Category: Photo a Day

Photo a Day – Week Twenty Seven and Twenty Eight

The holiday continues…….

Not sure if I mentioned exactly where we went. Above is the picturesque town of Lucca in Tuscany. Above is the view from our first Italian pizza lunch spot.

Then Venice the following day and a rare opportunity on a quite street for a timer shot.

Lucca again and we borrowed bikes from out hotel and cycled about. This ‘street’ is actually on top of the wall that circles the town! Yep it’s that wide and is pretty amazing. The locals and tourists alike use it a their open space, their park and it is a magnificent treat to see.

I keep trying to perfect these shots…… I’m composing a blog post on my more recent attempts at selfies.

We moved on to the coast and on our first evening caught the sunset.

I began a new Dropcloth sampler after buying a pair of scissors from the supermarket. So cute!

The grounds of the hotel were filled with flowers.

A day trip to Pisa. More on that soon too. Love how the Cathedral and the famous tower are the tallest buildings around.

Loved the pool here and the light.

And for our final stop on this Tuscan tour we headed to Florence.

Many many stunning buildings and many, many motorbikes!

We stumbled upon an old fashioned photo booth.

Last look around this amazing place. I liked the sliver of the famous Duomo in amongst the other buildings.

And home to him.

And that was our summer holiday.

Photo a Day – Week Twenty Six

Hello again. We are back from our holiday and I’m here to share photos. A theme week. Looking down!

I still love taking photos of my feet. I’m sure I have said before that it makes me feel grounded, like I really exist in the space I live. It also tells a story of the place and the season and they make me so happy. And while ever that is the case I’ll keep on taking them.

Out on our walk. It was chilly today. Had my toes covered up and my coat on. This is a recognisable road marking on our route.

Another recognisable spot. Warmer today but the leaves are falling already. Buddy matches them.

One of our new garden paths. With the mess of building them still visible. Self sown Cerinthie seedling. My old, old Merrells.

My favourite sneakers again. An unfamiliar surface but a pretty one. We were at the shopping centre looking for holiday clothes.

The cold weather shoes are on. I love this cobbled street on our walk and the broken yellow road markings.

The holiday feet. The very (to me) expensive sandals. A pretty surface to walk on. Somewhere I may never go again.

Beautiful cobbles and the two of us.

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Twenty Five

Here we go again…..

Making stuff.

Went to the park with these two.

What can I say?

Home grown tomatoes.

The iphone does not capture sun scenes well but I couldn’t resist sharing this early morning image. The reflections going on highlighted part of the post box at the end of our street. You can see it bottom right. Love it.

September brings a change of mugs. My most favourite pumpkin one is in the rotation.

When we were in Liverpool we wandered to the old docks. I knew there was a special post box around there somewhere I we spotted it. Now that is pretty special!

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Twenty Three and Twenty Four

Here we go with some more. Lots of summer light and garden goodness.

But first food……

Lunch.

It rained!

View on the walk to work.

Can’t wait to pick these….. but they are not ready yet.

A teeny Aubergine.

Tried the macro lens on the Bee filled Echinops. Even if they are not in focus I love the colours in this shot.

Late night building work, plus that moon in the tree tops.

The weather has returned to normal here in the UK which is chilly, but I kept my sandals on even though it was chilly.

Homegrown pak choi that looked like Matryoshka dolls.

Light.

More light. Capturing summer before it’s too late! And just look at that Dahlia. So amazing.

More bees on the Echinops.

Overseeing the weeding.

Things we shouldn’t be eating sat in pretty light.

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Twenty One and Twenty Two

Another couple of weeks to share.

Enjoying his naps.

Blueberries!

And more produce from the garden.

A wonderful sunset sky as I took Buddy round the block.

Someone is happy with his borrowed cement mixer.

Just happened to have the big camera with me when I spotted a little Robin resting on the fence. I think he was warm hence his beak open, or hungry!

Perfect Sunday morning.

A cluster of winged things on the Echinops.

Shadows.

The apple tree is looking great.

Pretty light on this Scabious.

Turned blackberries into dessert.

Lovely hover flies on the Asters.

Contrails.

On a weekend morning when the skies are blue and the weather is kind enough to let us sit outside Gav and I play this silly game where we try and guess where a plane is going. A few weekends ago I got two right! Ha. Just luck but it is fun and makes us laugh.

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Nineteen and Twenty

Another couple of weeks.

This was mid June and we hadn’t had rain for a few weeks. You can see the lawn going brown. But apart from the lack of rain I have been trying to embrace the heat. Early mornings are best.

And that sunshine has been giving us great crops of most things.

Walk before work.

Not a great photo compositionally but that blue against the burnt orange sunflower was too good to miss.

More tomatoes.

This amazing moth came to grab a snack while I was sat daydreaming. Managed to capture some video and photos. I’ve tried to identify but the images are not clear enough and there are a lot of brown moths!

Beautiful and delicious cake at friends.

Pretty little sunflower.

Evidence that H and I sat outside for breakfast after her sleepover.

Walking to work. Love the cobbles.

Reflections. Probably shouldn’t have my phone out while filling the car!

Then it was our annual trip to London with H. This is Seven Dials roundabout. I love this area and this meeting of seven streets.

Been waiting years for her to be old enough to hire the bikes!

Handed the big camera over to her on Sunday morning. She did okay.

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Eighteen

Amazing sky to start the week.

Garden alterations are coming along.

Could we possibly get a Pear from this tree?

Sun lover.

I bought Gav this knot book after we stayed in a hotel that had a huge display of knots in a glass case and he couldn’t stop looking at them. Bad measuring for my latest hobby provided him with an endless supply of rope…..

Light and pretty flowers.

Filling in the final result of our World Cup wall chart.

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Seventeen

This week I thought I’d write more about the photos, those little details that I might not remember from just the image.

The story of no rain. We have been without rain here in Leeds for about three weeks. Amazingly it was 1976 when this last happened! Watering those plants has to be done.

The story of my dusty floor! But not really. This is the continuous story of how much this fella means to us, how we give him his kong full of treats if we leave him in the house and how he crosses his little paws and cocks his ears. Also of course that I put the big camera on the floor and set the timer to get this photo. Keep trying new things.

The story of my one little word. Practice. I have abandoned this for much of the year. It happens but I picked up the macro lens and tried to practice my skills with it in the bright sunshine.

The story of letting some things go. Sometimes I have a plan of things for us to do when she comes for tea. Most of the time these days she’s not interested and I need to go with that flow. Gav brought out his nano block shuttle model to build and it went down a treat with all of us that afternoon. So chill Mel and ride whatever wave comes along.

The story of a surprise harvest of potatoes. Gav always grows a few in bags for an earlier crop but we have been stricken with blight so didn’t expect many. It was a lovely sight as a good crop of golden spuds fell out of the bag.

The story of family. My great nieces first birthday party. A garden full of people I’ve known for many years and some I hardly know at all. The joy, the laughter.

The story of summer salads and new to us Orzo pasta. The Emma Bridgewater bowl and purple napkins. How I like to cook more in the summer time and eat outside.

And there we go.

Photo a Day – Week Fourteen, Fifteen and Sixteen

Still playing catch up.

Cannot resist a stick or in this case a piece of wood he found in the garage after sneaking in and rootling around.

Been waiting for these beautiful Sweet William ‘Sooty’ to flower. I bought them as mini plants last summer because I couldn’t find the seed for this particular variety. After a bit more searching on the internet I found seeds so hopefully I’ll have lots next summer.

At last, new growth on our little Christmas tree.

Lemon and poppy seed cupcakes. Yum.

June drop. It’s one of those things that happens to apple trees, a natural process of shedding some of the fruit so that the ones left can mature with plenty of space. Even though I know the reason for it happening I hate to see it.

Photos of the bees, always.

Me and the fantastic harvest of Sweet Williams.

On to the next week….

We have been having the most incredible sunny spell for weeks now and although this artichoke looks perfect the plant got blown about it the wind and because the soil is so dry it just fell over. We staked it but the hearts were dried out. Still pretty though.

I love feta cheese!

We did amuse ourselves both playing Boules and taking this picture!

Lovely sunset on the longest day.

I see you.

A walk in the country.

The froth og alchemilla mollis.

And one more week to get us up to date.

Managed to make a perfectly runny poached egg for our seasonal treat.

Still messing about with the camera and focus distances using the self timer. Not quite there yet.

Pasta pesto salad.

Man at work…….

Sleepover which included making pizza.

And lemon cheesecake the next day!

Rescued this Ringlet butterfly from the greenhouse and he sat there long enough for me to grab a photo.

And there we go all caught up.

Photo a Day – Week Twelve and Thirteen

Still playing catch up…….

Preparations for sweet pea planting.

A trip to the seaside and some camera timer fun!

Light on Clematis.

Fav plant, fav buzzy thing!

A reflective moment.

Lunch.

Adorable pooch.

And again……

This area of the garden is getting an overhaul soon!

Another lunchtime in the gardens at Roundhay Park.

Making dream catchers.

Gav and I went to London. This is the view from the Tate over the Thames to St Pauls.

We did a lot of climbing steps that weekend. Here we were at the top of St Pauls Cathedral.

Love a sign. I assume this is an old one still in use at the tube station.

And there we go. Not quite caught up but getting there.