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Sunday, 30 August 2009

My Granddaughters ......

..... are the most beautiful granddaughters in the world!

And so are everyone else's. :-)


Monday, 24 August 2009

Butterflies, Bees, Flowers ..... and cats!

Two nights ago, before I went up to bed, I spotted this little chap, eating some leftover cat food, by the back door!

Today is the most difficult day of the year for me. Those who know me, know why.

But it was a gorgeous day and I spent some time in my garden, just taking photographs of the wildlife and trying not to think too much.

Painted Lady:

I haven't seen one of these before:

A wasp tucking in to a juicy strawberry. Yikes!!

How lucky was I to see these three different varieties of buterfly feeding on my buddleia? Clockwise from bottom left ....
Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady

A busy bumblebee:

A pretty pink flower. I quite sure this is a weed, but I still think it's lovely!

Face of a Peacock butterfly. Surely a face only a mother could love!

Speaking of mothers, these tiny beauties are a season-late legacy of my own mum's. She scattered these seeds around my garden the year before she died and they grow more profuse wih each passing season. I think, for the rest of my life, I won't be able to see a Forget-Me-Not without thinking of her. Thank you, mum! xxxxx

What walk around the garden would be complete without my wonderful, furry friends?
Merry - full of vitality, rippling muscles and the joys of youth!

Elvis - getting on a bit now, but always, ALWAYS there as I walk around!

Star - delicate, fragile, darling little Star. Deaf as a post and blind as a bat, she's not really able to do very much now except lie in the sun, being adorable.


Friday, 21 August 2009

Almost time to say 'Goodbye' .....

... to these sweet summer visitors.
This was taken through my kitchen window this morning, hence the poor quality. How many can you count? Well, there were at least the same number again, just flying around.

I sneaked (snuck?) round the side of the house to grab this shot, before dear old Elvis came out and scared them away!
In a couple of weeks, they will be gone till next summer. I love their chirruping and the speed of their flight. I'm always amazed they don't crash into things.

Also busy in my garden this morning, were these hoverflies:

My day lily was swarning with the little critters!

Tim's off to the gym for his next session and I'm having a nice cuppa!


Sunday, 16 August 2009

Holidays - part 2

My laptop decided to go on a go-slow and because all the holiday photos are on said laptop, I haven't been able to blog about it! I installed SpyBot and ran a check and it found a couple of Trojans which I got rid of and now the laptop seems to be working ok again. Fingers crossed anyway!

So, very quickly and leaving out loads of photographs, here is the rest of our holiday ....
My life's ambition of visiting Stonehenge has been fulfilled:

Then we went to Cheddar Gorge and Caves. This spectacular sight is being made by limestone deposits in Gough's Cave. Obviously, a photograph will never do it justice.

From there, we went to Avebury to see the huge stone circle there:
This photo is rubbish because it was really overcast and started to drizzle so I just wanted to get a shot, then get back to the car before my camera got wet!

On the way back to Northampton, we went to see the Uffington White Horse. I was really disappointed with this because there is really no decent viewpoint. It's dug out of the highest point in Oxfordshire, so you just cannot see it properly from anywhere. Therefore, ANY shots that you see in books etc, must have been taken from the air, yet they don't tell you this. Very disappointing, but at least I've seen it! This shot was taken from quite a few miles away, using a telephoto lens.

Two days later, we went to Glastonbury. I was suffering badly with the toothache on this day and it just wouldn't go away.

Tim climbed the Tor, while I waited in the car. He has wanted to climb the Tor for a long time and has finally done it!

Then we visited Glastonbury Abbey, which was stunning - and must have been immense in size when it was in use!

We made our way to Bath next. I visited Bath with my children when they were small and it was lovely to go back again.

I love this view of the River Avon at Bath, with the weir and Pultney Bridge in the background.

Finally for that day, we visited the Rollright Stones, near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. My granny used to tell me how she took my mum for picnics there when she was a little girl. I was quite emotional as I approached this circle because my granny and my mum are both now gone and I knew I couldn't let them know that I had visited this lovely place.

After we left Northampton to make our way back home to Scotland, we visited a very dear frend who loves in Cullercoats, North Shields. I couldn't go there and NOT take a photograph of this, could I?

She is gorgeous and spectacular and HUGE!!!

Sorry this post has been so long and so image-heavy,so if you've made it this far without falling alseep or being bored to death, then congratulations!! :-)


Thursday, 6 August 2009

Holidays - Part One!

Tim and I drove down to Northampton for a week (well, to be accurate, he drove while I repeated what the satnav lady was saying!) to see his family. We were staying at the Park Inn, which used to be the Moat House Hotel.

We also took the opportunity to go for days out.

On Monday 20th July, we spent the day in London after taking the train from Northampton to Euston. It's really quite amazing what you can pack into one day when you set your mind to it!

The ceiling inside the British Museum is utterly fabulous. could have sat all day and photographed it from all different angles.

One of the faces on a Candian totem pole.

The necessarily high ISO produced loads of noise in this image, but cannot hide the fact that the bandage patterns on this mummy were simply exquisite.

These tiny Egyptian figurines would not look out of place in a Tim Burton movie. I was fascinated by them!

I loved these Greek statues.

After the British Museum, we made our way to the London Eye.

Bought Fast track tickets, which were well worth the extra £5 each because they meant we were queueing for 10 minutes instead of around half an hour!

After we came off the Eye, we walked over Westminster Bridge towards Westminster Abbey.
We didn't go into the Abbey though, because the entry fee was a bit extortionate!

Then we made our way to Baker Street, to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

We also found time to visit the Tower of London (we didn't go in) and Tower Bridge.

We also visted Picadilly Circus and Leicester Square before making our way back to Euston for the train back up to Northampton.

Tired, but satisfied with our day!

More holiday tales next time!