Six on Saturday | 5 flowers and IT

Another week of cloud and drizzle and wind. The grass has been too wet to cut however between downpours I have pulled out several Borage plants that were taking over the raised bed, one with a stem as wide as my arm! And hundreds of seedlings. Be warned, once you sow Borage you will never…

Queen Anne’s Lace

Daucus carota, whose common names include wild carrot, bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, and Queen Anne’s lace (North America), is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, (the ‘umbellifer’ family – such as the highly poisonous hemlock and the commonly seen cow parsley) with white flowers and feathery leaves. It is a dainty frothy wild flower often with…

Six on Saturday | Raining. Again

After a lovely month of warm and dry and sunny weather in May and some sunshine and showers in June, July has started off dull and wet and windy, though not particularly cold. Still not the weather to get out in the garden although after four days away I certainly needed to do some work….

Meadow Brown

The medium-sized meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) is one of the commonest grassland butterflies, on the wing in the summer from June to September.  It even flies in dull weather when other butterflies are inactive. Which may explain why I saw this chappie in the garden on Wednesday. July Squares | Perspective

Catchlight

A “catchlight” is simply the highlight of a light source reflected off the surface of the eye. This highlight adds depth and dimension to the eye, and gives the eyes life in a portrait or snapshot. Even the smallest spark can make all of the difference when it comes to bringing energy and dynamism to…

the coming home trees

Everyone who travels along the A30, the main route in and out of Cornwall recognises this copse of trees on a hill near the border between Devon and Cornwall. Cookworthy Knapp is near Lifton and the clump of 140 beech trees have inspired numerous works of art over the years. The site is known by…

Six on Saturday | Zen Patio

I shall be away this weekend, visiting my daughter in Surrey so I  am not sure if I will be able to link to the Prop’s site properly. Obviously this post has been prepared in advance, but I thought it would be nice to have a look at the ‘Zen Patio’ when at its best…

a quiet moment

Taking a stroll behind the barns belonging to the neighbouring farm the other evening I noticed this view of Trencrom Hill which is a perfect place to go to when seeking peace and quiet. From this view it looks to be practically in my garden, which now makes me wonder if all the large stones…

Six on Saturday | The Longest Day

What a funny week! Sunshine and showers. Heavy showers. I know the garden needed some rain, but enough please! I want to enjoy this time of the year outdoors, plenty of time for indoor activities during our winter months. I did manage to mow the lawn on Sunday afternoon, taking a chance that it would…

creative with DOF #1

During the month of June the challenge on my Travel blog is about being creative with the depth of field (DOF). So I have been playing around with my aperture settings. These are both taken using my phone camera which has a large range of aperture settings and seems to work better than the camera….