Curbar Edge

What better way to spend a bank holiday Monday than to go walking in the Derbyshire hills. On a clear day from Curbar Edge you can see out over the Derbyshire moors and valleys. I forget how close we are to the Peak District.

Eynsham Hall

While visiting friends in Witney, Oxfordshire we stayed at the magnificent Eynsham Hall, which is one of the great country houses in Oxfordshire. The house and grounds offer the perfect retreat in the beautiful Cotswold’s coutryside.

Eynsham Hall –  “In the 1700s a wealthy gent enclosed 3,000 acres of Oxfordshire to create the ultimate space in which to entertain guests.”

 

Dahlias

Of late my attentions have turned to wonders of our botanical world. On this occasion our own garden is home to this posts subject: Dahlia ‘Bishop of Leicester’.

Cotton Thistles

On our recent trip back to Aberdeen to visit family and friends we took some time out to visit the Botanical Gardens at the University of Aberdeen’s Zoology campus; Cruickshank Botanic Garden.

The gardens were in bloom with many different flowers and plants, their collection of Giant Cotton Thistles is what captured my attention.

First Daffodils of Spring

Spring is definitely in full bloom with daffodils starting to appear along in parks, gardens, and along hedgerows. Confirming spring has most certainly arrived. The weather wasn’t the best, a typical rainy spring day, but the flowers managed to brighten up what was a rather wet and misty day. Hopefully I can capture some more shots on a day when the weather is brighter.

Spring has Sprung

I’m not a big fan of winter so it is nice to see the start of Spring and the hope that the colder weather is behind us for another year. Our garden is showing the first signs of Spring with our first blooms Crocuses. I have to admit I do not remember planting these but they look lovely all the same.

Recently I certainly haven’t had to venture far to capture nature, it is literally on my doorstep. This is the first time that I have been out with my camera this year. Looking forward to the warmer weather to come and getting out to explore more.

Jingle Bells

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

This year as it’s the first Christmas in our new house I decided to renew most of our Christmas decorations. I decided to embrace my Scottish heritage and incorporate a Scottish theme to our Christmas decorations.

Combining bells, hearts, and tartan ribbon to create a Scottish Christmas. I wanted to keep the theme simple, which is why I didn’t want a mix of lots of different colours. Red is one of my favourite colours, also works well well with the Scottish theme as matches the tartan ribbon that I found. The bells and hearts work quite well together I think.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and hope you all enjoy the festivities.

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