Despite dire warnings of cold weather and rain today, we ventured out in the morning and visited, for the first time in a long while, West Wood, just outside Thaxted. It was a lovely, bright mild morning…thanks weather forecasters! Lots of new growth was everywhere including the common spotted orchids that abound here. They are still a little young at the moment so today’s picture is of some new Forget Me Not’s that are starting to emerge.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…”I’m an Idiot!”

For the second time in so many months I have gone out with my camera, happily clicked away, got it home and found…no SD card in the camera = No pictures. Of course, I didn’t discover this until 11.00pm…out with the macro lens and the lamp…what have we in the house that’s new (and therefore unlikely to have been photographed before)…bingo – vitamin pills…perfect…off to bed now!


This is the headstock of my very old, but trusty Fender Stratocaster that I used to “…make them cry or sing” when I played Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing” live in a pub in Leeds (when I say Leeds I mean out in the sticks in the back of beyond!).

The guitar was “given” to me by the band’s keyboard player and singer Les who owned the local video library…so now I’m dating it! Of course, it was the audience who were tending to cry when we played this fine song…we had a “get ’em off” tray that used to circulate while we played. We always said, if we raised £400 we’d stop playing…the band played on, we weren’t that bad!


We had cabbage with our tea tonight (Shepherd’s Pie if you’re interested). The left over leaves immediately caught my eye for a quick macro black and white abstract sort of shot..nand I made 3 of the shots into a triptych…


It’s amazing what you can do with a couple of small torches and some silver foil.

For those of you who don’t know, bokeh is a Japanese word that describes the blobs of out of focus light in the background.


Today’s search area, the kitchen…victim, the pepper grinder


Another emergency “what’s on my desk” shot! This time a metal torch is given the macro treatment.


We had the coldest morning of winter so far today and a heavy frost. The budlea is definitely regretting sprouting leaves early this year…the clematis had not faired much better, but at least it was expecting this sort of weather.

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Today was very much a “What have I got on my desk that I can photograph” day. I’m slightly concerned that I found this to photograph as it means I have a cable somewhere missing its connector. It’s also interesting that the camera turned this item bronze, as it is very much silver in real life.


That was fabulous darling…do you mind if I smoke?