Out on recent walks I came across some of nature’s curiosities. My DSLR camera has been busy. Me, well, I just edited in photos and edited out what I thought didn’t work. What was left seemed quite interesting. See what you think.

Frost And Wind Burnt Leaves May 2019
More Frost And Wind Burnt leaves May 2019

These trees were in a sheltered setting. In February this year we had an unexpected spell of very mild weather, plant life was confused. The trees leaved early, only to be caught out by a sudden dip in temperatures, frost, gales, and wintry weather. The trees will shed their leaves just like they should do in Autumn, and at a time when they should be bursting forth with the new spring growth.

Wild Life?

Sauntering down another path, we came across an interesting creature in the lee of a Gorse bush. If you peer into the bush you will see another.

Gorse Spikes

Do not touch! Nature has her own way of warning off marauders. Those Gorse spikes are nasty. You really would not want to be caught up in them. They flower all year round. At this time of year (spring/summer) Gorse puts on a good show, the flowers are abundantly at their best, as you will see in the photos above and below.

Pussy Willow Buds

We passed on by the Willow, the only one we saw.

Elegant Nettles

Nettles vigorously grew, as they do; these were in the early stages of growing and filling out, elegant and beautifully formed. Another one of Nature’s stings, best avoided. There were no Dock Leaves in sight with which to offer temporary nettle sting relief (first aid).


These twigs were glittering like rods of shiny silver in the sunlight. The stunning effect, I knew, would be hard to capture. I guess the camera did its best.

We ambled on and near the end of our walk this tranquil scene came into view.


I’m off to get my locks beautified this morning. I shall wear a capacious hat before and probably after the event. The weather is absolutely foul and I see no point in having my hair titivated just to get it soaked. It frizzes up in the damp and rain, which we have much of. That, folks, would take me back to square one and in need of re-styling. All that extra heat applied to my mane would just not do, that would create a frizz-up as well. No, I am definitely not doing that. I would rather bang a hat on my new hair do in the cause of staying dry with un-frizzled, flowing (if flattened) hair.


It’s always the same isn’t it. You breathe out and believe you have the time to breathe in. I had a bless├ęd two weeks to amble and wind down. Then everything descends all at once; all hell is let loose. Why oh why did I dawdle along, I could have used that breathing space to spread out a tiny bit of the load? Truthfully, most, nearly all of the avalanche has been unexpected. How can you plan for that!

I am so fed up sitting at the computer. I have to just now, to get things done. I am fed up fitting things in around other people’s time limits and fitting in time to make a meal, fitting in time to keep pre-ordained personal appointments, fitting in time to do some, not all, of my daily living routines.

It’s at times like this, I want to escape, take a break completely away from it all. If I did though, I would have additional time pressures because the things I usually do would have to be compressed into a tight time scale as well. There’d also be a pile of stuff to deal with when I returned. Doh!


Much as I look forward to having a rest tonight, arriving at another new dawn tomorrow, with time set aside for a yap with a friend over coffee, (who I haven’t had a substantial natter with since before Christmas), I am not looking forward to my mail piling higher with additions from the new post to come. It’s like scaling a never ending mountain. Even scoring out things on my ‘to do’ list doesn’t seem to deliver the usual satisfaction. More things get added.

Maybe, I’ll be in luck and there won’t be any mail tomorrow, (then pigs might fly!) Maybe, I’ll be lucky enough to be out when phone calls for other people attempt to interrupt my progress with my own domestic catch up programme.

I’ll be off now, as I have a hospital phone call to make. Earlier this evening, admission was definite, but there were no beds in two of the possible departments the patient could be directed to. This is in one of the largest London Hospitals I have seen, it’s a small city in its own right. There is even a reception desk in one of the wings with a specialist clerk who can direct you, the visitor, to any of the nooks and crannies you need to find.

Tomorrow’s another day – cheers!


I’ve been browsing through little books again and I just must share these:

“Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616

“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.” Ludwig Erhard, 1897 – 1977


You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.”

Bob Hope 1903 – 2003


Why oh why, when I have almost achieved completion of a large task on my roll over ‘to do’ list, I cannot find the last little notch to finish it off.

I can clearly see what is missing; can I lay my hands on what is missing, no! If I could just experience a useful brainwave, it could resolve everything. The job could be at an end and I would, with a flourish of my pen, cross it off the list.

Urrrgh >:XX