Advent Calendars: Weekly Photo Challenge

Well, it's nearly the end of November and the daily blogging challenge, so it's nearly December and of course I still buy my children Advent Calendars. The chocolate thing is very new to me.  I grew up in the 1960s and I was grateful just to open a window and see a donkey or a … Continue reading Advent Calendars: Weekly Photo Challenge

Fairies in the garden

We have mushrooms or toadstools growing in our garden.  When our daughter was little, she told us these were fairies' houses and they needed water to make them grow so that the fairies would have more room. Recently I found a letter she'd put into a box and left next to the mushrooms: Dear Fairies I have … Continue reading Fairies in the garden

Tiny: smaller than a pea

This week's photo challenge at WordPress is 'Tiny'. I put a pea in the picture to show you how tiny the smallest doll is.  We have quite a few sets of these Babushka Dolls as my daughter used to collect them. I suppose the picture really should be thumbnail To see everyone else's take on … Continue reading Tiny: smaller than a pea

The chaos of an untidied garden

Day Four of NaBloPoMo and NanoPoblano and the Weekly Photo Challenge at WordPress has arrived to save the day.  Hurray! (how am I going to make it to day 30?!) Chaos is this week's photo challenge theme, a state of mind, being and household arrangements never far from my life (I live with two teenagers).  Nor … Continue reading The chaos of an untidied garden

The Lexicon of Love

The Lexicon of Love was the debut album by the British new wave band ABC, released in 1982, and I've pinched the title for this blog post. I've been tempted by the Weekly Photo Challenge again which, this week, is 'Alphabet'. I've chosen this title because ABC has reminded me of my first wedding anniversary, … Continue reading The Lexicon of Love

Another year has come full circle

Of course there are a million and one other things I should be getting on with but I haven't had a go at one of the weekly photo challenges in ages and I just felt like doing this week's challenge which is 'Circle'. As I was replacing our family wall planner earlier today, I glanced at last … Continue reading Another year has come full circle

Not feeling all that ‘fresh’.

'Fresh' is this week's Photo Challenge at WordPress and here are a few daffodils (from our front garden) which always put me in mind of Spring, season of fresh, new beginnings. I'm not feeling all that 'new' myself, after a busy few weeks at home and work. However, things I am looking forward to include: … Continue reading Not feeling all that ‘fresh’.

A small poppy

This week's photo challenge is to take a minimalist photo and this shot of my daughter holding a tiny image of a poppy reminded me of some of the WWI poetry I read with members of my read aloud, reading groups this week. A particular favourite was 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae.  One woman liked the mention … Continue reading A small poppy

Swindon Poetry Festival 2014

Two days after Swindon Poetry Festival, I am still in a high and happy poetry place, and I risk losing my euphoria if I try to set down in words what it was about Swindon that I loved so much.  Luckily, there are already two brilliant posts for you to read, as Robert Peake and … Continue reading Swindon Poetry Festival 2014

In the wee small hours, someone’s working

In January this year, I took a photo from my kitchen window every day and posted it on Instagram.  The photos I took at night, or very early in the morning,  before it turned light, are the most interesting I think. (The ones taken during the day mostly involve wheelie bins on our patio...).  In the photo below, … Continue reading In the wee small hours, someone’s working