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WordPress Challenge : Growth

Happy New Year!

Rather sneakily I have pulled out a photo that I took almost a year ago for this challenge.  Back in February 2017 I added a post about a walk which included going through a wood carpeted with snowdrops.  The display, which we have seen more than once, makes you stop I your tracks, it’s quite something.

My post, from last year, about the walk is here:-

Hansel and Gretel with Snowdrops in Suffolk

For some reason I didn’t include a close up shot that I took which is strange because I was quite proud of it.  Anyway, it’s as if it’s been waiting for this challenge to make an appearance and I hope this is a good representation of the word Growth.

First sign of spring

Growth

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WordPress Challenge : 2017 Favourites

To end the year we have been challenged with sharing our favourite photo/s of 2017 – a meaningful photo or gallery of photos.

Thats a challenge in itself isn’t it?  Generally I only ever add one photo when taking part in the WordPress challenges but this time, with the option to add more, I thought I would.  How about one photo for every season?

So this is a meaningful reflection of our year…

This first one may just be my favourite shot of the year.

Winter.  It was a lucky visit to one of our local beaches when we found large groups of seals just lounging about – officially known as a ‘haul out’.  This beach is now home to a very large colony of grey seals who use it as a safe place to give birth to their pups in November/December – the beach is roped off to avoid disturbing them.   At the end of January all the pups have disappeared from the beach and humans are allowed back onto the sand!   I crept as close as I dare and held my breath to take it.

Adult seals on Horsey Beach, Norfolk – January 2017

My second photo was taken in April while on holiday in Devon.  Having walked for several hours along the South West Coastal Path we found ‘our’ bench.  What a lucky find.  In warm spring sunshine we enjoyed our picnic lunch and felt so pleased with ourselves.  Not a sound except for bird song.  Ahead of us is Budleigh Salterton, a place that I’m sure we will visit again.

Our view of Budleigh Salterton, Devon – April 2017

Summer.  So many photos to choose from.  This one was taken on a rare day for me & Tim.  Too warm for walking we took our beach shelter and spent a few sleepy hours with our feet up, reading or just staring out at the unusually wave free North Sea.

In the shade on Walcott Beach, Norfolk – June 2017

Finally Autumn (or Fall – depending on where you live in the world).  A time that I never really used to appreciate.  Time it right and some of the best natural colours can be captured.  This photo was taken in the woods behind Felbrigg Hall, North Norfolk.  Even though some of the leaves in this shot hadn’t turned, oh my goodness it was beautiful.

The wood behind Felbrigg Hall – October 2017

Thank you to all those who are following my blog.

I hope everyone enjoys a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

2017 Favorites

The back garden – 1

These themed posts will be little snippets about our small garden. What grows here and what’s in flower at the moment.

We have tended to our garden for many years.  Some plants are new, some are old – lots have moved around in redesigns.  We rely on our perennials and shrubs – it means we can go away for a week or two in the growing seasons and not worry about them.  There are places to sit in the sun, places to sit in the shade and we are lucky to have an old red brick wall at the end.

This first ‘garden’ post is going to be short & sweet.

Saturday 20th May 2017

We worked on the garden all day today. The weeds have loved the two nights and one whole day of rain we’ve had this week.  We’ve had a few months of really quite dry weather.

Well, its bright and sunny now and looks set fair for at least a week.  This will be great news for the Chelsea Flower Show, a five day event by the Royal Horticultural Society held in Chelsea, London.  I think it is, more or less, world famous. We’ve only watched programmes about Chelsea on television.  It’s something to save for our old age….not that we’re that far off now!

Meantime here are a few photos from our own patch.

In the foreground flowering on the left Aquilegia. Masses of flowering Mountain Cornflower in the centre. Wisteria just starting to flower on the pagoda behind.

Hercules with moss covered feet

Weigela (‘Flamingo Pink’ – we think!). We’ve had this a while – its 6 feet tall at least

French Lavender – the bees love them

Chives – the bees love these too

Rhodededrums below the apple tree at the bottom of the garden

 

Finally, we love our plants and have fairly big borders but keep our lawn small.  This year the daisies have completely taken over and it looks like a mini meadow!

Even when you don’t travel too far from home it’s lovely out!