After many months I’ve finally bought a new camera. I’ve just about got to the point and shoot stage but understand that it does a great deal more. I intend to slowly read through the booklet and the Dummies’ Guide that I bought. In the meantime I’ve taken it for a walk and tried to capture a rather dull (weatherise) late June day in North East Derbyshire. All the glorious spring colours have gone and the mellower summer shades are slowly emerging. Jolly came along to offer moral support and encouragement. We had a rather lovely time.


From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty’s rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:

Elder has so many healing powers it is called Queen of Herbs

My name is constable Knapweed, and I keep law and order.

I watch to see that all is well along the garden border


Poppies whose roots are in men’s veins
Drop, and are ever dropping;
But mine in my ear is safe,
Just a little white with the dust.


WeeWee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi’ bickering brattle!