Blueberry Pancake Mandala

February 22nd, 2010 Comments 0

Speedy mandalas are always fun.  Art sans thought, bringing you the contents of your mind without deviation, hesitation, or um.. what’s the other one?  Repetition.  Thank you.

A frying pan with four little pancakes, and blueberries in patterns, cooking

You can see where some blueberries emerged from the batter, and some I added afterwards to finish the picture.  It had to be quick as the pancakes were cooking, and after a minute the blueberries wouldn’t stick.  So the top one is still plain, as batter intended.

The first pancake to inspire me to do this was the zig zag.  Maybe they are blueberry national flags.  Yes, they were tasty too.

Word of the Moment: Snicket

February 20th, 2010 Comments 0


This is the word that the dictionary did not recognise.  In fact MANY dictionaries did not.  But they were WRONG.

snicket, snicket, snicket.

The Sun!

February 19th, 2010 Comments 0

Another early morning, this time for an audition, brought me this sunrise, and a mad dash for my camera before the train.

First you can see a seagull flying over from the island to the mainland, they go back to the island at dusk.

pink coral b;ue sunrise, trees, seagull flying

Then moments later, The Sun! The Sun!

pink, coral orange, blue, white sunrise, glowing sun at the edge of the water, black trees

Bravo! More! More!

Winter into Spring

February 13th, 2010 Comments 0

You may recall my pictures of snow in the woods, well here is another day, another walk, and those same woods are almost as magical in their February technicolour.

First to burst into spring flame, the moss:

a bright green mossy branch in a woods, in an interesting curved shape

When I first saw this I got so excited.  Moss is my favourite thing. There was so much of it!

I also got excited when I saw my first catkins of the year.  I wasn’t expecting them.

catkins in a russet coloured wood

You’ll have to imagine why some of these pictures aren’t quite as sharp as they could be.  It was freezing cold, and my camera ran out of power, so I borrowed a camera from R, but he wasn’t hanging around in the cold to explain how to use the focus and settings properly.  This walk was spent with me lagging behind by several yards (how long is a yard in fact?), taking pictures, and him, gloveless, carrying on regardless.  It was also nearly 4pm and getting colder by the second.  This is to set the scene.  Every so often I would pledge to stop taking pictures and just walk.  Hee.

This is a beech forest, which to me looks like Dragon land. With it’s resident dragon, naturellement.

red beech forest, first leaves in spring, damp day, man walking

Dragon land was damp and cold.  The fire was just waking up.

beech tree, little leaves, slope with different tones in stripes on the ground
There are also many fairies living in these woods.  You can tell because they leave nests everywhere:

wiggly thicket in the woods

and they gather in groups of three:

Bright green mossy tree stump, brown twiggy shrub, dark green springy shrub, all having a conversation


two tall beech trees, one shorn tree trunk...

and fungi (I wanted to write mushrooms, but of course, they aren’t.  Are they?  Now I wrote mushrooms twice anyway which satisfies my daily quota of word goodness.)

three flat mushrooms from large to small going up the side of a silver birch

First to correctly identify them gets a prize!

a cluster of red mushrooms on the side of a tree
By then it was getting dark…

hooded head sticking out from behind a tree so we went home for some tea.

pink hat, blue eyes, poking out from behind a tree

New Thing! Word of the Moment!

February 9th, 2010 Comments 0

I have been thinking for a while about words, and collecting them when I hear or say one that is excellent.  I’ve wanted a mini blog on the side of this blog to show my word of the moment, but can’t find such a thing yet, so I have decided to just post them anyway.

I am writing this on March 27th, but the blog post date is February 9th, because that is near when I was thinking about these words.  It all makes sense to me – don’t worry.

So here is a collection of my words-of-the-moment so far, and in future I will post just one at a time.



Ok, I was about to put several more words, but the dictionary didn’t recognise my next one, so you’ll just have to wait! ( I will hunt it down, I’m sure it is real…)

In the meantime you can revel in the glory of ‘gloaming’ and ‘woad’ …

and also in this:

“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.”

Jabberwocky – Lewis Carroll

Ah, honestly, what in the world could possibly be better?

pale wonder

February 5th, 2010 Comments 0

Sometimes a more subtle view is more affecting…

sunrise, black silhouetted trees, bowl shape, blue and coral sky, pale, gentle

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