Friday, 28 July 2017

July 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part). This month's list of 10 words was difficult for me; can't put my finger on the reasons for this but it certainly was a challenging list.  I have tried to think outside the box and hope my logical thinking does not mystify you (or bore you!).  Here goes!

1   Crane

Just about to sit down and eat my lunch when I noticed this crane fly on the patio
doors - raced upstairs to get my camera and it was still there!
Funny after I took this photo I've not seen any more but have seen
lots of mobile cranes driving along.


2  Ring

Can you guess where this concrete ring came from?  If you live with an engineer/DIY man
then you might see one....  it was attached to the front of the washing machine drum.
Yes, our washing machine died and he found the drum had become perforated
so impossible to repair.  We had to race out and order a new one.....


3   Set

Here is the crochet roll I made to keep my set of crochet hooks in.
I was on a day course years ago and make the appliqued panel.
Later I used it to make my crochet hook roll.
Luckily I had some lengths of Kumihimo braid I'd made many
moons ago as well as some nice chunky beads.
Perfect for my needs.


4   Light

My alternative Christmas tree I made last year
complete with red lights!
It is a branch from an ash tree, yarn bombed along
each branch and then 'decorated' in my style!
Rather than a 'fairy' or star at the top of the
tree I have an owl glove puppet.....


5   Bow

Jeepers, all I could think of was Beloved's cross bow..... ornamental object!


6   Spring

Well done Beloved for finding me this huge spring; it was destined to
be a new set of springs on a garage door at the old house but never
were fitted.  My foot (size 5) is for scale.


7   Open

How it is, whenever we are out and come across a closed gate, I volunteer to open it, wait for
him to drive through and then close it?  I am such a wonderful wife as I do this no matter
what the weather is doing...  Once I had to open a gate and some sheep escaped...  I had
to go and knock on the farm door; they were not impressed; thankfully no sheep 
just rain when I fought with the above gate.


8   Grand

I present my GRAND Design....  the wooden bridge over the stream at the bottom of our garden
(I call it the Zambezi) is rotten but I still find it useful, visually and for resting plants, tools etc 
on or grabbing hold to as I step down into the Zambezi on the far right of the bridge.
We found a big slab of reconstituted stone here and Beloved laid it across the water for me.
At the far end was a slope up; no problem getting up but coming down (with a dodgy knee) 
when it is wet, was awkward.  So I built a series of steps; then I spotted another slope to the 
far right and made some more steps.  The second photo does not show it clearly
but where the word PATH is, was a slope and I kept sliding down to the plants
on the left so I got my border spade out and about 90 minutes later I had a rough
and ready path.  I can't believe why I did not create this path ages ago.  
Already I am wearing the steps and path out.


9   Park

Where we live, we are within striking distance of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and so
much more.  We have all these beautiful PARKS to enjoy.  Here we are descending into Malham
with tantalising glimpses of Malham tarn.  I'd hate to live where it was all flat.
I'm not a bicycle rider so give me the hills and dales!


10   Own Choice

A few weeks ago the grass in our fields was cut and baled.  The day before it was baled
we walked up the long field and I nearly stepped on this juvenille curlew.  I did not want to disturb
it so just did a quick snap (hence the slight blurriness) and walked away.
I estimated it to be at least 7" (18 cm) long.  Usually I use my foot for scale
but I thought it inappropriate to use it that day.
That beak has a lot of growing to do yet.


Well that's my offerings for this month.

Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don;t forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.

Friday, 30 June 2017

June 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part). This month she presented us with a list of 10 words.  Another challenging list and I present my selection below!

1   Setting sun

Just love setting suns; such a pity my camera does not capture the vivid colours and scale of
it all.


2   My local wild place
and
6   Mini Beasts

This old metal seat (from a bench some friends were breaking up) is where I used to sit
in my new garden and have a brew.  But not any more!

Look who lives under this seat!  I found out the hard way the first summer here.  I was
sitting having a brew and felt a tickling sensation on my hand - ants!!!
Each summer they return and live under the metal seat.
I leave them to it.  It is hard to sit in most places as there seems to 
be ants everywhere!


3  Mug of my favourite drink in the garden

This was a tough one for me as I rarely have take a drink out into the garden.
It is often too cold for me or there are ants wandering around wherever
I choose to sit.  So my preferred seat is in this chair, covered in 
a quilt I made, with my favourite mug (from a set of 4) filled
with coffee if in the morning or any other time hot water and
I can read and overlook the garden.  A lot of gardening
planning takes place here.  What you can't see is
the veranda outside these patio doors upon which
are various bird feeders.  So I love to sit here
and watch the visitors to the feeders.  
At the moment there are a lot
of juvenille birds.
Great!


4   My kind of beautiful

There are so many objects I regard as beautiful but for several months now I am drawn
to the many and varied bees that live in my garden.


5  Look to the skies

The sky is an amazing place; clouds of different shapes and colours,
planes (domestic and military) and helicopters flying above,
con trails from planes, birds in the air too but you 
just can't beat a lovely rainbow; if you look closely to the right
you will see it is a double one.


7  Rain

June 2017 started off wet which was so disappointing as we'd had some good weather
but like a typical English summer, it did not last (well not until mid June when
we had a mini-heat wave!).  Anyway, here we are parked at the view point at 
Pinhaw, a favourite place of ours.  In the distance we could see the rain
rolling in.  We did think we might walk up to the trig point but
decided against it as we did not fancy getting wet!


8  Something summery

Look was a change in the summer weather did!  This is the River Ribble at Settle after a few
days of rain.  I seem to recall my childhood summers were long and hot and the
tar always melted!!!  Since 2004 when Beloved bought some fields nearby
we've become more aware of the summer weather as we have to get our
grass cut and gathered in.  A lot of the summers since then have been poor.
I hope the above picture is not what this year's summer will be!


9  Urban wilderness

I like to see wildlife in my garden as well as elsewhere.  I feel privileged
that birds and critters like my garden.  This little cheeky mouse
certainly liked the fat balls!


10  Own choice

We moved to this area in September 1983 and the other day we decided to climb to the top of
Pendle hill!  This is not quite the top as it was too windy there.  But you have to believe
me that I did make it to the top!  So pleased we did it.  It is about 557 m high (1827 feet
in old money).  I've poor knees and coming down did not do
them any favours.   I think we would like to go to the top again but take a
gentler route, albeit much longer!


Well that's my offerings for this month.

Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don;t forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.


Friday, 26 May 2017

May 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part). This month she gave us a list of 25 words from which we had to select just 10 words.  I present my selection below!

1  Lichen

I think lichens are amazing.  I've not tried to find the names of the above 3 but one day,
perhaps when I have time (!!!!!), I will do some research.  I suspect they will
be hard to identify!


2  Glass

Years ago (it must be at least 20) I spotted this glass ornament in a charity shop
and it just had to come home with me.  It was bought as a Christmas present
for a friend but I found I could not part with it!  When I was in the throes
of moving house I did consider gifting it to her but I failed!


3  Piano

Many years ago Beloved decided his piano had to go to make way for a desk as he
was now working from home.  It only had to move a short distance; just as well
we have a tractor and trailer to hand.  Of course one helper just had to play
the piano...  I can't remember what the faces of the people passing
by looked like as I was too occupied with watching the 
proceedings!  Photos taken with my old film camera as it
was definitely pre-digital camera era!


4  Vast

Late 2003 or early 2004 Beloved announced his intention to buy some land near where we live;
the land comprised 3 fields....  at the time I did wonder what it was all about but over the
years it has become our playground.  Anyway I digress.  Back in about 2010
Beloved decided to plant a hawthorn hedge....  We had to do battle with rabbits
and deer eating the new growth but finally a hedge is beginning to appear.
About 2 years ago he decided to clip it using his engine powered hedge clipper.  It
did the job very quickly but then it was a nightmare to pick up the clippings
from the grass.  So when he mentioned this year he intended to trim it again 
I said I would hand cut it.  It took just over 3 weeks (on and off) to finish
the job.  He did help too!  The entire hedge is about 110 metres long 
(for that read VAST) and it is not all shown in the above photo.  Don't forget 
the inside needed clipping too!  We are pleased with the end result.


5   Bush

In reality it is bye bye several bushes!

When we moved here just over 2 years ago I noticed the island bed was infested with bamboo.
This year finally saw me finish tackling the job of hand-digging it up, bit by bit.
I found the best to deal with it was to use a little miner's pick and not a spade.

I used it to free up the bamboo and then I could cut it out with my secateurs and consign
it to the garden waste bin.  A full-sized pick is too heavy for me....
Several shrubs had to go as they were congested with bamboo roots that it would be
impossible to remove said roots.  Once I'd cleared around the last shrub I leant on it
and to my surprise it 'fell over' and I nearly fell with it!  Job satisfaction by the bucket load.
I've yet to decide what to do with this area!


6   Steam

The first photo is taken from the car as we drove along the railway track
near Embsay steam station.  This was taken several years ago.
The other day we were driving to Ribblehead and just as we drove out of Long Preston 
I noticed a man and tripod in a field overlooking the railway line.  Later on we spotted 
other people.  Just as we got to Helwith Bridge there were loads of people so 
Beloved pulled onto the grass and as I got out of the car I heard the steam train coming!  
It was a bit of a rush to cross the road and I managed to get 3 photos, 
that were literally point and shoot!
Yes we like steam trains, but then you already knew this if you read about April's 
photo hunt!


7  Bark

This is a neighbour's dog who likes to BARK at the water.  I presume it is her reflection
that she can see; she will happily do this for hours.  As I prepare this post 
I can hear her barking!


8  Weave

The top weave effect was done using Picasa Photo editor software back 
in 2005.  This was my entry in the digitally enhanced photo section.
It did not win a prize but then again the prize winners were so much better.


9  Modern

This reminds me of a Barbara Hepworth or Henry Moore sculpture.  But what it is you ask?
Question - how do you completely destroy a computer's hard drive?
Answer - burn it! (Another good use the fields are put to!)
Result - the melted aluminium formed this shape.


10 Time

Look how time has eroded the top of this fence post at our fields. So tactile and so delicate.


Well those are my offerings for this month.

Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don;t forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.