Posts Tagged ‘photo’

1914 – 2014

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Today is Remembrance Day – the day when we remember those who lost their lives in past and current wars.

It’s now one hundred years ago that a generation of young men was wiped out in WW1.

When I was young it was very common for people to have several maiden aunts, the young women whose fianc├ęs didn’t come back and who never got married. There just weren’t enough young men to go around. They were lying under gravestones in France and other places.

11th November

Olympic Gold

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Wasn’t it wonderful having the London 2012 Olympic Games here in the UK!

I cleared my diary and treated myself to a seat in front of the TV for all of the Olympics and Paralympics. After all, it won’t happen again here in my life time, will it?

I watched British swimmers, cyclists, althetes, horseriders and other sports men and women who I had never heard of but who are now household names.

It was wonderful to see the support given to them as they were cheered on by the crowd. That must have helped them to win their medals.

The Post Office has celebrated each UK Gold Medal winner by painting a Post Box gold in their honour.

Here’s the one in Cheltenham that was painted gold for Alex Gregory and his Olympic gold medal winning performance in the Men’s Four Rowing. The box is in the Upper High Street.

Gold postbox for Olympian Alex Gregory

Unseasonable weather

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

We’ve just had the most amazing hot summer weather – at the end of March!

People got out their T shirts, shorts and sunglasses. But it’s also meant that we’ve had clear night skies. I think this month is the first time I have even seen the Moon in it’s new phase on the first day that it’s visible as well as for the next few nights. I love seeing it when it’s a tiny thin sliver that’s not even a crescent and then watching it gradually grow.

Crescent Moon with craters

Hearts on display

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

No, not images of open heart surgery, but Valentine’s Day.

I’ve been amazed at the number of shops that have had Valentine displays in their windows since the middle of January. I’ve never noticed it before. Perhaps it’s as a result of the economic recession that they’re having to work harder to get customers in through their doors.

It used to be just Valentine cards on sale in card shops. Now it seems that every shop is selling something heart shaped and filling their windows with all sorts of red and pink hearts – table confetti, little plaques, cake tins and cases, mugs, tea towels and lots of other things with hearts on them.

I think the displays are pretty and I’ve enjoyed looking at them, and it’s given me some good photo opportunities!

When all the hearts are taken out tomorrow, I wonder if they’ll be replaced by chicks, fluffly bunnies and chocolate eggs?

Valentine collection

Waning Moon with craters

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Waning Moon

I was hoping to be able to get a shot of the full Moon this month. We’d had lots of clear skies, so I thought there was a good chance.

I spotted it as soon as it started rising. It looked enormous and very orange, a huge fiery ball sitting on the roof of a house. Guess what! As soon as I got my camera out, it clouded over! I waited and waited hoping that the clouds would clear, but after half an hour, I gave up disappointed.

It was four days later that the temperature dropped and the sky was clear and I was able to take this shot of the waning Moon at 76% illumination. I love the way the craters show up when the sun is no longer shining full on them.

Crescent Moon

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Crescent Moon

I like watching the Moon. I meant to go out around lunchtime today to see if I could see it and forgot. It was tea time when I remembered. I opened the front door, and there it was! I didn’t even have to look for it.

I have a challenge with a friend to see who can see it first each month when it becomes visible a couple of days after the New Moon. As soon as I saw it, I sent him an email. I thought I had ‘won’ this time as I hadn’t heard from him that he’d seen it.

His reply pointed me to his blog where he has added a new page called ‘Moonspotting’. There he had logged seeing it nearly two hours before me!! Nevermind, I might win next month!

Tomatoes from my garden

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Tomatoes from my garden

I love growing things in the garden. It’s wonderful to step out of the kitchen, walk across the lawn and pick something fresh to eat.

The runner beans have got lots of flowers on them and some little beans are starting to form. I’m looking forward to being able to pick them.

I was given a nice healthy pot of tomatoes and have enjoyed watching them grow. Yesterday I decided that the first few were ready to pick. I cooked a meal, and then when it was ready, I went out to harvest the tomatoes, fresh and warm straight from the plant. They were delicious!

A good year for Foxgloves

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

I love the beautiful bell shaped flowers of foxgloves and the way they have patterns inside them to lead bees deep inside to pollinate them.

It’s been a good year for them this year. I’ve seen them on roadsides, in gardens, in people’s drives and I was really pleased to see some growing in my garden.

Every morning I could come downstairs, put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, and while it was brewing, go out into the garden to take photos of the foxgloves and the bees buzzing round them. They lasted for ages, because as one flower dies, another one opens further up the stem.

They’ve gone over now, but I’ll spread their seeds round the garden hoping that they’ll come up again next year. In the meantime, I have some lovely photos to remember them by.

A butterfly on my marigolds

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

A friend gave me some lovely bright yellow marigolds to plant in the garden. They look really good especially next to the red and yellow Red Hot Pokers, but an extra bonus is the lovely butterflies they attract.

I try to remember to take my camera with me when I go out into the garden, because if I see a bee or a butterfly and run back in to get it, guess what! When I get back outside they’ve gone! I find butterflies quite difficult to take, as they flit around so much. If they do sit still for a few seconds, it’s often with their wings closed so that I can’t see their beautiful patterning.

So I was really pleased to find this one sitting still with it’s wings open when I had my camera with me! It’s a Small Tortoiseshell and now I know that they like marigolds, I’ll plant them again.

Bumble bee in the garden

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Bumble bee with mite

I’ve got some foxgloves in my garden, and I’ve been enjoying taking photos of bumble bees flying in and out of their trumpets. When I looked at this one on the computer, I noticed that it had some sort of mite either on it or attached to it.

I’ve since looked it up on the internet and found some photos with poor bees completely infested with them.

I hope it’s just hitching a ride rather than being a parasite sucking the poor bee’s blood.

It looks really big compared with the size of the bee doesn’t it?