Mundane Monday

‘This is a challenge created to find beauty in almost everything. The challenge is simple : find beauty in everyday mundane things, capture the beauty and upload the photographs,’ says Jithin at Trablogger for his Mundane Monday Challenge. Here is my entry for the week.

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When I look back at my MM photos I think I’m rather strange, but I know I’m not alone, you know who you are ;-)

 

Weekly Photo Challenge, Admiration

This weeks photo challenge has the theme of admiration, I have a tremendous admiration for those creative people centuries ago, who left us a legacy of treasure, in the UK and worldwide.

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This sea chest has sailed the high seas, filled with wonders.

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I can’t help wondering about the delicious meals that have been served from this tureen.

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The embroidery around this four poster bed has graced the bed chamber for centuries, no daylight lamps or computerised sewing machines, just small hands and candlelight to work with. Click the link above to share whatever fills you with admiration!

May, wild flowers

May 1st, and time for a new garden challenge them from Jude. This month its wild flowers, this is what she says.

‘This month i want to see wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on a heath and even in your own garden. Basically plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers provide food for humans and wildlife and are usually hardy, resilient and well adapted to the climate and soils, and yes, sadly often referred to as weeds.’

So my first entry is this sea thrift, it’s one of my favourites, I love how it thrives on virtually no soil, clinging tenaciously to rocks, its deceptively delicate flowers reaching for the sun.

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If you’d like to join in this month, visit Jude’s garden challenge page to find out how.

Rhapsody in black and white

Paula’s Black and White Sunday theme this week is ‘Rhapsody’, this is what she says about the meaning,

Defined primarily as an instrumental composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation, then as an ecstatic expression of feeling or enthusiasm or an unusually intense or irregular poem/ piece of prose, rhapsody is also archaically known as a miscellaneous collection; jumble. 

And this is my interpretation.

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A lunchtime escape

A tolerable day at work is one when I can go out for some fresh air at lunchtime, without freezing or getting soaked. Last Wednesday was one of the very best for a stroll, the sun was shining, the morning had been dull and I needed some space.

Next door to the hospital where I work, is a psychiatric unit, around 150 years old and set in lovely grounds with original trees. If the ground is dry I often head that way, come along with me. We’ll begin beside the old lodge near the front gate.

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It’s like a miniature gothic castle with its crenalations.
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Here’s the back entrance. What can we find in the hedge?

I’m surrounded by birdsong, with a robin singing loudest. Look ahead, we’ll check out the trees.
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The bluebells are guaranteed to help get rid of the morning’s stresses.

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I zigzag from tree to tree, in and out of the hedge.

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jw8These fir cones, like my feet, are rather large!

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I would  have loved to climb this tree, it looks quite an easy one doesn’t it? The one behind on the left is quite special too,

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Look at the chunky bark, it’s been around for a very long time.
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On we go towards the perimeter of the grounds, where it’s a bit wilder, and someone’s had lunch already.
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Time to curve across the lawn, my half hour is flying by.
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But I still need to see that bright tree ahead.
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Wow, such a fresh and glowing green!
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I linger for a minute, enjoying the shadows, but my time really is up. Thanks to this stroll, the afternoon was manageable, two and a half hours until home time. I’m really lucky with the surroundings at work aren’t I? I hope you enjoyed walking with me, I’m sharing with Jo and looking forward to seeing where she walked.