I think lichens are amazing. I've not tried to find the names of the above 3 but one day,
perhaps when I have time (!!!!!), I will do some research. I suspect they will
be hard to identify!
Years ago (it must be at least 20) I spotted this glass ornament in a charity shop
and it just had to come home with me. It was bought as a Christmas present
for a friend but I found I could not part with it! When I was in the throes
of moving house I did consider gifting it to her but I failed!
Many years ago Beloved decided his piano had to go to make way for a desk as he
was now working from home. It only had to move a short distance; just as well
we have a tractor and trailer to hand. Of course one helper just had to play
the piano... I can't remember what the faces of the people passing
by looked like as I was too occupied with watching the
proceedings! Photos taken with my old film camera as it
was definitely pre-digital camera era!
Late 2003 or early 2004 Beloved announced his intention to buy some land near where we live;
the land comprised 3 fields.... at the time I did wonder what it was all about but over the
years it has become our playground. Anyway I digress. Back in about 2010
Beloved decided to plant a hawthorn hedge.... We had to do battle with rabbits
and deer eating the new growth but finally a hedge is beginning to appear.
About 2 years ago he decided to clip it using his engine powered hedge clipper. It
did the job very quickly but then it was a nightmare to pick up the clippings
from the grass. So when he mentioned this year he intended to trim it again
I said I would hand cut it. It took just over 3 weeks (on and off) to finish
the job. He did help too! The entire hedge is about 110 metres long
(for that read VAST) and it is not all shown in the above photo. Don't forget
the inside needed clipping too! We are pleased with the end result.
In reality it is bye bye several bushes!
When we moved here just over 2 years ago I noticed the island bed was infested with bamboo.
This year finally saw me finish tackling the job of hand-digging it up, bit by bit.
I found the best to deal with it was to use a little miner's pick and not a spade.
I used it to free up the bamboo and then I could cut it out with my secateurs and consign
it to the garden waste bin. A full-sized pick is too heavy for me....
Several shrubs had to go as they were congested with bamboo roots that it would be
impossible to remove said roots. Once I'd cleared around the last shrub I leant on it
and to my surprise it 'fell over' and I nearly fell with it! Job satisfaction by the bucket load.
I've yet to decide what to do with this area!
The first photo is taken from the car as we drove along the railway track
near Embsay steam station. This was taken several years ago.
The other day we were driving to Ribblehead and just as we drove out of Long Preston
I noticed a man and tripod in a field overlooking the railway line. Later on we spotted
other people. Just as we got to Helwith Bridge there were loads of people so
Beloved pulled onto the grass and as I got out of the car I heard the steam train coming!
It was a bit of a rush to cross the road and I managed to get 3 photos,
that were literally point and shoot!
Yes we like steam trains, but then you already knew this if you read about April's
This is a neighbour's dog who likes to BARK at the water. I presume it is her reflection
that she can see; she will happily do this for hours. As I prepare this post
I can hear her barking!
The top weave effect was done using Picasa Photo editor software back
in 2005. This was my entry in the digitally enhanced photo section.
It did not win a prize but then again the prize winners were so much better.
This reminds me of a Barbara Hepworth or Henry Moore sculpture. But what it is you ask?
Question - how do you completely destroy a computer's hard drive?
Answer - burn it! (Another good use the fields are put to!)
Result - the melted aluminium formed this shape.
Look how time has eroded the top of this fence post at our fields. So tactile and so delicate.
Well those are my offerings for this month.
Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos. Don;t forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.