Winter colour

The frost was not so pretty today and the light was not the best so I looked for other things to photograph. I was drawn to some splashes of colour in the garden on the trees. One tree is covered in lichen – some of it a surprisingly bright green – and another tree (sadly deceased) is sporting a couple of different types of bracket fungi – one bright orange and the other a little more subtle. It’s surprising what colours you can find if you look, even though there are very few flowers around.

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peace

time takes
a brisk walk
I skip and hop
to keep up
puffing cloud breaths
in cold winter air
~
just yesterday
spring arrived
minutes passed
in summer
now festivities
rush
~
my desire
to pause
like a raindrop
poised on a leaf edge
as time
slows to treacle
to sit
and in sitting
be at peace

Late Bloom

I took this photo a few days ago in a sunny spell. When I get home from work it’s dark so there’s no chance of photography, so I amuse myself by looking at previous photos and seeing what I can do with them. This is my lavender which after recovering from being smothered in a wild flower bed, is now blooming in November. I doubt that this lovely little flower will get pollinated, and I’m not sure if it will survive the frosts, but at least I’ve been able to enjoy its joyful recovery 🙂

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Wind!

Another weather update for you! Yesterday it was snow, and today it’s strong winds. I knew there was windy weather forecast but this morning it got upgraded to a red alert from about lunch time to 9pm tonight. Red alerts are the highest weather alerts that the Met Office give out, and it says that red alerts mean a danger to life and buildings etc. I was feeling rather alarmed and wondering if I should go home from work. Then the school got closed and that made my decision for me so I went home and nervously waited for the children to arrive on the school bus (I’m a terrible worrier, so I was very nervous!). Everyone got home safely thankfully. Since I got home I’ve been keeping up on developments on the internet and working from home keeping the University website up to date with the weather information. Apparently the highest wind recorded tonight near here was 108mph! Nasty! There are many trees down and roads blocked, as well as some power lines too. It seems that all the main roads into town are blocked at the moment. I have been expecting the power to go off here as the lights have been flickering a lot but we’ve been lucky so far and it’s stayed on. It’s supposed to ease tonight and we’ll have to survey the damage tomorrow, and see if schools and businesses will be open. One thing I know is damaged and that’s our front gate – it is in several pieces, presumably because the wind has been slamming it closed repeatedly. Our bin is lying down and there’s no point righting it as it’ll just blow over again! The children are hoping that roads will still be blocked in the morning so they won’t have to go to school … I’m torn, as it would be nice to have a day at home, but I’d have to work from home, and I know that road closures can cause all sorts of problems for people who have to travel and for the emergency services.

Anyway, enough rambling on. Hopefully things will die down and I may be able to get out at the weekend and see how the spring flowers are fairing in all this nasty weather. Hope everyone else around the country is coping ok with the wind and flooding.