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

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!)


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


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


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


Oh my goodness! This is my first post of 2023!A very belated Happy New…

Happy New Year

Happy new Year! Thank you for all your interactions, purchases and donations it is…


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



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

Tuesday Throwback

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

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…


No one owns the …

Just thought I would add this quote today which popped up on my timeline today – very true.

Big Butterfly Count

People across the UK are being asked to take part in an annual count of butterflies starting on the 15th July. I was only thinking the other day that I had not seen many butterflies at all in my garden or on the country lanes when I go cycling. The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide citizen…

Saturday Motivation

“Magic waited for me in the morning dew of this brand new day.” BL Bates  

A Touch of Green

It has been a brilliant start to a new week; time is flying pat so fast I can’t believe it’s the 10th May already. I was very motivated over the weekend and ended up getting my macro (close-up) lens out. These gorgeous plants look even more magical with early morning dew on. I took far…

Tuesday’s Quote

It was a beautiful bright autumn day,
with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.

Diana Gabaldon

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Indian Summer

Blue skies

Brilliant blue sky & hot Autumn sun today (Friday). How lovely to be sat basking in the garden.

The term Indian summer reached England in the 19th century, during the heyday of the British Raj in India. This led to the mistaken belief that the term referred to the Indian subcontinent. In fact, the Indians in question were probably the Native Americans.

The term Indian summer is first recorded in Letters From an American Farmer, in 1778.

“Then a severe frost succeeds which prepares it to receive the voluminous coat of snow which is soon to follow; though it is often preceded by a short interval of smoke and mildness, called the Indian Summer.”

Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crèvecoeur:

The English already had names for the phenomenon – St. Luke’s SummerSt. Martin’s Summer or All-Hallown Summer and the French also referred to l’été de la Saint-Martin.

These have now all but disappeared and, like the rest of the world, the term Indian summer has been used in the UK for at least a century.

I think I prefer the term All Hallown Summer.

“An Indian summer crept stealthily over his closing days.”

Thomas De Quincy, 1855


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It’s September yet again, (I know it’s already been nearly a week into it) but you can definitely tell that there is a chill on a morning (and evening) and the daddy long legs (Crane flys) are starting to appear. More so if you have two cats that chase them and leave them lying about on the floor!

A Triptych of August favourites, hoping that September will be just a lovely with the turning of the leaves from green to golden hues of yellow, orange and brown.

“For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. 
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.”
Edwin Way Teale

“Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields,
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth
And you walk under the red light of fall
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain
The sharp, gentle chill of fall.
Here as we move into the shadows of autumn
The night that brings the morning of spring
Come to us, Lord of Harvest
Teach us to be thankful for the gifts you bring us …”
Autumn Equinox Ritual

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Springtime 🌸

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

Beautiful Flowers

Well this week has gone fast don’t you think? It has been such a warm & sunny…

Bank Holiday Weekend

Hope you are all having a great Bank Holiday (UK) weekend? I’m having a lovely one: the…

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Rain, rain, rain…

Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip

Non stop rain all day, you can tell it’s approaching the Summer holidays! Everything is sodden, so not in the mood for taking any images today. Hopefully the sun will be out for the rest of the week to dry it all up.

The following images are from last year’s trip to the Lake District in Cumbria. One of my favourite places to visit, so hopefully I’ll get to visit this year for a few days.


Look at the rain long enough, with no thoughts in your head, and you gradually feel your body falling loose, shaking free of the world of reality. Rain has the power to hypnotize.”

Haruki Murakami

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Last days of May

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Well May’s nearly over and I can say that it has been one of the wettest. My garden is like a swamp and there is no way that my lawn is going to get cut for a long time. The lawnmower will sink!

I have planted out some sunflowers in the front garden but the slugs & snails have found them and now there is nothing left apart from a stalk sticking up out of the ground. Silver, slimy trails meander from the place my sunflowers were once growing, back into the undergrowth, so I’m rather reluctant to plant any more out at the moment!


Putting a part of yourself into what you’re doing

(Noun / Origin: Greek / me·ra·ki)

This is a modern Greek word that’s often used to describe the instance wherein you leave a part of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work – so it’s like when you intensely love to do something or just about anything that you put something of yourself into it.

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A Touch of Green

It has been a brilliant start to a new week; time is flying pat so fast I can’t believe it’s the 10th…

Red Leaves, Yellow Leaves

Day 6 post-surgery and the pain in my shoulder is a dull ache rather than not stop pain. It has been a…

A Touch of Blue

Hope you all had a great Easter & didn’t eat too much chocolate? The weather in North Yorkshire has been glorious and…