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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Take Three Thursday: Reflections

I am taking back to The University of Bristol Botanic Gardens again today. The pond is a central part of the gardens and frequently has beautiful reflections. While we sat  having a coffee my hand was itching to grab my camera and capture the reflections of some of the people walking by.
So here we are with three images to join in with Mary Lou's Take Three Thursday capturing three pictures with a common theme.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Art in the Garden

One of the Artists at the Art Exhibition at The University of Bristol Botanic Gardens was Christine Baxter who has a studio at Court Robert in Raglan, South Wales. Her sculptures certainly caught the eye but also blended quite naturally into the surrounding garden background.

Some such as these are made of bronze resin.

Others are cast stone.

I was particularly taken with the iron resin hare.

And would happily find a new home for the cat.

The only ones that were within my price range were the animal shapes.

I earmarked the hedgehog as an ideal present for a friend who loves garden decorations. 

Foolishly I left it to the end to buy one so that I would not have to carry it. Unfortunately when I returned someone had bought all three!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Out in the Field

On Sunday afternoon I walked out to check the sheep. It was a lovely sunny day for a walk with Monty. It's great to see the hens back out in the fields. They have been out now for over a week now that the Avian flu risk has lessened and we have been allowed to let them out. They are certainly happy back in their favourite haunts.

They cluster around the water trough like men around a bar!

It was also a busy time with the horses.

Then of course most of the sheep and lambs are now back out in the fields.

Oh and I nearly forgot. The item I showed on Sunday is indeed a camping toaster that sits over the calor gas. Eileen and Mary Lou both had it!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Memos, Mail, Me and Monday: Looking Back and Forward

Good morning to all after another lovely weekend and a special wave to Sian and all the other Mondayers.
This last week my family and friends have been smiling and looking back with me. You may have seen from my post yesterday I have been doing a little clearing with my mum and brother. Have you had a guess at the object I showed yesterday? All will be revealed tomorrow! 
Something else that we turned out was 3 bags of my old school books which have mostly found their way to the recycling bin but I couldn't resist fishing out a couple.

Younger daughter took my old English book from secondary school off to bed to read my ' biography ' written at the age of 14. Interesting reading (at least she thought so!) but what struck me was the lack of encouraging comments from the teacher!
Then there was my diary of my one and only school holiday or school journey as we called it. I think I fancied myself as a second Enid Blyton! Here is a snippet with some amazingly precise details.

It all sounds a bit of a nightmare for the teachers with us all wandering down the train looking for seats. This second clip sounds like a teacher's worst scenario with two transport mishaps in one day. Imagine amusing us kids for all that time.

Well I won't bore you with any more even if younger daughter did find it hilarious.
It's also been a weekend of saying goodbye to our lovely minister Michelle at our church who is moving on to new pastures. A time for farewells and looking forward with a service and lunch. No pictures but these are of the lovely blossom in the church garden.

So wishing you all a great week and I shall be popping round to see you all soon.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Vintage Items

Last week my brother and I helped mum with a bit of a clear out. There was one curious item that we found in the cellar. I know mum won't be enthralled that we considered it "vintage". I have subsequently asked quite a few people if they know what it is. Nobody has come up with the correct answer without some prompting. I only know because mum told me what it is. Do you have any idea?

I look forward to your answers.
One other item that we found was a water bottle from their cycling days. Interestingly repro copies of this are still made.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Specimens of Flowers

My visit to The University of Bristol Botanic gardens on Monday gave me quite a few photo opportunities. Today I am going to show you some of the flowers that were in bloom. The way we approached the garden after visiting the glasshouses was through this enticing arch.

The beautiful pink magnolia is one of the first flowers you encounter.

Pink indeed seemed to be the prevalent colour or maybe just the ones I chose to capture including a peony.

These delicate tulips.

And anemones.

Being botanic gardens all the plants are very carefully labelled with their Latin names. These however I didn't note the name of.

It was only when I was showing the pictures to my mum that I realised I had a picture of pasqueflowers.

These are something I had never heard of until I read Lady Ella's account of visiting a location covered in wild pasqueflowers. A fascinating and picturesque account which you can read about here. Both my mum and I learnt something reading this and I will be searching out one of these locations myself before too long.

Friday, 21 April 2017

A Photo a Week Challenge : Music

Today I am joining Nancy with her weekly meme a photo a week challenge.Each week she chooses a theme and this week is Music. I am taking you back to Prague for this one. Charles Bridge is a popular tourist spot and was extremely busy the first time we crossed it in the middle of the day. Something was obviously causing quite an attraction in the middle of the bridge.

A little band of buskers were in action entertaining the crowds. It was interesting to encounter them because  I had been sent a little video of this group by my daughter when she visited. She had sent a clip to us because my dad was a keen banjo player (a more classical style I might add!). 

Buskers can be variable but they can often bring a bit of cheer as you wander around a city.