January to August 2016-2021

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Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them. If you have missed any up to August, then look no further as I have them here for you to watch!

January
February
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April
May
June
July
August
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Nearly April 🌸

Well the clocks have leapt forward an hour (UK) and it is still light at 19:30! Doesn’t it make…

Update on Limpy

Hi, an update on my brother’s cat Limpy. He has had the operation and his eye looks so much…

Springtime 🌸

Oh my goodness sorry for not posting for a while! I don’t know where time is going! It’s lovely…

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January to July 2016-2021

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Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them.

If you have missed any up to July, then look no further as I have them here for you to watch!

January
February
March
April
May
June
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Goodbye October, Hello November

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron,…

March

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that…

Last days of May

Well May’s nearly over and I can say that it has been one of the wettest. My garden is…

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January to June 2016-2021

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Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them.

If you have missed any up to June, then look no further as I have them here for you to watch!

January
February
March
April
May
June
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Please help Limpy

Hi, I don’t normally do this but I wonder if you could spare any spare change to help this…

Please help Limpy

Hi, I don’t normally do this but I wonder if you could spare any spare change to help this…

Crocus

Oh my goodness my first Crocus are flowering! I haven’t been in my garden for a while so it…

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January to May 2016-2021

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Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them.

If you have missed any up to May, then look no further as I have them here for you to watch!

January
February
March
April
May
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February

Oh my goodness! This is my first post of 2023!A very belated Happy New Year – well I have…

Happy New Year

Happy new Year! Thank you for all your interactions, purchases and donations it is much appreciated. Here’s to 2023…

Tuesday Throwback

Throwback to the beginning of 2022 with pictures from 2016-2021. I hope you have enjoyed the videos through the…

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Bluebells Season II

It’s that time of year again! What am I talking about – Bluebells of course! A 2 minute video of woodland full of Bluebells. I made sure that I didn’t venture into the Bluebells as to not damage them. I’ll share with you some photographs from the day very soon – watch out for my post!

The little changes

Well today turned out to be a sorcher…an Indian Summer…well, for a few days…

A Touch of Blue

Hope you all had a great Easter & didn’t eat too much chocolate? The…

Bluebells Season

It’s that time of year again! What am I talking about – Bluebells of…

 

Bluebells Season

It’s that time of year again! What am I talking about – Bluebells of course!

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things you may not know about Bluebells!

The bluebell has many names: English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles, Hyacinthoides non-scripta

It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells

If you plant bluebells, you should make sure it’s the English bluebell, not the Spanish version. This is a more vigorous plant and could out-compete our delicate native flower

Almost half the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world

Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish – around 5-7 years from seed to flower.

Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise (National Trust)

The little changes

Well today turned out to be a sorcher…an Indian Summer…well, for a few days…

A Touch of Blue

Hope you all had a great Easter & didn’t eat too much chocolate? The…

Clouds

As a photographer I love photographing clouds, they can make an ordinary image have…

 

EARTH DAY 2022 – APRIL 22

Today is EARTH DAY 2022 – APRIL 22
Each year, Earth Day focuses on and celebrates our planet, promoting multiple ways we can help our environment. From climate change to overpopulation, it’s a time to reflect on what humanity is doing to its home. This year the theme for this year’s Earth Day is Invest In Our Planet.

…we need to act (boldly),
innovate (broadly),
and implement (equitably)

… everyone accounted for,
and everyone accountable

Earthday.org

I help the environment by re-cycling reducing my waste and trying to reusing a lot of things. I grow my own fruit and veg as much as I can (unless the slugs and snails eat them!) I have spent the past two weeks in my garden encourage flowers and wildlife into my space.

I try to recycle as much of my waste, I also buy clothes from charity shops (and donate). Also, when taking photographs I always leave the places that I visit, exactly as I find them and take nothing away (apart from pictures!)

INVEST IN OUR PLANET 

This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods.

For Earth Day 2022, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet. Find out more with quizzes or ideas to help with your carbon footprint etc.

‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.’
Albert Einstein

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An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.’
Sir David Attenborough

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‘Be the change you wish to see in this world’
Mahatma Gandhi

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‘The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy.’
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Travels

Back from a visit to Derbyshire and Leicestershire with lovely weather for the most…

Cold & Icy

Another absolute freezing week! There has been some really sharp frost recently but no…

Third week of Advent

An absolute freezing week! I’ve managed again to get another nasty cold/chest infection, I’ve…

 

Cat Sun Salutations

Two posts this morning!

Thought I would share a picture of Z and J cat sat on their little yoga mats enjoying the morning sunshine.

Oh to be a cat!

December Ice

A very cold start to the week with freezing fog and temperatures only just…

December Flight

A lovely but very cold second week of Advent. I visited Hovingham in the…

 

Wednesday Flowers

A quick edits of flowers that my friend had bought to cheer the house up, I think you’ll agree that they did.

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;

they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul

L Burbank

December

A lovely first week of Advent. I visited the National Trust Property of the…

December

You probably know that throughout the year at the beginning of each month I…

November Sunset

What a gorgeous sunset this evening. I was going to take my drone up,…

 

Easter holiday in York III

As promised a few images from my ‘big’ camera when I visited National Trust property, Goddard’s the other day.

The garden looked stunning in their April colours and blossoms.

Goddard’s has five acres of garden rooms to walk through that used to be owned by the family on the outskirts of York city center.

The beautiful gardens at Goddard’s with many beautiful & colourful flowers – Images by SJ Butler

The gardens are divided into rooms as a nod to the arts and crafts style inspiration. The idea behind the rooms was that of a continuation of the house extending beyond the walls and into the garden.

The outdoor rooms, similarly to those in the house, each perform a separate function with hedges and shrubs providing the structure.  

Running across the back of the house is certainly one of the most spectacular rooms of the garden, coming alive with Delphiniums, Sedums and brightly coloured Rudbeckia blooms in late summer.

Tulips dance in the warm Spring sunshine – Images by SJ Butler

Tulips

Hope you’re enjoying the good weath and had a lovely weekend? The garden is…

Tulips

Tulips in Turkey continued to remain popular, and in the early 18th century, the…

Spring

Well what a beautiful month April has been so far. Hardly any rain and…