Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Many: The Monthly Challenge for July.

July’s  photo challenge set by Eileen is the theme of ‘Many’. 
I will start with some finds around the farm. Firstly it has recently been shearing day this month and that means many sheep in one field.

It’s hot arduous work. The shearers travel from farm to farm setting up their equipment, shearing and then moving on. There are many fleeces to fold into the wool bags! 

Many degrees of heat caused this phenomenon. A mini whirlwind causing many pieces of grass floating in the air.

Haymaking meant many rows of drying grass.

Followed by many hay bales.

Many honey bees coming and going from the hive.

Then in the garden. Many stamens.

Many petals.

Plus drops of rain.

Many flower parts.

Lots of insects.

Many flowers.

Finally many red currents.


Wednesday, 30 June 2021

D is for …..

 I am joining Eileen with her photo challenge for June. The subject this month is beginning with D. So here goes.

Daihatsu the general workhorse vehicle on the farm.

Dome. The roof of the Temple of Apollo at Stourhead.


Deck chairs at Bath’s outdoor entertainment area.

Dolls in a window in Bath.

Distance. The view of Bath from the hill to the South called Beechen Cliff.

Drips of rain on the barley.

Dog, well a dog sign anyway!

Dog in the Daisies.

Deer resting in my mum’s garden.

Damselflies resting on a pond.

Then finally some flowers where I have at times had to resort to the Latin name!

Dog Rose.



Then finally some Dahlias. These first two are seedling dahlias I have grown.

Then this last but not least is a dahlia bud from a new tuber.

That’s it! I shall be popping round to look at everyone else’s soon.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Red in the Month of May

 I have been busy during the month of May looking out for subjects for my camera to join in the photo challenge set by Eileen at A bracelet of days of anything red. It made me think about how although red is essentially a primary colour it has many shades.

May has been a month of rain interjected with occasional sun. It meant that out came the red raincoats. 

As a bonus mum is sheltering from the rain sat on her red walker!

Then for the sunshine.

Who remembers Diggory Venn? He was the fictional reddleman in Thomas Hardy’s novel The Return of the Native. He travelled around supplying red dye for marking sheep but as a consequence was red himself. The reddle was traditionally made from reddding which is an iron derivative and was obtained from quarries such as the one adjoining our farm. Our soil is red, it makes everything red including the puddles.

Which makes for red animals too.

Another item coloured with redding is bricks, tiles and flowerpots.

Red is often used to bring attention to emergency equipment. Hopefully this one isn’t needed to often.

Turning to nature next. There are an abundance of red leaves.

And flowers.

Then last but not least. The stonechat is reputed to have a red breast. Not sure I would classify it as red but here is Mrs Stonechat and then her brighter Mr!