I’m not ignoring the dreadful situation people all over the world are experiencing at the moment, I just think it’s important to have a little escapism. Before we went into isolation a week ago, I took lots of photos in our local park and I thought it would be nice to share them with you.
Please keep safe and well, stay indoors and look out your windows. Spring is here and there’s so much to see, albeit from the safety of our homes.
August Bank Holiday weekend is usually a bit hit and miss weather-wise, but this year it was a scorcher and we decided to enjoy a day out in Brighton.
After lunch and a stroll through the Laines we walked down to the seafront to see the Mods starting to gather. I don’t think the Weekender officially started until the evening but plenty of Mods were already there enjoying the sunshine. Their scooters were everywhere and looked incredible.
The shine on this chrome tank was unbelievable – not a fingerprint to be seen!
The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone looked like they were really enjoying a day by the seaside.
This man had stopped at the traffic lights and turned and gave me a thumbs-up. I thought the whole image was brilliant but the background was so cluttered I decided to do a bit of editing. I love the end result
I finally got to visit Petersham Nurseries this summer and I must say it was lovely. The nursery is tucked away from the main road and could easily be missed, but once you negotiate the little lane it opens out into an oasis of calm. I discovered the limited parking after driving down Church Lane and finding no spaces – at this point it started to rain and I had to do a 3-point turn in the tiny lane and park elsewhere. But, determined to sample the tea and cake, I battled on.
The flowers were exquisite and I took so many photographs. I couldn’t leave without treating myself to a new cactus and even managed to buy a birthday present in the gift shop for a ‘difficult to buy for’ gardener.
How time flies when you’re enjoying yourself! I’ve been so busy working on a new mosaic that I’ve neglected posting on here, but on Sunday I locked up my workshop and we headed out for the afternoon. It was a beautiful sunny day and we met up with family for a stroll around quiet country lanes. followed by dinner al-fresco and a rich, indulgent chocolate fudge cake.
The light bouncing off this wheat field was stunning.
Surrey is very hilly so it’s a completely different vista in Essex, with mile after mile of flat land.
Not a mutant horse!
After dinner we walked back over to the wheat fields to watch the sun going down and take some more photographs.
As much as I mourn the end of summertime the colours of Autumn are never disappointing. We’ve been lucky to have had a particularly warm start to this season and the colours have been spectacular. The leaves have remained crunchy underfoot because we haven’t had any rain to make them go all mushy.
The beginning of this week was foggy and I captured some of the beautiful scenes on my phone.
The sun has been shining and the weather has started to warm up so I’ve been spending as much time as I can in the garden. We’ve just bought some new garden furniture and it has been so nice to just chill out in the sunshine.
Sitting outside on Friday we noticed a damselfly flitting from plant to plant so I grabbed my camera and took a few photos. Although I have had my macro lens for a while I haven’t really used it but now I think I’m hooked.
It is so thrilling to be able to see things in such detail.
Look at it’s little face
Next to cross my path was a little Beetle.
I’m trying to learn as much as I can about different types of photography by reading articles in magazines and online, but sometimes just getting out there and practising is the best way. It’s more enjoyable anyway
It’s not unusual for our dog to go running out to the garden, barking as she goes. It’s also not unlike her to bark in the night when a cheeky fox gets into our garden. She likes everyone to know she’s not to be messed with. But about ten days ago she ran outside barking, with her nose in the air and had a really good sniff at the back gate. So, of course, we had to investigate. Not only did we discover a beautiful vixen but five bouncy, healthy cubs.
We have been watching them grow ever since. They come out of their den in the alleyway behind our house every night at dusk. We originally put some food out for them but since contacting experts at ‘The Fox Project’ we found out that, unless they are in need of help, it’s best to leave them to fend for themselves because apparently they are lazy by nature and by feeding them it will shrink their territory and therefore make them have less opportunities to hunt when they need to.
So, we had to be content with just watching and as our attempts to creep out at dusk to look over our fence was alerting them to our presence, we took drastic action, as any sane people would!
So now we have a great view and I can even poke my camera lens through to take photographs without disturbing them.
The cubs are adorable and constantly playing roly-poly and practising their pouncing.
I snapped this photo of the mum looking up as a flock of parakeets flew by.
Always alert and on the lookout, she is such an attentive mum.
This photo was taken when the light had completely gone so it’s a bit grainy and so far I haven’t managed to get a shot of all five cubs together.
They are growing so fast and probably won’t be playing outside our garden for much longer so I hope to get more photographs of the cubs before they are fully grown, meanwhile you know where to find me.