Saturday, 17 July 2010

The sand

It's time for a day out to the beach, I've waited all year, and I can finally 'hear' the sea calling me, the thought of letting the dog race along the beach, sand between my toes, the smell of the sea air . I also like  eating chips with the kids, and maybe even shopping.
But even so, I love to take pictures of things I can make into canvas' to decorate the house, to remind me of  beautiful places.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Crowd of Cornflowers

These flowers fascinate me, they grow in the country park. There's an artist's
installation there, a series of mounds, they look like tiny hills, dotted in a line.
 One of the hills are covered in cornflowers, incredible deep blue colour. Looks like they were planted by the artist, along side the hills are masses of multi-coloured lupins, beautiful things ranging from blue,rusty red, cream and pink. They grow alongside a pond, so some days they're reflected in the water.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

The apple cart

There's a village I drive through on the way to work each day.
There's lots of old buildings, barns, farmhouses and also orchards.
In one orchard in particular, there's a lovely old wooden cart, underneath the apple tree, perfect for catching windfalls.
The village dates back to medieval times, when all the farms worked together as a cooperative. All the villagers helped each other out, with sharing their produce, exchanging harvests, and just generally being a close community.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

It's a great plant,the clematis, scrambling up the willow fence and over the wall.It was once pink, but has gradually become  a creamy colour. After studying   I like to sit  out in the garden and relax, especially in the evenings when the scent from the clematis is an amazing rich musky scent.
The cats love climbing through the willow fence, up into it's highest reaches, with the living branches bending over and swaying.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Horse drawn sleigh

I work quite a way from home, it's a beautiful journey, through woodlands, over hilly farmland, the views are amazing, the villages each have their own character.
One in particular had this  horse drawn sleigh, just in someone's garden.
It reminded me of something out of a fairy tale.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Apple Blossom

Malus domestica, one of the names for the domestic apple, orginated in Central Asia, and is also a member of the rose family.
This particular apple blossom belongs to a tree growing in my garden,
which is about three or four years old. She's blossoms regularly and bares plenty of fruit, which my last hound used to eat from the tree!
I particulary love the scent of Apple Blossom, which when combined with the Cherries  also in bloom smells amazing. The bees also love the blossom and Spring is alive with droning and humming.
The gaelic name for the apple is Quert, the apple tree is one of the commonest to host mistletoe and is known as one of the sacred trees to the Druids.
Just read that 55 million tons of apples grown world wide!! Which is an enormous amount of orchards.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

There's a plantation near whereby, and although it was raining, I decided to
go walking anyway, and looked up into the tree canopy to find a new snail.
before this point I never realised snails climbed so high up trees.
Loved the clear newness of it all.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Apologies to followers

Hello to original followers, and thank you for the follow,
I will attempt to contact you all
with the new link to this blog,
as i have just relocated to a new facebook page,
many thanks for your support and interest

Monday, 10 May 2010

Found this crowd of dandelions, walking out of the shade, they looked like they were in some procession. They never cease to amaze me, the closer i look the more beautiful they are.
They're pretty good to eat as salad vegetables as well, taste really nice, especially mixed with sorrel. They're described as a good herb to use for detoxifying, especially if mixed with nettle and burdock leaves in a herb tea.
On another note butterflies love them, they fly down in clouds to refuel after their winter's nap.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Took this photo inspired by a friend of mine, he always squats down real low to look at things, a bit like those tiny bugs. So i saw this field of wheat, and it somehow reminded me of him, so there i am lying on my belly looking into a whole field of the stuff, and while i'm trying to find the best shot, i started thinking about all that wheat and where it'd end up, and what it would be turned into??
Read that wheat had been grown in the UK for 6000 years, being brought here from the Middle East. It altered the entire social system from Hunter, Gatherer to the static agricultural society of today. Wheat grass and it's juice has remarkable curative properties, cleansing entire metabolisms, healing illnesses. Quite a miracle food.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

May Blossom

 The hawthorne hedge  opening into flower.
In medieval times, the first buds were eaten by the local people, known as 'Bread and butter'.Tastes very green, good for the health and  full of vitamins.
The  blossoms , called 'May blossoms'  are part of the decorations used in May day celebrations, were morris men dance and the May queen parade.

Monday, 3 May 2010

English Orchid

A gathering of orchids.