Monday, 9 August 2010

Laptop blues..days 30 -

Ok, I'm still using the laptop and not really enjoying the experience.  We've also had illness in the family - (my mother-in-law broke her hip but is thankfully mending well), and I have fallen a little behind with my posting.  But, I have some time this evening and also the inclination so here's a bit of a catch up.

# 30/365  The bottle brush flowers  attract many, many bees and wasps as well as other insects. 

# 31/365 View from the office.  I'm very lucky to work in a place where there are many plants and flowers, lots of green space and trees.  This is a detail from a hanging basket  - one of a pair outside my office window.

en pointe

# 32/365  Ah, tea........This is the only photograph I took on this particular day, which was a loooooong day and this mug of tea at about 9.30 p.m. was a lifesaver!  I used my favourite handpainted mug (there's a ladybird in relief on the other side) which my mum bought for me about 10 years ago for comfort.  No-one else is allowed to use it!

with milk and sugar

# 33/365   -  We seek him here, we seek him there

The mystery has been solved, the truth revealed, but no-one has been beheaded.  Imagine my delight when I identifed the tiny red wildflower as a scarlet pimpernel.  The link has some fabulous close up photographs of this lovely little flower and although we don't have it in abundance, I'm hopeful for next year!

that demned elusive pimpernel

Monday, 2 August 2010

Computer crisis, seeing trees and a mystery - days 27 - 29

My son's computer is faulty - eeeek!  He has been as patient as a 17 year old can be, but finally cracked, so he has borrowed my clunky old machine (it doesn't have a handle to turn on the side, but it's not far off).  That means that I'm using a laptop and unfortunately I find laptops a little difficult to get used to.  So doing anything takes about three times as long as usual :(

Anyway, I've hooked up the external hard-drive with my photographs, downloaded the ones on my camera and off we go!  

# 27/365  Fallen petals - I don't know whether the correct term is petals for a bottlebrush plant, but whatever they're called, they appear in a wonderful burst of warm red, attract bees and wasps for a few days and then start to fall. 

flowers within a flower

# 28/365  Do you see what I see?   After a rain shower, I was in the garden and as I turned to go back into the house, I saw these patterns on the window sill.  This is a detail from the photographs that I took; they looked (to me) like trees speading out their large, sheltering branches.  All that I've done with this is crop it slightly and add green tint.  Perhaps to you it won't look anything like a tree, and perhaps this is where the title of this blog comes into its own!

 In a forest?

# 29/365   It's a small daisy...  This is another wildflower that has appeared in the wild patch in the garden,  It is tiny, vivid red, and really beautiful.  It's so small I found it difficult to take a picture of it and also decided to include the daisy in the shot for scale.  There are quite a few of these have appeared - tiny, tiny flowers and I haven't been able to discover what they are.  If anyone can help out I would be very grateful.

BTW - I HATE laptops!!!!