Sunday, 29 July 2012


Taken with the 60mm lens, using a filter 'drawing' effect, with the font sverige script.
Another bright sunny day here,  the fields are gradually drying out after so much rain but water is still standing in the cornfields.  Hope they dry out before harvest time.  Our garden sunflowers are still struggling to grow and we aren't expecting to see any flowers soon, if ever.  Still, a lot of fun was had planting them and they have been watered over-enthusiastically!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Lavender palette

Using one of the lavender images to make a palette for Color Me Weekly.  I used a gradient fill on the background and a 'glitter' brush for the different colours. It's still sunny!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Summer scents

A painterly effect added to the lavender image, then the sponge effect applied.  Summer seems to have arrived at last!  Spent yesterday at the Sunderland Air Show along with a quarter of a million other people; HI was in his element  (and it was his turn for the camera!)

Thursday, 19 July 2012


Most of the flowers in our garden (and we don't have a lot!) are dropping petals at a furious rate due to the rain but at least the hydrangea loves the downpours.  Snails and slugs also abound but I can't bring myself to photograph them - I'm sure they must serve a purpose but does anyone know what it is?!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Weathering the summer

We talk a lot about the weather here!  Whilst folks in the US are keeping out of the heat, we are sloshing about in wellies and reading about streets becoming rivers and homes being under feet of water.  Fortunately that hasn't happened to us although we would like to see some sun! The sunflowers we planted with the GCs are only about 10cm high, so the competition for the highest sunflower may be off!
These pics were taken at Blyth when there was a thick sea mist; it was rather strange to walk on the beach and hear the waves but not see them.  Hope you are having good weather wherever you are!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012


Since I mentioned the pod-opening I thought I'd show the result.  Amazing to think they will all turn black and escape through the 'vents' one day (you can tell I'm not a biologist!).

Monday, 2 July 2012

Pick a poppy

Playing with poppies to join in with Color Me Weekly palettes.  I opened one up to see what was inside - white, not black, seeds.  I suppose they turn black as they dry out.  Then we can cook with them!