Sunday, 12 May 2013
While I was out walking the other day I came across a tree which appeared to have a pair of elephant feet hanging from it
I don't know what happened to the rest of the elephant but it reminded me of the joke....
How does an elephant get down from a tree?
It sits on a leaf and waits till autumn!
As I was about to climb over a gate I spotted something moving along the top, which on closer inspection turned out to be a small striped spider carrying a fly
Remember my year in a life of a tree?
Well on 6th May last year the tree looked like this
On the same day this year it looked like this
Spring has been so slow to arrive that the tree is still only in bud. You'll notice that there's a different crop in the field. Last year it was barley and this year it's oil seed rape. The rape is flowering which is normal for this time of year but the plants are about half as high as they should be, and there's bare patches from where the field was stood in water for months earlier in the year.
I saw some some celandines
I think the lambs of these sheep look more like deer
The farm where they live have sheep in various colours
Friday, 3 May 2013
A few weeks ago I decided to check out a local footpath that I hadn't been on before. It zigzagged round the edges of fields, until about a quarter of a mile before the next village, it went through a little wood and I came across a fairy glade! I didn't tell you about it at the time because although I thought it was enchanting, my photographs didn't do it justice.
There was a very friendly robin there
and this fairy door in a tree, complete with rope ladder
which is why I'm telling you about this now because something really strange has happened...
when I saw the list for May's photo scavenger hunt and saw 'door', I knew straight away I would use this photo of the fairy door. Then I got thinking that it would be so much better if I could get a photo of the friendly robin standing in front of it. So off I went this morning with a pocketful of bird seed and the intention of sprinkling it on the doorstep to attract him.
But it was not to be.....the fairy glade I had just happened upon before, was now nowhere to be seen!
I could see the little wood where I thought it would be, but the footpath didn't go near. As I got nearer the village I thought I didn't recognise the footpath and maybe it had been re-routed but it was well worn and the sign posts weren't new. I don't know how I could have possibly strayed from the path the first time because it was clearly marked.
The only possible reason I can think of as to why I came across it the first time, was that fairies or pixies had moved the marker posts and directed me there . Probably pixies - I've heard they can be mischievous.
Or maybe I wandered into a parallel universe.
Can you think of any other explanation?
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
As usual Greenthumb from Made with love organised the monthly photo scavenger hunt. Here is my selection (click to enlarge), some taken on holiday, some when travelling through London on the train and of course some at home.
Your City/ Town
Gainsborough is the nearest town to me, and this is Gainsborough Old Hall
Arsenal football ground
King's Cross station.
The figures on the left hand side remind me of the film 'Close encounters of the third kind'!
Something You Collect
The reception area of the hotel we stayed at in Tenerife
When it comes to food photos for the scavenger hunt I always think "that's easy, plenty of opportunities for that", and then I always forget to take any photos of the interesting stuff. So this is what I had yesterday
A ploughed field
Ironically it says 'don't throw me away' on this plastic carrier bag.
You can see more entries here, and next month's list if you fancy joining in.
Saturday, 27 April 2013
I've just come back from my hols in Tenerife.
It was a very last minute affair because we were so fed up with the prolonged winter over here (and it's no better now - just had a hailstorm!)
We had a great time with temperatures in the late 20s and even early 30s, which is a bit too hot for me, but there were plenty of parasols and palm trees round the hotel pool so I was quite happy.
Now I need to catch up on all my favourite blogs!
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
We visited some friends yesterday who'd just had two litters of Beagle pups.
There were five in this litter and are a week old. It was hard getting a good photo because they were moving about so much
Their wagging tails are just a blurr
This one is fair tuckered out from all the rough and tumble
Another litter were a day old and looked very peculiar with their pink snouts and closed eyes (you can just see another one in the basket at the bottom)
They also had a week old foal. It was in the stable with his mum so the lighting wasn't very good for photos
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Here are my photos for this month's scavenger hunt, organised by Greenthumb at Made with love
My old dolls
A person in uniform
I hadn't got a photo for this until I was digging out my old toys and found a Beryl the Peril annual. She was always getting into trouble, so policemen featured in a few of the stories.
Living out in the sticks we don't have many buses, and this one was our last one of the day into town at 5pm and turns round to make the last one home at 5.30pm which explains why I was the only person on it!