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Friday, 17 July 2009

Red Friday

Friday, in Nature's Beauty, is red.

These red hot pokers were in my garden when I first moved here 20 years ago and I swear they are getting smaller and smaller each year. I really need to dig them up, split them and replant in a better position, but like a lot of jobs, I just never seem to get around to it!

This will probably be my last blog for a week or so because Tim and I are going down to Northampton to visit his family. We're also going to take some trips out to see places that I've always wanted to see, but never had the chance. Places like Stoneghenge, Avebury, Glastonbury, Uffington etc. Can you tell I love archaeology? Lol

We're also hoping to visit Bath and Cheddar Gorge. I've been to both of these before, but not since my children were very small.

Can't wait to get away. Only bummer is that I can't drive because of my toe, so poor Tim will have to do it all!

I'll try to get online while we're away, but if I don't manage, then I'll see you all when we get back!



Thursday, 16 July 2009

Pink Thursday

So, Nature's Beauty week continues with 'Pink' for today.

I can't wait until my buddleia is in full bloom so I can hopefully get some decent shots of butterflies. It's definitely on its way though, because I saw this tiny floret open .... and now I just have to be patient till the rest catch up!

Babysitting was fine last night. I sat and watched Pretty Woman, while crocheting some more granny squares for my throw. That's the great thing about finally getting used to my Varifocals - I can watch TV and yet don't have to change glasses for close work.

Kerry, Simon and the oldest two grandkids really enjoyed the Harry Potter movie. I've never read any of the books and although Kerry says I'd love them, I'm just not tempted at all!


Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Purple Wednesday

Nature's Beauty is purple today. Well yesterday actually, because that's when I took this shot.

We had showers on and off all day yesterday and between a couple of them, I saw these raindrops on a gorgeous purple petunia in one of my containers.

We're having thunder and lightning right now. The flashes are really few and far between, but I love it all the same. So long as I'm not OUTSIDE during it, I'm fine!

Tim and I are babysitting tonight for our youngest two grandkids because Kerry and Simon are taking the oldest two to the cinema to see Harry Potter! I've never been a fan of Harry Potter. I just can't seem to get into it at all. I watched the first movie, but despite a couple of attempts, I haven't managed to stay awake through the second one and have just given up!


Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Green Tuesday

Today in Nature's Beauty, the colour is Green.

This Monkey Puzzle Tree is growing in my garden. Jodie managed to get it for me a few years ago and although it didn't grow much in the first couple of years, it really seems to have taken off now!

It's a strange kind of day today. The weather can't seem to make up it's mind what to do, so it's been sunny, cloudy, windy, calm, rainy and dry.

But it's also very warm, so I'm not complaining!


Monday, 13 July 2009

Yellow Monday

HSMSHS are shaking things up this week by having a themed week! The theme for this week is 'Nature's Beauty' and every day has a sub-theme:

Monday - Yellow
Tuesday - Green
Wednesday - Purple
Thursday - Pink
Friday Red

So, here is my Yellow Monday shot. Loosestrife in full bloom.

It's kinda nice to know some prompts in advance now and again!

Yesterday, I decided to try bsking brownies for the first time in my life. I wanted to use Eleanor's recipe, but couldn't find it, so Kerry gave me the recipe she uses. Kerry's are always, ALWAYS delicious so I gave it a go!

Cooled down enough to take out of the baking tin:

Cut into squares. Look at all that soft and squidgy gooiness!!

They taste gorgeous too! These are now in a container for a couple of days to let all the flavours and softness develop fully! :-)


Saturday, 4 July 2009


On Thursday, Tim was away with a research group to some sites just south of Stonehaven. It was a scorcher, so he didn't have much clothes on ....... just a short-sleeved shirt and shorts.

And no SPF cream.

This is the result.

Not big and not clever - just very painful.

So children, let that be a lesson to you!


Friday, 3 July 2009


My honeysuckle is in full flower just now and if you go anywhere near it, all you can hear is a low droning noise. It's just covered with bees, bees and yet more bees!
Now, I'm very scared of bees, thus I won't go too close to the honeysuckle, but I want pictures of the bees, so I solved this dilemma by using my telephoto lens instead of the macro. It's great! I get to stand further away, but I can still zoom in close.

Simples! :-)

Only downside is that it's much more difficult to get a sharp shot, hence the slight blur in this one, which is my shot for the word of today - 'Attract'.

The honeysuckle also attracts hoverflies:

The flowers in the garden are looking mighty fine just now .....

My wonderful furry friends accompanied me.
Elvis needs no introduction!

Merry on the left, running to say hello to Star, who seldom ventures into the garden any more.

Star is getting more blind and deaf as the days go on and I do worry about her because she is so old. However, her appetite is still good for the moment, but when she shows signs of not being interested in eating, I think the time may then have come to say goodbye to my beautiful old lady.

Hope it isn't for some time yet though!


Thursday, 2 July 2009

Been AWOL again

Things have been happening that have unsettled me and I haven't really felt like blogging, but I feel more like it today, so let's hope things are getting back to something like normality.

The word today is 'Hang' and these fit the bill:

The baskets have all filled out much more since these shots were taken last week. Can't wait till all the lobelia are trailing over the sides, in full flower!

I found dewdrops in my garden last week. They are so beautiful!

This spider's web was expecially lovely:

Believe it or not, we do actually get hot days in Scotland ....... but yesterday and today have been off the scale.

I'm melting.