700

Is 700 a milestone? I’m not sure. But from my point of view it certainly marks a point that I never imagined I would actually reach.

Most of you know that I have several blogs. I like to keep things separate – in boxes – (expect here, of course, where I sometimes like to ring the changes) so it might not come as a surprise to hear that I also have a blog where I post a picture a day from our garden.

Our garden is not large – but then it isn’t that small, either, and over the 30+ years we have been here has had many roles. When the children were small it sported a reasonably sized patch of grass that served as sometime soccer pitch, cricket ground, badminton or tennis court.  (It occasionally served as a sun-bathing spot too.) It has had areas where we have eaten lunch and dinner, and also smaller ones for intimate (not too intimate) and peaceful glasses of vino or cups of tea or coffee. It was often used and abused. Soft fruits once grew in abundance, raspberries (we still have a few) blackcurrants, redcurrants (yes, they are still there), strawberries (still surviving), gooseberries, and grapes. Two of the apple trees still remain and also a pear tree, but sadly the rest have gone – not felled, but fallen during several long past windy seasons.

Over the years, of course, our needs have changed. Some areas are the same, but the grass is long gone, replaced by plants and shrubs, some of which are constant, and others change from year to year, including a small patch of summer meadow. I love watching the seasons change, and each new shoot or flower bud is greeted with a smile and, of course the camera. Many of these snaps are not really photogenic, however, but do serve as a reminder of the cycles of life in which we are all included. The photographs I publish are not always meaningful to the causual viewer, but they are a record for me – and that is all that counts.

Maybe I should have waited for another 30 days – because that will record 2 years of posts, but that 700 seemed such a good round number (and it was never expected to be a once a day blog – into which it has turned)  that I thought I’d celebrate today, instead. Today’s post is here. It records the early signs of opening flowers on an established plant – soon to be just a memory as the bush becomes covered in large off-white clusters – and eventually red berries much loved by the birds. Yes, just another stage in that cycle of life.

Each season brings changes, and occasionally we introduce new additions. A (very) recent acquisition was added less than a week ago.

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It’s another abode for passing bees and other insects that might visit the garden. This one is attached to my sometime outside studio, on the side wall that faces the house. The above shot was taken before it was installed, but it has already become a favourite visiting spot for an unexpected caller. Apologies for the quality of a bad photo – but it was snapped in haste through two closed windows (hence the undesirable reflections).

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And that just sums up why I love our garden! It might not seem much to some of you – but it’s ours – and you never know what you will find or see.

 

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