a week off…well sort of

I have done a little work this week, but I cannot share that just yet. Pretty much Mark and I have had a week off. We did some work in the garden (which is looking lovely, if I do say so myself)…

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more garden photos

It was my birthday this week and although a hip and knee arthritis exercise and pain management class might not be everyone’s favourite way to spend their birthday, it was pretty good…and dinner at The Circus restaurant in the evening was totally awsome!

We also had day trips:

Bradford-on-Avon

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more Bradford-on-Avon photos

 

Westonbirt Arboretum

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westonbirt 24 april 2014 - 69

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more Westonbirt photos

 

Bristol Zoo

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more Bristol Zoo photos

 

Tomorrow normal programming resumes…getting ready for my stall at the Larkhall Festival on Saturday.

 

 

a ray of sunshine

After several weeks of grey skies and heavy rain and gale force winds, I woke today to blue skies and a strange glow in the sky that I seem to recall is called…sunshine…or something like that (it’s been a while since I have seen it). Miraculously Mark woke up at an almost reasonable hour and we headed to Westonbirt Arboretum. I have dithered about putting more photos here rather than on Deere Diary, as I have not sold any photo cards and had almost decided not to include any photos in my shop. However, I have received such nice comments about my calendars that I think I am going to take a chance that the comments are genuine (rather than just friends and family being kind) and will continue to make my photos available. However, I plan to open a second Etsy shop for photos and photo cards, so they do not get muddled up with the sewing and fabric stuff.

Mark was very patient as we walked through the arboretum and I kept stopping as I spotted patches of dappled sunlight tumbling through the leaves. Not only did he not complain as I stopped every few minutes, he also carried my camera bag in case I wanted to change lens…he’s a good chap that Mark!

sunlight gems
sunlight gems

dappled sunlight
dappled sunlight
leaves in Winter sunlight
leaves in Winter sunlight
first signs of life
first signs of life
flowers! yes, really...flowers! and yellow ones at that.
flowers! yes, really…flowers! and yellow ones at that.
English Winter countryside
English Winter countryside
branches against a rare blue sky
branches against a rare blue sky
banners in the wind
banners in the wind
I think this must be corkscrew witchhazel with catkins
I think this must be corkscrew witchhazel with catkins
no need to stick your tongue out!
no need to stick your tongue out!
reflections in a muddy puddle
reflections in a muddy puddle
iconic view from Westonbirt Arboretum
iconic view from Westonbirt Arboretum
Winter woodland
Winter woodland