Category: Photo a Day

Photo a Day – Week Three and Four

And some more……

Blueberries. Yum.

No words……

Garden greens.

More…… plus my shadow.

In a tight ball.

Construction going on…

Breakfast on a Sunday.

Work hard little Ladybird.

Couldn’t resist those paws….

Self sown Cerinthie. Mother nature has it all sorted.

A trip to the seaside with my sister and niece. And a stop at our favourite ice-cream parlour. I didn’t try to get her in the background. It made the shot so much better for that accidental capture.

Although it looks like it was a nice week weather wise it was still chilly, hence the hat!

That Cerinthie, along with some wallflowers made it into a vase.

He was helping with a bit of weeding………

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week One and Two

Here we go again!

Nothing like a beautiful blue sky and contrails to start the week!

Daffodils on our walk. Couldn’t resist that light.

Found this wonderful new installation! Never seen one this side of the pond before! How adorable is that?

If you’ve been here a while you know how I love to look out of my craft room window at the garden. And a little doggie was out there enjoying the warm spell.

Local florist potted plant display. See that little bench? I’ve got Gav on the case to make some! So cute.

More daffs. This time in our garden. I think this is the variety Rip van Winkle.

Can’t remember if I mentioned that a Poplar tree blew down into the wood at the back of our garden. Anyway the owner doesn’t want the wood so Gav and our neighbour are in full log production. We both have log burning stoves so this is a true gift. Using local wood that might just have rotted away. As you can see our neighbour has some serious log splitting kit!

Yes the daffs were in full swing this particular week. I think this one is Minnow.

Out for breakfast with my great niece.

Another pretty sky.

And more walking with that pooch.

Lunch with friends. That salad was delicious.

A photo I love to take. Evidence that our niece was here…..

Breakfast ‘tacos’.

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Fifty One and Fifty Two

And here we are with the final two weeks of this year in photos.

Pancake day in the UK. We had eaten them all but I think she was going back to get more syrup off the plate!

The blue spruce I bought in December is sprouting new shoots.

A lovely sunny day and a close up teasel.

Chickpea salad for lunch.

We had a very crazy weather week and this was the result. A poplar tree in a neighbours garden cam down!

And then snow….

I mean really. Someone has even covered him up!

Out for treats with my Mum and sister.

Caught making my birthday cake!

A couple of nights away and of course we went to our favourite bookshop.

A different family portrait as we came down for breakfast. Lovely hotel.

And more snow. Could not believe it when I opened the curtains and saw it.

No snow back in Leeds though. But lots of sunshine again and we got started on sowing seeds for the veg and flower areas.

And there we go another 52 weeks of photos in the books.

Photo a Day – Week Forty Nine and Fifty

Another couple of weeks.

Nothing like a pretty sky to start the week.

I’ve been doing a trial of working some hours at home. Way back in another life I worked at home and loved it. This is something new for my place of work so hoping it’s a success. We will see. It is certainly strange after 9 years to be back looking out into my garden yet being ‘at work’ and the scene below is a perk of that. Breakfast at my desk, cutting mat off to the side…..

Light and pretty violas.

Little Ladybird nestled away.

He is slinking towards the log store to steal a piece of wood to chew……..

Oh my…… Friends took us to a doughnut cafe. They were so good.

Trip to the garden centre with my Mum and sister.

Foggy morning.

Always love those looking down shots.

I have a lot of favourite plants. This is a stem from a plant at my Mums. The plant is 20 years old and was grown from a cutting I took when I was doing a horticultural course. Daphne odora Aureomarginata. Smells amazing.

Working on her crafty journal.We like to have all the things out at once…

More amazing light and amazing Hellebores.

Came round to practice her photography. Learning about rule of thirds.

Inspired by the photo session I tried out the rule of thirds too. Not quite there but an interesting photo of that lichen on dear Lewis’s wind chime.

And there we have it.

Photo a Day – Week Forty Seven and Forty Eight

Getting towards the end of this year of photos. The season is very, very slowly changing and I feel invigorated by it! Yay. Anyway here are some more pictures from the last couple of weeks.

Blurry but priceless.

Frosty morning visitor. Only managed to get a back view of this Robin.

Amazing frosty morning again and this time I captured a spider web all covered in the frost!

Had to get the bus to work…..

As I mentioned I was away with family over the weekend and I spotted this. My great nieces dressing gown. It took me back to a similar image a few years ago when H’s dressing gown was hung up in a holiday bathroom. I feel an updated scrapbook page coming on!

Local wildlife.

Forest foliage.

Family bowling.

He makes himself right at home at my sisters…..

Fun night with H watching Mama Mia 2 and enjoying ice-cream amongst the dogs.

Back home.

Birthdays……how can she be this old!!

Wonderful flowers to round out the week.

Busy fun times were had.

Photo a Day – Week Forty Five and Forty Six

And catching up at last!

Early Monday morning a couple of weeks ago we were up and looking at the Blood Moon. It happened at 5.30 in the UK. I didn’t get a photo of that unfortunately but it was amazing. I did catch a pretty sunrise sky that morning though.

And a sunny day complete with blossom.

It seems it’s all about the sky this week! On the walk to work….

I bought family members these lovely string bags for Christmas and I had one spare….. Popping my bagels directly into the bag and trying to avoid plastic. Can’t believe shops still think it’s okay to have plastic bags for this kind of produce.

Healthy lunch, not so healthy coffee but at least it’s in a reusable cup and that cardboard sleeve has been going for months!

Walk in the sunshine.

Another dusting of snow.

Waiting in the car for the windscreen to defrost.

But frosty nights bring sunny days and this Hamamelis is always a well photographed subject at this time of year.

Playtime.

I love taking photos from this window. I like seeing our garden laid out and also the trees in the wood beyond. Plus it was sooooo frosty that day.

Documenting the effects of the frost on our salad crops….. These are mostly mustard type leaves and hols up ok to a few cold nights.

I know this is totally blurry but I love it anyway. One of my favourite post boxes, the snow and a bright blue sky.

The bookends of our generations. My Mum and great niece having fun.

And there we have it.

Photo a Day – Week Forty Three and Forty Four

Here are the first couple of weeks of the year.

This is a close up of one of the new apple trees. I love that bark colour. So shiny and interesting.

If only I found ‘downward facing dog’ as easy as he does…… Plus chewing something he shouldn’t be!

The Hellebores are coming.

Winter sky.

Seems it was all about bark! This is one of our older apple trees. Just as interesting but in a totally different way.

And another sky. This one a sunrise.

Amazing Clematis seed heads.

Frost on that wreath.

Scene from my morning.

Trying to have a healthy lunch at work….

And then blowing that by venturing out to a coffee shop that still had eggnog latte on the menu. Oh dear we do love our eggnog…..

Some snow at last.

It stayed till the morning but didn’t last long.

I told you they were coming.

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Forty One and Forty Two

Back with some more photos. But first a word on two missing weeks! I decided not to share weeks thirty nine and forty. Many photos are included in December Daily and I felt as if I was duplicating and showing the same things over again so I have broken with tradition and decided to skip those two weeks.

So here we are with week forty one.

Helped Gav plant four step over apple trees. Does this count as ‘plant and orchard’ which is on my list…..

Dog walks with my sister.

One of a set of lovely wooden decorations that my Mum bought me years ago.

A sleepover and she made pancakes for breakfast.

Gav has a new game on the x-box. I was thinking about this photo. Sometimes, most times we ‘edit’ our lives to show them in the best light. That’s social media for ya! But sometimes I like to see the real life. The mess. This is an excellent example. Shoes by the door, cups and glasses, a plate with chocolate wrappers on it, a random pair of scissors! I love my house when it’s neat and tidy but that is not my day to day reality. Good to remember that.

And week forty two.

Christmas is not Christmas without Panettone. Gav bought me a teeny choc/orange one. Yum.

First self timer of the year. Or should I say first failed self timer of the year. Look at the pooch!

Here he is again.

Last of the Christmas cheese.

Blurry but wonderful. Here in the UK we tend to take out decorations down before twelfth night. I wanted to celebrate the season one last time so lit lots of candles and we ate dinner in here (we are very bad and usually eat on our knees!) It was a lovely evening and the photo sums it up perfectly.

 

A part finished wreath. Next year I’m starting earlier.

Light on terracotta pots.

And there goes another two weeks.

Photo a Day – Week Thirty Seven and Thirty Eight

Let’s catch up some more…..

Festive-ness arrived.

Buying eco friendly gifts.

Frosty morning.

Little Robin.

Pondering a new little Christmas tree…..

The cutest jumper.

Favourite December mug.

Sunset and at very teeny crescent moon.

More Hellebores on the way.

Making cards.

Went to decorate my Mums tree with H wearing our antler headbands!

Found lurking at the Star Wars Concert event.

Nature.

And there we go another two weeks.

Photo a Day – Week Thirty Five and Thirty Six

Another catch up….

I’m on an eco friendly mission at the moment. It’s a minefield. We do lots of stuff in our house that is good but always trying to be better. Our vegetables come from an organic box scheme. It was the original box scheme in the UK called Riverford. The nets they use are completely compostable no plastic in sight. I was celebrating that in this photo! Plus I love a Clementine.

Adore, adore, adore.

A little winter arrangement Gav put together.

Eggnog latte……. mmmm.

Frosty morning.

Found this beauty.

Home made. Another way to cut out the packaging and know exactly what you are eating.

The saga of this quilt continues……. Trying to hand quilt some of it as my machine quitling wasn’t working. That or my basting was rubbish. This hobby is a labour of love!

We had avocados to use up so a mid-week special breakfast was in order.

Took a trip out looking for bracken….. as you do! Wanted some for a winter wreath.

And here is said bracken.

Another quilt in progress…. and my helper.

Time for the Christmas bedding.

A twinkle of sunlight.

And there we go.