I’ve waited two years for this………..


I love peonies.

I ordered a Peony Tree from a very reputable grower and planted it with great care almost two years ago. I watched as it grew and produced lots of lovely green leaves that danced in the summer breeze and withstood Autumn gales; waiting for the beautiful pink blooms to appear.

I waited and waited. I asked a professional gardener friend what I was doing wrong, “Don’t worry” he said, ” be patient and the flowers will come”.

I waited a little longer and finally, last week I looked out of the window and could see something pink where days before there had only been green and here it is, my first peony……..

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Weekly photo challenge – Together


I love this photo taken in the aquarium in Vancouver.  I watched these two birds for ages, they just moved side by side, up and down the branch, flying off together and always coming back to the same place.

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Weekly photo challenge: Two subjects


This photo was taken on holiday in Sicily. We stayed in Taormina a beautiful place, quite high up, with narrow, twisting roads providing stunning views at every turn. We had great views of Mount Etna from our hotel and each day I would try to get a better shot.  Late one afternoon, we strolled down to the pool area, the mountain seemed almost close enough to touch. This is the photo I took that day. The umbrellas by the pool became the main subject, with Etna looming in the background.