30 April 2012

Birthday Blooms

Last Friday was my birthday. I was planning a photographic day at the Botanic Gardens in Oxford but the weather was so dire, we decided to postpone the outing. 

Birthday Blooms

These flowers were a birthday gift - aren't they pretty? They smell as good as they look; thank you so much to the friend who sent them - xxx. The shot was taken with another gift - yes, I finally have my much longed-for macro lens. I've been saving for a year, and asking for 'lens fund donations' for Christmas and Birthday presents, and earlier this month at last ordered my new 'toy'. 

 Below is one of the first macros I took with it.

  Garden Bug

29 April 2012

Upside Down

Upside Down

A bee, having a little snack on some spring blossom. 

Shot obviously taken a couple of weeks ago, just before the rain started. I think it's rained ever since! Today is really horrible - my son's football has been called off, and even the cat refuses to set a paw outside.

26 April 2012

Toody

Toody

My daughter's lovely friend. 'Toody' is my special nickname for her.

 Uploaded with her permission - thank you xxx

25 April 2012

Colours and Light

Petals and Light 

 An antidote to yet more heavy rain in our part of the UK. A very pretty rose, bathed in light. The light was entirely artificial, as this shot was actually taken on Christmas Day 2011. My mum had a vase of these wonderfully coloured roses on her sitting room windowsill.

24 April 2012

Gone To The Beach

Gone To The Beach

A pretty little sign. Shot taken at Coleshill in the lovely weather at the end of March ... when going to the beach didn't seem such a ridiculous option as it does with the current weather!

23 April 2012

Chandelier

Chandelier

A section of chandelier hanging in the boot room of a farmhouse I visited recently.

20 April 2012

Look ... a Rook!

Look, a Rook! (not Joe Crow)

There were plenty of these guys hanging around at Millets Farm a few weeks ago. I guess they were hoping the picnickers would leave behind some tasty titbits which might make a good rook or crow lunch. 

With many thanks to Steve Maskell for confirming this as a rook, not a crow as I'd previously thought. 

 In the sunlight, their feathers glowed almost blue. They had huge beaks and made a LOT of noise calling to one another.

  More Rooks

19 April 2012

Ends and Edges

Ends and Edges

The ends and edges of the thatching on the roof of a gazebo in the garden we photographed at Coleshill.

18 April 2012

Spring Sunshine

Spring Sunshine

Gosh, looking out at the weather today, it's difficult to believe it was so warm and sunny just two or three weeks ago. Since most of the UK has been in a drought situation, the rain is very much needed, but it's a bit grim when it goes on for hours and hours and hours, as it is today. 

 This shot was taken in the garden of The Old Rectory at Coleshill.

17 April 2012

16 April 2012

Being A Wallflower

Being A Wallflower

I have never, ever, grown wallflowers in any garden I've had. I think I was put off by the time (many years ago) when I bought a 'bundle' of them, and carefully planted them out, only for the whole lot to die. I saw these in the garden of The Old Rectory in Coleshill and thought I really must have another go at growing them, because they are so pretty.

10 April 2012

9 April 2012

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Shot taken at Millets Farm exactly two weeks ago when the sun was shining brightly. Today it is cold, blowy and raining - typical Bank Holiday weather, in fact. :(

8 April 2012

Easter 2012

Easter 2012

Predictable for today, I guess. These are just a few of the yummy chocolate eggs which have passed through this house in the last few weeks. At the time of typing, we have 10 more (large) eggs in the house. They are going to last the kids (and me) for quite a while! 

 I hope you all have a lovely Easter Day. x

7 April 2012

Spring Garden

Spring Garden

Some more of the hyacinths and daffodils at The Old Rectory, Coleshill - this time with a bit of garden context. Looking out of the window now, it's hard to believe it was that sunny and warm just 10 days ago.

6 April 2012

Happy Fence Friday ... with Blossom

HFF - Blossom Version

Happy Fence Friday, folks. This fence had branches of blossom growing through the holes in the fencing. 

I'd like to wish all my friends a really lovely Easter weekend. Go steady on the chocolate! :p

5 April 2012

Garden Hyacinths

Garden Hyacinths

I had never seen so many hyacinths growing outdoors as I saw in the garden of The Old Rectory, last week. They were just beautiful ... and the scent was amazing.

4 April 2012

The Church at Coleshill

The Church at Coleshill

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to go with a photographer friend to the village of Coleshill on the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire border.

 Coleshill Village is almost entirely owned by the National Trust, and there are very few buildings there which aren't listed. It is a village which built up around a very grand house called Coleshill House, which, unfortunately burned down in the early 1950s. During WWII, Coleshill House was the HQ of a secret resistance movement. You can read more about the village by clicking this link

 This shot of All Saints Church was taken from the grounds of The Old Rectory, where my friend and I were taking photos.

1 April 2012

I Wander'd ...

I wander'd lonely as a cloud
 That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
 When all at once I saw a crowd,
 A host of golden daffodils,
 Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
 Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

~ W Wordsworth

  I Wander'd ...

Today is my daughter's 15th birthday. How the hell did 15 years whizz by so fast? 

My abiding memory of bringing her home from hospital was seeing vast numbers of daffodils by the sides of the road(s) and in people's gardens. I took this shot last week at Millets Farm, near Abingdon - where I did indeed wander, lonely as a cloud.