Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

This week the challenge is to share a photo or several that express ‘fresh’, and I’ve found it really difficult. I’ve seen lots of gorgeous images of flowers and food and I thought I would do the same. At last I came across this shot of a recently ploughed field, fresh and ready for seed.

growing
So then I was able to make a link to the earth, with these colourful plants in the garden centre, ready for the soil.
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And lastly, a tasty harvest from the earth.
grown
You can join in and see lots more entries here.

A Crafty Day

It began with a walk on the beach at Beer, and a photo

shells
or two.
pebbles
Followed by an edit using Pixlr Express, to make a collage.
coastalcollage
Which appeared on my blog and then sat in a dusty computer folder for months.
Then I felt a need and found some paper
signatures
I cropped and printed the collage and stuck it to some card, the size of a shorthand notebook
covers
front cover
I ironed on some plastic coating. It would have been easier if I’d done that before, but hey, sometimes you have to learn the hard way!
With a little help from a friend with way more skill and experience than I have, thank you Lindy, I stitched it all together with Coptic stitch.
coptic stitch
So now I have a new notebook that’s very light, created to my own specifications, that no one else has.
finished
Tah-dah!

Dartmoor Walls

 

Containing livestock
Containing livestock

Like many upland areas around the UK and the rest of the world, dry stone walls can be found all over Dartmoor. Some are hundreds of years old and have fallen into disrepair, others are well maintained and still functioning as they were intended.

Near Scorhill
Near Scorhill
The Two Bridges road
The Two Bridges road
North of Two Bridges, towards Wistman's Wood
North of Two Bridges, towards Wistman’s Wood

The name refers to the lack of any mortar used in the construction, although often nature takes its course and soil arrives and fills in the gaps.

Up close and covered with lichen and moss
Up close, covered with lichen and moss

I’ve always loved these old walls,  to run my hand across the granite is a journey back to the dawn of time on our planet, and to make contact with all the hands that have touched before me. Dartmoor’s dry stone walls may not be as grand as those built by the Incas in Peru and I don’t suppose they can be seen from space like the Great  Wall of China, but they are living, breathing masterpieces in their own way.

Cheri Lucas Rowlands has created the photos challenge of Wall this week, click to join in.

 

 

 

Come away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o

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