Wednesday, 21 June 2017

summer evenings


We are having a mini heat-wave here with temperatures reaching 30ÂșC and my last post has pictures of a cold January Edinburgh day!

Today is the summer solstice (in the UK it was at 5:24 this morning) so I thought some seasonally appropriate photographs would be a good idea.


These pictures were taken  last week when we had a short walk and an evening picnic along the Wayfarers Path in North Hampshire.


I like to go at this time of the year to see the wild orchids. There were plenty to see this year.





A beautiful place for a picnic sitting in the sunshine among the wild flowers.


The path back went through fields of barley, gently moving in the breeze



and as the sun got lower in the sky the whole place took on a golden glow. A reminder to appreciate the long summer evenings.



Thursday, 2 February 2017

January


January was a full month, lots going on but activity curtailed in the middle of the month when we both went down with an exhausting flu-type bug. I didn't take the opportunity to rest with the result that I still don't feel up to full strength yet - a lesson to be learned there, trying to keep going and ignoring the tiredness and cold symptoms doesn't seem to work for me as I get older, must slow down and rest.

A couple of weeks ago we spent a weekend in Edinburgh visiting our youngest son. The weather was bright and sunny and we managed a short walk in the Pentland Hills. This was the most snow I have seen so far this winter!


It was a glorious day to be out, wonderful to have access to the countryside so close to the city.


Back down in the city, a closer view towards the castle from Princes Street gardens.

Glimpses of the back of some of the buildings of the Royal Mile through the trees


and down at ground level, the first snowdrops


and a relatively tame urban rabbit!


Back at home we had several cold days,


no snow but very heavy frosts that lasted all day.


The water running from the fields froze on the lane making the daily walk more treachorous than usual.





This last weekend we went to the south coast for the day. It is a year since my father-in-law died and we wanted to visit the crematorium. We left home early and enjoyed a walk by the sea.


The beach huts are all closed up at this time of the year


but still look attractive against the hill.


Even in January the plants form a softly coloured tapestry of different textures.


Finally a hint that spring isn't too far away, the seaside daisy, Erigeron glaucous, blooming alongside the promenade.