Taste Of Autumn: Late Rose

Taste Of Autumn: Late Rose

Festival Of Flowers: Week 15

It’s the last Friday Flower post for this year now that the autumnal equinox is practically upon us. Not that you won’t be seeing a few more floral posts from me before the year is out!

Thank you, Jackie, for hosting this challenge. Glad to have found a few other interesting bloggers taking part!

Here’s a late rose budding in our communal gardens. I loved the shape of this bud and hope you all will like it too. Have a great weekend everyone!


Taste Of Autumn: Harvest Moon

Taste Of Autumn: Harvest Moon

Yes, yes, yes, I have split-toned the beautiful, full moon to give it a shade of Autumn 😉

Many people do believe that a Harvest Moon (full moon closest to the autumnal equinox) will appear in autumnal colours.

In actual fact the name derives from the days before tractor lights when the lamp of the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather their crops, despite the diminishing daylight hours.

As the sun’s light faded in the west, the moon would soon rise in the east to illuminate the fields throughout the night.

Harvest Moon

The shorter-than-usual time between moonrises around the full Harvest Moon means no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise for days in succession. Many of us living in built-up areas won’t actually notice this!

I very much want to do some astrophotography with the telescope but I need to get all the correct barlow lenses and T-ring adapters!

I took this photo using a tripod, my 75-300mm Sony lens at 300mm, ISO 100, f8, 1/250sec, cropped and processed in Lightroom.


Taste Of Autumn: Horse Chestnut

Taste Of Autumn: Horse Chestnut

I’m including today’s post in the Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

The Horse Chestnut‘s seed is actually toxic and not to be eaten! It’s thought that some animals, including deer, have developed a way to break down this toxicity. They are extremely dangerous to horses!

Here in the UK, children have collected these shiny, brown beauties for over 150 years for the great, autumnal game of Conkers, often played on village greens and in school playgrounds.

Haiku: Inside

Hiding inside a
Green and browning shell, child’s dream,
Champion conker


Taste Of Autumn: Grapes

Taste Of Autumn: Grapes

This week I’m counting down to the Autumnal Equinox.

Today I’m sharing some English, sun-ripened grapes (yes we CAN grow them here).

There are a number of successful English wine makers now. Our closest vineyard is Denbies, in the lee of Boxhill, near Dorking. My favourite wine from their range is called Surrey Gold.

Grapes and wine are very much associated with the Greek God of agriculture, Dionysus. Appropriate for harvest time and for our forthcoming trip to the Greek Island of Kos!


No Frills Photography

No Frills Photography

Festival Of Flowers: Week 14

I’d love to stay and chat, but Friday 13th has brought us some internet gremlins! Consequently I’m using Simon’s MiFi and don’t want to use up all his data.

I’ve just time enough to share this pretty carnation with you all!

I do hope the gremlins have departed by tomorrow!


Say It With Flowers

Say It With Flowers

I’ve been to see my friend Nikki today. It’s a week since her back surgery and I think she’s doing really well. It’s a slow process healing from any surgery and pain is just a par for the course, it’s not easy!

Little things can really brighten the day when you’re stuck inside, recovering. Not long after I arrived at Nikki’s a wonderful bouquet of flowers was delivered!

They’re from the parents at Bramley School, where her daughter, Rosie, goes. They’re a lovely sunny delight and Nikki was really touched. The bouquet was made by The Flower Pot florists in Tadworth.

It was good to see Nikki and the kids, when they came home from school. Both Rosie and James wanted to hear all about how Pebbles, their cat, was getting on with us. They do miss her so and understandably!

Hopefully Nikki will keep making good progress and it won’t be too long before they can all be at home together again!