I had done well enough. I had completed two of my three photographic challenges and had enjoyed a lot of sights along the way. It goes to show that when you are open to being surprised and open to a little exploration then surprises can appear and astound. Sometimes it's absolutely worthwhile deliberately getting a bit lost. With my current lack of sense of direction I'm finding it very easy to get lost accidentally unless I have previously visited a place in person.
Thank you Sunderland for revealing some of your street art. I believe there will be more to find.
The third challenge remained. To photograph a marble run.
I had called the challenge impossible. Impossible. And that's the only reason why the other two challenges were given.
Impossible. Nevertheless, while walking through Sunderland and while visiting charity shops I looked hard for a marble run. Just in case. After all, sometimes marble run toys can be found in a charity shop. The giver of the challenge knows this very well, having recently bought a marble run toy from a charity shop.
But I wasn't in luck. I couldn't find a marble run in charity shops or among the street art of the back streets.
The challenge was impossible. I had failed.
What if I were to make my own marble run?
Surely we would have materials at home somewhere. If I could think of them. And I knew that we had a marble. Many marbles.
In the evening I scoured the house. There were no suitable materials. None. Nothing with a nice marble holding curve. Nothing for a marble to slide down gracefully.
It was impossible!
Would it be possible to make a marble run with a few sheets of A4 paper, some scissors and some tape? Would it?
I set to work and enjoyed myself cutting and sticking until this sat on my floor:
It's a marble run. It is. And I had photographed it.
Success! I had succeeded in a quest which I had thought impossible. Hoorah!
I have proof. It's not just a mess on the floor. Here is my proof. A video! Of the least impressive marble run on YouTube.
Here it is again, with an explanation that almost makes sense. With a failed attempt. And with a happy person.
Keep the hope people! Don't give up! And learn about The Sacred Harp!
It almost certainly is the least impressive marble run on YouTube. I promise you that. But it is a marble run and it made me smile and it made the giver of the challenge smile too.
Here is a rather more impressive marble run. I was watching this a couple of days before being given my challenge. Because I watch this sort of thing. Hey, it's relaxing.
If you want more than one marble, I can recommend marble machines. What more could you want than this?:
And if you're in a competitive mood, how about a bit of marble racing?
Or a marble mountain.
I was complaining that my only materials were paper, scissors and tape. I could have made something like this. But not in my house because the ceiling isn't high enough.
You may be able to spot that I quite like watching marble runs. A friend posted one on Facebook. And I found myself an excellent relaxation aid.
Yeah. I succeeded in my photographic quest. And then used that as an excuse to sit watching videos. A double win!