Nearly time to vote in the EU Referendum. So much has been written, said and argued about on this subject in the last few weeks that I certainly don’t intend to throw my twopenn’orth into the public domain. In any case, I like to keep my voting intentions private.

I do intend to vote, though, despite some initial fears that I didn’t have enough expert knowledge to make the ‘right’ decision.  But who does? After listening to debate after debate, soundbite after soundbite, analysis after analysis, I realise that nobody can possibly know for sure what is going to happen after the results have come in. In the absence of a crystal ball, that is. I can only follow my conscience and my common sense.

So I’ll head down to the polling station this evening after work and make my choice.

Will it make a difference? Probably not. But I now know which way I’m voting. I only hope we’ll wake up tomorrow to the result we deserve…

On a Theme…

Not that I need an excuse, but here’s a photograph I’d like to share with you on this warm June evening.


I’m really enjoying my blog’s new look (the Twenty Sixteen Theme) and I keep finding myself wanting to add more posts to see how they work. Got to be good if it encourages me to post more frequently!

I like the clean, uncluttered layout as well as the fact that it seems to display content attractively, whether on PC, tablet or phone. Photographs look bright and stand out clearly against the white background. I love the way my Instagram photos appear to the right of the latest post.

Any thoughts?

A little help in the garden, anyone?

Woodpigeons are frequent visitors to the garden. Gentle giants which don’t seem bothered by any of the other birds (including magpies). Wonderfully subtle colours. This one was perched helpfully on the handle of a garden fork…

We have… a rose

If we were having coffee, I’d invite you to step back in time to 31st October, 2014. The date of my first blog post, and a proud but nervous moment it was. Putting my words and thoughts out there before the world. Quiet little me. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, in truth, nothing has gone particularly wrong, but nothing amazingly right either. I’ve found it difficult to post regularly; sometimes whole months can go by without a word entering cyberspace. The focus of my blog has wavered. I take far too long to prepare my photos for posting because I insist on watermarking them, but I’m now wondering why! I want to post about anything and everything, but also feel I have to spend an age combing through each paragraph for errors. I need to make some decisions about how I blog and when.

I’d like to ask you a few questions to help me with this process.

  • Should I narrow the focus of my blog?
  • Is it necessary to spend time watermarking photos?
  • How often should I post?
  • Do you have any useful tips that would help me to post quickly, regularly and efficiently?

Oh, and the rose. Mme Alfred Carriere. It was the subject of my first post, way back in 2014. After all this time, it has flowered. So here are the pictures: before and after. I’m hoping my blog can blossom too.