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In my job I often get to care for and work with people who are at end of life; dying. There are tears, reminisces, anger, aches and pains and sometimes acceptance, sometimes not. I’m just back from an assignment in Warwickshire that brought home once again how fleeting life really is – how we really must appreciate every day to the full, it is so poignant when you watch someone in the final days of their lives. On my last morning I popped out into the garden, it was a misty kind of day and the garden looked beautiful, it too in the last days of this life….the sight of the two chairs, sitting, waiting to be filled again, really caught at me…..I know that one of the two will never be filled again.

a garden in warwickshire



November 2, 2016 Posted by | flowers, in the garden, places that I've been, travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Spring colours in Golders Hill Park

I’m in the process of moving all my photos to Dropbox. After mucking up my hard-drive last month I finally caved in and paid for more space in Dropbox so I can safely (I hope) store my photos et al in ‘the cloud’ …..I mean really!!!

Anyway, in order to save space I’m having a blitz on my 2010 photos at which stage I had (still have) a propensity to photograph things from every conceivable angle and then some. So far I’ve deleted over a 1000 images that are either blurry or duplicates of the next five hahahaha.

Whilst clearing out the albums I came across some pics I took of the azaleas in Golders Hill Park when I was on an assignment in the area…..the colours are astounding and you can in fact see this marvellous spring display each year at the ponds.

azaleas in Golders Hill Park

azaleas in Golders Hill Park


October 7, 2016 Posted by | flowers, in the garden, london, my life, places that I've been | , , | Leave a comment

raindrops on daffodils

not far from where I live is a small roundabout surrounded by houses.  On the little island in the middle of the roundabout is a lovely tree that I often photograph as the seasons go by.  Now that it is spring, the grass beneath the tree on roundabout is covered with daffodils. It looks stunning, so I stopped off today on my way back from the village to take a few snaps.  I particularly loved this one.

raindrops on daffodil

March 29, 2011 Posted by | flowers | | Leave a comment

pretty in pink

Spring has arrived and that means that armed with my camera I will be traipsing round London taking thousands of photos 🙂 Can’t resist all the gorgeous flowers and colours.  I was walking back from the village this morning and noticed these exceptionaly pretty pink flowers.

I have no idea what they are and this is the first time I have seen them…..what luck. Hope you like them too! 🙂

March 18, 2011 Posted by | flowers, my life | | Leave a comment

snowdrops and daffodils

snowdrops and daffodils, butterflies and bees, early morning dew…..all kinds of everything

all kinds of everything remind me of you

snowdrops and dew



butterfly on banana

all kinds of everything remind me of you

crocus and bee

March 13, 2011 Posted by | flowers, my life | , | Leave a comment

just because…..

look at these beautiful flowers I received from my daughter….just because.  How lovely they are and how beautiful she is.

beautiful flowers from a beautiful daughter

September 20, 2010 Posted by | flowers, my life | , | Leave a comment

a profusion of poppies

beautiful bright orange poppies

Poppies have made their appearance in flambouyant profusion.  I was walking to the store just a few days ago and to my delight I came across these gorgeous poppies.  A brilliant orange colour that just brightened up an already beautiful day.  On closer inspection I noted with pleasure that there were a number of bees zipping about between the blooms! What a delight.

bee flying into the bloom

bees in the bloom collecting nectar

June 20, 2010 Posted by | flowers, my life | , , , | Leave a comment

St Sepulchre’s lilac tulip

I went walk-about through London yesterday and on my walk I came across the Church of St Sepulchre. In the churchyard were masses of beautiful tulips some pink some lilac. I noticed this particular bloom and just loved the way the petals folded together. The colour is soft as silk, a bit like mother-of-pearl. The St Sepulchre’s Church is mentioned in the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’

liliac tulip at St Sepulchre's

May 16, 2010 Posted by | flowers, london, my life | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

colours of the spectrum

and now we have bluebells

Spring in the UK is just about the most amazing sight you could wish to behold.  It’s like you have stumbled into a rainbow.  First we have the snowdrops, to herald the new season and reminding us of the magic of new life after winter

first come the snowdrops, a delight in pure white

then we get the daffodils, a wave of brightly bobbing delightful yellow heads, brightening up the world

bright yellow bobbing heads, like a splash of sunshine

 then the tulips unfold a riot of colours, their petals hiding pretty faces 

then the tulips with their fabulous colours

 and then we get the bluebells

May 5, 2010 Posted by | flowers, london | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

spring flowers

I have had such fun this spring, taking photos of every flower I see….well almost every flower. My plan was to catalogue the flowers in the area.  It is the first spring since I have been in the country that I have had the chance to do this, it has been fun.

These are a few of my favourites:

April 29, 2010 Posted by | flowers, london, my life | , , , | Leave a comment