Saturday, 25 January 2014

My World - in a box

The Lucky 7s theme this week is My World.  Well, some of my world went into storage this week, packed up in boxes into a hired van.  We have dry rot in our kitchen walls and the bedroom above and the work starts tomorrow to take our my lovely kitchen (only put in 3 years ago) take down the ceiling and treat the dry rot, then it all has to be rebuilt. 

We've known about it since October but the work starts next week, so it's been rather busy with packing and organising over the last month.  I'll keep you posted as the work progresses.

Monday, 6 January 2014


Feeling rather virtuous as I went to the gym after work!  As I was packing up my stuff to come away I realised that there were lots of colours, so perfect for the prompt.  There was no one around so I snapped this with my phone.

Friday, 3 January 2014

As one challenge ends...

Another begins!  Lucky Snapping in 2013 has finished but KathiJo, one of the contributors to Lucky Snapping is carrying on with photo prompts and I am going to try to do at least one each week.  Now it's Friday already and I haven't managed a single one - not a good omen!

As it's a funny sort of week we are starting on Wednesday.

Your word for this week will be : Resolutions 
with added daily prompts : 

    • Wednesday : Food
    • Thursday : Drink
    • Friday : Clothes
    • Saturday : Travel
    • Sunday : Family 

I don't do resolutions so here are my first three daily prompts:

Hope everyone is staying safe in the storms, it's wild, wet and windy here.

Monday, 2 December 2013

The final view - Lucky Snapping in 2013

And so we come to the end of a year of 'The View' at Lucky Snapping in 2013.  In many ways the view doesn't change very much, we were just commenting on how green the grass is in December. Let's see just how the View has changed.

January 2013

February 2013
March 2013

April 2013

May 2013

June 2013
July 2013
August 2013
September 2013
October 2013
November 2013

December 2013
Thank you for staying with me through the year and watching my view change through the seasons.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Frosty Day

We woke up this morning to a white world, there had been a really hard frost and everything was tinged with sparkly white frost - so pretty!

Even my little plastic fox had frosty ears, he is supposed to keep the rabbits out of the garden, but they are just not that stupid!

This little bird was hopping around in the shade of the Ash tree, you can see that the frost never really went away in the shaded areas, hard going for birds.

This little robin (on top of the post) looks a little bit thin, possibly a young robin. 

Some birds are getting fed though, if the hips on my Rosa Rugosa are anything to go by!  Many of the hips have been eaten but there are still plenty left as well as quite a few holly berries.

It was actually really warm when you found a sheltered spot in the sun, and the frost soon began to thaw and drip.

Have a good week everyone.

Monday, 4 November 2013

The view and a walk by the river

The sky was blue and even though there was a cold north east wind blowing, I decided it was time I went out for a walk down to the river at the bottom of our fields.  I've posted this photograph of the flying ducks (just like the little ornaments your gran had on the wall) as it is my favourite photograph from today.  I took my DSLR today and was glad that I did, the compact is great and nice and light to carry but you don't get this kind of shot with a compact!

More ducks, they were all swimming about at the edge of the river, but took off when they noticed me.  I think they are more used to a different kind of shooting and are wary of people.

Here they are minding their own business until I pitched up!

And here are the sheep, studiously ignoring me  in favour of a bit of autumn grazing.   I love that tree, it is such good shape, proper tree shape, if you know what I mean.

And here is The View in November.  I had to take it from the back kitchen window rather than from upstairs as we are using that room as a bedroom at the moment as we have had to evacuate our bedroom due to dry rot, it's a long story and the work won't be compelted until February.  Anyway, my dressing table is in front of the window so I can't get close enough to take my usual View photo. 

It was pretty frosty yesterday morning, the first time we have had a white frost this autumn, later it turned out to be a horrible wet, windy day.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

In my garden in October

Between the showers today, I popped outside to take a few quick photos.  The one above is of my 'Beauty Bush', I've had this shrub for about 15 years and although it has occasionally decided to flower, I have never had berries on it.  Aren't they an amazing colour?  I'm sure it's in the wrong place but I don't think I'll be moving it now.

The leaves are falling from the trees now, particularly as it has been really windy today.  Here in the south west of Scotland we are missing the worst of the storms predicted for the south of England, however we did have 50mph gusts and lots of leaves had gathered between the path and the grass.

Lovely Gentian, still blooming despite the weather.
 This Polyanthus also provides a splash of colour.

The glorious blue skies make this look like a summer day but the brief spells of sunshine were interspersed with very heavy showers and sometimes the sky in front of the house was blue and the behind the house it was very, very dark!  You can see that our field is full of water, the usual 'pond' is about a third of the size of this, fortunately it is far enough away from the house not to cause any alarm.

Stay safe everyone.