Orange in bloom

orange begonia flower

When you’re painting you mix red and yellow to make orange. Orange flowers always make me think of nature as an artist. Orange Begonia flowers. “Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.” Wassily Kandinsky (Russian painter and art theorist) Crocosmia flowers. In my view a patio or a table or a garden border just seems happier… Read More

North Carolina Black Bear

North Carolina Black Bear face

How did I get so close to this black bear? In August last year we went on a road trip from the Northeast to the Southeast of the USA and stopped on the way at Grandfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Appalachians.  The clouds had fallen down from the sky that day… Read More

What makes a perfect campfire dinner?

campfire burning

No extra layers or blankets were needed for our campfire evening. As dusk approached warm air still whispered through the leaves in the woods. The sun still shimmered across a neighbouring field as we arrived at the campfire site under a canopy of trees. The fire was lit and table set up. Sticks were piled up… Read More


bw photo cows

I kept driving by cows in a field on a lane leading to my home. Then I stopped and took some photos. Linking up with Podcast Dove.   You might also enjoy… Moments in time – black & white photography Flower light Siblings – Twins – June

Our hummingbird visitor

hummingbird in flight

I was reading outside when I suddenly heard a buzzing noise near me. I looked up and there was a hummingbird studying me. It hovered at my eye-level and then zoomed away like an avian superhero. During June in the Hamptons in New York State we spied this incredible tiny bird – whose wings beat… Read More

A tale of bloggers and kids at RHS Garden Wisley

Theo Ozzy Kitty Luce

There was rolling thunder and a flooded patio outside my door as I tried to get ready to meet some lovely bloggers at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey on Monday. My first meet up ever with other bloggers and I couldn’t even get out of the door! Then a dash with wellies, brollies and picnic… Read More

Flower light

peach roses and stems

    I find there’s something cool and beautiful about the effect of sunrays and light on flowers. When I did a post recently on the naturalism of English gardens the petals of a pink rose looked translucent and delicate with the sunlight behind them. This is another version of the same pink rose with… Read More

The week that was in photos – 30

Baby field mouse

Hi! The school summer holiday finally began this past week. So who’s ears are sticking out of the grass? My daughter loves rabbits so I made her sit quietly with me in the garden on Sunday morning to watch them playing near a border. Monday morning breakfast treat of granola, vanilla yoghurt and berries. I watched… Read More

Birds on a wire

birds landing on wire

  I wondered about the origin of the phrase ‘a bird on a wire’ or ‘birds on a wire’ but couldn’t find an answer. Some believe that the expression comes from Leonard Cohen’s song: Like a bird on a wire Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free Or maybe it’s… Read More