a quiet walk
sounds and smells …
someone whistling loudly and tunelessly up the lane
at a party in one of the gardens I passed; the sound of children playing, people talking,
the smell of apple crumble wafting as I walked past another house
the sun comes out
my sandals stop hurting my feet
View from the Handpost…
I like this top in a shop window…
The road becomes noisier with more traffic…
I love these houses….
The entrance to my destination….
A chance glance at Shepherds Moon’s Facebook Page told me of Art in the Park this afternoon…
A fun hour spent chatting to stallholders, drinking tea and looking at wares….
Then I set off back home; my feet decided these sandals aren’t so good after all….
I’m trying to get into blogging again and am experimenting with using Evernote – I take photos on my phone, send them to Evernote which synchs them with my laptop, already resized. I then write the blog post copying and pasting my photos from Evernote, rather than having to download all the photos from my phone to my computer. We shall see if it works!
I went for a walk this morning. The sun has finally come out and maybe this means summer has eventually arrived. The tide was very high – walking along by the River Usk here you can usually see mostly mudflats with a little bit of muddy water in the bottom but today it looks like a ‘proper’ river.
This is Shaftesbury Park – with all the rain we had in June and July the grass is very green!
This is the park where I did my year’s observation of the reedbeds to see how they changed month after month. At the moment they are very green, with the new leaves coming up and before they flower or end up looking golden and dry.
The pathway ….
I thought this solitary cloud looks a bit like a flying duck!
The rows of poplar trees from another angle. The houses in the background are on the other side of the river.
On my way home I came across this colourful street art in Wheeler Street. It has some of Newport’s bridges on there.
Past the old derelict Sainsburys supermarket building. It’s all boarded up now and they have put this sign up. It’s such a pity they can’t open up the site as a public open space until it is developed into something else. I get the feeling that that notice is just an inventive way to deter intruders….
This summer the council have planted wild flowers on all the central reservations and roundabouts – they look lovely – the photo doesn’t show it very well, but there are blue and orange ones in there as well. What a great way to attract bees and birds! I think they are a lot nicer than the regimented rows of bedding plants that are usually there. Maybe more subtle and less showy…
I’ve now finished my International Quilt Challenge piece – have a look at it over on the Challenge blog here!
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I’ve recently started using an Iphone/Ipod Touch app called Instagram. It’s like Facebook for photos and I’ve got in the habit of posting one or two a day. I found a WordPress plugin which will post them here on my blog so I thought I’d make a post from my photos once a week or so. A bit like Wordless Wednesdays…. If you click on a photo it takes you to the original picture.
I don’t have an Iphone but I have my photos on my Ipod Touch and Instagram is great because you just choose a photo and can apply various filters to it and when you find one you like, you upload it to Instagram. I think the reason the app has taken off is because it is so simple. I came across it by accident. We went to London for a few days during half term week and on the Sunday I visited the Bethnal Green and Spitalfields area. In Brick Lane there was an exhibition called My World Shared by the Instagram London group in a little gallery. So I googled Instagram and liked what I saw!
Here, at last, is the review of the hen book I was sent a few months ago!
This is the cover of the book: Hen Keeping. You will notice that the author has a very appropriate name! The publishers, New Holland, have a series called Self-Sufficiency and this is one of them. In fact, I just went to the category on their website and I think more titles have been added recently. Natural Remedies and Foraging sound two interesting subjects to me, being a closet self sufficiency enthusiast!
The book is quite small format, which I like, and very down to earth. It was a very useful and straightforward guide for beginners to hen keeping like myself. I liked it best of the out three books I’d reviewed. It has sections on choosing your birds, housing, feeding, cleaning, all the things you need to know when starting out. Together with the Omlet forum (the forum related to the Eglu, which is the henhouse I have), it gave me a very good start.
The book is divided into two halves: The Basics, and then essentially a dictionary of poultry breeds, with pictures and a rundown of the characteristics of each, which are suitable for newcomers to henkeeping, etc. All in all, a very useful little book.
Well, I’ve finally restarted blogging and feel a lot more enthusiasm for it. Well, time will tell… I’ve also spent a lot of this afternoon learning to use the new menu navigation on WordPress and finally got it how I want it.
The hens arrived at the beginning of April and have definitely made their mark – on the slugs, on the borders in the garden, and now on the egg production!
Here they are when they first arrived:
This is Peggy. She is a ranger.
This is Prudence, a bovans nera, which is a cross between Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock. She has lovely markings. She is also the most laid back and the peacemaker of the three.
And this is Lucy. She is an amber star. They are all hybrid hens.
They like perching on the garden bench. Prudence was the first to start laying and now they’re giving us two or three eggs a day.
This is the Very First Egg!
I don’t seem to have any very recent photos of the hens but I’ll be writing a review of the hen book soon so I’ll put a few on here then. Don’t worry though, I am doing textile stuff as well!! Just not so much as I do seem to spend a lot of time sitting in the garden these days…