#SundayStills – Encounters Of The Bird Kind

#SundayStills – Encounters Of The Bird Kind

Warning – There are a few photographs towards the end of this post which may be upsetting, although there is a happy ending…

Birds are fascinating to me.  There are large birds, tiny birds, they are resourceful, clever, delicate yet tough little beauties, they survive harsh weather and have to dodge so many predators.  They are beautiful.

Here is my contribution for this weeks #SundayStills photography challenge, ‘For the Birds‘ hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt.


We’ve had a few bird encounters over the years, here are a few… Continue reading “#SundayStills – Encounters Of The Bird Kind”

#WordlessWednesday – Wood Carving Mysteries

#WordlessWednesday – Wood Carving Mysteries

Wordless Wednesday – Let your photo’s do the talking!

You can make up your own story for this fella.


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#SundayStills – Can You See The Rounds?

#SundayStills – Can You See The Rounds?

This weeks #SundayStills Photography Challenge is hosted by Hugh from ‘Hughs Views and News’

The theme is…



Rounds are everywhere, if we look for them…

Every morning I look out of a Round porthole window

Taken from our boat while moored in York

This beautiful caterpillar preferred to go Round as I gently moved it away from danger Continue reading “#SundayStills – Can You See The Rounds?”

Reflecting Back On 2019 While Looking Forward To An Exciting New Year!

Reflecting Back On 2019 While Looking Forward To An Exciting New Year!

It’s amazing the things you forget.  I often look back and reflect on the things we’ve experienced, but more so at this time of year. I find that photographs help immensely with jolting my memory, so I turned to my mobile phone to reflect on the photographs of 2019.  I found myself, smiling and laughing along with remembering a few things that I’d totally forgotten we’d done.  I do curse these mobile phones sometimes, but by far the best thing about them, is they allow you to be quite a good photographer!

We’re nearing the end of 2019 and it’s a good time for reflection.

Personally, I’ve found 2019 to be an interesting year…

Fernie, Canada where the weather can be interesting!

It started out with a snowboarding trip to Canada in February where experiencing  strange weather was an education, you’re never too late to learn right?

A new bathroom for the boat where we live, with a homemade composting toilet, (I’m sure I’ll get around to that blog post some time in the New Year!)

Twice in 2019 I was honoured to be a guest blogger, once for Dan Swords, where I was asked to talk about what I’d learnt from my short time as a blogger and also I was asked by Hugh for his blog, Hughsviewsandnews.com to write about my experiences as a blogger, where I wrote about how I almost gave up.  Writing both these pieces were a little different to my normal writing style, a little out of my Continue reading “Reflecting Back On 2019 While Looking Forward To An Exciting New Year!”

#SundayStills – A Few Favourite Shots

#SundayStills – A Few Favourite Shots

Terri Webster Schrandt’s #SundayStills Photography Challenge

This weeks theme is…

Your Favourite Photo’s

Oh dear, I found this quite difficult as I am always snapping photo’s and have so many to choose from, but after much thought, I have chosen these…

The header photo was taken on Gwithian Beach, Cornwall, one of our favourite beaches. I love the reflections on the sand.  Below is Continue reading “#SundayStills – A Few Favourite Shots”

#SundayStills – A Burst of Yellow

#SundayStills – A Burst of Yellow

Terri Webster Schrandt’s #SundayStills Photography Challenge

This weeks theme is…

Yellow Autumn Or Leaves

This is such a beautiful theme for me personally, as leaves are from one of my most favourite and loved things in the world – Trees

It’s wonderful how in autumn, when leaves are beginning to fall and wither away, how nature wants to give them one last burst of life and colour

From deep green to bright yellow, turning to brown then falling…


Autumn, along with rain and dull skies, usually gives us intermittent bursts of blue skies too, just to give that extra wow factor as you look up… 
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#SundayStills – Favourite Sports or Hobbies

#SundayStills – Favourite Sports or Hobbies

Terri Webster Schrandt’s #SundayStills Photography Challenge

This weeks theme is…

Favourite Sports and/or Hobbies

This may be a long one, oh heck where do I start?  As a child I was never still, always doing something, trying new things and I guess, as a 54 year old, nothing has changed there 😀


Drawing & Painting

My dad was a very good artist, I guess he passed that love of drawing down to me, because I have been known to sit and sketch and get totally lost in it.  I particularly love to draw animals.

I have a diary which I started when my two boys were little, hopefully one of them will want it when I pop my clogs.  I write about what’s happening in mine and my families’ lives and accompany the writing with little drawings.  They’re not brilliant drawings, but I enjoy creating this book to pass on for my boys in the future.  Here’s a little sneaky peek Continue reading “#SundayStills – Favourite Sports or Hobbies”

#SundayStills – Let’s Look Closely

#SundayStills – Let’s Look Closely

For Terri’s Sunday Stills photo challenge this week, the theme is Macro or Close-up Photography.

So let’s look closely at a few things I’ve seen lately…

Don’t you just love a Daisy? Especially with Rose the Collie in the background 😍

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#SundayStills – Scenes of Stillness

#SundayStills – Scenes of Stillness

Scenes of #Stillness

When I think of the word – Stillness I’m taken back to many memories of where I have stood or sat in a place and realised there was no or very little noise, no movement, just enough silence for me to close my mind and to absorb what was around me, the breathtaking scenery, nature – the beauty that is our planet.

It’s important for your health and mind to take yourself to places of stillness as it’s a fabulous time to… Continue reading “#SundayStills – Scenes of Stillness”

#SundayStills – A Playground Can Be Anywhere

#SundayStills – A Playground Can Be Anywhere


I’ve been meaning to enter Terri’s Sunday Stills for such a long time, so this week I’m in!

Here’s my take on this weeks theme – Playground

A playground can be anywhere and you don’t have to be a child to enjoy it!  Continue reading “#SundayStills – A Playground Can Be Anywhere”

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Feathers

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Feathers


I’ve been obsessed with the stunning swans who seem to have taken over the banking around the canal where we live, so I couldn’t resist putting forward my entry for this weeks ‘Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge’, where the topic is Feathers.  

Cee offers some great photo challenges, why not check them out Here.

My entries for this weeks ‘Fun Foto Challenge’…

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