Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful (Reasons to Be)

The 4th Thursday of November is Thanksgiving in the United States.  It’s a day in which American families gather together and in many homes it is as big and important a family affair as Christmas is in the UK.   It became a holiday in the USA in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”.  Thanksgiving goes back as far as the Pilgrim Fathers after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.

It is, therefore, of no surprise that  the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, set by Sarah Rosso, is “THANKFUL”.   She heads up the challenge with the following words:

I think the idea of being thankful and reflecting back on good things in your life is something that naturally happens towards the end of a calendar year. This year, I’m really thankful for my good health, which affects everything and everyone else in my life! These legs and feet take me everywhere I need to go! 

Share [a] picture which means THANKFUL to you!

I try if I can always to have a garden theme to my Weekly Challenges.  With that in mind, I reflected over the photos I have taken during 2012, and found many reasons from a gardeners point of view to be thankful, here are just a few:-

  • I am thankful for the garden Tweeters and  bloggers who provide inspiration and advice.
  •  I am thankful for friends who tell me how lovely my gardens is, regardless of the weeds and the cats and foxes that have dug up and flattened the flowerbeds.
  • I am thankful for the hot days, the wet days, the cold days and the seasons, with the varying temperatures providing nature with what it needs to make our gardens grow.
  • I am thankful for all the birds, bees and little tiny insects, who spread nectar and delight around the garden.

As a final THANKFUL  a quote from Marcel Proust:-

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Related Links:

The DailyPost Weekly Photo Challenge  (dailypost.wordpress.com)

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Alphabe-Thursday, Garden blogging

Alphabe Thursday: Letter A for Apples

Alphabe Thursday which is hosted by Jenny Matlock  has come around again and is back to letter A.  What better A to start with than A for APPLE.

The above APPLES are ones I photographed on a visit to West Dean Gardens.   They grow over 150 varieties at West Dean, and usually the last weekend of September each year they have an APPLE AFFAIR.  Here you can find displays, talks, walks and stalls selling everything and anything to do with APPLES including cookery demonstrations.

This brings me on to APPLE recipes of which there are probably more than the variety of APPLES grown at West Dean.    I Googled “old-fashioned” APPLE recipes and came across two blogs that I follow with APPLE recipes.

The first was Old Fashioned Apple Jelly on The Cottage Small Holder, and on the Lavender and Lovage  blog, I found a post about Apple Day and an absolutely delicious recipe for Apple and Dorset Blue Vinny Scone Bread – now that is definitely something I will be making shortly.

This poem is by Laurie Lee and called APPLES

Behold the apples’ rounded worlds:
juice-green of July rain,
the black polestar of flowers, the rind
mapped with its crimson stain.

The russet, crab and cottage red
burn to the sun’s hot brass,
then drop like sweat from every branch
and bubble in the grass.

I, with as easy hunger, take
entire my season’s dole;
welcome the ripe, the sweet, the sour,
the hollow and the whole.

Finally, some interesting facts about APPLES

  • A boatbuilder’s superstition holds that it is unlucky to build a boat out of wood from an apple tree because this wood was previously used to manufacture coffins
  • Since 1990, Apple Day has been held across the UK and beyond, on October 21. This is a festival created by charity Common Ground.
  • Irish folklore claims that if an apple is peeled into one continuous ribbon and thrown behind a woman’s shoulder, it will land in the shape of the future husband’s initials
  • According to popular legend, upon witnessing an apple fall from its tree, Isaac Newton was inspired to conclude that a similar ‘universal gravitation’ attracted the moon toward the Earth. (This legend is discussed in more detail in the article on Isaac Newton).
  • In the 19th and early 20th century, and 21st century United States, Denmark and Sweden, a fresh, polished apple was a traditional children’s gift for a teacher.
  • The Apple Wassail is a traditional form of wassailing practiced in cider orchards of South West England during the winter. The ceremony is said to ‘bless’ the apple trees to produce a good crop in the forthcoming season.
  • “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a popular saying, the apple obviously symbolizing health, but also the advantages of eating fresh fruit.

Jenny Matlock


I Must Go Down to the Sea Again

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

“I must go down to the seas again” – John Masefield

The British weather is so unpredictable.  Who would have thought that today was going to be so beautiful.   The Weather Channel said that the high today was 50° F, (10°C), although it certainly felt much warmer than that.   I live within 10 minutes walk of the beach and sometimes weeks go by without me going down there, so in the words of John Masefield this morning I thought “I must go down to the seas again”.

Just the morning for a walk along the sea edge, with my camera.   Come and join me, the sun was warm, there was no breeze. it was so still, the sky was a magnificent blue, and the sea was calm with the sun shimmering, almost blindingly, on it.

Everyone had the same idea this morning.   The World and his wife were out with their dogs, on their bikes or just walking, like me, along the coastal path.  There are two ways to walk along Worthing seafront, right to left along the promenade towards the pier and the town or left to right which is a rough path and you can walk miles this way along the headland.  This is the way we are going.

The path has its good share of strategically placed benches, so if you want to you can take a seat and contemplate life.

It probably will not have gone unnoticed that Worthing beach is shingle.   I saw an old photo of Worthing in Victorian times and the beach was sand then.  Over the years, with sea protection in mind, shingle has been continually added and now creates a very steep drop down to the sea edge.  The tide goes out a very long way, and if you are lucky you can still find small patches of sand.

The other thing that doesn’t go unnoticed when you are walking along the coastline is that we suffer from an abundance of seaweed.  There are times when the smell is overwhelming.  Apart from its smell, I like seaweed, it is so varied in shape and colour.

If you don’t mind making your way over the seaweed, which is sometimes inches deep, we can go down to the water’s edge.  As I said earlier the sea was quite calm today, rolling in gently and soapy, it was as though someone had filled it with washing up liquid.

A little further along the path, beyond the houses, as you look out to your right, you can see the Downs.  I love this part of the walk, the view is great on both sides.

At this point, I turned around and made my way back.  We could go on further along the headland but I will leave that for another day.   A walk such as this on a warm November day makes me remember how very lucky I am to live by the sea.   Below are  a few more of the sea photos I took this morning.  They speak louder than words.

I hope you enjoyed that walk with me.  The weather stayed good all day, which meant I was able to take my Mum out this afternoon.  As she is in a wheelchair we went the other way along the flat promenade towards the town, where we found an ice cream van.  We had a lovely mother and daughter afternoon to be treasured.

All in all, today was a wonderful day!

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

We, in the Northern Hemisphere, are watching the leaves in our woodlands and gardens turning shades of yellow, gold, russet and brown. There are many of us who rush out with our cameras to take photos of the glorious autumnal colours and others that just love walking and looking. All of us ooh and aah over the tints the trees are turning. There may well be many months before we see the luscious greens of Spring and become excited at the sight of new growth.

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is a colour challenge and the prompt is GREEN.

This is a wonderful challenge this week because it makes one take another look at the garden and surroundings from a different angle. There still is a lot of GREEN in my garden, much of which will stay green throughout the Winter. The grass, of course, is one of the biggest parts of GREEN in the garden. I was tempted to take photos of the grass but I would have to get down to ground level to get a decent photo and it’s horribly wet and muddy so I decided against it. Instead I am going to include five lovely photos of the GREEN in my garden.

  • The Rock Rose will keep its leaves and is still producing new leaves, all lovely shades of GREEN.

  • The Fatsia Japonica and the Jasmine that has started to wind its way through the plant will be GREEN throughout the winter.

  • The Cordyline, although needs to kept sheltered through the Winter, is GREEN all year round.

  • There are a few roses in my garden which will flower throughout the Winter despite the weather and whilst not an evergreen as such, some of the roses will keep their GREEN leaves.

  • I can’t have a blog post dedicated to GREEN at this time of the year, without including Holly. Sadly this year, the first for many, there are no berries so it is entirely GREEN.

Because the thought of things still being green in the garden has cheered my up no end in a tribute to GREEN I have turned my blog colours GREEN for this week!

There are some really wonderful and interesting takes on this GREEN photo challenge, so can I suggest to pop over to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, where you will find the contribution of over 300 bloggers.

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