Saturday, 29 January 2011


Carmi's Thematic Challenge this week is CURVES.

So here are a couple of cheerful curvy pictures, both, oddly enough, taken at Garden Centres, though not the same one!

Terracotta always looks good, doesn't it?

Saturday, 22 January 2011


Carmi's Thematic Challenge this week is BLUE.

I have lots of photographs with a background of blue sky, but thought something blue itself would be better. This is actually the door to the work place of the Park staff - bolted and barred for the weekend. With a lot of expensive machinery in there, it makes sense.

The second photograph is of a Grape Hyacinth (Muscari). I have loads of them in a low brick wall, and they cheer me up every year with the very clear blue of their tiny flowers. They are not out yet, but I can imagine them with this photo and hope it won't be too long before they arrive!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011


We've had a couple of days when it has seemed really Spring-like and its been a pleasure to go out in the park. So just to let you all know I am still here, still waiting for my new glasses, but otherwise fine, I've posted a view of the lake, with our visiting Canada Geese

and one I took as I was so glad to see these crocuses and daffodils coming up. Considering that this bit of ground has been walked over, and even sledged over all winter, I am delighted to see that you can't keep a good bulb down!

You might have to peer closely to see the green shoots - they are there but I couldn't get any closer!

Saturday, 8 January 2011


Carmi's Thematic Challenge this week is WET.

Well, we have had plenty of that this winter, so I have managed to restrict myself to three photographs! The one above is water drops after rain. I love the way the drops just hang on the leaf. If you get close enough, and the light is right, you can see reflections in the drops. There is a whole world in there!

The next is a little jetty that sticks out into the lake in our Park. Lots of people and children come here to feed the ducks. But it can get very wet!

And the last is our tiny stream after a heavy rainstorm, when it does its best to imitate Niagara Falls down the stepped culvert to the Lake. The sound of running water is just lovely. There is a seat nearby and if you can find a dry bit you can sit and listen to it. Sheer pleasure!

Sunday, 2 January 2011


A Happy New Year to all my readers! Still can't see very much, and I am suffering from eyestrain through trying to read too much, but I must get my blogging fingers to work or it will be February before we know where we are!

Come to think of it, a glimpse of Spring would be great! I had some crocus bulbs just showing little white tips before the Great Ice Age descended. Now they look a bit brown and unhappy, but I am hoping they will make it through. Crcuses are tough little things!

So wherever you are, and whatever the weather, I wish you every blessing for 2011.