Friday, 27 July 2018

July 2018 Photo Hunt

Gosh, I nearly missed the deadline this month.  I had all my photos organised but forgot to edit them until a few days ago!  Anyway I made it and this is what I have to offer you.

1   Door

I had the opportunity to re-visit Parcevall Hall (click here to read about it) and re-called my
first visit back in 1984 ish; I was taken there and after we parked we walked up to
this door.  Once it was opened, it was magical.  Sadly on my visit recently 
it was a misty day but it was still a good day out!

2   11 am

All ready for my coffee; a bit later than usual but what the heck!  Should I read or crochet?
Certainly the Mars bar will be consumed.  This is my favourite seat, sitting on a chair
covered with a quilt I made years ago, overlooking the garden and waiting to
see what little birds come to the feeders.  Magic!

3  Texture

Stachys lanata aka Lambs Lugs!  A new plant for my new garden.  I have seen this plant
in many gardens and more recently when I visited Salts Mill.  There was a big border
planted up with this plant and there were loads of bees!  So one I had to buy
and buy I did from a charity stall at Skipton Church a few weeks ago.

4   Shadow(s)

We were out walking recently when Beloved pointed out the sheep were following
us (me and my shadow to be precise!

5   View

We paid a flying visit to Grimwith Resevoir recently and this is the stunning 
view from the earth dam top.  Click here to read more about
Grimwith Reservoir.  If you can go, I recommend it; a nice, gently walk,
no cafe but toilets and free parking!

6   Own Choice

Oh dear ...  how I hesitated about showing another duckling photo...  so apologies if you are sick of them but I just could not resist!

A few days ago Mrs D and 7 ducklings called in for a snack.  We gave them some
wheat outside and then we were busy at the other end of the kitchen.  I became aware of
'louder' duckling noises and we went to investigate.  Obviously we'd not
given them enough wheat and they had hopped over the patio
door threshold into the kitchen to inform us of the poor service
they were receiving!  After they went outside (without making a mess), more 
wheat was given to them.  I just happened to look at the kitchen clock
and it was 11 am.....

PS I shared this photo with a non-blogging friend and her comment was 
Open All Hours

Love it.

Well, that's it for another month.  Now I will and see Hawthorn's link page to see who else is joining in.  I check this page several times over the following week to ensure I see everyone.  Thanks to Hawthorn for organising us all!  Click here to see who else has joined in.

Friday, 29 June 2018

June 2018 Photo Hunt

Gosh, it's time for another joining-in with Hawthorn's photo hunt.  Can't believe where the time has gone!  Don't forget to visit her photo hunt pictures and see who else has joined it.  It is such a treat to see how everyone interprets her words.  Click here to see her photos.

It was not a difficult choice of words.  The difficulty for me was in which photos to use and which not to use!

So, off we jolly well go.

1   Yellow

Now, at this time of year there is a lot of yellow around.  I had at least 10 photos I could have used even before I looked at my archives but here is my choice!

Top - yellowish bee collecting yellow pollen from a yellow wild poppy.
Middle - the laburnum tree from our old house.
Bottom - a field full of buttercups (and some grass I'm sure!).

2   Starts with T

Do you recall the Disaster photo from last month's photo hunt?  Click here to see it.  Well I've spent hours digging a Trench; well actually 3.  They are not finished (been out of sorts with a cold/virus thing for weeks....).

Top - the water going where it thought it was best to go.
Bottom - one of my trenches, guiding the water where 
I want it to go.  It will be interesting to see this when
it has been raining for weeks and weeks....

3   Lilac

Another word that had lots of possibilities.  In the end I decided what I wanted and went to find it!
A wisteria over a lovely door.  Found this in Gigglewick.

4   Starts with G

This was an easy one!  G is for Greystones.  We moved here at the end of March 2015; the previous occupants were not gardeners....  so I have spent many hours since then trying to create a garden that I like and can manage as I get older as my knees and hips don't want to play very much!

Top - a area of the bramble infested banking with some daffodils;
also the wooden bridge is rotten.....
Bottom - no brambles, more daffodils and lots of foxgloves,
hardy geraniums, geums etc etc.  Yes the old bridge is
still there; I use it to hang on to as I step down into
the Zambezi (the stream that runs round the edge of the 
garden).  Beloved helped me move a big stone to
create a new bridge and I added steps to 
improve the access.  Still work to be done
but I know where I am going now!

5   Silver

Another one I had to hesitate over; so many choices, loads of photos but in the end a day out with a friend to Saltaire gave me what I wanted.

Left - a silver birch.
Right - silver Stachys lanata, full of bees so must get some for my garden.

6   Own Choice

At the last moment I changed my mind as I recalled (with delight) how you liked the ducklings from last month.

Standing at the bottom of my garden, looking down onto the beck I noticed this smallish
duckling.  It wanted some tasty morsel just out of its reach but it stretched itself up
as much as it could and finally it was rewarded.  What a joy to see.

Well, that's it for another month.  Now I will and see Hawthorn's link page to see who else is joining in.  I check this page several times over the following week to ensure I see everyone.


Friday, 25 May 2018

May 2018 Photo Hunt

Once again it's time to join in with Hawthorn, contributing to her Photo Scavenger Hunt.  In the beginning (many moons ago) when I read the published list of words, I used to panic thinking I'd not find anything.  Now it is so much easier as I start to think as soon as I read the list and hey-presto I have photos....  it does take some thinking I can say.

Anyway, without any more waffling I will share my photos with you, but in a slightly different order to her list.


We own several fields nearby and spend a lot of time 'playing' up there.  We don't have any livestock but it is a great place to go to (when the weather permits).  Back in February 2009 Beloved (and with some help from myself) planted some willow whips.  They have grown but there is a problem.  Cue photo!

Water from our neighbour's property runs all the time now through the wall and past the willows.
Beloved noticed some time ago that some of the willows are falling over because of this.
Something had to be done to avert a total disaster.


Now this is an interesting word with so many meanings.  I have decided to use the meaning of desirable, eg, that's a cool car.......

Here I am looking very cool.....  seems I am destined to be linked to mud!

The fields are still so very wet that we are unable to get Beloved's digger into the field 
and dig a trench for the water to use rather than flowing through the disaster willows.....  
So I set to with my border spade and dug a trench!
Here I am nearing the end of my second stint....  I decided to throw the gloves
away, well they were rather worn.
Yes, I nearly fell over once and my boots were nearly left in the mud
on several occasions!  What fun it was.  I like a challenge.


As I was making my trench and water started to flow in it, I noticed a collection of bubbles, swirling around and around; ah MOVEMENT I heard myself say.  I am hoping if you click here you will see a short video clip!


Back at the previous house we kept chickens for about 30 years.  Sadly in our new house I've decided not to bother with them as I want less work!!!!  Anyway, I used to spend hours making covered runs for them, as I did not want cats etc to jump in with them nor did I want them to jump out and go and play in my garden.

In the top photo you can see an example of the fencing I used to do.
It did take several hours to dismantle the run, move it etc.
The chickens always loved their new run and would 
eagerly wait for me to finish the construction.  
The ground was very stoney so knocking in the uprights
was not easy!  When it snowed the top net would sag
and I'd have to go out and sort it out.
Then one day I had a brain wave.

Rather than make little runs and move them, I could extend the fencing upwards!
So I'd no longer need to use a top net!!!!
The bottom photo shows you the extended fencing 'reaching for the skies'.
Did it work???  Oh, yes, like a dream.
Wish I'd thought of this sooner....


Back to the fields where we have a long hawthorn hedge, over 100 metres in length.  It is spiky and the spikiness varies from virtually no spikes to massive ones.  We hand cut it as I can't face the thought of Beloved zooming along with his petrol driven hedge cutter and leaving me to pick the bits up.  Did this once on a short section of hedge and never again!

I hope you can see the spikes!  Bottom right is the hedge and it
looks lovely now, despite my hands getting spiked!

Own Choice

At the end of March 2015, we moved to our current house and the vendors said ducklings should appear soon.  And indeed they did, coming to the garden with mum.  Since there, whilst we have had plenty of visiting ducks, we have had no ducklings.  Until the first week in May this year!

The fifth duckling in the top photo had just zoomed off somewhere.
It showed no sign of coming back and I was confident the others would
soon run off so I had to be content with this shot.
In the bottom photo is mum with her 5 little ones.  All having a siesta.  
I was amazed to see how fast the little ones can move.  
Even more amazing was to see a crane fly slowly move down the patio door window
and for a duckling to dash and catch it.  Yes it ate it in one....

Well I hope you like my photos and thanks for taking the time to look at them.  Don't forget to pop over to Hawthorn to see her photos and what other people have found.  It is great to see everyone's efforts.  As usual I will be saying 'Why didn't I think of that?'.