Five Photos, Five Stories #2

I’ve been invited to take part in the “Five Photos, Five Stories” challenge by Claire of Claire93. The challenge is quite simply to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.

Here’s today’s photo:wpid-scrollbwm_1_wm.jpg.jpegWhat you might not know about me is that I studied music for my degree and played the viola. Music was my entire life from about the age of eleven right through to when I finished at college. I was never good enough to be a performer nor did I ever want to be – the thought of standing up on a stage to perform was far too frightening. However I enjoyed playing in small or larger groups but my real love was orchestral music. There’s nothing like the feeling of being in the middle of a really good symphony with the sounds and vibrations of music going on all around. It gives you a real good adrenaline kick!

I continued playing up until my children were born when inevitably, ones priorities and available time changes. If you don’t get the gigs, you don’t do the practice and if you don’t do the practice you don’t get the gigs…..!! Over the intervening years I put my energies into supporting my children with their own music making and have never really missed the playing side. The only time I get a twinge of regret for not keeping my playing going is when I go to a really good orchestral concert, particularly if the orchestra are playing something I played when I was younger. Now though, too many years have passed and I have other interests instead. The photo above is a close up of the scroll of my viola, which I still keep, and although I’ve posted this photo before I do so love the patterns in the wood and the close up of the pegs!

I’d like to nominate Jo at Restless Jo today to see if she would be interested in playing along with the challenge. Jo has a wonderful travel/photo blog and has a lovely “Monday Walk” where she describes a walk she has been on and other bloggers join with her to show their own walks. Of course there’s absolutely no requirement to play along but I hope she will. Either way her blog is well worth a visit.

 

Five Photos, Five Stories #1

I’ve been invited to take part in the “Five Photos, Five Stories” challenge by Claire of Claire93. The challenge is quite simply to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.

Here’s my first photo:

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This is Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England. Wells is officially England’s smallest city and is dominated by its large Cathedral and the beautiful Green that surrounds it. On a sunny day like today you can find people using the green space for sitting, sunbathing, reading and just watching the world go by. Parents play games with their children on it and dogs get to chase balls on it. It’s a wonderful space.

I’m lucky enough to work in this beautiful city and get to see this view every day as I go about my work. The present cathedral building has been on this spot for over 800 years and the West Front that you can see here has lots of wonderful statues carved into its stonework. Originally it would have been painted in bright yellows and reds and would have been an important landmark and meeting place for miles around. Today only the plain stonework remains but it is spectacular none-the-less.

I’d like to nominate Kaz of Days and Months to take up the challenge if she can. She has a wonderful photography blog and posts some amazing pictures. There’s no obligation to join in of course but her blog is well worth a visit.

Amelanchier or Juneberry

My neighbour has a beautiful amelanchier tree which hangs over my back fence. It has the most lovely white flowers on it, especially at the moment while they are flowering in abundance.

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Magnolia in Bloom

Following on from yesterday’s post featuring my flowering cherry, here’s my magnolia in full bloom. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it have so many flowers. Such a pity they are so short-lived as they are one of my favourite flowers……wpid-magnolia2-01_wm.jpg

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Flowering Cherry

My garden has suddenly burst into bloom with all my lovely spring trees flowering at the same time. I have a particularly lovely flowering cherry and the buds are all opening this weekend. wpid-cherry8-01_wm.jpg

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L’Eglise de Saint Michel, Pont L’Eveque

Pont L’Eveque is primarily famous for its cheese which is similar to Camembert and Brie but dates back much further and was allegedly first produced by some Cistercian monks who had settled near Caen. The cheese is made in square blocks rather than the usual round one associates with Camembert and Brie and the best can be found in the Pays D’Auge regions which has Pont L’Eveque at its centre. Naturally we had to test some but it was so good there was none left to photograph!

The town itself is pretty, if unremarkable,but the very large church of Saint Michel boats some particularly beautiful stained glass windows.

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Honfleur – Final Glimpses

A few more photos of Honfleur from my visit a couple of week’s ago.

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Le Vieux Bassin

 

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Just in from the catch

 

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Le Vieux Bassin and visiting yachts

 

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A typical view down an old street in Honfleur.

 

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Dusk begins to fall over the Vieux Bassin

 

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Dusk in Honfleur

 

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Honfleur at night

 

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Which restaurant shall I choose?

 

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Last views of the Vieux Bassin at night in Honfleur