It’s Been a Summer

It's been a shamefully long time since I updated this blog. In my defence, I've been very busy at my day job, and what with that and keeping up with orders, I haven't had that much time to sit and write. I have managed to get out and about too though, so I'm going to … Continue reading It’s Been a Summer

Around Alwinton

Finally, some sunshine. It seems to have been grey and wet so often over the past fews weeks. Winter has been slow to release its grip this year, but finally it looks as though we’ve seen the back of it. To celebrate, we headed off for a walk around the village of Alwinton, a little … Continue reading Around Alwinton

Hedgerow: variations on a theme

The hedgerows around the house have been given their annual haircut, and they are looking very straight and tidy. Although they still form a hedge, it’s possible to see the individual plants that combine to make the whole. The pattern repeats, yet each is unique. Variations on a theme. Find more infinite variety over on … Continue reading Hedgerow: variations on a theme

January Landscape: The End of a Snowy Day

January hasn’t been all snow, but we did have a couple of quite heavy falls, the second of which lingered for several days, so I feel justified in choosing this picture as my January landscape. I’d been walking a new route in the countryside around the house, and was nearly home, when I managed to … Continue reading January Landscape: The End of a Snowy Day

Snowscapes

We’ve had a fair bit of snow over the past few days, which has made for some lovely photo opportunities. The landscape has been completely transformed, and made unfamiliar. The light has been fascinating, from clear skies and sunshine, through dramatic clouds, to steel grey horizons. The weather is due to change and grow milder … Continue reading Snowscapes

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

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

Latest Designs: Skylarks

Most of our walks over the past few weeks have been accompanied by the clear, liquid song of the skylark. They are usually heard before they are seen, and are often soaring high in the sky. Too high to get a photograph, I'm afraid! But the sound and distant sight were enough to inspire me … Continue reading Latest Designs: Skylarks