Onwards and upward! Always moving and never standing still! We are constantly bombarded with experiences that we must investigate. This week’s photo challenge asks what ‘forward’ means to us. Sometimes it just means that life is a blur
The trouble is that when we have ‘no time to stand and stare’ we can become exhausted with the pace of life.
The photo challenge this week gives an opportunity to air some pictures that you haven’t seen before, and also to hilight some that are my favourites. I’ll be repeating the exercise at Just Snaps, but no repeats of photographs. There will also be a resume of the tree over here when I can get it all together! So, here is a little collection.
(Click on any photograph to open a slideshow with captions)
The New Year began with friends, a good way to start January
February brought us snow. I don’t like snow….
March saw us visiting Wales. I was teaching at Tredegar House
In April we celebrated someone’s special birthday. This was just one course. The rest were equally delicious. Happy Birthday J
May was the month our grandson discovered that he LOVES hot chocolate! It has become a regular treat.
In June we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Once again with friends, and also with a lighted beacon.
July brought us the first of the garden fruits. Yellow raspberries are delicious raw, but also make a lovely jam.
In August someone became 5!
It wasn’t us jetting off to places far away, but September did bring us some blue skies and a relief from the rain that seems to have been here since drought was declared in April.
October, and autumn is in full swing. Still flowers in the garden. Such a joy as the days become shorter.
This was probably the hardest month of the year. Much of the month was spent sorting through the things of a much loved relative. So many memories, I’ll be writing more about these in 2013
I’m so thankful that I have been able to spend 2012 with those that I love, and also make the most of being able to pass on my skills to students worldwide.
Just a few glimpses. I had far too many pictures from which to choose. I hope your 2012 was a happy one, and that you will look back without regret. You can find full details of the challenge here where there are also lots more entries. I hope you will join it too.
The penultimate collection of photographs from my walk two weeks ago. I hope you enjoy coming along with me. In some ways it’s ‘more of the same’, but there are new elements too.
This was the turning point of the walk. It marks the overflow point of the canal, and it is usually a quiet spot. I didn’t expect to see a little ladybird there at this time of the year.
Following the extreme rain that preceded the walk it was doing its job. Water was cascading over the lip of the overflow, rushing down into a little pond at the side and away along a culvert. This makes me think of white silk fibres and granite stitch on the machine. The latter is one of my favourite ‘creative’ free machine stitches, a collection of tiny compact circles which create a lovely effect, and would combine well with fibres.
Sheer fabrics are again indicated by the sun effect on the far bank.
and another sheer could trap tiny fragments of fabric to create a similar effect to the leaves floating in the water. Maybe the ripples in this gully will inspire some stitch patterns.
A very strong element, and one I probably won’t use, but this is a striking silhouette.
This last picture shows the water as it runs off into the pond and then the culvert. So much, and all from within 360deg. 100 steps, and all at the turning point of the walk. Join me next week to see a few things in reverse on the return stroll, and I hope that you will also consider taking 100 steps to see what you can find. Full information can be found here, and previous ’100′s’ can be found here. Have a great investigative week.
I have a frantically busy weekend. Lots going on, so the posts are coming thick and fast before the fun begins. I’ll probably tell you all about it on Monday, so watch this space, as they say. The travel theme is ‘circles. Here are some that I’ve found on my travels.
Taken just a couple of days ago you can see the remnants of our early snowfall.
Circles in nature are always a joy. These seem things of the past, but they will reappear next year.
Winter started with a shout here in the UK. Unwelcome snow, at least as far as I’m concerned. An ideal topic for the new weekly photo challenge, though. However, the photos I’ve chosen are from earlier this year.
This photograph was taken shortly after the one below, and from the same room, although from another window.
Autumn into winter, or spring into summer. Who knows when it will snow?
It’s cold here at the moment, so heat has to be found in other ways. A trip to an eating place fills the need, especially when it serves a dish that is not only hot to touch, but seasoned well with spices. It may not look much, but it was delicious. No, that isn’t chocolate that you see around the edge – it’s balsamic vinegar!
The Travel Theme can be found here. Take a look and find some more links too. Why not join in?