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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

More Frost

We continue to have quite a few frosty mornings but these are a few more that I took last week when frost upon frost created some amazing crystal effects. This is the windscreen of my daughter's car that was not used for several days.

The rest are just around the yard outside our house and the main farmhouse.

The rate the birds are going there will be very few berries left.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Memorandum Monday: Lunchtime Conversation

Morning all and sending a wave to Sian and all the Monday morning bloggers. So what's new this week? Well there has been a lot of frost about which judging by Helena and her followers on Snap has been pretty widespread. I couldn't resist a couple more frosty pictures for you and this time I didn't go wandering in my dressing gown. It was a bit further than the garden this time so I went suitably dressed in coat, hat and boots.
Those who follow me on Instagram will already have seen this one. How an ordinary little flower growing around the chicken house can be completely transformed by a touch of frost.

Then nearby an everyday fallen leaf.

This weekend we have been to a Sunday lunch 60th birthday party. Well that's new for a start. When did we get too old to have our parties in the evening?! Then there is the conversation. The new subjects now are mainly centred round entitlements at 60...  Free prescriptions, OAP entry rates, pensions, bus passes.... Did someone mention heating allowance? Oh dear, how did we get here? (Or nearly there, still a couple of years for me!).
Well there was still a birthday cake (technically cakes).

The birthday girl seemed to devise a new way to blow out the candles and no she didn't burn her nose.

Have a good week everyone!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

5 in 5 : Waterfowl at the Lake

Each month on the 5th I join Sandie in her 5 in 5. The remit is that you take your camera and your timer to your chosen location. Set your timer for 5 minutes and get snapping. The tricky bit is choosing just 5 of these to show.
I am a dy early this month but I had to pop back to Chew Valley Lake with a query about our new binoculars. There were a lot of ducks where I had left the car so out came the camera!

1. A lot of the Ducks were sunbathing on the side of the dam.

2. Some were closer and looking out for any food going on a rather frosty morning.


4. I should think that everytime I have stopped in this car park there are some gulls in this position.

5. None of them are very friendly!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2016

I was very pleased on 1st December to see that Eileen is holding her Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt again this year. It's great fun and everyone is encouraged to join in. Should you want to find out more click here. This is the list of subjects to photograph:-

1.   layers
2.   raindrops
3.   key
4.   a signpost with an image of an animal
5.   fur or feather
6.   river or canal
7.   glassware
8.   a seasonal treat
9.   diamond
10. winter weather
11. a photo taken outside at night
12. a market or market stall
13. cogs/gears
14. repetition
15. hands
16. a memory of your childhood
17. a church with a tower or spire
18. tools
19. bird table or bird feeder
20. cold
21. hygge - this one is compulsory, here's a link to an explanation of the meaning of hygge 

If you find any of the above hard to get you may substitute one or both of the subjects below, except No. 21 which is compulsory.
Alt A  a pinecone
Alt B  a shadow
Alt C  an angel

So where do we start? A few weeks ago I took a photo of the tree that I can see from my kitchen window to show the colourful leaves. This is the same view this week which could also be a possibility for 10 Winter Weather or 19 Bird table or feeder. 

So good luck if you do join in. I look forward to seeing your results when you link up with Eileen.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Six Word Story : Short

It's time to join Miriam with her Friday Short Story and this week the word is short.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Shopping in the Sunshine

The last few days have been clear bright days albeit rather cold. On Tuesday I had a few bits of shopping to do in Nailsea and the trees in the car park looked fabulous.

In the afternoon we popped down to Chew Valley Lake to the Optics shop to buy a pair of binoculars for our trip. We made a successful purchase but then I had to stop for one photo before we left.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Snap: Frosty

Yesterday morning I was out in the garden in my dressing gown to get some photos of the heavy frost before it started to melt. Some ideal subjects to join Helena in her weekly Snap.
My garden is quite sheltered between the house and the wall but Jack Frost got in last night so I would anticipate finding some of the flowers dying back now.

1. A fuchsia still flowering.

2. This snapdragon has been there two summers..

3. Some beautiful leaves too.


And then the lawn.

Oh whoops have I miscounted?