This weird year and a bit has left me wanting to retire and just potter. There's been too much sadness. Bach Flower Remedies are my daily consolation along with Deepak Chopra's lovely meditations and my journals. I stopped my zoom classes temporarily at Easter and have been switching off but it's getting too comfortable - it will soon be time to get moving again. Maybe I can stretch it another few weeks.
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
Saturday, 24 April 2021
Happy Earth Week to you all - hasn't it been a beautiful week to celebrate. And our scavenger photos all tie in with that with the prompt quite simply being
Where to start with this one ... when I was going through my photos I came up with a motley selection looking around the wonderful place we call home and all the aspects of Earth I could find.
|Old wood in the Bluebell Wood|
|Fired clay - made by my friend Birgit in Germany - I love this lady|
|In a salt cave in the Loire Valley in France|
|Mountains and Forest and Lakes in Cumbria - how splendid|
|Young spinach growing in a rusted wheel rim on the beach|
|The lane beside our house leading to the sea - I imagine hobbits walking through there.|
|The earthy smell of mushrooms growing wild|
|From earth to sky|
|Rock formations along the beach here - I love the colours. |
What a magnificent planet we live on - isn't nature marvellous.
Thank you to Astrid for the prompts and for nudging me to look through photos. I had had plans to get out with my camera this week and find new shots but had prepared these in advance just in case and I'm so glad I did. For the first week in ages I had several things planned, the main ones being to finish another song, get up to the bluebell wood, get my second jab, finally get outside to meet with some friends for lunch, and in between finish my new veg patch in the garden. Instead .... I've spent the week in bed with some flu virus ..... how is it possible after shielding and cocooning and masking and washing and distancing blah blah blah. oh dear. Anyway I just heard today that it's been doing the rounds which never makes it feel quite so bad when you know someone else has it too and isn't dying - I swear, I had my bag packed in my head to go tot he hospital during the week! my temperature has come down to almost normal and the appetite is slowly coming back and I'm getting a little bit of focus back to be able to write and read a wee bit. I promise I will be 1000 times more careful when I go to the supermarket again and I'm already careful.
Anyway thank you Astrid for the Photo Hunt - you can check out what the others have been doing HERE.
Friday, 16 April 2021
Just a selection of photos today to link with Astrid's Photo Scavenger Hunt with the subject
The Colour Purple
And apart from the fact that it is the title of one of my all time favourite books, it is also one of my favourite colours.
While not technically purple, the bluebells at the bottom of our garden are just starting to bloom and in this picture they look purple. We'll be heading up to the bluebell wood shortly - they are divine. I love this time of year.
|My Easter flowers are just starting to fade|
This bridge is in the north of Germany
across the Rhine -
I thought it was spectacular lit up in purple
My friend Doris in Scotland loves purple - she is rarely to be seen wearing anything except it or turquoise when she is on stage. I loved these hydrangeas in her house a few years ago.
And finally my friend Belinda has had her shop painted this week, ready for opening up again at the end of the month. And you guessed it .... it's purple! She's Australian lol. And it will be covered in murals and quotes from Rostrevor Poetic Action which has signs all over the town. I'll show you an update when that's finished. Her shop is called Good Craic Gifts and Souvenirs and showcases local artists with lots of handmade stuff and a small art gallery.
I'm joining in today with Astrid for the weekly Scavenger Photo Hunt. You can go directly to the link to check out the other photos HERE.
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Just popping in for a quick mid week hello. Thank you so much for your lovely comments on last Friday's photo scavenger hunt pics. It has been a great constant all winter when there wasn't so much to blog about.
We're working on new songs at the minute, getting ready to put a collection together , and we're spending a couple of hours every morning in the studio. But once the heat gets into the day it has been brilliant to be outside. It's good to have a few things to focus on (in between tv, knitting and books lol). I've given myself permission to take a break from teaching and from running my choir for a few months - zoom was getting to me and I must confess my creativity has jumped in the past few weeks since stopping everything.
We've been cutting out dead branches and clearing an area for a small starter greenhouse at the back. After being at home all spring last year for the first time ever at this house (in 18 years) we made a bit of a start at growing veg and more flowers and this year now we're getting more enthusiastic. Our shops are still not open but the garden centres are and are mobbed of course - everybody is dying to get out and spend some money lol. But I have to wait for the greenhouse until the shops open. Meanwhile it's more cutting, digging and preparing.
Friday, 9 April 2021
Friday, 2 April 2021
|Desserts to finish a festival|
Friday, 26 March 2021
This is the last week that Kate is hosting this challenge after 5 years of coming up with prompts. It has been fun Kate, thank you so much for all the time and effort you've put into it. I've enjoyed taking part and seeing what everyone else has come up with for the words. It has been a lovely creative diversion. There will be a new host from next month - Astrid of Dragon Stitches and Stuff by Astrid and I'm looking forward to following along.
But for today Kate's last prompt is Light/Dark
I had to scratch my head a bit for this one but looked again to the sky and sun
Looking back over some photos while I was searching for sunsets last week, I came across these pics that I took back in January on a beautiful day even though it stayed dark most of the day.
This last one was taken on the Boa Island on Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh at 2pm in the middle of January and again the light had hardly changed. I love the moodiness of those cold days.
The clocks change tomorrow (I have to remind myself they Spring Forward not Fall Back!). Already we're having dinner without pulling the curtains - this year has moved so fast and yet it feels like we've hardly moved. But looking back at these photos we can see the movement easily. I love the fact that we get brighter now by 2 minutes a day until the Summer Solstice.
We've just cancelled another tour for May so there'll be lots more focussing on the garden and the sky to look forward to and to keep us amused.
Check out the other interpretations of this prompt HERE. And thanks once again Kate.
Friday, 19 March 2021
Joining in with Kates's weekly photo scavenger hunt today. And the prompt is
I'm afraid I don't often see sunrise - not after the end of January anyway - so only evening pics for this prompt.
We get an extra 2 minutes of daylight every day from now until the Summer Solstice - recently I was talking to some Australian friends who were astonished by how quickly we've moved from dark to light when it was all feeling so gloomy for them before Christmas. I've loved taking the time to notice this past year - to see the changes and yes, to notice how quickly we move back into wonderful light evenings - having dinner now without closing the curtains.
As I don't have many pics of sunsets from this year I took a wander back through some previous years and we had some spectacular skies - winter sunsets are just beautiful ( and a couple of summer ones too).
Beautiful days and freezing cold evenings still, but the light is gorgeous.
Those red skies are so exciting to see -
must have been a good week at the start of lockdown last year
Another fiery sky.
March 2016 - The Gold Coast just south of Brisbane and a few days rest time.
March 2016 - travelling from Tullamore, NSW
Big skies and such a defined horizon.
March 2016 again - travelling from Melbourne to Canberra by bus
not quite sunset but almost...
Almost dark - I remember that year - the local papers were full of fabulous sunset photos.
Thanks for wandering down March memory lane with me. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's photos ... Check out the other interpretations of this prompt HERE.
Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Happy St Patrick's Day to you all.
Friday, 12 March 2021
Joining in with Kates's weekly photo scavenger hunt today. And the prompt is
Look up / Look down
Did you see the snow moon at the start of the month - wasn't it amazing? (no decent photos I'm afraid)
I've always wondered why we don't give the moon a name - like Luna. All the other planets' moons are named after gods and goddesses, why not ours! Mind you it would only be something else for people to argue about ...
Looking down is easier to photograph....
Tulips are my most favourite flower. Especially the curly edged ones. I love how they look as they go from opening to fading to dying. Last year, just as lockdown was starting, a friend brought me a beautiful bunch that were grown locally and I just couldn't stop photographing them, looking down into their beautiful insides.
Check out the other interpretations of this prompt HERE.