Thursday, 29 December 2011

No words needed

To my mum Muriel!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Jesus - the greatest gift!

Many thanks for all the kind comments on my mum's death. They are all appreciated and it's great to know that people I've never met ( apart from Julie and her lovely hubby) took the time to leave a comment. Hope you all have a great Christmas!

Friday, 16 December 2011

My mum

My mum died a couple of days ago. She was 96 and had lived in her care home for 5 years and in a residential home for 6 years before that. There is a big gap in my life now. I shall miss her.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Friday, 25 November 2011

Near the shed

Near the shed, with two of Kim Klassen's textures

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Fit to burst

Found this one in the archives, taken at the beginning of autumn. To me it speaks of good things to come, beauty and colour just waiting to burst forth.

Sunday, 20 November 2011


Bright sunshine and it's nearly the end of November! Played with this image in Photoshop and added one of my textures. At least it makes a change from the shed! (Can't believe I've actually got a folder called 'shed' - what's your strangest folder?)

Friday, 11 November 2011

Wor shed

That is, our shed. We haven't a huge garden (you might have a yard!) but it has a shed in it. Just a plain old shed, but with lots of memories - rabbits have lived here, a swarm of bees made their home here, children and grandchildren have used it as a 'house'. I quite like it but it wouldn't appear in a 'Homes and garden' magazine!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Resident snail

Becoming a rare sight these days, these phone boxes often end up in somebody's garden as a large garden ornament. This one, still in use on the west coast of Scotland, had its own resident snail which moved around from pane to pane. It must have made little sorties to find food!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


Before and after editing, using Painter with curves adjustment and yellow photo filter.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

A short break ...

..... on the west coast of Scotland - beautiful in all kinds of weather!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011


Reflections in the car and a starling ever hopeful of finding crumbs! Beautiful Indian summer here, an added bonus after the gales of the last month.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

In my garden

Trying out a new lens! Didn't see the cobweb until I saw it on the screen- the wind has made short work of it!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

No longer in service

Part of a rusty steam train - can't beat these colours (in my opinion!)

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


It was the dedication of our latest grandchildren on Sunday. This psalm is a lovely reminder of how precious we all are in God's sight - sometimes easy to forget in the varied circumstances we find ourselves in, no matter what age we are or how long our lives last.

Saturday, 3 September 2011


Having accidentaly left my small camera bag at son-who-lives-a-long-way-away's house, there were times when I didn't want to carry my big (heavy) bag around. A quick look at commercially made handbag-type bags revealed that they cost about £100+, so I decided to make my own using a bought bag and fitting the 'innards'. The first bag cost about £10 -

- and the second (smaller) one was one I already had in the house. I used about a metre of fabric for each bag, one inch foam (bought at an upholsterers), plus sew-in velcro. The dividers can be repositoned to suit the size of lenses, filters and other bits and pieces. I love using them as they don't look like camera bags and they have room for purses, mobile phones and so on. I can also remove the whole unit and put it into another bag - and you can't have too many bags!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Clinging on

Seems like the last days of summer at the moment, but not giving up hope!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


We've just had a very enjoyable holiday on Anglesey, an island off the north coast of Wales - you could clearly see the mountain range, including Snowdon, in the distance. The last two pics were taken in the old copper mine near Amlwch with amazing orange-yellow colours. The mining goes back to Roman times and was once a thriving industry, today you can walk around the site and imagine all the activity that once took place here (and they were my favourite colours!)

Thursday, 11 August 2011


I was surprised to find some autumn leaves on the ground - it's still summer! - although it has been cold this week with almost continual rain.
We have all been dismayed and shocked at the violent scenes of disorder and looting we've seen on tv - a lot of prayer has gone up for calm and peace and will continue to do so.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Beautifully small

Thank you for all your kind wishes since my adventure in a helicopter! Feeling almost back to normal now. Good job I didn't have my camera with me - it would have been smashed to pieces.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Ups and downs

A lot has happened since I last blogged! A strenuous (for me!) 3-hour walk up Cheviot ended with a 15 minute ride down in an RAF air-sea rescue helicopter after I tripped and gashed my face on stone. No bones broken - just needed to be glued together. Could have been a lot worse. The crew was marvellous and I am extremely thankful to them and my friends who looked after me until the helicopter arrived.
This was followed by travelling down to Suffolk for my nephew's wedding where a good time was had by all! These shots were taken "down south"!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Still small

I'm still fascinated by the beauty of small details which are easily overlooked. Might be here a while!