Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Changes

Last time I blogged, I mentioned that I was considering changes to the way I blog.  This is because my "time out" has made me realise that at times, blogging can be quite time-consuming and although I didn't want to stop blogging, I wanted to be able to free up a little more time and make a little more space in my busy life! 

So, I've taken the approach of blogging less frequently but including more pictures and stories when I do blog.  Its the photography part I enjoy, and I'd like the pictures to do a bit more talking.

Having said that, I'm still pushed for time as instead of sitting here, I should be packing for a trip.  So, for the moment, I'm just going to post some pictures from my autumn garden.


Raspberries - we've got LOADS of them this year and I'm picking a small handful each day - with still lots yet to come


The courgettes I should have picked in the summer when they were "golf ball" size have now grown to huge proportions and are too difficult to cut into even with the sharpest of knives.  However, they do look really good just sitting by the back door, slowly turning more and more golden in the autumn sunshine.


My one and only cucumber.  They are best grown in a greenhouse but as we don't have a greenhouse and it was a good summer, I decided to give it a go anyway - this one seems to be doing quite well from a hanging basket - but still too prickly to eat yet...


Mr and Mrs Duck - not in my garden but seen on a recent bike ride.  I loved the way they created ripples in the water around them

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things

Well I didn't intend to take a summer break from blogging but it just sort of happened.

First of all there was the problem with the computer having to be replaced which took longer than expected - but on the plus side I'm now learning to use Photoshop which is great.

I'm grateful for the long, hot summer we've had (although at times, being an English Rose type of person, a little too hot for me!).  It means though, that we've been able to get out and about and discover more of our local area

along the riverbank

And also the local beach

fisherman's boat on the beach

beach vegetation


But the hot weather did also bring some torrential downpours

heavy rain beating against the loft window
A result of which, we're now having to get our flat roof fixed next week to avoid serious damage during the winter months.


I've also been really, really busy preparing for my own wedding (yes, I got married this summer!) and, being a jewellery designer and maker, I made my own jewellery



Our wedding reception took place on a narrowboat and we had a lovely day





We continued to take advantage of the good weather by exploring places on our bikes.  We had a gentle but interesting ride around Chichester Marina and had the opportunity to take our bikes on the little ferry across to Bosham, adding to the sense of adventure.

Chichester canal opening out into the Marina


Chichester Marina


On the ferry to Bosham


Sadly, we also experienced a family bereavement and have been coming to terms with the loss of someone dear to us.  Someone once said to me that rather than mourn the loss of a person, we should try and focus on the happy memories we have of them and be glad that we knew them and that they played a part in our lives, and although there's no doubt that a mourning process needs to happen, I've always found this point of view quite helpful at times of loss.  But there's no getting away from it, life always does has its ups and its downs and, as Arlo Guthrie says "you can't have a light without a dark to stick it in".  

And so at this time of year, with the harvests being collected in the fields, it reminds me of the whole circle of life which is constantly changing and evolving.  Even my blog is changing and evolving, but more of that next time....

late summer harvest in Sussex