New Theme, Old Theme

I’ve been trying out new themes for my blog, which seems now to be centred around photography (or sometimes nothing).

One of them looked amazing, but didn’t look quite right in tablet view. So it’s back to Twenty Sixteen, but with a different (but still green) header image. It seems to work for me and the way I want to post.

I’d be interested to know what you think…

Change of Focus

When I started this blog, I envisaged writing about books as well as gardens (and anything else I found interesting).

Gardening, nature and photography have given me plenty to write about though, and comments on books have been somewhat sidelined. So, I’m going to use my other blog ,  which is still in its infancy, for comments about books and reading, as well as (I hope) some of my own writing. Gardening books will be an exception; they belong on these pages.

See you there!

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?

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.