Life and Thyme!

Photo Challenge- Above


Looking skywards in Edinburgh and


at the Early Birds at the American Museum in Bath.

Please leave a link for your Above photo in the comments.

Next week’s prompt is one of my favourites. BUTTONS


Photo Challenge- Deep


Gormire Lake viewed from Sutton Bank. James Herriot called the view from here the finest view in England. And you don’t get much deeper than bottomless!

Please leave a link to your Deep photographs in the comments. Sandra from Wild Daffodil will do a weekly round up on her blog.

Next week’s prompt is ABOVE.

You don’t need an all singing and dancing camera or be a super whizz with photography to join in, this is just for the fun of getting out and about and viewing the world through the camera. What is so incredibly marvellous is seeing how differently we all interpret a prompt. Full list available of the prompts on the photo challenge page.

Do join us, Good Luck and Happy Snapping!


Postcard from Greece- Thassos

Thassos is reputedly the Greek island from Homers Odyssey on which the Sirens lived,luring Odysseus into staying for many a year when he should have been going home. It’s our favourite Greek island, and we have been ten times now. We are not alone, we chatted to some people on the ferry leaving the island and this had been there 13th visit.

I have divided the pics across two posts. Enjoy!


Watching the sunset over the harbour.


Fishing boats in the morning.


Greek salad, iced coffee perhaps?


Olive wood


I love the pink!


Cockerels everywhere.


Sunset reflection.

Would this have lured you back do you think?


Photo Challenge- Rich

Two more from the Royal Yacht Britannia


The Queens’ bedroom. When you are as wealthy as the Queen there is no need for ostentation.


Except for State Banquets.

Next weeks’ prompt is DEEP.

Please leave a link to your Rich picture in the comments.

Happy Snapping!

Photo Challenge- Courage!

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Sick Bay on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

16 for 2016- August

This month is a blur. Don’t really know how it went so quick. But it did. Time to review I think.

16 swims achieved and I am still going weekly.

15- had a big think about the walking malarkey. How come the swimming goal worked but the walking one didn’t? So I decided to change the walking goal and make the walk goal  thus – 15 walks in 15 weeks. And Hurrah, it’s working. 5 weeks of walks done.

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With my baby brother walking his dogs in the Brecon Beacons. There’s another one somewhere. Yes he is crazy enough to have 5 dogs. Apparently he now thinks that is too many!!

14 lbs lost another goal off track. It was 8, but now it’s just 6. Whoops. Time to focus I think.

13 Outings- Achieved already.

12 Cookery posts just 5 so far. Another whoops!

11 Flower pictures-Achieved. Bet you are tired of my flowers, so there aren’t any in this post! Have another walk  instead.

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A moorland walk with Mr E.

10 handmade cards – stalled at 9

9 garden posts- 3 this month, oh my, that makes the 9- Achieved.

8 stash/kit busting projects- Achieved already

7 sewing/ embroidery projects. Total is  now 7, so achieved. I have just sent this cushion off to my grandson Master T.

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6 acts of kindness- Achieved already.

5 Non Fiction books- I completed the 6 week online genealogy course last week. Thoroughly enjoyable. It has totally rekindled my interest in family history. It gave me the confidence to visit the County Records Office and view the minutes of the Board of Governors to Pickering Workhouse. I actually read about the appointment of my Gt Grandfather as their clerk, and gleamed an idea of the tasks which fell to his lot. Hoping to go back to read some more. Anyway the course is counting as 1, so that makes 4.

4 Projects to improve my knitting/crochet- stuck at 3

3 Things from my bucket list- Achieved already

2 Railway journeys- Achieved

1 Bus journey= Achieved

0 Magazines bought. Still ZERO

This is not going so badly after all. How are your goals going for the year? Changing the subject- Are black sheep as lucky as black cats do you think?

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Just love him.



End of Summer Garden!

Strictly speaking this should be August Garden Part 3, but that was going too far. Truth is I can’t keep up. These pictures were taken at the end of last week.

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Finally my Hollyhock flowered. Why is it always months after everyone elses? I don’t know. But it is.

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Mr E’s beloved dahlias, which it is my responsibilty apparently to plant out , water, nurture etc. Not my favourite plant at all. The things we do ……

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My lovely Cosmos. I had never grown these before and I love them. Here in the bed we cleared of those orange things, day lilies I now know, growing by our dining room window. Thanks for identifying the lilies for me last time.

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That’s the bed. Some more orange flowers to the left, we inherited those from the previous house owners, but these are delicate and pretty.

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Globe thistle, also in the front, planted by yours truly this year. I love it.

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The rose over the rose arch has had a second flush of blooms. So fragrant.

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Had a big BIG tidy up round the pond, so I am happy to show it again.

The lady who lives at the back of us lost her little dog yesterday, it/she came into our garden. The dog had such a sweet face. Anyway, all our neighbour can normally see of our garden is the stonking big hedge. She came round the back and said OH HOW PRETTY, I LOVE YOUR GARDEN.

Oh My. Was my day made!

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Bit more of the pond, through the tree. There are lots of little frogs from the pond now, the size of your thumb nail. So Dinky, I love them.

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Look what Mr E did to my rockery and waterfall area. Just look at the hosepipe. Mr E has invested in a 3D printer. This is a good thing, because finally in retirement he has an occupation, and has stopped moping. He decided to print a gadget to use the hose pipe to channel water from one bit of the pond to another . Well it sort of works, but to be honest I’d prefer not to have that hosepipe THERE!

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Back to the front garden. Bird table and the urn in the picture. I removed the ivy from the urn as it wasn’t thriving. This turned out to be a much MUCH harder job that I thought. Half an hour later it was out, as was all the soil. Now I did not know what was at the bottom of the urn, which shows I have never changed the soil in 15 years, which is clearly a bad thing. The ivy had formed a root , which for all the wolrd looked like a tap root. It was a good foot long and the width of a big carrot.

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So now I have an empty urn. Should I put a liner in it do you think? There were no drainage stones over the hole, which goes right dwon through the stand, which doesn’t seem to be attached to the top.  Love to have some suggestions as to what to try in there, please.

Right, time for some more weeding.

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