Friday, 9 August 2019

Five Mainly in the Countryside


Thanks for calling in.

Have you had a good week?  I hope so.  Although I've been fairly busy doing 'normal' things, there hasn't been anything too exciting to show you!  Here's my five anyway.

1.  A trip to Mortimer took me past some beautiful countryside to the beautiful garden of my friend.

2.  Nearer home, the Heath has turned purple with the heather blooming making the trees look a fresher green.

By the lake, the thistles have turned into great swathes of fluffy seed waiting for the wind to take them off on a journey.

A beautiful Banded Demoiselle Damselfly landed in front of me with wings like black feathers on a shimmering turquoise body.

Great big sunny sunflowers seem to be popping up all over.

3.  Whilst we're in the countryside, I was thumbing through an old book about the BBC radio programme The Archers and found a map of the mythical village and an old family tree.  Even though the programme feels as if it has turned into Eastenders with all the doom and gloom lately, I'm  sure its quirky, light-heartedness will return eventually.

4.  I was intrigued by Artist Cindy Sherman on a BBC Arena programme, there's an exhibition of her photographs at the National Portrait Gallery at the moment.  She uses make-up, costumes and props to turn herself into fictitious characters and takes photos in various places to tell an enigmatic story for the viewer to puzzle out.  Her later work covers more disturbing areas which I don't enjoy.  Google the Artist's name to see some of her work.

5. Books for this week.

Luckily, I didn't have to wait too long for Big Sky from the library, I love a Jackson Brodie novel and this one didn't disappoint.  Full of well drawn characters, some back from previous books and despite the serious subject matter dealt with in the case, there were plenty of funny moments.

Another detective novel on a similar subject to the previous book, Susan Hill's Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler goes undercover keeping us on the edge of our seat.

That's it for this week, enjoy your weekend!



  1. The heather looks fabulous and I'm a sucker for sunflowers, there's so much colour around at the moment.

    1. It's so pretty when the Heather blooms on such a large scale, taking its turn in the season.

  2. I just adore your pictures of the countryside! Around here all we have are the thistles. :) I must get out of town soon.

    1. Thanks Dianna it is wonderful to see the countryside at the moment or in fact any time of the Year, there's always something taking centre stage. I wonder if your thistles are behaving like those in my photos.

  3. Lovely photos, the heather looks wonderful and the damselfly too. I reserved 'Big Sky' at our library in early June and I was five in the queue - I'm still five in the queue nearly two months later - I'm looking forward to reading it eventually!:)

    1. Thanks Rosie. Goodness, that first person is being rather naughty holding on to it for so long, it sounds like they've lost it! Hopefully Something Will Be Done to get things moving. 😊