Category: Photo a Day

Photo a Day – Week Sixteen, Seventeen and Eighteen

Back sharing a few more weeks.

And to begin all things from the garden.

This pretty flower is Orlaya. First time growing it for me and I’m impressed by its beauty.

Tomato….

Little arrangement.

Light on flowers.

Blousey but lovely.

Hebe flowers with added honey bee.

And potato flowers.

Starting off the week with a sunset.

Trying to remember this collection of plants so we can replicate on the other side of the steps.

A lift selfie.

Adorable pooch.

Almost blooming.

Forever making things……

Another crop almost ready.

More bees.

One of my favourites. Salad Nicoise.

Can’t resist the light.

We were walking from hers to ours and Gav ran past on the other side of the road……We were trying to get all three of us together but he’d gone by the time we got the camera sorted!

A lovely rooftop garden when we went to London.

Ice-cream and silly faces.

In the tube station on the way to Abbey ROad.

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Thirteen, Fourteen and Fifteen

Almost catching up now….almost!

The tomatoes went in.

Bees buzzed and collected pollen.

A self sown foxglove grew taller than Gav and looked lovely with the shrubs.

The cutting patches were looking good too.

And the light on these honesty seed pods. Perfection!

Lunchtime deliciousness.

Love the table in its new position and now with summer plants on it.

No words needed…..

The fig tree has a fig again. Just the one the same as last year and same as last year it does not look likely to ripen.

I was waiting for the spirea to flower as I thought it would look amazing with this foxglove. SUch a pretty peachy colour.

The sky was a wonderfully eerie grey and then the rainbow appeared. I can never capture their true magnificence and luminosity though.

Took a walk together. Love getting the three of us in one photo.

A favourite fruit of mine. I love cherry season.

Not a perfect shot but lovely all the same.

Here is that foxglove again! But this time it was the evening light that captured my attention.

Another bee.

A handful of blueberries. Still waiting for them to ripen!

Took the car for a service and had a couple of hours to wait so I popped to a nearby store and treated myself to a very unhealthy but delicious afternoon tea in the cafe.

Walked with Bud to the gardens at the park

After 100 days of art on those 5 x 7 pieces of paper I decided to paint on an old canvas instead. It is a work in progress I was just getting layers down here and really enjoying the process.

We had given up on this rose, actually forgotten it was there and then I spotted a bloom. So delicate and beautiful.

So there we go. Lots of light, flowers, garden and a pooch all in all a perfect start to the summer around here.

Photo a Day – Week Ten, Eleven and Twelve

And here are a few more.

All flowers of garden things this week.

Self sown sweet rocket.

Lovely Alliums.

Hosta leaves.

A view of the garden in May.

Spinach! We can’t grow the stuff, okay well obviously we can but it doesn’t last long. Always bolts. But this was the biggest crop we had ever had. It’s been a very good salad season so far.

Pretty Centaurea in blues and whites.

This is the poppy I painted for one of the 100 Experiments in Art.

Me and him.

Light on a lovely geranium flower.

Off adventuring in Portugal with my Mum, sister and niece. This is in the seaside village of Salema.

And one of my favourite things to do when staying here. Watching the golfers from the bar.

Poolside reflections and feet.

We were very lucky with the weather. It was sunny everyday and the light here……. And the area our villa is on on the golf complex is like a tiny village of whitewashed townhouses. Adorable. I love wandering those cobbled streets.

Imperfect but priceless. My sister and her daughter sharing a funny moment.

Ah. Such a great few days. Here is my shadow waving from the patio.

And back home to this cutie.

Plant combinations.

Growing.

Sun worshipper.

Always the bees.

The trialthlon rode into town again. Here are the leaders of the womens race. Love that this world class event comes to Leeds and that the swim section takes place in our local parks lake. We usually watch on T.V and then rush to the end of the street to watch them cycle by. So much fun!

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Seven, Eight and Nine

Here are a few more weeks.

The garden started growing again. Love perennials.

Someone was chewing sticks held tight in his cute little paws.

A new angle. Gav has been working so hard in the garden.

Our salad and home made bread in lunch.

A walk to Canal Gardens.

More wood chopping from the fallen tree.

New compost bins. Needless to say he was rather pleased with this construction.

New to us chairs. They are exactly what I’ve been looking for and secondhand so more environmentally freindly! I like the battered look but we may paint them.

Our second year attending a session of World Snooker.

Many of our potted tulips were squirrel food last winter so we only had a handful to enjoy. This ‘Black Hero’ popped up amongst self sown white borage. I liked the dark with the white.

Apple blossom.

Making more bread. Actually I think this turned into hot dog buns for a baseball evening.

Bad habits……. But if we are eating revels then I like to make sure we have an even spread of flavours. Lol!

Blue and green.

Clematis in full bloom with the moon and contrails.

Helped my Sister walk dogs and we meandered through Canal Gardens again. This view…… It’s heaven. Such a great spot.

On my lunch break.

Hooray. UK asparagus back in season.

Arrived at our camp site to a little bit of sunshine.

Blurry but love this photos.

And back home again with more stick chewing.

Phew…… there we go another three weeks.

Photo a Day – Week Five and Six

Sharing another couple of weeks today. I’m so behind in posting these but that’s just the way it goes I guess. I’ve been working more hours over the last few months and it had impacted on my dedication to the blog! But I’m still here and still want to share and pondering how I can keep up regular posting going forwards.

Anyway, here are some great Tulips about to burst into colour. I was drawn to the purple tinge that seemed to pick up on the Hellebores behind.

And apple blossom about to bloom too. And a blue sky!

Walking in the park.

Beautifully lit Daffodil Thalia. One of my fav’s.

Gav had been working on getting this part of the garden all neat and tidy and I potted up some plants to display on that old wrought iron table we have had for years. Adore this new area.

Wraps for lunch with our salad.

His favourite napping spot in the morning when the sun beats down. Plus real life with a bag of rubbish abandoned!

And week six…

Taking advantage of the fallen cherry blossom this week on our walks.

Amazing butterfly. That iridescent glitter like sprinkles on his wings was just wonderful to see.

Our salad wall going strong. We have had a great year with this system so far.

As I said……

And more salad ready to be planted up. Love the textures of different leaves and the light. Always the light.

It’s all flowers or foliage! Euphorbia griffithii with a covering of raindrops.

And we had breakfast out with friends before going to a local flower show. Hummus and halloumi? Oh yes please!

Not sure we will ever catch up but there we have another two weeks.

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.