After the Storm

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After the last slightly gloomy post, I thought I’d give Mother Nature some credit and post up the evidence that the rain I mentioned last time only lasted for a day and now we are back enjoying some lovely sunny days again. I haven’t posted a photo in a long time – I haven’t taken a photo in a long time – but yesterday I was out in the garden and the urge just took me. These yellow flowers (the name escapes me for now, but if any green-fingered readers know what they are, then do educate me in the comments!) caught my eye, not just because they are so sunny and happy-looking, but because they were abuzz with a veritable colony of bees (albeit a very varied colony, there were some nice chubby bumblebees mixing with the honeys ;) ). I wanted to try and capture more than one bee at the same time, but as you can see from these pictures, I failed; for all of their apparent networking, they were happier to be doing their own thing.


In All Weathers



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It had to come sooner or later – after a few weeks of lovely sunny September weather, today it’s gone all out with thunder, lightning, and lots and lots of rain. This piece is actually from a few weeks ago (during said lovely weather) but I thought it was perfect for today’s post. If only I had one of those nifty umbrella hats…not so sure about the lizardy-looking creature though. It may bite.

A Goozeberry Milestone!


I came on here to post something completely different, only to find that this blog now has 108 followers! The last time I looked it was somewhere in the 80’s, so that was a lovely surprise. Thank you to all of you (and any non-following snoopers :) ) for coming along and taking an interest in the strange things that go on around here. To show my appreciation I thought it was only fitting to post something that had a really happy air to it. Enter this grinning tortoise, who I originally drew for my sister’s recent birthday but whose celebratory smile I think serves its purpose well here too!

The last animal I posted was a knobbly-kneed camel – I think this tortoise has gone more for the chunky look…

Birds, Books & Blue Skies

SCN_0100-002Books, birds, blue sky and a bit of meditation (maybe) – sounds lovely. But there’s a little bit of regret in here too: I envy this lady’s long hair. I had mine cut to my shoulders recently and I miss my old hair already! Now for the long wait as it grows back…