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Oaks

We took the brave but necessary step a week ago, to ask our local tree surgeon to work his magic on the sadly neglected trees at the Farmhouse. My husband was rather doubtful about the whole project, but trees are complex guys. Firstly height. It’s a dangerous job to rope a tree, climb and wield… Continue reading Oaks

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Winter firewood

Near our tiny hamlet there are forests. Logging forests for burning and fence making. I drive past here many times meaning to take a photo, but either forget my camera or I am not the driver and too soon we have driven past and it’s too late to stop. But this week Tony’s injured shoulder… Continue reading Winter firewood

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Plants for pollinators

Quick post as I am still on chicken coop duty, chief painter and trying to get a flower bed prepped for wild flowers. Saw one bumble yesterday as weather warm nut as yet flowers sparse. But a question for you, for all you gardeners. I have a criteria: Plants to grow to a maximum height… Continue reading Plants for pollinators

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Gruyere French

I evidentally have holes in my brain. Lots of them.  The French tester politely explained that I knew words that were advanced, but fundamental parts of the French language were missing.  God knows what I had been replying to his questions, but sometimes he looked confused and at other times plain shocked.  My neighbours back… Continue reading Gruyere French

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Project Farm

From last March, I have been stalking round my neighbours farm, snapping nervous cows, yapping dogs and farmer too.  The seasons brought work to the farm – feeding, ploughing, hay making and calves to birth.  Its a lonely job being a beef farmer and most days Christian is on his own, doing what he does,… Continue reading Project Farm

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Technology in the countryside

Taking photos on the “big camera” as I call the Canon Mark III is quite time consuming. It’s a heavy camera, especially with the 70-210mm lens to get close-ups – eyelashes of cows for example, and if stability needed, I need to lug the tripod too. One solution for the blog was to get a Tamron… Continue reading Technology in the countryside

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In flower for 2018

The hedgerows are quiet and in winter slumber.  The ivy is still feeding the last few little pollinators who haven’t realised  yet its time for bed.  The hedge near our house still has pink pillow berries and the nettles never ever notice winter at all, and continue to menace even in their frosted coats. When… Continue reading In flower for 2018

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How cold my toes

The more it snows (Tiddely pom), The more it goes (Tiddely pom), The more it goes (Tiddely pom) On snowing. And nobody knows (Tiddely pom), How cold my toes (Tiddely pom), How cold my toes (Tiddely pom), Are growing. Winnie The Pooh was right.  He always is.  It snowed and I rushed out with the… Continue reading How cold my toes

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First snow

It snowed! So excited as it isn’t supposed to snow here. Couldn’t wait till morning, had to jump out with camera and rush into the garden.  It was so quiet, beautiful and the dark lanes and fields were lit in soft reflection from this new white blanket.  The sky is heavy with snow, so tomorrow… Continue reading First snow

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Frosted Winter mornings

This week I woke to beautiful white frosted views.  These are from my garden.  The garden itself is in winter slumber.  The grass is covered to ensure the grass dies back for Spring when I will be creating a wild flower garden. The wildflowers need barren earth, they need harsh, they need the support to… Continue reading Frosted Winter mornings

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Browns stopped me feeling blue

Over the summer I had been so busy with the barn renovations, settling into my hamlet and trying to work a balance between my work – accountancy – and other projects that require a creative input that I had forgotten what I loved doing the most – photographing flowers, seed-heads and grasses.  Ok I am quite… Continue reading Browns stopped me feeling blue

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Summer floral and visitors

I always love taking photos of flowers and yesterday I was sorting photos, realising so many were in my old computer and yet to be released.  Here are a selection from spring and Summer, many in my local area of Creuse and some from London where I lived before arriving here in March. It is… Continue reading Summer floral and visitors

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Picture papers

A few weeks ago I grabbed handfuls of saffron from very wet grass, took them home to dry, but ended with sogginess and to the compost they went. A lucky accident, the saffron dyed the papers they were draining on and after drying, they turned out to be great background papers for the herb photos.… Continue reading Picture papers

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Foraging Future

From 2013 to early this year I had invested a huge amount of time and finances on bringing to commerciality a conifer syrup that originated from a recipe my husband’s father made from the pine cones and fir tips he collected whilst walking the local mountains. He was a mountain man – both in his… Continue reading Foraging Future

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Monochrome Madness

Leanne is a fine art photographer in Australia. Her niche is architecture, landscapes using long exposure, dramatic contrast and now infrared, a new exploration into the reverse world of light. Every month Leanne runs a post – Monochrome Madness – where we can post our photos based on the theme set. It’s nice to be… Continue reading Monochrome Madness

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My garden bench

After many months of cutting down an overgrown wilderness, a garden appeared.  The birch trees flourished with a bit of tlc, shading their roots, mulching and a lot of watering when the heat was extreme in August.  But something was missing.  A garden bench.  I wanted a quiet spot to sit, to write notes for… Continue reading My garden bench

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Teasing times

As a child in the 1970’s I loved the dried Teasels every woman seemed to have in her home and as time went by they became dustier and one day as time moved, they were no longer loved and dried teasels became unfashionable. It is a shame as I still love these cruelly prickled seed… Continue reading Teasing times

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Wild and wonderful

I had a garden five years ago which I had to abandon when I divorced.  It wasn’t a large garden, more a Edwardian pocket handkerchief, but I had started to fill this with flowers I could cut, dry and bring into the house. Even when they faded and dried, they were re-cycled into linen bags… Continue reading Wild and wonderful

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Almost missed

This tiny little delicate seed head was hidden in a dark obscure mossy place down by our local stream. I had forgotten my tripod, so holding my breath to get the shot was turning me blue.  I am not yet skilled in connecting two or three  images to bring this lovely seed head, almost star anise,… Continue reading Almost missed

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Its a London thing

Sometimes you take a photo and years later upon seeing it again, memories flood back, you delve back into the box of old pictures and huddle on the bed amongst a disorderly history of your life.  The lid goes back on the box, the box goes back on the shelf and you will probably find… Continue reading Its a London thing

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The wild in wildflowers

Last year my wild flowers, encouraged from existing wild species, from clearing evasive monster weeds, and removal of strangling meadow grasses, was in just five minutes destroyed by the hedge trimmer.  Good intentions to keep the meadows tidy, but hang on a minute – outside my patch! My overgrown meadow, yet to become a garden… Continue reading The wild in wildflowers

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IGPOTY – Why I was not International Garden Photographer Of The Year

I find entering photographic competitions a double-edged sword.  My partner says that if I do not win I will be sad and think I have failed – not so.  I do believe there is a place for competitions.  For one the winners photographs are hugely inspiring and wild flowers always feature as a category in… Continue reading IGPOTY – Why I was not International Garden Photographer Of The Year

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Wine and Roses

A day off being lazy last week.  I didn’t have my camera only my phone. I wanted to capture the hazy light of a day after rain and the carafe of red wine and the roses with their pretty blotched shades of yellow and pink. I added some graininess to keep the photo looking soft… Continue reading Wine and Roses

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Dogs and Bees and Weeds

This is Sousa.  She is an oriental dog and like all small dogs, noisy and very possessive of her bones.  She lives at our home in Romania and spends the day chasing cats, bees and looking for mice in the huge woodpile we have.  The bees in Romania make superb honey and this sign I… Continue reading Dogs and Bees and Weeds

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A bike and a camera

I have been away from France for almost a year now.  Pressing work in London meant abandoning the barn, photography and the sunshine for wet and windy England.  Another few months in Romania making our pine syrups and now it is June and I am finally heading back to the meadows and cows and six… Continue reading A bike and a camera

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Lions Teeth clock flowers

I photographed this fluffy fronded Dandelion last summer, growing on the verge of a narrow lane in Kent. It was the only one, and I loved its almost graphic quality in the lens, strong lines and whiteness against the green foliage behind.  I have no idea what type it is and I have never seen… Continue reading Lions Teeth clock flowers

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French picnics

The journey to our home in France takes about nine hours from Calais and we make regular stops for mini picnics – crusty bread, chunks of brie, boiled eggs and coleslaw.  French motor ways have lovely parking areas, where you can picnic and stop for a nap if you want before pushing on.  This one… Continue reading French picnics

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Blackheath wildflowers

Blackheath near Greenwich, in London, is a broad expanse of common land where the locals walk, fly kites, and take their dogs for exercise.  Running all along the edge of the road that cuts through, leading to Shooters Hill are wildflowers, a crazy mixture of bright pinks, purples and lemon yellows. Every couple of years they mow them… Continue reading Blackheath wildflowers

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Hidden in the fields

Sometimes hidden in the grasses in the meadows near where I live, you suddenly see a little bright splash of colour in the sunlight and with a little perseverance with the telephoto and depth of field you get these lovely little portraits of our many varied wild flowers. I have yet to name this one. … Continue reading Hidden in the fields

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Last winter leaves

In Valcea, Romania there is a small park by the river and last winter when the snow had almost obliterated every pathway I took a detour across town to try and capture the last few leaves hanging on before the final weight of snow shook them down. I love the greyness here and sense of cold. The… Continue reading Last winter leaves

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Flowers on the streets

I used to live in London, right in the centre, ten minutes along the River Thames to Westminster, then later nearer the City, where the big banks hang out and the money is made.  For a floral photographer not an ideal place, apart from a few parks full of planted beds, but I still wanted… Continue reading Flowers on the streets

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Carpathian meadows

In the late afternoon, as the suns heat rises and the light creates lovely silhouettes and bright colours, the meadows in Valcea, Romania, are great to photograph. We have a house there and the town is surrounded by mountains.  With forests, wild flower meadows and up in the Transylvanian Alps a more dramatic landscape to… Continue reading Carpathian meadows

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Flowers for interiors

Sometimes you  go through an afternoons photo shoot and you see an image that you know will work for an interior.  I love graphic art and with a small tweak an image can take on a whole new look, perfect for adding colour to a room or where you might want a picture for a bare wall,… Continue reading Flowers for interiors

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Bee Happy

This little guy , a Common Carder Bee, was so engrossed in collecting nectar, he was oblivious to my zoom lens. It’s hard to get bees facing you for photos. They spot you and always seem to turn their bottoms to you. Hard to focus on them too,  but fun trying. I used to be… Continue reading Bee Happy

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On the road

The road from our hamlet to the local town of Gouzon is lovely.  It rolls and dips between the fields, still straight as the Romans built, and is a great place to grab a quick photo of the roadside flowers that spring up.  All through the year the cycle of seeds and weather create swaths… Continue reading On the road

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Wild Weeds

Thistles and nettles may not be everyone’s favourite, unless you make the nettles into some lovely home made wine, but as they they wilted under the heat of the late summer I caught them on camera to catch their stubbornness. Where some die in the heat, others continue to grow and find cool places in… Continue reading Wild Weeds

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Late evening hedgerow grasses

Our barn is right in the middle of meadows where cows graze with their young calves and young bullocks frolic and show off.  The hedgerows are full of wild flowers, grasses and insects and on late autumn evenings as the light falls, the colours of the fruit laden brambles, hawthorns and other thorny hedge plants… Continue reading Late evening hedgerow grasses