Sanctuary

The word ‘sanctuary’ has a long list of meanings if you look it up in a dictionary, but the overarching idea is that it means a place that is sacred, whether you mean that in a religious way or not. It is a place where you can take refuge and be safe. You can alsoContinue reading “Sanctuary”

Happy 18th Birthday

In 1998 I had my best Christmas present ever, my son. And then as I turned 29, I had my best Birthday present ever, and that was you, my beautiful daughter. I remember worrying about having enough love for the both of you, but when you were born, of course, all those worries evaporated. LoveContinue reading “Happy 18th Birthday”

Winter isn’t coming … yet

fire and ice fire and ice combineas glistening frozen leavesreflect the sunset coloursshivering in the golden glowas winter’s grip takes hold written by me, December 2012 twinkle even in the deepest days of winterwhen darkness falls earlyand nights are so longthere remains a glimmerthe merest twinkle of warmer timesglistening in the hidden spaces written by me, DecemberContinue reading “Winter isn’t coming … yet”

Autumn Memories

into the coppery hallsof beech and intricate oakto be close to the treesas they whisper togetherlet fall their leaves,and we die for the winter  Whim Wood from Katherine Towers’ The Remedies Inspired by the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Autumn.

Trees in Springtime

I was pondering what photos to use for today’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge (spring) and I was feeling a little stuck. I’ve done many, many blog posts about spring, and don’t want to repeat myself too much. But I tend to focus on the spring growth on the ground, so what about the spring growth aContinue reading “Trees in Springtime”

Photo Challenge: Summer

We’re having some seasonal themes over the next few weeks for the Lens Artists Photo Challenges. This week is summer. So what photos express summer to me? Well, of course I could just say summer runs from June to August and pick out photos taken during those months. But I’m going to think about whatContinue reading “Photo Challenge: Summer”

Surprises in the Garden

I get a lot of surprises when taking photos of small things. I often find myself looking at a pretty flower and discover that there is a tiny creature on board. Sometimes I don’t notice the little creatures until later on when I’m looking at the photos I took! I had a look out inContinue reading “Surprises in the Garden”

Quiet Moments

Quiet moments are my favourite kind of moments. If you are trying to take photos of potentially skittish small creatures, quiet moments are essential. Sometimes I find myself holding my breath as I creep closer to try and get that shot. Sometimes they pose nicely, sometimes they flit away as soon as the camera isContinue reading “Quiet Moments”

One Single Flower

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is ‘One Single Flower’. I have many photos of flowers, but I decided to take some new photos specially for this post. This is an Osteospermum flower that I brought indoors to photograph. It’s rather damp outside which is why this little flower has a very wet centre. I’veContinue reading “One Single Flower”

A Difficult Journey

I’m on a journey, as I imagine many white people are right now, of learning and understanding how I am part of the problem of systemic racism in our world and what I can do about it. There are no frills, no pretty flowers to soften the harsh truth. I must walk this difficult pathContinue reading “A Difficult Journey”