Silence

Walks in the countryside around our house are usually fairly quiet affairs. Once out of the village, I often don’t see a soul, unless you count the rooks and sheep. Other than the wind, they are often the only sound to be heard too. I went for a walk in the snow this afternoon, and … Continue reading Silence

Temporary: Black Headed Gulls

I spotted these black headed gulls perched on the railings of the footbridge in Rothbury yesterday afternoon. I was only able to get a couple of shots of them before a pedestrian crossed the bridge, and they scattered. Temporary indeed! For any doubters out there, the black (or more accurately, dark chocolate brown) head that … Continue reading Temporary: Black Headed Gulls

Peek: The Hand of St Paulinus

Take a peek at the detailled carving on the statue of St Paulinus at The Lady's Well, near Holystone, Northumberland. Now cared for by the National Trust, the legend is that St Ninian used the shallow pool on the site to baptise early Christians. It's a beautiful, tranquil, and atmospheric place, set in a grove … Continue reading Peek: The Hand of St Paulinus

Glow: Brinkburn Priory

Low autumn sunlight falls through the windows of the manor house at Brinkburn Priory, giving the stonework a warm, mellow glow. We've been meaning to visit Brinkburn Priory for a while now, and finally made it last weekend, just before it closed for the winter. It's a beautiful, peaceful site, and in a week of … Continue reading Glow: Brinkburn Priory

Waiting

It's harvest time, and the fields all around us are full of bales, if those giant rolls of hay are indeed still called bales. The weather has been very changeable over the past week though, and some crops have not yet been gathered in. This combine harvester has been parked up for a few days … Continue reading Waiting

Bridge

I had never been to Berwick-upon-Tweed before we moved to Northumberland, but it has quickly become one of my favourite places to visit. It is just south of the English/Scottish border, and its layout and architecture, featuring town walls, ramparts, and barracks buildings. reflect the troubled history of the two kingdoms, On a less martial … Continue reading Bridge

Focus: Belle

I have been taking care of my friend's dog Belle for the past week. She's a lovely, good-natured dog, full of energy and constantly on the move. As a result, she's not easy to photograph. This is a rare picture of her posing very nicely for the camera. The secret of getting her to sit … Continue reading Focus: Belle

Evanescent: Bracken

The bracken is just starting to appear on the hillsides around the house, and I captured this spike in the process of unfurling when I was out walking last week. I love the almost-symmetrical crown on top, where the leaves are still curled up, and haven't quite opened out yet. It looks like an art … Continue reading Evanescent: Bracken

Reflecting

This picture of trees mirrored in the surface of the China Pool at National Trust Wallington is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge prompt for this week. It's a beautiful spot, and as we were there on a still day, the water was free from ripples, and the reflections were very clear and crisp. It's nice … Continue reading Reflecting

Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

The fields all around us are suddenly populated by tiny lambs, and the air is full of their plaintive, high-pitched bleating. It's a lovely sight, as few baby animals are so full of wobbly charm as a lamb, and it means that spring really has arrived. The ewes can appear to be fairly casual mothers at … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Security