Signs of Spring

Today I allowed myself a little time in the garden, inspite of it being very cold, to take a few photographs and sprinkle eggshells round vulnerable plants to keep off the slugs.

Luckily I have a good view on the garden so I have been able to keep in touch with what has been growing, even if I have stayed indoors.

I am pleased to see that the snowdrops are still holding on and happy to see that the daffodils are finally here. There is also one lonely crocus. back over the other side, near the snowdrops, my Lenten Roses are giving a great show. Well it is Lent!You can see the remains of the Christmas roses at the front.

I am a great admirer of Leanne Cole and especially like her macro photographs of flowers, as that is something I enjoy experimenting with.

Recently she wrote an article suggesting how to edit macro photos using Lightroom – http://leannecole.com.au/5-tips-for-macro-photography-using-lightroom/

Now I don’t have ‘Lightroom’ but I was able to apply some of her ideas to the photograph of the crocus and produced this – What do you think?

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Update with flowers and bread!

I still haven’t felt inspired to do any more than work on my sock(s). Though I have got beyond the heel now! sock latest

I would have got a bit further but when I had got about this far I realised that I had dropped a stitch a couple of rows after finishing the heel and the only safe way to sort the problem was to undo back to that point stitch by stitch!

Not much to show, so I thought I would share a few more of the highlights of my week with you.

Now a few weeks ago when my daughter came down she brought me a bunch of flowers. At the time I was still pretty weary and my granddaughter kindly put them in a vase for me. The flowers lasted well and when they were all gone I rather fancied buying some more but I have been shopping with a back pack lately and flowers would suffer in a back pack.

But then on Tuesday my brother came to visit me and brought lots of flowers! This time I felt up to arranging them myself, not that I have any special skill at this, but they looked so lovely in the vases that I decided to take some photographs.

I don’t have an ideal place to take photographs and by now it was the evening, so don’t expect something exceptional.

First I took some pictures on the dining table.

There were enough flowers for two vases!flowersand similar flowers to the above with roses and ?. flowersThe roses are much redder than this but, as someone very colour conscious, I frequently bemoan the ability of cameras to capture colours accurately.

I then took the flowers upstairs to the study to take against a more neutral background but this was taken at ISA 800 by artificial light so I adjusted the colours a bit to restore a green tone to the walls! flowersand flowersThe flowers were much more open on Friday so I took a picture of the first vase from above. flowersThe other flowers didn’t make an attractive picture from above so I just photographed one of the roses. roseI was also making some more bread: a white loaf this time, so I photographed that. bread

Monthly Montage – November

Life has given me a few problems lately, so I have been spending my energies on them and not done much crafting, except a little simple knitting when in company.

However I felt that I should still create my normal Monthly Montage post.

I shared photographs for shop, walk and letter but although I took a photograph for light I did not get around to creating a post. Maybe I will share it below.Monthly montage - NovemberKnitting this month seemed to be all about hats: one for my daughter and two as Christmas presents for seamen. I crocheted a dishcloth and shared a free pattern and tutorial for what I called a “Beginner coaster”. And I slipped in a photograph of our success with an escape room.

This is my photograph for “Light” I had an archive one ready but when someone else shared similar I decided to choose this.

Photo Challenge - Light

They are the only flowers in my garden at present and are like a light in the darkness of winter!

Photo Challenge – Walk

Wasn’t sure what to choose for this. I have so many photographs from so many walks.

In the end I decided on this – Sign for walkersTaken on my recent trip to Dorset and near the beginning of my walk to Thorncombe Woods and Hardy’s Cottage.

If you look closely, I realised as I was optimising the photograph, you can see me reflected in the sign behind the Yoda sticker.

Photo Challenge – Paint

Not an especially inspiring photograph but I wasn’t sure what to choose, most of the paint in my life is spread evenly on the walls! Photo Challenge - Paint

When I moved to this house most of the paintwork was in fairly good condition and the previous owners had left all the tins of paint that had been used for the different rooms so I was able to touch up where necessary. (They also left a few other tins)

The only room I have painted up to now was my en-suite with the Dulux paint you can see on the left.

The above isn’t all paint, there is also varnish and other things. I just went in the garage and pointed the camera! Luckily the light levels have picked up today (yesterday).

 

Photo Challenge – Rust

Not being especially interested in rust, 😦 and not having much rust in my life, I have decided to go to the archives for part of a photograph that was not taken especially because of the rust but which contains a lot of rust none the less. Rusty panelThis was taken on the Danube Cruise at Durnstein. There were a few metal decorative panels there which were rusty all over. This is part of one of them. Not an especially good photograph. I think the light contrast rather overwhelmed the camera.

 

Photo Challenge – Shadow

I don’t really have anything yarn related to share with you today so I thought I would start the week with a photo.

I am very fond of including shadows in photographs, especially the dappled shadows you find under trees that look especially good along a path but I felt for this that I should chose something more specific.

Now a couple of years ago, late winter time when the leaves were off the trees, I was going to Crafty Coffee on a Friday and I noticed the shadow of a tree on the wall of a house and thought it would make an excellent subject for Monochrome Madness. I did not have my camera with me at the time but decided that I should take it with me the next week.

Now, to cut a long story short, it took a little while before a Friday morning was sunny and I had my camera with me but eventually I decided that it was getting to be now or never and took a photograph. It was not as sharp and clear as my first sight had been but I think you get the idea.

I do not have the original colour version available but this is what I produced for Monochrome Madness. ShadowPassing the other day, I think that the wall has been repainted so maybe in a few months time I may get a chance to get an even better photograph!

Photo Challenge – Orderly

This is a photograph from when I had just bought my merchant’s chest. With time, I now have even more varieties of cotton thread and so although they are still arranged into bags of the same sort , they are no longer so ‘orderly’.

Similarly the draw with Stylecraft yarn in it, Not so good for this post because of the knitting needle case, now with balls of all sorts of different sizes, is much harder to keep in such a nice orderly fashion.

I expect you can see that I like to arrange balls in a rainbow order zig-zag.