Spring is Apparently Here….. 3rd April 2015

After several days of rain and sleet, yesterday the weather was warm and sunny and Hilary and I were able to get out and transplant more daffodils and snowdrops from the front garden at the cottage to the new orchard above the burn.  Part of the front garden is about to disappear under the new driveway the planners say we need before work begins on the alterations and extension to the cottage.


Hilary had advice from her little band of helpers…..

So far we have managed to plant about two thirds of the new fruit trees and hopefully the rest, mainly “Heritage” varieties will arrive from Scottish Heritage Fruit Trees in the next few days.

Apart from the constant chatter of the wild birds and the ducks laying again, Spring is also heralded by wild flowers starting to bloom.



Common Speedwell

Germander Speedwell

It could be a good year…….   Anyone want a pound of apples?!!

Smiddy Shaw and Hishope Reservoirs 3 February 2015

After a trip to Lanchester today I made a detour on my journey home over part of the North Durham Moors near Consett.

Smiddy Shaw Reservoir

Smiddy Shaw Reservoir

When we were kids we used to picnic here and paddle in the edge of the water, I don’t know about the picnicking but the paddling was banned years ago.

Hishope Reservoir

Hishope Reservoir

This shot of Hishope Reservoir just a very short distance away shows just how inhospitable these moors can be at this time of year.  A third reservoir, Waskerly, is behind me, all but hidden in the gloom…..

Re-work, Re-model…. 1 February 2015

With the withdrawal of Aperture and I-Photo due sometime this year, I have been looking at other options for processing on the Mac.  Adobe Lightroom is a possibility so I have been having a play with a trial version this evening.  Lightroom seems a bit fiddly and lacking to me but perhaps in conjunction with Intensify it may be quite interesting to use.

Tried a little re-work of this photo from 2011, seems to work…

Northumbria  2011

Northumbria 2011