I hope everyone had a good peaceful Christmas, we went to L&N who catered brilliantly, turkey yesterday, with all the trimmings, and roast beef today. I lost track of how many puddings were on offer: Christmas pud,
plum&apple crumble, Barbara's yummy creamchocolatecake with cherries in brandy, Calorine's pudding, cheesecake & mincepies, all with cream, icecream, brandy sauce & brandy butter. I think we've all lost sight of what it's about, but it was wonderful to be looked after and do nothing more challenging than a little gentle washing up! Thanks L&N!
Saturday, 22 December 2012
Sunday, 16 December 2012
We had some really hard frosts the other day, left the garden a bit dead& slimy, but the cobwebs even better than dew. If the sun had come out briefly they would have looked better, but gone in minutes, these lasted two days.
How do they manage not to get frost-bitten feet?
Christamas is looming, L&N are doing the hard bits this year, so I'm late & disorganised, but got around to a wreath for the door today, & one for L&N. I use what's in the garden, I'm sure that's the traditional way, so hedge-bits, ivy and white-backed Elaeagnus & Cottoneaster leaves.
Saturday, 15 December 2012
My Photoshop course is now finished, it was quite challenging, time and the hateful computers, but I really enjoyed it and feel as though I've just started to explore the possibilities.
It occurred to me as I was putting these up that they could both suggest I'm a drug-fiend!
Everyone must be familiar with the little white edelweiss from the sun-blasted heights of the Alps. We also found this one in the wilds of Ladakh, furry against the intense cold and wind.
In the current RHS magazine there's a fascinating snippet about the fur: microtubules a few dozen microns across, sized precisely to absorb UV radiation. Space scientists are now adapting it to protect electronics & solar panels on deep-space vehicles. All the best ideas are borrowed!
Monday, 10 December 2012
Don't dial 999! The building is not aflame, just reflecting a rather fine sunset over the Thames, the wind-turbine look-alikes are the supports of a bridge.
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Monday, 3 December 2012
The first frost of the year is always a bit gloomy, the tender things become a soggy mess, waiting to be scooped slimily into the compost, but there's an upside too.
The second reason why I leave teasels and other seed-bearers, the first of course to feed feathery visitors.
These two photos are the same Calicarpa ( appropriately from Greek beautiful fruit), the pinky one is in early morning sun, the purple still in the shade, a good demonstration of the light-colour our brains adjust when they "know" what it should look like. Just occasionally the camera doesn't lie!
And then you can remove colour from most of the image, leaving or replacing whatever you like...
Or you can go completely crazy!