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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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.

Monthly Montage – October

Here is this month’s monthly montage. I submitted three photographs for the Photo Challenge this month. I omitted ‘Regal’ as I really didn’t know what to choose but I managed an entry for ‘Rust’, Muddle and Paint. On the knitting and crochet front, I tried out some ‘planned pooling’ with some mixed colour yarn I had left over from another project, and shared three finished crochet items. There was a new mug cosy, my Celtic cushion and my ripple blanket. I even had a special post about choosing the edging for this last one. The pattern for the Smooth Ripple is now on Ravelry. I also fitted in some photographs of things I had made with filo pastry.

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 – Muddle

I would tend to use the word mess rather than muddle for most of the disorganised areas of my environment but I found this which is one of my bags where I have dumped balls of yarn where I have not got around to deciding which drawer to put them in, plus an accessory for my circular needles that got shoved in there when I tidied up quickly before my son came round. Normally the only place to sit is one half of the settee!!

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.

 

Monthly Montage – September

The photographs for the weekly challenge that I shared this month were: Point, Sharp, Found, Beach, Orderly and Shadow.Apart from this I shared both crochet and knitting. There was my golden angel that I was able to finish at last, and the pair of socks for my granddaughter, ditto.

I finished the main body of my latest blanket and am now working on the border which I will be able to show you soon. I finished one side of my Celtic plaitwork cushion cover. I am already working on the other side.