Weekly Photo Challenge – Yellow


A tiny insignificant little star, but such a welcome sight.

Flowering throughout the winter on green stems, this plant reminds me of my childhood home. When other branches are bare, when snow is on the ground, when the rain falls and skies are dark – there, steadfastly holding on is the yellow promise that spring WILL come very soon.

Full details of the challenge can be found here, and visit Just Snaps for another interpretations.

Looking Back – 3

Looking Back – 2

Looking back – 1

January was wet! I had forgotten just how wet until I was reminded by this photograph taken at the local nature reserve.



The rivers and streams were full to overflowing.


Fortunately we were safe, but in other parts of the country many suffered flooding and had to move out of their homes.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Twinkle

No stars, it was too foggy. Lots of twinkle, though


The South Embankment of the Thames, prompted by the Weekly Photo Challenge. More on Just Snaps


Once again I am going through a period of receiving a vast number of spam emails. I wish someone would tell me why they bother! The current spate are mostly from the Inland Revune. Presumably written by someone whose grasp of English isn’t that good, and they obviously don’t use spellchecker, either.

I’m interested to know from those of you whose first language isn’t English – do you too get spam in your own language – with spelling mistakes and hilarious turns of phrase?

The following post is recycled from November 2010:

I have written about email Spam before, and, of course, it continues to come.  It still makes me laugh, so I thought I’d share just some of the spam I received overnight.  I had a number of invitations and offers

1   Buy REAL Rolix watch (from realrolixCo)

2   Genuine Offer  (This was from Captain General Sir Richard Omgobwe, how could I refuse?)

3  Your HSBC acoint has been acsesd by a thrid party (Do I have an HSBC acct?  Hmm, better click on the link to find out…..)

4   Dear Friend (a kindly barrister sent me this, it says so in the ‘from’ heading)

5   Your company needs us   (Free Cash Investments were kind enough to offer me their services

6   You have won $300,000,000 in US lottery  (Now you know why I’m giving up work!)

7   You have won £300,000,000 in UK lottery (Thank goodness I can put my money into that HSBC account..)

8   Please confirm you HSBC acunt details  (Not until I’ve invested all my money, no doubt)

Please note that all spelling mistakes in this post are from the original mails.  I did not open one of them, these are just retyped headings etc.

Where are they now?  All in that great big junk bin in the sky?  Will they be incinerated?  Will they add to global warming?  What will we do when that is full?  I don’t know the answers to any of these questions – but there is one to which I do know the answer:

Will I get any more Spam?

You betcha!