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Weekly Photo Challenge – Close Up

My daily blog often has close up shots as I find beautiful things. Here are a few of my favourites. Click on any one for more detail.

Reflection in a Grand-baby's eye

Reflection in a Grand-baby’s eye of the black and white art book she is looking at

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Spring Yellow, Blue and Cream

Despite the grey day, our Spring flowers continue to bloom and deliver their beauty where it matters most.

Pale yellow primroses

Pale yellow primroses

Bi-colour Muscari

Bi-colour Muscari

Tubs on the steps

Tubs on the steps

Creamy tulips

Creamy tulips

 

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Notice, Petrol Puddle and More Spring Flowers

1   What a lovely way to encourage the customers to do the right thing!

Notice in the cafe

Notice in the cafe

2   After the rain this morning, petrol puddles were left behind on the road – lovely memories of finding these as a child and being so delighted.

Petrol puddle

Petrol puddle

3   The front garden has two parts – one is my purple, white and green Suffragette garden as I have mentioned before. The other is daffodils and other Spring flowers and the lovely Mr S is preparing the ground for a Birch tree which is to be delivered next week.

Crocuses with raindrops

Crocuses with raindrops

Daffodil back with raindrops

Daffodil back with raindrops

The next two photos are not beautiful but I need your help, all you readers who may also be gardeners. I went out to get a photo of the Suffragette garden this afternoon as it was looking so pretty. To my dismay, 30 or more crocuses had been pulled up and scattered, some near their place of planting but some over a meter away. Many were broken off at the corm and many of the corms had been nibbled/ pecked?    Does anyone out there have any idea what happened and how to prevent it happening again? We’ve replanted all those we could but we have lost so many.

Garden attack

Garden attack

Uprooted crocuses

Uprooted crocuses

 

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Goldfinches, Snowdrops and Marmalade

1    Having done the RSPB Big Birdwatch at the weekend in the gales and had very few to record, today the goldfinches turned up in crowds. At one point there were ten!

Goldfinches, not the best photo but taken from indoors from about 15meters away

Goldfinches, not the best photo but taken from indoors from about 15 metres away

2   The snowdrops are just delightful and withstanding the gales as they do.

Snowdrops with raindrops

Snowdrops with raindrops

3    The house is full of the smell of the new season’s marmalade bubbling away – so lovely and, very special as every year it brings my Dad into the kitchen as it was he who always made the marmalade when we were kids. He used to make a special little pot for me without any peel!  This batch is Seville Orange with Red Grapefruit and the colour is very beautiful.

 

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Old Flower, Old Shop and New JCB

1    I love the way hydrangea flowers fade so prettily.

Hydrangea flowers from last season

Hydrangea flowers from last season

2   The Redruth Drapery Stores was the place to be in the past! People from all around came to get their suits, their best outfits and their hats. The beautiful frontage is still here but the store no longer.

The Redruth Drapery Stores

The Redruth Drapery Stores

3    Walking past the coal store this afternoon on my way back from buying tickets to see ‘The Old Tyre Swingers’, this brand- new JCB caught my eye. The contrast of its pristine newness contrasted so much with the grime of where it was working.

Beautifully clean and new JCB working in the coal yard

Beautifully clean and new JCB working in the coal yard

 

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Purple, White and Green

Serendipitously, the first photographs I took today on my walk to town were one each of purple, white and green – which you will know, if you follow, are the colours of the Suffragettes and as such are part of my family history.

1  The purple of the Tibuchina Urvilleana in the front garden was quite startling this morning as there are six new flowers on this amazing plant.

2   Coming back up the hill, I saw this very small white flower growing out of a Cornish hedge, so delicate, so beautiful.

3    The moss on the hedges was a vibrant green and had numerous tiny and fragile-looking flowers, each with a drop of dew on the end, standing up against the light.

Lastly, between the stones of the hedge was this little web, all tangly and mysterious.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures – A Year In Flowers

I love taking photos of the flowers in our garden, in rain or shine and love it when I catch an insect on there too! Click on any image for the full picture. There are a few whose names I can’t remember. I’d be delighted if anyone could help out.

 

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