Week in Flowers, 2nd – 8th April

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It seems most of the photos I’ve taken this week have been of sugary sweet flowers…

Candy Floss Cherries

Lemon Sherbert Forsythia

Apricot Quince

Frothy Cream cherries

Candied Violets

Lollipop sea pinks

 

Some photos: 19th-31st March

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Ideas I’d like to write down as blog posts keep flitting through my mind but I can’t seem to get them down as anything intelligible. (Sorry that didn’t even make sense!) So here instead is a random selection of things I’ve seen, made or noticed from the past couple of weeks.

Monday 19th Frost Again

Tuesday 20th March. From frost to warm blue sunshine, could almost imagine this as the Ipswich Riviera

Wednesday 21st. The flowering quince by the office is bursting with gleaming white flowers

Friday 23rd March. Mud Reflections and two Shelducks.

Friday 23rd. I made houmous!

Saturday 24th March. Aren't these tiny flowers on the mossy wall adorable?

Saturday 24th March. Venus and Jupiter were particularly bright, especially considering this is still twilight. The moon like a sliver of fingernail. Though it did occur to me that the street light is still far far brighter, why isn't that considered so worthy of note?

Sunday, 25th March. I played tourist today with my aunt, we visited the National Trust's Sutton Hoo ship burial ground. This is a replica of the Dark Ages mask found in the burial, the archaeologists had to piece it together from more than 4,000 broken fragments!

Monday, 26th March. Glittering light on the water.

Thursday 29th March. Pastel evening light. A family were sat on this bench with a picnic on my way back. I didn't want to intrude with another photo, but they made the scene quite idyllic!

Friday 30th March. A character-ful building. I only had my little snap camera but I can imagine there are lots of photographic possibilities here.

Saturday 31st March. While out with the running club earlier in the week, discovered this little boardwalk through the reeds. I came back with my camera but found it's not very photogenic with the reeds so tall and obscuring any river views!

Finally some more houmous to end the month. I think I could be quite comfortably self-sufficient if houmous was a fully nourishing meal!

 

 

Seeing the good: Week in Pictures – 12th-18th March

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Pne of Dream Electric’s recent posts, ‘Three Good Things – The Positive Data-Log’ struck a chord with me – it was what Celine (CBT Lady) encouraged me to do back in June last year, and what I aimed to do by starting the challenge of photographing what I did or saw each day! I find have a tendency to automatically see the bad side of things, so challenged myself to end each caption on a positive note, regardless of how it started out. It must be a positive thing to be able to do that (see what  I did there?!)!

Monday, 12th March: I've been keeping an eye on the buds on the shrub by the office door,. Reassuringly they'd sprung open over the weekend.

Tuesday, 13th March. This photo is meant to represent my Tuesday night running activity (our club runs start and finish at this tennis club but). After feeling a bit knocked by one of my bosses telling me my drawings weren't good enough, I appreciated going running and being competently able to put one foot in front of the other!

Wednesday, 14th March - Juicy kiwi berries (basically what it says on the tin: grape sized very sweet kiwis, eaten whole!) were on a sale offer at Budgens today, seemed very exotic in a corner of Suffolk!

Thursday 15th March: My birthday! Went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the old fashioned but perfectly decent Riverside theatre. Although at 26 I have to accept that I'm more than a quarter the way through my life, the pensioners in the film made me feel young still!

Friday 16th: Hazy Sunshine. I tried to line the sun up as a light bulb on the mast, but then forgot and missed half of it from the frame! I hope you still get the idea.

Saturday 17th: Came back from three hours of rowing to find I'd 'locked' my bike like this! Though I was thoroughly frustrated with myself for being so inoompetient, I did sort of persuade myself to see the funny side of it (my post on FB got quite a few '*likes*) and to be grateful that I live in a fairly civilized town with an undesirable 10pound granny bike.

Sunday 18th: I visited the Beth Chatto Gardens in Essex. It's a quiet time of year for the gardens, but the woodland bulbs and scree garden sempervirens were worth the logistics of 3 trains and a cycle ride to get there!

Weekend in Pictures

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I’ve got to admit I surprised myself with an impressively full, for me, weekend! After several slumpish weeks I decided I needed to do something to change things, so on Tuesday, before the middle of the week crawl hit, I planned a weekend of activities in London. Though there were a few times when I tempted just to stay at home and hibernate (but knowing I’d berate myself again for being a useless hermit) – my aunt aptly described the logistics of organising my friends: ‘like herding cats’ – everything fitted together nicely like a jigsaw.

I travelled to London on Friday night.

By their nature I think rail stations are pretty grim places, so I appreciated this cheerful little touch in Ipswich station as I made my way to London.

Spotting this on one of the trains in London made me smile. Almost made up for the fact I'd jumped on the wrong train!

On Saturday morning I took my Granny out for a wheelchair walk along the Thames. We watched these scullers by Hampton Court. She later reported she had a very nice visit from her daughter-in-law. I guess she got it close enough, though I'm interested to know who she thinks her son is!

In the afternoon I visited Wisley. Though my friend thought it would be a washout to the point of not bothering to come, I still found a rainbow of colours and lots of textures. I also hope my company’s clients have generous budgets when I get to design their planting plans, I have made long lists of plants I’d love to include!

Colours and textures at Wisley

Saturday evening I met up with friends at an Iranian restaurant. Pomegranite and walnut sauce stew highly recommended!

Sunday morning went to see the Wildlife Photography exhibition at the Natural History Museum. I had lots of favourite photographs, though none of them were the winners actually selected by the judges!

Tern Style by Ilkka Rasanen. In a children's category no less! I would say it is well worth visiting, but Sunday was its last day! I think it will be touring the UK now, so in fact not too late to see it. It has inspired me to plan more photography focused outings, as well as just carrying my camera around for opportunistic snaps.

One of my own much more boring photos:

Exhibition Road, by the Natural History Museum, V&A, Royal Geographic Society and close to the Royal Albert Hall, has recently undergone a makeover, turning it into 'shared space'. With reduced road markings and no pavements, it is meant to be more pedestrian friendly and less car orientated. Its had mixed reviews, but considering that I was with two other landscape architect friends and none of us could agree on the 'rules of the road' in this scheme, I don't blame the general public for being a bit confused too! General consensus is that, unless its a very quiet Sunday afternoon, as it was, it is probably still best that pedestrians don't cross the road with a blind fold on!

We came across a nice Lebanese restuarant where we were talked into ordering far too many, but equally delicious, mezze dishes. I must have been inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine weekend (by chance I’d bought a carrot-coriander-houmous sandwich at Wisley too!) as I absent mindedly stocked up on houmous today in the supermarket.

Feeling well stuffed, had time just to dash back to pick up my stuff and start my mission of a journey to get home on Sunday night (thanks Greater Anglia, your rail ‘improvements’ had better be worth it!)

One other positive thing from last week:

7th March: Leaving work in the daylight for the first time this year!

Week in Pictures, 27th Feb – 4th March

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Even though this felt like a shaky week, looking back at my photos, I remember there were a few things to make me smile. One of the reasons I like carrying my camera with me.

Monday 27th - Not sure if you're meant to choose a doctors' office by the planting outside, but seemed a good enough reason as any (at the time at least, may want to punch myself later)!

Tuesday 28th - Found a dozy butterfly also enjoying its lunch

Thursday 1st March - 'Ray of Sunshine' cheering me up, and a little daffodil celebrating Dydd Gwyl Dewi

1st March - Mud squiggles. I like to imagine this as a huge canyon with alien (space) ships looming nearby.

Saturday, 3rd March - Came across this in the evening, wondered if Mother Nature can be considered a guerrilla gardener?

Sunday, 4th March: End to a topsy turvy grey week: topsy turvy houses in the rain. At least it gave me half a smile thinking about it!

Lots of ice and snow

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As well as knitting, another feature of the first couple of weeks in February was the snow and ice!

4th February - Frozen Meare at Thorpeness

5th February - Red letter day?

5th Feb - More red from the berries

5th Feb - I still get excited by squirrels!

5th Feb - Snowy Christchurch Park

6th February - Cold Deben river

7th February - a forlorn boat

11th Feb - Still too frozen for sculling

12th February - just a bit of snow on the edges

12th Feb - A very confident or fool hardy kayaker

Week in Pictures, 15th-22nd January

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For my sins I’ve decided to set myself a target of taking a photo every day, and putting them up on the internet, every day! I’ve done it in fits and starts before, and, being inspired by this guy who has kept up his daily photography for years, I’m starting again with renewed enthusiasm, what with being in a new place and everything. So here’s a bit of cross-posting!

Sunday 15th January: One of those weeks, rather a lot of the same with some good, bad and interesting bits sprinkled through

Monday 16th January: A little gull coyly spying my sandwich crumbs

Tuesday 17th January: quite a picturesque route to pick up some milk!

Wednesday 18th January: Yesterday's crisp morning replaced by heavy grey wet air

Thursday, 19th January: These birds were being a bit more forward in demanding my sandwich!

Friday, 20th January: Stuck in the Mud!

Saturday 21st January: Too windy for sculling, but these boats were still well protected in their marina

22nd January: It pleases me that this was 5pm, and there is a tiny glimmer of daylight still!

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