Marching by.

Well goodness, gracious me. Where did March go! I can’t believe that the days and weeks flew by so fast. To that end this is a bit of a random post full of all sorts of bits and pieces from this month!

I had a wonderful trip to Devon where the weather was glorious for two whole days.

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The furry one had a fabulous time.

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I do love the fact that everywhere is so dog-friendly down there. Most of the shops and restaurants allow dogs in and they have dog bowls and treats.

I have had some lovely walks on the common with the furry one. The weather has given us some glorious sunsets :-)

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I haven’t had much time for crafting although I have made another cushion for my mum.

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This is a very simple solid granny square affair but I like it and so does Mum.

I finally had a little time yesterday to go out an about with my camera. The weather was terrible but the beautiful spring flowers still looked cheerful.

A pot of tete-a-tetes (no idea how to get the accents on that in WordPress!)

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And beautiful primroses.

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I have my fingers crossed for some lovely Easter weather so I can get out about more with my camera.

I do hope you survived the terrible wind last night. In a mistaken fit of organisation last night I sorted out all my cut flowers with the dead ones going in a washing up bowl outside the front door, ready for the compost. How I regretted that this morning as I leapt outside at 4am to retrieve it from halfway across the drive! Thankfully this was the only casualty, I know others did much worse.

On a sad note, yes more of my favourite blogs are taking a pause in their blogging journey. It is amazing how much I look forward to reading these little snippets of others lives. It is such a great way to learn of new things, whether it be places to visit, crafts to try, recipes to cook or so much more.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter :-)

Flower Fields

I had the just the best time yesterday spending a couple of hours at the Lavender Fields with an hour spent with a wonderful lady from Camera and Cake. Poor Tina had the unenviable task of trying to help me take my lovely SLR off auto mode and trying to help me take better photos. I have to say that she was absolutely brilliant and filled me with inspiration and also hope that I can take more creative photos.  You can’t ask for more than that :-)

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Apart from the photography session I also listened to a fascinating talk about the history of the farm and how they had to diversify to survive.

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It makes me little sad to see a farm without animals (the farms I knew as a child always had animals) but then it is great that the farm is thriving and that these big open fields are being looked after.

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The fields I was taking photos in are not the fields that they actually harvest from but a show area where they grow a selection of the lavender varieties they harvest for oils etc. plus lots of different wild flowers. It was jam packed with people, some just wandering up and down and others like myself mesmerised by the photographic possibilities.

The fields were teaming with bees and butterflies. This one, I think, is a small tortoiseshell.

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There was a row of gorgeous poppies.

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So reminiscent of the WW1 battlefields.

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There were the most amazing rows of cornflowers.

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I have never seem so many colours. They ranged from the palest blue through to the deepest purple.

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And there were gorgeous yellow flowers which I don’t have a name for.

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I could have spent hours here trying things out with my camera but a yummy ploughman’s and a cream tea was calling so I dragged myself away. No picture of that though as my greedy gene appeared before I could take a photo ;-) I really would recommend paying a visit whether you like photography or whether you just want to see an uplifting sea of colour. If you do want to learn more about using your camera like I said at the start, Tina is a great teacher.