Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.

Woohoo at last I am back from my holidays of which I shall share with you my highlights in later posts, however due to the fact yes I took over 1500 photos in two weeks I was sure to find something which depicted fray in my mind so without delay I share these with you.


I do have a 2nd Fray entry which I shall be sharing with you on Wordless Wednesday which will become obvious why,then!

The chickens comb

Did you know the red frayed bit on top of the chickens head is called a comb?  The comb may be a reliable indicator of health or vigor and is used for mate-assessment in some poultry species, just a little bit of info there.

This particular chicken is from The Forest of Dean, an organic farm that we stayed in called ‘Crooked End’ in Ruardean.

The children have developed an obsession for chickens which started on our Glamping holiday last summer where yes we hired 2 chickens for the week, they were very tame, loved to be picked up, the kids fed, watered and played with them constantly, the eggs were plentiful.  One was a double yoker layer, she would lay at 5am and scream her head off.  When I saw the size of the egg she laid I winced, it was rather like us trying to lay a watermelon.

On the first farm they got instruction from the volunteers on how to handle them as they are of course commercial chickens and considered livestock, the kids had fun.  The 2nd farm there were 2 slightly elderly chickens, pets, the Owner not quite so happy for them to be picked up at all so the enthusiasm resulted more in frustration on the childrens part especially as the hens would come in to the kitchen and peck about for scraps under the kitchen table.

organic chicken & his comb

organic chicken & his comb

 Citronite Crystal

Both my children are obsessed with crystals, my youngest constantly digs thinking there are secret underground cities to be found and gems.

Every town, village or city we go in to seems to have a crystal shop and their collection is growing.  I was quite surprised and proud to her them talking with the various shop owners who some seemed to initially be quite dismissive of them,  probably thinking “oh they are just kids, won’t know or buy anything.”

My children surprised most by asking engaging questions and showing off quite a knowledge base themselves.

I happen to visually love crystals myself, did get a few trinkets I confess.  The detail on these large ones always looks like the colours are attempting to bleed or fray in to each other with the shape the edges of each division of tone.


Citronite Crystal

 Frayed Artichoke

On our vacation we went to visit my nephew who got headhunted from Barbardos to become a personal butler for the Daylesford Family who have the huge Daylesford Organic Farm & Shop and various other commercial ventures.

One of these ventures is a restaurant called the The Wild Rabbit.  This eatery is oh so glamorous and oh so expensive, mind blowingly.  By the time we arrived everyone was tired and extremely hungry, we pondered just having a drink and going elsewhere but growling tummies took over.

The menu I would say was ‘different’ not an easy one especially with children.  The food was good but to me one was paying for the surroundings rather than the grub.

In the ‘non pub’ part was the ‘smart restaurant’ in which was the most immense display of vegetation.  My nephew said they were thistles, I nearly passed out and said I had never seen thistles that big before.

I decided to go up for closer inspection and giggled discovering they were in fact flowered artichokes unless I am mistaken.



A frayed butterfly

In Stratford Upon Avon we found a butterfly farm.  I had been wanting to go to one of these again for ages.  Having turned up at Syon House which used to have one which has since been closed down I was very excited to happen across one on holiday.

I shall share some of the other butterfly photos I took later, but here is one which was quite sadly frayed yet still beautiful.

frayed butterfly

frayed butterfly

Which one is the most frayed to you?

Thank you for viewing and reading & I shall look forward to being able to chat to you all again!

Now I need to ask, has the edit option on photos changed since I have been away?  The usual edited button within the photo doesn’t seem to come up properly nor work, ie the X for delete and the pencil to change things which usually brings up a window or is this just a problem for moi?

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  18 comments for “Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

  1. August 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    They’re all gorgeous but being a chicken lover, I’d have to go for our little friend there. I can’t wait to see what other gems you snapped on your travels! I’ve had on off troubles with the photo editor but mine’s behaving itself at the moment xx

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    • August 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      mine is being a nightmare, no edit options once its on the page, i have to keep deleting them and starting again, no idea why the X and pencil aren’t coming up or if it does it doesn’t do anything. I thought wp maybe changed things but sounds like its just my end playing up.

      Hols was great, sooo many photos to sort I must be maaad lol, hoping lots are blurry so I can delete them haha x

      The chicken was quite a handsome one, cant think of any other word to flatter a chicken!


      • August 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        She has a very striking comb 😉 xx


        • August 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM

          lol, shes good to go for some lurvin then! A hot chick


          • August 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

            LOL If combs signify hotness to cockerels then my Audrey is smokin’! She has the biggest, floppiest, reddest comb I’ve ever seen on a chicken xx


      • August 27, 2014 at 5:39 AM

        Camera problems must be in the air today. Every time I tried to take a picture this afternoon I got a message saying “Warning: Camera Failed”. Then it started working and then it stopped. Now it seems to be working again.


        • August 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

          workign all alright now?


          • August 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM

            I haven’t tried it yet today. Been working on putting a footer up on my blog!

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            • August 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

              oh i wouldnt know how to do that lol, sounds too complicated, but excited to see yours when done x


  2. August 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    The crystal photo at first looks like some type of dish you’ve cooked. Perhaps over rice. I also enjoyed the butterfly. I haven’t seen one like that before.


    • August 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      hah thats a really unusual depiction of what you first thought you saw, I like that hehe


  3. August 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    The artichokes, definitely! 🙂


    • August 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      hah yes i was a bit gobsmacked when he said thistles, i though wow they must be genetically modified lol


  4. August 27, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    1500 photos?????? I can’t imagine. Even the thought is overwhelming. I look forward to seeing your Wordless Wednesday photo tomorrow.

    I liked all of the photos. I think the poor butterfly seemed the most frayed to me.

    It was interesting to see the difference between your artichoke flowers and mine. Yours had more of the artichoke still present. By the time I took mine it was quite flat on the bottom. I assume that it was a matter of time, but I don’t know. Very interesting though. I don’t ever remember seeing an artichoke flower before this year.


    • August 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      you know i had not seen an artichoke flower either before this year i spotted some at the allottments and was rather blown away hehe x

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