What is your first reaction when you're told something is FREE?
I immediately think it's a scam, but not when it comes to the Stock Images Community where you can get REAL free images without watermarks or catches like having to join for one month's free trial.
Humpph...I was caught way back when, as I totally forgot to cancel until I noticed debits coming off my bank account!
So...next time you're searching for that special image for your Hive blog, take a peek at Hive Stock Images where you will find some really cool images.
The only cost is that you credit the photographer; not a shabby deal at all, so a big thank you to the team behind this community!
Post-Covid, we'd all forgotten what it's like to celebrate special occasions with family and friends and were just starting to enjoy small gatherings again when we were hit with a new strain that saw our beaches closed down by the government, This, of course, had disastrous repercussions for the tourism industry, but our BnB thankfully survived!
That C-strain turned out to be much kinder than its predecessors so public amenities soon opened up again, and we could once again start celebrating special occasions with our loved ones.
I'm looking forward to celebrating Christmas with my extended family this year. The images below were taken in 2019 when we had our last big celebration for this special day.
Choccies, and Christmas crackers filled with little gifts, sometimes useless items, but nevertheless adding to the festive look, and we all love the bang the cracker makes when playing tug of war with the person sitting next to you ;)
Of course, as children, we really believed that Father Christmas, the friendly white-bearded man in his red suit came to drop off gifts in the middle of the night, so we'd be shooed to bed early, a nice excuse for Mom and Dad to have alone time, and enjoy a glass of spicy mulled wine.
A glass of milk and a couple of cookies would be left on the table to say thank you to Father Christmas.
The children would be awake at daybreak, and chase Mom and Dad out of bed so the gifts underneath the Christmas tree could be handed out.
Everyone soon got wise to that trick, but still pretended otherwise there may be no gifts next year ;)
A quaint Christmas display in our local Botanic Gardens with gingerbread men and Christmas trees.
Food and Celebrations go hand in hand
The tables are always laden with food, always too much, but everyone gets a takeaway container for later on.
Salmon & Prawn Mousse
Cold Meat Platters
Mini Pavlovas looking very festive
My Mom managed to reach the big nine - all of 90 years old last September, and we just had a small birthday celebration with close family.
The Tea Party
Cupcakes are very popular for special celebratory tea parties.
A special Easter Cake filled with miniature Easter Eggs.
This has been my contribution to this fortnight's Stock Images and Ideas Challenge, Hive to be won
I do hope more Hiveans will support this awesome initiative which is to the benefit of the entire Hive Community, and that you enjoyed this selection of my own images used over the years for my Hive blogs ;)
Banner by @mondoshawan
Come and join our Silver Bloggers community
Artwork by @artywink