Changing Seasons 2016: December

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!... Continue Reading →

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Roses

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... Continue Reading →

New Growth

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... Continue Reading →

Cactus Crazy

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... Continue Reading →

More New Growth

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... Continue Reading →

Tulips

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.

New Growth

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... Continue Reading →

Sunsets

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... Continue Reading →

An Image of Concern

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... Continue Reading →

From Winter

   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... Continue Reading →

Celebrate

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... Continue Reading →

Christmas Market

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... Continue Reading →

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