November was the last time I posted here…NOVEMBER??!!

I don’t know why I haven’t written here for so long. I have no particular reason, I just simply haven’t.

It really doesn’t feel like 9 months, this year has gone so fast, it could be just a few months since I was last here. But, we have had another Christmas, a New year, my son’s 18th Birthday, my 50th Birthday, another summer has arrived {and what a hot one it is turning out to be…phew!} and a whole lot more crammed in between from the ordinary and everyday to the wonderful and simple moments that make life worth living. There has been some crap stuff too, but we won’t dwell on that!

I have wanted to be here, but somehow it just hasn’t been a priority – maybe it should be?

I am not going to leave it another 9 months until I post again, it’s good to be here and I’ve missed you!


Fans and ice-lollies

Lovely end

Yesterday was seriously hot…cooking eggs on the pavement hot, airless, lung-filling heat, and even as darkness fell, still the heat hung.

Summer might have been a little late round these parts, but jeez, yesterday she certainly made up for it with the hottest day ever recorded in the UK for July.

However, despite much perspiring and huffing & puffing Mother Nature gifted us a very lovely sunset.

If it is hot where you are I hope you are managing to stay cool somehow, fans and ice-lollies are the order of the day here!

Nature does not knock

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H o w   s t r a n g e   t h a t   n a t u r e   d o e s   n o t   k n o c k,

a n d   y e t   d o e s   n o t    i n t r u d e.

~ Emily Dickinson

Such beautiful words from Emily Dickinson and so very true, don’t you think?

This is the last of my quotes as part of this challenge from my fellow Muse, Jane…thanks Jane, it has been lovely!

Today I would like to nominate Kim over at the lovely Spiral Spun, but please don’t feel obliged : )


Touch of Nature


O n e   t o u c h   o f   n a t u r e   m a k e s   t h e   w h o l e   w o r l d   k i n.

~ William Shakespeare

Yes, it’s that flower again, but this time, as you can see, with two little friends. We have lots of flowers and bushes attracting bees this year in our garden, {which makes me enormously happy} not least these yellow mystery flowers. We have also planted much more lavender, which not only attracts wildlife, but smells divine too.

This is my second day of the quotation challenge from Jane, which now appears to have a slight theme. Today I would like to nominate Karen from Pumpkin Sunrise, a lovely lady with a wonderful blog that makes me feel so at home when I visit. Karen, please don’t feel obliged to take part {I know you will be busy with the wedding just around the corner} but it is fun! You can see the rules here on my first post.

A happy Sunday to you all, Jane xx

Smiles of Nature


C o l o u r s   a r e   t h e   s m i l e s   o f   n a t u r e.

~ Leigh Hunt

I have been invited, along with some fellow Monochrome Muses, by the lovely and very talented Jane Morley {who’s blog is full of much beauty and inspiration} to join a great challenge, posting a favourite quotation over 3 consecutive days and inviting 3 other bloggers each day to join in.

For me there can be no bigger and more happy smile than a yellow flower and boy is our garden full of them at the moment. We spread some wild flower seeds in early spring and up they have popped, bringing a swathe of vibrant yellow to our small space.

My nomination today is Katie over at What Katie Did Next, please know that there is no obligation to join in Katie, but I felt it might be the kind of thing you would enjoy {and I am only going to nominate one person per day}.

Sending a big yellow smile your way, Jane xx

this week {words & pictures}

this week - friday 29 may 2015

~  l e m o n  &  h o t  w a t e r

~  e x t r a  d a y s  o f f  { YES! }

~  h e l p i n g  m y  d a d  c h o o s e  a  n e w  c a r p e t

~  m o r e  d r a w i n g

~  r a i n  { l o t s  o f }

~  l o n g i n g  f o r  m o r e  s u n

~  p l a n t s  g r o w i n g

~  s t a r t i n g  a  n e w  b o o k

~  s w e e t  w i l l i a m  { a  g i f t  t o  m y s e l f }

~  b e i n g  a  r e v i s i o n  a s s i s t a n t  : )

. . .

I  h o p e  y o u r  w e e k  h a s  b e e n  a  g o o d  o n e ?

  { i f  y o u  w o u l d  l i k e  t o  s h a r e  y o u r  w o r d s  &  p i c t u r e s,  

t h e n  p l e a s e  d o }  

W i s h i n g  y o u  a  v e r y  l o v e l y  w e e k e n d  

x  x

. . .

this week {words & pictures}

this week - friday 22 may 2015

~  a  m e a l  &  a  c a t c h – u p  w i t h  a  f r i e n d

~  r e v i s i o n

~  a  l i t t l e  s t r e s s

~  t w o  e x a m s

~  r e l i e f  { t h a t  t h e y  a r e  o v e r }

~  s o m e  p e n c i l  d r a w i n g

~  p e o n i e s

~  e g g s  { f o r  y o u  ~  e l l i e,  j a n e  &  g r a c e }

~  l o n g i n g  { f o r  t h e  w e e k e n d }

. . .

H o w  w a s  y o u r  w e e k ?

  { i f  y o u  w o u l d  l i k e  t o  s h a r e  y o u r s,  t h e n  p l e a s e  d o }  

W i s h i n g  y o u  a  v e r y  h a p p y  w e e k e n d  x  x

. . .


Pink Peony

In May, the huge buds

tight-packed and filled with pink silk

burst and sing their song


A Haiku for my Sunday Poem. If you feel the urge to join me with a poem, then please do, I would love that!

Wishing you a good week ahead. Jane x



Through ancient woods

 we ventured

on well-trodden paths

dappled with sunlight;

 and either side

carpeted with bluebells,

ringing in May

without a  sound.


Sunday has officially become the day for poetry writing!

Wishing you a happy Sunday and a great weekend ahead, Jane.

The Monochrome Muse

Make a wish

I have been invited by my friend, Ellie, to join her new project, The Monochrome Muse, which you can check out here.

Now, I just love black and white photography, so when Ellie asked me to contribute, I jumped at the chance. There is just something so wonderful about black and white photographs, the nostalgic feelings they evoke, their timelessness and the fact that you are not distracted by colour and instead see the texture, light, tones and shapes, which can be truly magical.

I hope you will take a look and enjoy the lovely images posted over there and perhaps join us?

Tea & Paper

Noticing and Musings

April Coady Poetry

Life is adventure, poetry and love.

Susan Rushton

Celebrating gardens, photography and a creative life

Angela Topping

Poet and Educator

Buone Storie & Corse

Parti, osserva, fermati, scatta. Riparti!

Geen Geenie

Writer & Artist Bridgeen Gillespie

Michelle GD

tiny moments (and everything in between)

Loving Leisure Time

This is how I spend my quality free time...

Lonestar Lauren

Life and travels of a native Texan.


"Our Internal Depiction is complex yet original."

Wild Soul Grace

staying present : living and dying

Joshi Daniel Photography

Photoblog of Joshi Daniel

Hands on Bowie & Jimi

You know, it's cool for cats.