“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” – Jules Renard
It was a very early start this morning as my daughter headed off on a school trip to France and then I spent the rest of the morning (on my day off work) packing for my son to go on cub camp this evening. I know that my two kids are going to have a wild time in the outdoors for the next couple of days, so I needed to plan something just for myself and my husband.
As I sat in my garden planning and then with a cup of green tea and a good book, I noticed in the corner of my eye a squirrel on my bird feeders, as I looked up he caught my eye and then darted off on my wall. About 3 minutes later back he came only to notice me again and then proceeded to scamper off again. This happened about six times with him watching me all along, it really made me smile to watch him, as unlike most of the other squirrels that come into my garden he was just so shy.
It is amazing what you can hear when you just sit quietly outside, I really need to learn some bird sounds as I heard at least five different ones as I relaxed. I have recorded the sounds on my phone so when I have a free moment I will work out what they were.
Over the last week or so we have purposely left our lawn to grow, the buttercups and daisies were not far behind which gives me an easy place to get photos of insects.
“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen
After work and running my son to his football clubs I returned home at 8pm and decided I would spend 15 minutes in my garden to relax and collect my thoughts from the day.
It definitely worked and I felt so much better after my busy day, I felt so much calmer. Although I was a little frustrated with my photos as my focusing was a little off today for some reason, I sure hope it is not my lens!
On the edge
I so love it when the garden comes alive with butterflies and bees, it means my macro lens gets a good workout 🙂
I am counting down the days before my 30 Days Wild project starts, even my kids are looking forward to it as we have a few things planned.
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith
Now the garden is starting to come alive I am loving it, it is amazing wondering around with a macro lens the amount that can be found and it is not just flowers.
Then there are the birds………
and also the cheeky squirrels. We now have a family of them in the oak tree near our house, just waiting to see the babies when they arrive, they are always so tiny:-) I never tire of wandering around my small garden seeing what I can find. Once we manage to get it tidied up and planted more for wildlife, hopefully I will see even more!
I love the delicate colours of spring, it is so nice seeing all the flowers starting to bloom, the weather generally getting a little warmer and the evenings not as dark. Now the clocks have gone forward for us in the UK we have lighter evenings again which is fantastic for getting out after work.
and you have to love the light shining on freshly rained on bulbs, it just makes the raindrops glisten……..happy days 🙂
Sorry I have not been around as much over the last week; we have school holidays at the moment, which means I am more hectic than usual. We are also having a new kitchen and bathroom being installed, so have a lot of organising to do (on top of my normal work and daytime routines – we do not do anything by half!). I should hopefully be back to normal in a week or so.
It rains, then it rains and then it rains some more. Living in the UK we get quite a lot of rain. I much prefer sunshine, but, rainy days don’t have to get you down; yes, I love being outside walking or playing with the children on my days off more than anything. I do though try to make the most of the weather we have in the UK no matter what! Photos have so much more atmosphere to them (for me anyway) when there are clouds in the sky, especially dark and brooding ones, which make fantastic black and white captures. When the rain starts, I do some indoor photography. I like capturing the rain drops on our windows, making the outside street a blurry wet smudge of colour and taking photos of my kids as we enjoy some quiet (or not so quiet) time together. Then when the rain has stopped and the outside is wet there are so many opportunities, reflections in rain puddles, refractions in water droplets, bokeh droplets, the list is endless. Below I have included just a few of the shots that never would have been if it had not been for a downpour of rain.
BEFORE THE STORM
AND THE AFTER
My perfect rainy day activity when my kids are quietly playing together and I have some precious “ME” time is being curled up with a good book and a lovely warm cup of tea/ coffee or hot chocolate (depending on the time of day!)in my hand……..BLISS.
What is your perfect rainy day activity?