Friday, 25 May 2018

Kate's photo challenge - May 2018



April rather got away from me and I didn't manage to join in with the photo Scavenger Hunt, so I was determined to do better this month.  I had it all planned nicely with a three night trip in the campervan  this week to visit more gardens in Scotland and I thought it would be fun to try and take all the pictures whilst I was away.

Unfortunately things have not worked out.  Management's  Mum had a fall last week resulting in a broken hip (not surprising for an 85 year-old).  She's doing really well, has had a partial hip replacement op, but will be probably be in hospital until the end of the month.  Management went off to visit so for me there was no trip away in Bill after all.  Therefore I really did have to 'scavenge' and look through my archives for images.

1.     Cool

Having just had another birthday I've decided I'm probably now far too old for cool to mean anything other than lower temperatures!  This is from a trip to Keswick one winter's day when everything was frozen including Derwentwater - this is Management "walking on water".   It was a smashing day out and I struggled to choose just one picture from that blog post.




2.     Disaster

Cumbria.  Flooding.  November 2009.
I still struggle with the knowledge that Main Street was under EIGHT FEET of water, and all the shops and houses in this area have flooded twice more since that dreadful night.




3.     Movement

This is turning into a thoroughly depressing post - the eagle eyed may have noticed that there have not been any Red Squirrel pictures at Bag End for over two years.  That's because a very wealthy local landowner deliberately felled trees which contained the squirrel dreys;  they were in the way of a Planning Application he was submitting.  I've refrained from mentioning it before now because, like the floods, it is just too bloody upsetting.



4.     Fence

So many pictures to choose from, hard to select one.  With a massive garden and our general inability to live without a canine companion, sometimes it feels like we never stop fencing this garden, or changing the fencing, or repairing the fencing.



5.      Spiky/prickly

Holly, thistles, brambles and nettles.  Clearing this area between the greenhouse and our neighbour was thoroughly unpleasant.




6.     My own choice

Time for something gorgeous and far happier than the majority of my pictures this month.




I am looking forward to seeing everyone else's pictures this month, I'm sure they will be far more cheerful and inventive than my selection 😕

32 comments:

  1. Lovely Jayne, some poignant and some wonderful. The fluffy fuzzy squirrel bum and tail a good one but with a sad note. However, Madam in the bottom photo on all the cushions is just perfect :)

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    1. OK, this is weird. Ever since I started the blog, I've received an email to tell me I have a comment - but nothing today or yesterday? Anyone else got the same problem.

      So a lovely surprise to find lots of comments this morning, thank you :)

      Kate, thanks for this month's list, it was certainly a challenge this time round. xx

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  2. Hi Keswick is one of my favourite places to visit and I really love the area. My Mum actually lives near Penrith in a little village called Askham. It was awful when the floods happened. :( Love the picture of your dog in the cushions. X

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    1. Thanks Shazza. You're absolutely right, Keswick is a lovely place but no way I'll go near it until after the Bank Holiday :)

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  3. I'll admit to wondering about the lack of wildlife photos, but just thought you've not the time anymore. Floods & fires are very much disasters which are unnerving, but Daisy is the icing on the cake for me. You'd recognise my fence!!!! Have a great weekend & take care. Hope Mgt's Mum is on the mend.

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    1. Hi Susan, time certainly is an issue! I keep thinking it would be good to get back into leaving the tripod in the kitchen to photograph the birds but just never get round to it ...

      Loved your fence. xx

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  4. The flooding in Cumbria was awful; sometimes we drive through affected areas and you can still see the damage. As an aside, those floods also damaged our access bridge which we are still waiting to be repaired..... Love the squirrel one. We often drive through areas with signs that say Beware Red Squirrels but all we've seen over the years is one glimpse.

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    1. There does not seem to be the will or money to fix some of the damage. A footpath near the house was made impassable in the December 2015 floods (Storm Desmond). Not fixed, have reported it so many times I have lost count.

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  5. You must still have awful memories of the flood and the devastation it caused. I would be mad and upset about the trees and the squirrels too there is too much of this sort of thing happening at the moment. Lovely photo of your dog on the cushions:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie. We have never been flooded (Bag End is half way up a hill) but there's been serious local flooding three times in the last ten years

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  6. So sorry to hear that even now there are signs of the devastation the flooding caused, oh how could they fell trees that red squirrels use, our wildlife is so precious and it seems as if some people just do not care, I feel the same about hedgehogs which are in decline ,I get so cross when I see yet another garden being bricked or concreted over ,no wonder you are upset I am for you. Like all before the dog in the cushions made me smile.

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    1. Thank you Barb. The answer to your 'how could they' is simple - money. Very wealthy local git wanted to do something and was determined to get his own way. Planning permission was granted . . .

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  7. Don't get me started on people who disrupt large tracts of land and ruin the habitat of the wildlife living there - my opinion of the guy who felled the trees is unprintable! I hope karma comes back to bite him on the bum big style!! Sorry to hear about M's mum, I hope she's on the mend and will be home again soon - and like others have said, my favourite shot just has to be Daisy in the cushions :)

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    1. I've not mentioned it before Eunice, because it is too bloody distressing. Clearly, extremely rich people do not have to live by the same standards as the rest of us.

      M's mum doing extremely well, thanks.

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  8. I didn't know there were red squirrels in Cumbria, I thought they were over the border. I saw one in France a few years back, the first I've seen since Tufty!

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    1. Hi Fiona, we were stunned - and delighted - to find a Red in the garden the day we moved here and have had as many as three at a time. Heartbreakingly, nothing since the trees were felled (and the information about what happened came from an incontrovertible source, so we are sure that is why they have disappeared). Police were involved initially but then "it all went away ....."

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  9. Sorry about the felling of your red squirrel trees. People are so selfish. Love your happy smiling dog on cushions picture at the end.

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    1. Thank you Jak :) That evening Daisy had clearly decided she needed more attention than my new cushions :)

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  10. I was really enjoying your red squirrel photo for movement until I read the comment - people make me so angry, I'm sorry to read what happened to the trees. At least

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    1. Thanks Louise, as Eunice said, hopefully karma will eventually take a huge chunk out of this person's behind!

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  11. I'm sorry to hear of your mother-in-law's fall, I hope she is well on the way to recovery. I love all your photos especially the last one :) Damn land owners and planning applications, I love to see squirrels but have yet to see a red squirrel.

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    1. Morning Eileen, M's Mum is still in hospital but it sounds like she is doing really well and hopefully will be back in her own home by the end of next week. I had never seen a Red before we came here and they are utterly captivating.

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  12. Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Love the Movement picture, not happy about the devastation of the woodland

    Julie xxxxx

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    1. Thanks Julie, MIL doing well, local wildlife - not so much :-(

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  13. That's terrible about the landowner felling trees. I hope he suffered a lot of protests. Was he named and shamed in local papers? Was it even legal to chop down the trees?

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    1. Unfortunately Susan he got away with it. It was in the local papers but like many people of his type, there seems to be very sloping shoulders and nothing sticks.
      He was in the middle of a long-running planning battle, and threatened to move his business to another part of the country and in fear of losing jobs in an area where there's not much employment outside Sellafield, farming and tourism, the local council rolled over and he got his own way. Again. It is not the first time and sadly will not be the last.
      You can see why I didn't mention it before? But I was very down-in-the-dumps on Thursday when I prepared the Challenge post and ignored the self-edit button.

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  14. Lovely photos but lots of sad tales, so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law's fall too.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, some sad tales; whilst Bag End is fabulous it's not shangri-la, unfortunately real life has a nasty habit of intruding. MIL doing well, thanks for the good wishes.

      And yipee - the comment notification emails are back :-)

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  15. Great photos Jayne - I love Cool - very clever, but the Squirrel is brilliant. Sadly we have only seen a red squirrel once in our garden, earlier this year, and then he disappeared and a few weeks later 2 greys showed up!
    The disaster in Cumbria was terrible - I hope it doesn't happen again.

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    1. Fil, I am so sorry your lovely comment was never published until today.

      For some weeks I've been a 'victim' of Blogger's comment notification emails going missing, but it wasn't until I did some digging around this morning to try to fix the problem I discovered I had comments "awaiting moderation". Aargh.

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