Friday, 31 May 2019

2019 Summer Photographic Scavenger Hunt

Of late, with looking after GD5 for 3 days a week, frequent trips to Essex to help my sister out with aged parent care, extra and unexpected emotional happenings and putting our property on the market, my photography has taken rather a back seat. So in order to remedy that I made the decision to post a 365, a year of gratitude, starting on the day after my 71st birthday, and also to join in with this year's SPSH.

So here is my Summer Photographic Scavenger Hunt entry for the month of May.

1. An outdoor clock, taken at my local Tesco on a dull, grey day.

5. The word Summer - as defined by Chambers

6. An umbrella, open or closed

7. A curving path (with GD5)

8. Shells (of the egg variety)

9. A bridge - under the railway, for buses and pedestrians only

11. Fish

12. Something crooked

13. Two colours of the rainbow in any combination (see above for blue and green, and below for red and yellow)

14. A hand-written sign

17 A sail (not very prominent, I might look for this one again somewhere else)

18 Something that should be found in pairs - one of our elephants

It's not too late to join in if you would like to, the hunt runs until 30th September. Please go to Patio Postcards for the list.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Gratitude day 25/365

I'm grateful to have enjoyed, and to continue to enjoy, the blooms on my red pelargonium

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Gratitude day 24/365

We really needed this rain, the chalky clay that makes up our soil turns to concrete after about four dry days in a row.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Gratitude day 23/365

An opportunity to get out and do some gentle weeding

Monday, 27 May 2019

Gratitude days 21,22/365

Day 21  Some quiet shared time, doing the crossword puzzle

Day 22  Another blanket nearly finished, just a few loose ends to tie up

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Gratitude days 17-20/365

Day 17  We have a board outside our house

Day 18  A good day for books in the post. The book  on the right is written by my friend Trish, I hasten to add that it is not something I am currently personally in need of, rather it is a purchase that I shall read and then pass on to someone who can make full use of it.

Day 19  The river is looking very lush at the moment

Day 20  A good day's charity shopping, 4 T shirts for £13.00

Thursday, 23 May 2019

The Holm Oak

The first time I ever heard of or came across the Holm Oak was in the grounds of Cardiff Castle in March 2018, when I saw this magnificent specimen

Fast forward slightly less than a year, and I was lucky enough to have a meet-up with these three lovely ladies, Elizabeth, Alison and Nikki-Marianna.

Nikki-Marianna had a bagful of Holm Oak acorns, and here is her story.

I bought the holm oak nuts from a market trader in Essaouira, Morocco in January 2019, from a barrow similar to this. 

Why did I buy them - because I couldn't identify what they were!!! I knew they were a nut of some sort, but they were far too elongated to be an acorn although the colour was right. I took them back to the hotel and asked the receptionist what they were, in my best French/Spanish/English mix with lots of hand gestures, as he did not speak English, though he is learning English and wishes to teach it one day. Eventually with the intermittent help of Google translate (wifi signal was not good!) he found the translation of Holm Oak. He demonstrated to me that you can peel and eat them raw, they were very hard and slightly bitter in taste. He told me that the Moroccans boil and mash the nuts / acorns and eat them as a vegetable. 

I mislaid the bag that I put the acorns in and only found them again at the bottom of my suitcase after I returned to the uk. and never got around to cooking them! Instead I planned on planting them in a local woodland and when we had a Silver Sister Hampshire Meetup at the beginning of March, I took a few of the acorns with me to show my sisters. Each of them chose to take an acorn home. 

So, I took my acorn home with me and planted it (this before I covered it with soil).

That was just under three months ago, and here it is now (along with another "ordinary" oak sapling from an acorn collected in Theydon Bois, and 4 fig tree cuttings from my garden).

Thank you Nikki-Marianna for the acorn and the history of how you came about it. From now on I'll post monthly updates towards the end of each month.