As I write this, central Madagascar is being devastated yet again, this time by Cyclone Batsirai with winds of up to 120mph and rainfall of 8"-16". It was just two weeks ago that Storm Ana killed 48 people and left 71,000 people homeless in Madagascar. My friend, Patrick Andrianantenaina, lives with his family in Antsirabe … Continue reading SOS MADAGASCAR
I've been off-line for about two weeks but am excited to tell you all that we are off to our granddaughter Becky's wedding to Rob Spencer this afternoon, Friday 11th June! We're so excited. Their wedding was postponed last November because of lockdown. We are still under some restrictions so it will be a "scientific" … Continue reading GRANDDAUGHTER BECKY IS GETTING MARRIED THIS AFTERNOON
Our little pond and new stream continue to provide unending interest in this cold weather as the beautiful ice formations and patterns are always changing. Here are a few of the strange shapes around the stream. Yesterday, I noticed that shards of ice were growing very slowly from the edges of the pond so … Continue reading WATCHING SHARDS OF ICE GROWING ON THE POND
Archbishop Lwanga has called all Ugandans to pray and fast for three days (starting today, 4th January) as the country prepares for the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections on 14th January. Uganda is the country of my birth, my second home. Many of my best friends live there and I visit every year. I care about … Continue reading REFLECTIONS ON PRAYING FOR UGANDA in the run-up to the Presidential Elections
Lisa's challenge this week is BIRDS with BLACK FEATHERS. There are so many birds with black feathers, so I am going to limit myself to Corvids and Seabirds. I'm still going to indulge myself (if not all of you!) When going through my photos, I was very tempted to slip in one or two … Continue reading Lisa’s Weekly BIRD CHALLENGE: Birds with BLACK FEATHERS
Lisa's challenge this week is birds in our own gardens. She lives in Florida, so her birds are very different from ours. We live in the middle of England on a housing estate near the edge of the small town of Loughborough. Our garden is small (smaller than a tennis court) but we have a … Continue reading Lisa’s Weekly BIRD CHALLENGE: Birds in Our Own Backyard (Garden)
It's turning out to be a wonderful autumn in the UK this year, so I couldn't resist sharing a few photos taken over the last few days. I especially love the exquisite detail, texture, shading and range of colours in these Witch Hazel leaves. Whatever your age, I hope you glow in the radiant … Continue reading AUTUMN COLOURS
Our Garden Pond Life - a real blast for my 200th and last "Photo a Day " Blog! We wouldn't be without a pond. Small as it is, it attracts birds and insects for bathing and drinking as well as being home to so many little creatures. Perhaps the most beautiful pondlife are … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 200, Saturday – End of an Era
Here are more insects (and other little creatures) seen in the garden.
Broad splashes of colour in my garden - some gentle and some vibrant. I love photographing flowers close up to capture something of the exquisite detail.