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December Reeds

I took these pictures earlier in the month before we had about a foot of snow.   If I have time over the next few days, I’ll try and pop down there and take some snowy pictures too.

reeds

They are getting back to the very dry and old stage I remember from early spring.

reed head and berry

The sun lights them up.

golden reeds

I like the contrast here between the dark row of reed heads and the light ones in the foreground which have the sun on them.

reeds

sea of reeds

I shall be quite sad to finish my monthly documentation of the reeds’ progress and will have to think of something else to observe… I have a few ideas.

Snow Days

Along with most of the UK, we had a few inches of snow yesterday.  I went for a walk in it; I love the crunchy feel of compacted snow under my boots.

fountain in Belle Vue Park, Newport

The fountain in the park had a nice white coat.

snowy fence

So did this fence.

contrasts

I love the contrast between the crisp, glistening snow and the peeling, dilapilated paintwork.

old whiteheads works, Newport

Meanwhile the view through the fence to the abandoned steelworks site looks like a lunar landscape.

tracks in the snow

The car which left these tracks looks as if it had an interesting drive up the hill (it’s one way so I’m assuming the driver was parking and not skidding downhill!).

Dewswood roundabout, Newport

We had another few inches last night – I went for a walk tonight and took these photos with my mobile phone in the early evening.

snowy branches

The snow remained on the trees all day despite the sun shining.

snowy night

This looks like a visitation from on high!  Actually it’s a telephone wire (or similar) and the glare from a street lamp.

snow shadow

And it’s bye from me for now!

A quilted headboard

I finally did some stitching last week!  I don’t seem to have done any for ages, apart from mending 🙁

We have a headboard for our bed and over time the padding and foam filling had disintegrated so much that it was hanging by a few tatters of cloth.  So I decided to make a quilted cover instead.

A few years ago I made a very simple quilt top from a pack of 4” squares I’d bought at a show somewhere.   They were obviously a sort of rainbow pack!   It was a square, but a couple of rows of unpicking and restitching made them into the perfect shape for my headboard. 

This is the result – definitely bright and cheerful! 

quilted headboard

I quilted the top with very free machine spirally sort of shapes and backed it with some ready quilted fabric that I had on my shelves.

quilted headboard

Here it is on our bed.  (It wasn’t really night, the sun was shining through the windows so I had to use fill in flash!).

quilted headboard

My quilting is definitely a bit rusty but it felt good to be ‘drawing’ spirals with the machine again! 

Meanwhile, we are in the grip of a big freeze.  Not thick snow like the north of the country, but the wisteria has a white covering now:

frosty wisteria

tangle of frosty wisteria

When I ventured into the garden I took a few photos as well.

frosty leaves

Last night it was very foggy and on my walk I took a few experimental photos on my new Blackberry.  The camera on it seems a bit hit and miss but I am pleased with the way this one turned out!

night trees in fog

A foggy day

I went out this morning for my monthly reeds photo session.  I loved walking through the fog and gloom and I’ve just worked out why.  I think it is because it captures some of the magic of the early morning dawn without having to get up specially early!   The darkness and murk seemed to have fooled the birds into thinking that it was still safe for them to linger, and I heard a lot of birdsong that I don’t normally notice.

poplar trees in the mist

I couldn’t see very far in front of me.  It was magical.

November reeds

The reeds were dripping.

November reeds

There was still quite a lot of colour, however…

November reeds

Especially contrasted with the surroundings.

reed branch lying amongst the brown autumn leaves

Still that downwards diagonal movement…

November reeds

I think I’ll be sad when this monthly photoshoot is over at the end of the year.  I’ll have to find another theme for 2011!

path through park

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