Sunday, October 19, 2014

Spring Rain






I love mid-afternoon storms. The air is still and thick, and then as the rain begins to fall the most delicious cool change happens. 
We experienced our first storm of the season the other day, one that will hopefully be followed by many. We didn't actually get that much rain, but I enjoyed it all the same!

Aside from the obvious reasons of loving rain, I also love the light contrasts it produces. I took all of these photos on the same afternoon, one after another, only slightly adjusting my settings as needed. I love the moody backdrop storm clouds produce, and I especially love it when the sun shows it's face, as it's beginning to set on a rainy afternoon. That gives so many different varieties of light and I love it!

What do you love about Spring rain? 
Do you love taking photos or observing light?
Is it hot or cold, dry or wet in your part of the world at the moment? 
I hope it is good wherever you are!

Sarah x



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Life


Life is certainly full at this time of year. To say I was surprised to find that it has been a month since my last post would be an understatement. I honestly had no idea that time had gone quite that quickly. The last few months have been quite busy, with the busyness intensifying over the last weeks of September, but I shan't bore you with all of that.



As you probably imagine, quite a bit has happened since my last post. I remember I wrote about the coming of the sheep and our preparedness for it. Well, they actually ended up coming two or three weeks earlier than they were supposed to. The fencing wasn't finished, but thankfully we have two rolls of electric netting, which combined with the existing fencing made for a good temporary paddock. Their paddock and shelter has now been complete for several weeks and Rilla has the pleasure of putting the sheep into their shed every night. We do so to keep them safe from dog attack, as they don't have the ability to defend themselves like cattle do, and apparently lamb's cries can be heard by dogs quite a distance away.



The garden has reached the bountiful point it does every time this year. The sudden warmth of Spring makes every thing shoot up and flower and fruit. I can feel the heat of Summer today, Spring is not long lived in our part of the country. Many of the things we are harvesting now will most likely be the last for the year, until the cool of Autumn comes again. It's the end of all of the winter produce, but the beginning of the summer. We've planted out our watermelon seedlings and I mean to put in some beans this afternoon. I'm hoping to be able to continue growing salad greens and maybe even a few cherry tomatoes through January and February this year by putting up some shade cloth and making a concerted effort to keep the water up to them. Hopefully we are successful.



What's been going on in your world lately? 
I hope you're having a good weekend!

Sarah





Saturday, September 13, 2014

Here & Now






Loving...all the beautiful flowers around at the moment and all the honey bees they are attracting. And the beautiful, peaceful sunrises of Spring.
Eating...strawberries, sometimes plain and sometimes with cream
Drinking...a delicious new tea blend from a local tea stall called Stockholm. Among it's delicious ingredients are apricot, rose and orange.
Wearing...this sweet necklace from Strangely Yours. It was a gift from my sister, she had the name Chantille Clicks engraved on it, the name I use for my photography online. The top comes off and is capable of storing a memory card, and the "focal ring" spins on it too. I absolutely love it! 
Feeling...happy
Wanting...Spud to grow up a little faster...the puppy 'teenage' stage is not something I missed.
Thinking...about how we can continue to grow salad greens through the heat of summer when it comes.
Dreaming...of summer picnics and swims 


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Finally I have not written 'dreaming of sheep!' or something like it. Because they are coming. Sooner than we'll be ready for them, I do believe. Of course we'll have food, shelter and fencing for them. I've read books and I'll have Spud to help me manage and handle them.
When it comes down to it, I don't think anyone is ever truly ready for anything, but we're as ready as we need to be.

Spring is such a beautiful time of year! I've been trying to squeeze in some practice with the Macro lens whilst there are so many bees and flowers around at the moment. I haven't much practice with it, but I am pretty happy with the bee photos above. I will say one thing about macro photography - I didn't realise there was even a breeze outside until I was looking through the viewfinder trying to focus on a tiny, speedy bee!



I hope you're weekend is lovely,

Sarah x


PS This is my 300th post!! I can't believe I've managed to keep this little blog going for over 2 years and have written that many posts. Thank-you all so much for following along, leaving your beautiful comments and welcome also to my newest followers! :-)