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Spring is finally here – even if it is still cold! Loved the brightness of these poppies growing in a neighbour’s garden – they cheered up my day.

Smelly Flowers……..

The wild garlic is now flowering everywhere and as you brush past the abundant leaves and flowers, the strong smell of garlic floats up from your feet! These photos were taken while walking the dog today as he delighted in jumping in the river and then running through the garlic plants!wpid-wild-garlic-4-01_wm.jpg.jpeg

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Five Photos, Five Stories #5

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 fifth and final photo:

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This is Monty. He’s featured here in his favourite pose, lying down in a sunny spot watching the world go by, making sure that he’s not missing out on anything interesting that might just happen! He arrived eight years ago from an RSPCA shelter where he had been picked up as stray, wandering around the streets of the City of Bristol (in the West Country of England). They thought he was fully grown then but it was all a con! Due to his size, the people running the RSPCA centre assumed he was fully grown – he had all his proper teeth and was already big! However after we adopted him, he grew some more, and then some, and now weighs in at a hefty 43 kilos. If he wants to stop suddenly, you’re going to stop with him likewise if he wants to go, you’re going to go too!

He’s quite a character. He knows if you’re coming downstairs just to make a morning cup of tea as he won’t bother to get out of bed. But as soon as he hears the mugs chink he will start clamouring for his morning walk by “singing” loudly, reminding you that you’ve had your drink and it’s now his turn. He loves his soft toys and his current plaything is a squeaky pheasant and despite his size and strength he will treat them very gently. Being a Labrador he also really loves water and will use any excuse for a paddle in the local stream, even in the depths of winter. He’ll then come out and delight in having a really good shake – right next to you! Generally he’s a really gentle soul and good company. Despite the fact that he’s now supposed to be slowing down due to his age, he shows no signs of doing so, and still believes as he tries to climb onto your lap for a cuddle, that he’s a big puppy!

Today I’d like to invite Dan of RedStuffDan to continue with the challenge. Dan is a blogger I’ve followed almost since the start of my blogging life. He live in the Aquitaine region of France and loves photography and his own unique style of art. He also likes the odd tipple of “red stuff” – a man after my own heart. Of course there’s absolutely no obligation for him to join in with the challenge but I do so hope he will accept. Either way his blog is well worth a visit.

Five Photos, Five Stories #4

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”.

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I love being by the sea, it’s one of my favourite things to do – to spend time just walking, observing, listening and taking it all in. I love watching waves roll onto a beach, exploring rock pools and walking along the shoreline finding shells, pebbles or interesting bits of flotsam. If I ever got the chance, I’d live by the sea and spend time every day walking the beach or cliff, alone with my thoughts or sharing them with that one special person. I’m not one for sunbathing or swimming, particularly in England as it’s way too cold for me and I burn easily but I enjoy visiting the sea in whatever country I happen to visit. I don’t live too far away from the sea here in the West Country of England but it’s still far enough for it to have to be a special journey.

This particular photo was taken on my way back home from a holiday in France from on board the ferry where I just stood and watched the sun as it sunk lower and lower in the sky and I tried to capture some of the fantastic colours and clouds as it went. It’s also one of my favourite photos.

Today I’d like to invite Jude of Travel Words to take up the baton and join in with the challenge. Of course there’s absolutely no requirement to do so but I hope she will want to join in. Her blog is a mix of wonderful travel tales and beautiful photographs and is so well a worth a visit.

 

Five Photos, Five Stories #3

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 third photo:

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Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

A. E Houseman

Today I’d like to nominate Sue of Travel Tales of Life to take part in the challenge and do so hope she will accept. Sue has a great zest for life, particularly travelling and can be found posting about all the wonderful places she visits and all the exciting things she does, usually in conjunctions with her husband Dave. Of course there’s absolutely no pressure to join in but her blog is well worth a visit whether she accepts the challenge or not.

 

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.