I really struggled with this list at the start, but it has turned out to be great fun - especially with the gorgeous weather we've been having these past few days. Not being on the road for a while now all this month's photos are from nearby. There's something about going out into nature with a camera that makes me look closer. I love it.
I love glass window ornaments. This cat was made by a lovely Polish woman living locally several years ago - and my aunt Betty bought it for me when she came to visit. It still makes me smile.
|Cat on a hot tin fence :)
PianoHad to share a couple of photos for this one...
|My clanky old faithful
used for accompanying my students
It's loud and they have all coped with singing over it!
|My very first piano
very woodworm-eaten and beaten up now
It was given to me by a my Dad's cousin Leo when I was about 8
and I could pick out so many tunes on it
that my mother finally sent me for piano lessons
|and my pride and joy
made in Belleek Pottery
My dad was arranging for one to be made for a man's concert pianist daughter
and told him that his daughter was learning piano
so he paid for one for me too! Wasn't I lucky.
The hawthorn bushes have been magnificent this year - is it the mild winter or the dry spring? Whatever the reason, they have been a joy to watch. And now they're turning pink before the blossoms get blown away.
DeepI love low tide. What's under the deep. It was a new moon yesterday so the tides are even lower, exposing the hazards for ships coming up the Lough.
We have to really fight to keep ivy off the trees here - this one I managed to uncover a few years ago and the textures are really starting to settle now... Bark always reminds me of the Trees in Lord of the Rings - what were they called? The Ents? When I see a sign saying Heavy Plant Crossing I always imagine one of these trees crossing the road :)
Weave or StitchI learned to knit Aran patterns when I was very young - my mother's way of keeping me out of mischief. But this was easily the most silly one to do - it's a pattern that Save the Children issued years ago and I was looking for something quick and quirky to put into my friend Belinda's craft shop. It's an Egg Cosy!! Definitely not the most useful thing you could make. And the decision at the end of it was that life is too short to be doing many more. If she's very good, she might get a second one just because I have enough wool, but there are definitely better things to be at!!! But it is so much fun. If you're interested you can find the pattern on Love Knitting here - it'd be fun for kids at Christmas.
|Makes me laugh every time I look at this.
When I recorded my first CD, 25 years ago, everything was recorded onto 2 inch tape. If you made a mistake during a 'take' you had to do the whole thing again as It was really complicated to try to fix things. And when it came to mixing, engineers needed 4 pairs of hands to be able to manage all the different possibilities. Now things are very different - not necessarily easier, but certainly easier to fix. Below are just vocal, guitar and percussion tracks as the basis for a new song.
|Recording in the digital age.