Ok, so these images were taken this afternoon and I know these roses are now clearly a bit past their best, but I’m intrigued as to just how long they might continue to look acceptable, however beyond perfect they may be. I’m now on a mission to keep them alive for as long as possible.
They were originally bought on 27th December with a guarantee that they should remain fresh for 7 days – we’re currently on day 16 and counting! Admittedly one very sad-looking bloom has had to be thrown away in the last few days but I think overall we’ve definitely had our money’s worth with this bunch 🙂
We had another light snowfall yesterday, and although last night’s frost means today everything is still crunchy underfoot it already seems to be melting a little in the low winter mid-day sun. So my camera and I went out to the back garden to see what we could see, taking a series of photographs of my snowmelt winter garden 🙂
It’s amazing what can be washed up by the sea in winter – no idea where it originated but this poor tree stump appeared to be out of its depth and was probably going to remain stranded on the shore once the tide went out 🙂
One of the things I love most about walking along the shoreline where the land meets the sea is the way things become so weathered and washed out by the wind and the water. They develop a toughened texture yet retain a salty smoothness to them that always draws me and my camera in 🙂
I love the way the separate sections of this home-made cobbled-together shed have been given a shared sense of solidarity and purpose by covering them all completely in a slightly-worn coat of white paint 🙂
While the world is still mired deep in the pandemic, while so may of us remain socially shut in and economically shut down, the familiar seasonal colours of nature continue to inspire, to bring a little normality to such an oddly altered reality. Life goes on, albeit differently, firmly grounded in the continuity of the lovely landscape and all the joy it brings… My first Weekly Smile of the New Year, and here’s to many more… 🙂
Happy New Year from Inverness – the view across the Beauly Firth, Ben Wyvis, the Black Isle, and boats moored in Muirtown Basin taken this afternoon. It was chilly and grey, but at least it was dry and we were wrapped up warm, so we really enjoyed our brisk and bracing New Year’s Day walk 🙂