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Slow down

Wabi-sabi (?) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection (Wikipedia)

I love the idea that there is beauty in imperfection and in things that are transient. I have long been a lover of decaying flowers or nature as the textures and lines are often stunning. My garden at the minute looks, on first glance, to be past its best- not much life and just a few struggling flowers. On closer inspection however, there are some wonderful subjects! The poppy seed heads have so many shades of green and brown.

Poppy seed head Wabi Sabi Poppy seed heads Wabi Sabi

The flowers that are decaying are covered in fine cobwebs and have so much texture.


decaying flower

Don’t be in too much of a hurry to see what is in front of you.We all rush around so much. Take time for yourself and appreciate nature – it really is amazing. x


Take time to recharge

I know I keep going on about how wonderful nature is but a few days in The Lake District last week with good friends really helped to recharge batteries that were definitely running low. The colours were stunning, the weather mild and the wifi signal very poor. This meant that my phone was used as a camera and very little else. I didn’t have to worry about answering e mails or work as there was nothing I could do.

Autumn colours of the Lake District
Autumn colours of the Lake District

We sat and looked at views, chatted, ate and drank. It took us several hours to walk 4km because there was so much to see. Need to remember to recharge frequently! x

Autumn colours of the Lake District

Autumn colours of the Lake District

The best laid plans…

Today was a Tommy day. It was also bright sunshine and a beautiful autumnal day. I had this clear shot in my head of Tommy wrapped in a big woolly jumper with his new wellies playing in the leaves.

Playing in Autumn Leaves
Cannon Hall
  • The wellies that I bought for Tommy were three sizes too big and fell off when I carried him across to the leaves
  • The leaves were crunchy and made a noise which Tommy didn’t like so he refused to be put down and just clung to my leg.
  • My husband tried to coax him by throwing leaves in the air – Tommy’s look of disgust was comical
  • Plan B was a walk in his pushchair to see if he became more settled with his surroundings – he fell asleep!
  • Plan C was home, food and try again – well the food worked!


In the end it didn’t matter I just let him play – we read books for half an hour, snuggled and shared some burnt toast. He is so adorable he just puts everything into perspective just by being there. He is inquisitive, he is starting to copy sounds and is growing up so quickly. So today I learnt to not stress if things don’t go the way I want them to, to enjoy the little things and improvise!

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I just love Autumn

I love all of the seasons for different reasons but if pushed I would have to say Autumn was my favourite. The colours can be breathtaking. A single leaf or a whole vista of colour has the power to make you stop in your tracks. A visit to Thorp Perrow in North Yorkshire yesterday was a real tonic. Although it was quite a wet and murky day it didn’t diminish the colours at all. It’s £8.30 for adults but you can spend hours just wandering. There is a halloween trail for children which judging by the squeals and laughter – is a hit with all ages.

Halloween collage
Halloween Trail Thorp Perrow

I took hundreds of photos and have only uploaded  a few here. If you work in schools these can be used freely in the classroom ( a link would be good 🙂 just so that I can see how they are being used.)

Autumn leaves

Camus said ‘Autumn is a second Spring where every leaf is a flower’.

relections of Autumn
Thorp Perrow

The refelections were stunningRZ4



Signs of Autumn – my favourite season

A couple of months ago a bought a Canon 100 – 400mm zoom lens with the intention of hoping to improve my bird and wildlife photography. This is a slow process and I maybe get a couple of shots per session which are OK. It’s hard stepping out of your comfort zone but rewarding learning new techniques. We live near RSPB Old Moor and spend time there most days. It’s a wonderful place to visit, for a stroll, to take children or as a serious nature lover and watcher, not to mention a relaxing cafe- highly recommended. The people there are very friendly and there is always someone around to point out an unusual bird or name something if you aren’t sure.

Tommy’s first visit to Old Moor

This morning there was  a slight nip in the air and the first real signs of Autumn. I couldn’t resist slipping back into my comfort zone and photographing plants and berries. The colours are starting to arrive. The beauty in decaying leaves is really breathtaking if you look carefully.

Autumn leaf lace pattern
Deacying leaf – beautiful patterns
Autumn colours RSPB
Signs of Autumn at RSPB Old Moor

I did take a couple of nature shots, a robin a dragonfly and the tiny butterfly in the header. I love Autumn and so enjoy watching the leaves turn – isn’t nature wonderful?

Robin in tree dragonfly

Autumn leaves first signs
Autumn colours