to be perfectly in focus. Eventually, I just told my inner critic to shut up and included it anyway. It was very hard to take a good handheld picture that day – everyone was pushing and shoving, wanting to get onto the engine’s footplate and talk to the driver. One woman even pushed my nephew out of the way so she could get on before him!

This might be my last post before Christmas, so I hope everyone has a great time, whatever and however they might be celebrating. As today is actually the Winter Solstice, happy Solstice everyone!

Santa’s Sleigh Colouring Picture

santa's sleighHere’s the last of my Christmas colouring pictures for this year. I did also have several other pictures that I would have liked to add but unfortunately I’ve not had enough free time lately to edit them for online use. I wasn’t sure for a while whether I’d manage to get this one up either but I was determined to get it posted tonight!

Merry Christmas everybody. 😀

Stocking Colouring Picture

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Here’s another Christmas colouring picture for you all.

Both the teddy bear and the snowman in this picture will be making reappearances – the snowman might even be tomorrow’s colouring picture (though the Christmas pudding and the sleigh are also ready for editing). Bear is actually a character, along with her friend Elephant, of a series of toddler stories that I’ve been planning.

If anyone (or their kids) has coloured in any of the pictures I’ve posted,  I’d love to see them. 🙂

Christmas Tree Colouring Picture

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Here’s another of my Christmas colouring pictures. I hope you all like it.

This one took an awful lot of work to make it suitable for online use. The original image was a bit of a mess! The pen that I used to draw this and several other pictures wasn’t the best choice. The nib was too thick and the ink frayed out from the drawn lines into the surrounding paper. Also, when the pages were stacked together they created a ghost image on the neighbouring pictures. This didn’t show up when I was just photocopying it for the kids to colour in in the play area that I ran but every single mark was visible in the photograph that this version is based on. I think I probably re-drew the entire thing on Photoshop – not a particularly easy job!