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Queenswood Arboretum

I had a lovely day out at Queenswood Arboretum, in Herefordshire, last weekend. It was the October meet for the Shropshire Community flickr group. We went to see the Autumn colours. The sun may not have particularly shined much for us, but the trees were lovely. In fact it rained a little, but that just made the leaves sparkle. Here’s a few of my pictures.

No particular focus



Autumn's finest

Red and Yellow


All that glitters

I always reckon I’m not particularly “girlie”. I don’t care about make-up. I haven’t got a clue about hair styling. I’m not really a fashion fiend. Rings, necklaces, bracelets and other sparkly trinkets don’t really do it for me – I wear the same earrings and necklace all the time.

However, it occurred to me as I was scrabbling around the damp lawn this morning (still in my PJs and dressing gown) that I do like – if not love – some sparkly things. Nature’s jewelery!

At grass roots level

Hanging out

Wet Skirts

Natural frame


Three blobs

So perhaps I am a little bit girlie after all.


This week I made my first entry to show photos at an exhibition. It’s the idea of the tutor of my photography courses this year (Christophe Dillinger). The exhibition is in Grenoble in France, and is called “Square in Grenoble”. This is because the theme that all photos must be submitted in a square format, and the idea is you will show 9 photos in a square layout – 3 by 3.

I was interested in it as soon as he told us about it – but he did actually ask me to have a go as well – so I have. I fully expect not to be selected, but hey – gotta give it a whirl eh?

My tutor picked a few of my photos (from ones that I’d brought in as ideas for the coursework) and then said he wanted to see some more of the same sort of thing. So I’ve picked a few – after much agonising – and put my entry in one day last week. The closing day for entry is today.

So if you’ve been following my flickr stream and wondering why you’ve been seeing square mosaics appearing. That’s why! This one is my final entry.

My creation

Here comes the bride..

One of my cousins got married yesterday, and they asked me if I’d like to have a go with some photos. I very much consider myself still a beginner, but they’re not too bad I hope.  Here’s a few, and as I have 600 pictures to go through, no doubt I’ll be clogging up my flickr stream with more over the coming days…

The bouquet

I know I’m biased, but I reckon she looks absolutely beautiful.

The blushing bride




It was a lovely, lovely day.


Can you show me some ID please?

Does anyone have any idea what this is please? I assume it’s some sort of bee? (It was bee-sized anyway.) I’ve never seen a bee with just a white stripe before. They’re normally yellow or orange-y aren’t they? He was trying to get through my patio door, and was completely missing the bit where the door was wide open (in that way that only winged beasts can).

 What is it?!

And here’s the moody shot where he started buzzing angrily and telling me to put the damn camera away.

Attack of the killer winged thing

If all else fails, hug your teddy bear

I saw that motto on a car bumper sticker the other day on my way into work and it sort of sums up how I’ve been feeling lately. I’m sort of stuck in the glums  lately – especially at work – and when I get like that it ends up being a right effort to be bothered to do anything. Felt particularly demoralised at work this week. I really don’t know what to do about that at the moment. So naturally I’m doing nothing! LOL. I just hope that life, the universe and everything will sort itself out eventually.

That’s not strictly true. My latest hope (no doubt inspired by my £50 win last month – first ever*) is that I’ll win the big one on the premium bonds so I can jack in the job, invest the dosh, live off the income and maybe earn a bit more income doing something I actually enjoy. My latest rose-tinted fantasy is to spend my days pottering around a plant nursery. (I’m sure it would be warm(ish) in the greenhouse during the winter months). So to increase the odds of that happening, I took proactive action and purchased a couple more of the bond thingies.

Or maybe pursuing the web-design thing. Or perhaps even the photo thing.


At least it was a nice sunny evening today – and breezy.  (Bit on the nippy side for June really.) I’d been wanting to play with these windmills for a while and it was just perfect for that. Who could stay miserable with colours like that? By the way, for the uninitiated – it’s MEANT to be blurry! It’s called motion blur. (Would have been a cracking example for the old photography course, but alas – I’m too late for that. Never mind…)

* And I’ve had them since I was 2 years old…

Warning – very boring post

We’ve had some nice warm and sunny weather lately and things are starting to get going in my little garden. The yellow alliums are looking good. I’m quite pleased with how the photo below turned out.


My geraniums are looking nice too. My favourite is this one because it’s not too ‘blousey’ or in your face. (The photo’s not as good as the allium one though..!)

Geranium - Katherine Adele (I think)

I’ve also been able to put my summer bedding in, so there will things more or less through whole garden at last. Hurrah! I was trying to not to be too brash with the colours I picked, but I feel I may have completely failed in that regard. Oh well…! It should still look pretty hopefully. Will aim to have a picture online soon.


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