Day 108

Last flower on my blossom tree.

Day 108 ~ Last man standing.

Regular readers may remember last year a family of mice took up residence under my shed. They stayed there all through winter, but disappeared a few weeks ago and we thought that was that, they’re off to pastures new, spring is sprung and they all want to get jiggy. I was glad of that, to be honest. They were not any trouble, but the warm weather is here and I want to keep doors open to the garden without risking an invasion.

But it seems they didn’t move out, they just went on holiday. I spilled a bit of bird food on the garden path and later my eye caught a movement by it. Hmm I thought, so I put a bit more down by the shed to see if I was right, and sure enough

Madam bloody Mouse.

So far I’ve seen Madam bloody Mouse, and two smaller ones. Sigh. Well at least Phil will be chuffed, he missed them when we thought they’d gone. 🙄

Day 87 & other stuff

Oh such a lovely sunny day today, but Thursdays are chore days at Fraggle Towers. Much hoovering, washing, cleaning, baking and floor mopping going on.

But always a few moments to find some light and shade

Day 87

can’t resist some colour because my blossom tree is laden with flowers and it’s too pretty not to share.

The blossom tree is known here as the Happy Eater tree, and regular readers will know I have feeding stations for the birds hung in its branches. Though I had a niger seed holder on it for a few years I only saw goldfinches once on it. This quite annoys me as I see a few flitting around where we live and can’t see what their problem is, none of the spuggies, tits, blackbirds etc have a problem and are constantly visiting. So I moved the niger feeder to the back garden and it’s hung there now for two years, and though the finches fly over my garden, they’ve resolutely ignored it.

Until yesterday evening.


2 x Goldfinch.

Not the greatest picture, I was hiding behind blinds and shooting through a window plus it was sundown time, but I was so excited to see them up close. At last. Fingers crossed for a return visit!

Day 80

Oh I just KNEW when my tree blossomed I’d have a hard time with a black & white photo every day. But I’m sticking with it.

Day 80 ~ blossom tree reflection on Noddy’s roof

but I didn’t make any rules about extra photos 🙂

I made an amazing roasted tomato & basil soup today, even more delicious than I’ve had in restaurants.

Tomato Soup-to-be

I did a lot of gardening, really chucking out dead plants and bits and bobs and tidying up ready to plant some flowers in a couple of weeks.

And my Noddy car looks well under the blossom tree


but really, it’s all about the blossom


and a little extra shot for my poetic pal Fiery

Mother of Dragons 🙂

Film Friday

I’ve got a couple more rolls back from the developers, this time both films shot on the Riva Mini.  I used Kodak Max 400 and Fujifilm Super Extra 400 and have to say the fuji came out much better. Not sure why but the pictures from Kodak max came out very grainy- I could excuse it due to overcast weather, but a couple I took in sunny conditions were nearly as bad.  The Fujifilm was used on a sunny day and came out lovely.

But first, the grainy ones, and again at the WW1 bash at Beamish (digital shots HERE)




My cherry blossom tree..



even though it’s grainy, I do like the colour tones, especially on a blue-sky day.

Had another trip into Newcastle and took a couple there


and on the way home one Phil walking up the road that runs through the village we live in.


I am liking film more and more, there’s such a retro feel to the results, and I don’t have to do anything in Lightroom or Potatoshop so it frees up a lot of time for me to do my mosaics!




Thursday Thoughts

Easter is nearly upon us, so for those of you into the resurrection thing, Happy Easter! and for those who are otherwise inclined, Happy Ēostre!

Good news and bad news from Fraggle Manor, the good news being I purchased the new macro lens released by Fuji I think back in February.  I didn’t think they’d ever get round to it, and their 60mm macro lens that I have been using, was a disappointment to me after having been used to the Nikon 105mm, which was just awesome. I am chuffed as nuts with the new Fuji 80mm, so much better than the 60, it’s bigger, and heavier, but it’s quality all the way.  It has OIS for the shaky-hand brigade (moi) and a minimum focus distance of 25cm and full-scale 1:1 reproduction ratio. It’s a bit slow to focus (as was the 60) but that doesn’t matter, macro isn’t about speed shooting. I love it already and here are some test shots

and yes that is my cherry blossom tree’s first lot of flowers, might be a tad early as we’re forecast another few days of bitter weather, but the tree doesn’t seem to care.


So whats the bad news? Stress has arrived at Fraggle Towers in the shape of a new kitchen. When Phil semi-retired he decided to get the house into shape, and has decorated a few rooms himself, but we came to the conclusion that as the fridge freezer was in death throes, and other bits of the kitchen were in a poor state, we would go all out and have a new kitchen. It started this week on Monday, with the kitchen stripped out, first phase electric and plumbing (i.e shutting everything off) and plastering. Today was to be floor- levelling day, with the new kitchen units due at 7.30am on Tuesday after the bank holiday, and the fitters following hot on their heels. But the leveller hasn’t turned up. Neither has the plumber who is supposed to remove a floor heater thingy that’s still plumbed in so the concrete can be poured.  Of course I’ve been in touch with the project manager guy, and he’s passed on my number to the plumber and leveller to have them ring me when they’re on the way, but it’s 5.30pm now so I think they won’t be here today.  Phil thinks they’ll come tomorrow or Saturday, I hope he’s right or Tuesday morning is going to be a right palaver.

In the meantime, we have converted our little conservatory into a mini kitchen, microwave, breadmaker, kettle, cool~bag as a fake fridge and our little chest freezer all in there, and prior to this week I spent a day cooking lots of different dinners for us so we don’t have to rely on take outs.  Sweet & Sour chicken, Chicken in black bean sauce, lasagne, Chile con carne, spaghetti bolognese, portions of spaghetti, rice, mash.  We’re eating better than we normally do when we had a kitchen! My mosaic shed is now a storeroom for all the kitchen stuff, most of which we didn’t know we had 🙂 Tonight though we’re going to see Phil’s sister and have dinner there while we do a load of washing in her machine. Nice to have family nearby.

Hopefully everything will sort itself out with the kitchen, and then it’ll be a good news day! Luckily I have a magic button which should make everything OK, feel free to use it yourself if you have a need!

scary biscuits! 😱


Friday Film Shots

Today started off grim but this afternoon the wind blew all the clouds away and left behind some blue skies and sunshine.  I’ve been chasing patches of light around the house with my polaroids and still taking shots of the cherry blossom tree before all t he petals are gone.

the tree

Jobpro 600 impossible film

the view from my bedroom window

Jobpro 600 impossible film

my photography shelves

Jobpro 600 impossible film

feathered egg

SX-70 Impossible film


SX-70 Impossible film

Handle light

SX-70 Impossible film

The Herbies

SX-70 Impossible film

Mothers Day Flowers

SX-70 Impossible film

Thursday Thoughts

Spring is upon us, things are beginning to sprout and colours are returning to the landscape and gardens.  This year my blossom tree in the front garden has been especially spectacular and I looked out of the window this morning to see we have been seriously petalled

My mums plant on the back garden is giving off some fiery red shoots

and my Mother’s Day flowers are blooming in the conservatory.

In the kitchen my herb garden is progressing nicely

and I have more herbs to plant and a poppy garden to grow around my shed this year

Since the weekend when we put the clocks forward the days feel longer and the temperatures are getting warmer, this time of year makes me happy 🙂

Friday Film Shot

A gorgeous sunny spring day today, played with my SX70, my Jobpro 600 and finally got round to shooting with the Lubitel 166B TLR, not sure what I’m doing with it but will see when the roll is complete and I get it developed. It’s a devil to operate and I’ll do a report on it when I’ve got any pictures from it. Happy day today 🙂

Today’s shots

SX-70, impossible colour film

Making the most of my blossom tree before all the petals get blown away.

600, impossible colour film

The Lubitel 166B TLR

SX-70, impossible colour film

600,impossible B&W film

SX-70, impossible B&W film