During December I again photographed the meadow, wooded area and stream in my village for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Changing Seasons challenge. With the busyness of Christmas preparations, along with an unseasonably warm but drearily overcast month, I only managed a handful of visits to my favourite place, but luckily those few walks gave me plenty of pictures! … More December 2016
This post is for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week’s theme is Things that are Cold. I have to admit that I got a little muddled this week. I had it in my head that ‘things that are cold’ was the theme for the Black and White Challenge. I dug out a selection of cold pictures from my … More CFFC: Things that are Cold
This post is for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week’s theme is yellow or orange flowers. I hope you all like them.
This post is for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week’s theme is white flowers. I hope you all like them.
This post is for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week’s theme is red flowers and so I decided to revisit a few of the flower photographs that I’ve taken over the last year or so. The poppy pictures were the main things to catch my attention as I wandered through my archives but I also found a few red … More Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red Flowers
The roses in the garden are now fully in bloom so I thought I’d share a few pictures of them. I adore roses. Their blooming is always a sign that summer has arrived, even if the weather doesn’t necessarily agree. I’d just like to apologise to anyone whose blog I haven’t managed to visit recently or whose comment … More Roses
I thought I’d share another gallery of the flowers blooming around the garden and village with you today. The daffodils, tulips and fruit tree blossom of previous weeks are now all gone and we move on to lots of purple and pink flowers. We have alliums, aqualegia, clematis, irises and – newly opened over the last … More New Growth
I had planned to write a short story today but then I noticed the cacti around our house were flowering and became a little distracted by photographing them. I thought I’d share a few of the better pictures here. My family have always kept cacti. When I was a child my dad had a greenhouse full of them, though … More Cactus Crazy
I thought I’d share some pictures I’ve taken around the garden and village over the past week. A lot has been happening, growth-wise. At the beginning of the week the fruit trees in the garden were still in bud. As the days have passed they’ve all come fully into bloom. As you’ll see, I’ve taken lots of … More More New Growth
We have a bit of a tulip explosion going on in our garden at the moment. It’s quite a glorious sight. This is mainly thanks to my brother who likes to visit Amsterdam and always brings back tulip bulbs – we now have a lot of different varieties! I hope you like them.
Today I foolishly went out for a walk without my camera. I only wanted to stretch my legs and get a breath of fresh air before getting back to my writing, but I soon regretted leaving it behind. I found all the new growth and Spring flowers quite captivating. Luckily, for once, I had remembered to take my … More New Growth
Finale As the year draws to an end, exploding in an exuberant display of vibrant reds and golds; as the day fades towards night, bathing the world in a gentle glow, the beasts stand in line with no awareness of their fate. This is my entry into Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. I’ve never taken part with this one … More Finale
I took these pictures as I was heading back to the village last week. They’re not the best quality as they were taken on my phone which, unfortunately, doesn’t have the best camera, and it was also quite a dull day. But I was actually quite lucky to get any shots at all! A week or so earlier I … More A Murmuration of Starlings
Two nights in a row this week I managed to photograph rather nice sunsets over the field next to my house. The first night I watched (and photographed of course!) as the sun sank below the horizon in a gorgeous golden glow. The next night the sky turned a lovely mottled pink. I thought I’d share some … More Sunsets
An Image Of Concern Twisting, curling. A vague idea gathering form and substance. An inkling – troublesome yet indistinct. A hint, a look shared, an outline defined. Shading added. The caress of fear, pulsing worry. Something’s wrong, something’s wrong, something… An easy way to find the truth. A simple question. But… Do you really want … More An Image of Concern
From Winter Retreat, huddle down, as darkness creeps ever further over the barren landscape. Icicle fingers bind tight; hearts and minds joyless, fearful in Winter’s captivity. A flickering glimmer of light amidst shadow. Watch night retreat. A shaft of pale daylight dances across the pristine crystals clothing nature’s naked beauty. A jubilant laugh; a … More From Winter
Celebrate Illuminate the midwinter lights, ward off the fears, the demons hidden in shadow, threatening beyond the door. Festoon the house with evergreen, an undying promise of the sun’s rebirth, of life’s return, with the turning of the wheel. Sing out with festive melodies, rejoice in jubilant refrains that spread joy amidst hearts chilled by long … More Celebrate
Christmas Market Excitement frissons upon the air, heightened by mingled scents of seasonal fare, aromatic spices and savoury smells infusing an anticipatory atmosphere as winter revelries commence. Joyous laughter from young and old echoes through hearts numbed by the chill of dark days, connecting self with society, with life and future hope as the past … More Christmas Market