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Altered poppies

Altered poppies

The Guildford Castle gardens are a riot of colour at the moment, with a plethora of poppies in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

The image has been altered (accidentally) to give the impression of an illustration rather than a traditional photograph.


Bluebells and Azaleas

A bright but chilly start to the May Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures only just above freezing. After seeing many inspirational photos recently from friends of the bluebell displays around the South East, it prompted me to drive over to the National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum with my camera.

Bluebells and Azaleas 2014

Probably just in time too, as the helpful lady at the entrance was saying that this was probably the last weekend for the bluebells.

Bluebells and Azaleas 2014

There were plenty of bluebells still to see and admire.  Often the camera just doesn’t do the carpet of blue justice.

Bluebells and Azaleas 2014

The blooming azaleas were  stunningly magnificent in their white and pinks.

Bluebells and Azaleas 2014

Farewell flowers

Farewell Flowers

There is nothing like receiving an unexpected bunch of flowers from a friend as a thank you and a farewell.

Vintage Day at Oxfam

With little chance of a proper summers day, we went browsing round the shops.   A constant threat of rain or being blown across the street, we stuck close to our usual haunts.  Of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to pop into our local Oxfam who were holding a Vintage Day.   This lovely little shop had been changed into a treasure trove of vintage (themed) gems.  Clothes, ephemera and home-ware, there was some much to choose from.

Vinatge display

I was tempted by a beautiful burgundy leather diary from 1960’s or  an old-fashioned cricket bat which were attractively displayed in the entrance of the shop.  But eventually, after endless browsing, it was these buttons that took my fancy.

Blue Buttons





Harbour #2013PAD


What a difference a day makes?  Blues skies, bright sunshine and warmer weather.  We travelled down to Portsmouth Harbour by train, had lunch on the quay side at Fire & Stone and did a little shopping for some much needed party wear.

The habour provide me with a great opportunity capture some pictures and to play with a newly discovered function on my camera called Mini or Emphasize.

Chilling out at Nest

Picturesque afternoon tea at Nest Home & Cafe in Ripley. This gorgeous lifestyle shop and cafe combo is a completely delightful destination in Surrey with plenty of warmth, character and charm.

Chilling out at Nest 01

Of course, afternoon tea isn’t complete without a slice of home-made cake and who could resist these totally tempting and tasty cakes.  Lemon and Pistachio for me and, an old favourite, Carrot cake for my husband.  It wasn’t long before our stylish plates were empty.

Chilling out at Nest 02

Nest Café uses these elegantly rustic Juliska ceramics and glassware, which are  available to purchase allowing you to take a little bit of the style-experience home with you.

Chilling out at Nest 04

Despite the heaters and cozy Nest blankets, no one was brave enough to sit outside this afternoon.

Chilling out at Nest 05

We were very happy with our window seat, which provided a perfect place to watch the world go by.