This will be my last post here for a while. We’re off on our travels again tomorrow, driving through France, visiting friends and relatives as we go, then to Spain to visit our daughter – our usual annual jaunt. Depending on where we are I may be able to pop in from time to time as I will have my laptop with me, but it will be spasmodic as we will be in our motorhome and not always where we can have wifi access. As always our son will be holding the fort at home – what would we do without him? We don’t expect to be back home until early to mid-November so apart from a possible few brief visits I look forward to seeing you again then.


Victims of drought,
fallen leaves lie on the ground.
Now those that are left
on the trees begin to turn
to autumn russets.

Thunder and Lightning

we had
thunder and lightning
last night. I heard


For a while the sky
looked as if it threatened rain;
but then changed its mind.

New Crafts

new crafts.
Tea bag folding
is proving to be
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Tea bag folding has nothing much to do with soggy tea bags. It is also known as miniature kaleidoscope origami. Basically it is a simple form of origami which began in the Netherlands, where tea bags were produced in little patterned envelopes and it is these envelopes that were originally used for the folding techniques to make various attractive rosette forms (and also some other shapes) which can then be used for decorative purposes on greetings cards etc. One of the main differences to true origami is that the elements are slotted and glued together whereas origami is not generally glued. Now it is possible to buy papers specially printed with square patterns for tea bag folding, or you can use any patterned paper (eg wrapping paper) that you have to hand.

Thirsty Ground

ground eagerly
soaks up rainfall,
racing against the drying

Get Up and Go

Has anyone seen my get-up-and-go?
It's got up and gone its own way,
leaving me here as limp as a rag
and with so much to do today.

Golden Bloom

golden bloom
enjoying the sunshine.
More buds opening soon.

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I have other sunflowers elsewhere in the garden but this was the first to bloom. Plenty more buds to come.


Not an end to drought
but the ground has had a soak.
Lovely, lovely rain.

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We have finally had a good rainfall overnight and all morning. Gentle rain that soaks in well and saves the need to water the garden for today at least. It has refilled my water butt. This is not the end of the drought though, rivers and reservoirs are still very low and hosepipe bans in place around the country, thankfully not where I live yet but I have been avoiding using the hose and only watering where necessary with waste water saved from the kitchen, using the watering can. The forecast is for another dry spell by the weekend. Still I am thankful for what we have, many areas have not had much at all for a long time.


Scrumping blackberries
from my neighbour's bush
overhanging our garden.
She has moved on,
the house is empty,
shame to waste them!

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