Having been a bit adrift in my blogging for a few weeks, I am getting back on track again now. Although my post for today has alluded me somewhat. I had plans for a post about Chinese New Year which is today. If I had stopped crocheting yesterday and taken the pictures I intended, this post would indeed have been about just that. However, it isn't! We will still have homecooked Chinese food tonight for dinner though and use - I hope - the new tea pot and cups that I bought Hubby for Valentines for serving his favourite green tea in. We even have new chopsticks - a first for us at home, although we use them if we eat Chinese food in a restaurant.
So having failed in my quest to share our version of Chinese with you, I thought last night that I would share some of the pictures of flowers that I have been taking recently, and I will share those in a moment. My mind was changed again though. I have just been doing my morning round of blog reading - a good start to the day! - and read this wonderful post by Elaine. It is all about embracing the rain.
Yesterday it was bright sunshine and ideal for taking pictures, today, it is grey and raining and not a good day for taking pictures. Hence the no Chinese New Year post!
After reading Elaine's post I decided that I should embrace the rain, and go out and take some pictures. So that is just what I did. It is very wet out there and not a pleasant day at all. I have made it pleasant though. Taking a few pictures, gathering some snowdrops and making a little arrangement of them.
If I had taken advantage of the sunshine yesterday, I might not have taken advantage of the rain today. So that is a good thing isn't it!
On with the pictures!
Since I got this camera I have become rather obsessed with taking pictures of raindrops. It was something that I have wanted to do for so many years, but never had a camera that took them how I wanted before, so although it might seem odd, it is a real joy to me.
On to the rainy pictures in the garden thought. The Nandina - Sacred Bamboo - is always good for taking pictures in the rain as it is always in leaf, always colourful and shows up the raindrops beautifully. What more could you ask for in a plant!
It might seem as though everything is rather dead and boring the garden right now. It is certainly not looking at its best and is in some areas sorely in need of attention. While I am happy to take pictures in the rain, I do not garden in the rain!
When you look closer though you can see that there are signs of life. The bulbs that I planted in the old veggie beds and thought that Mr Squirrel had dug up and eaten are coming up - although there should be a lot more!
The snowdrops are doing their wonderful snowdroppy thing in the grass and the border. Don't they look wonderful!
So I picked a few to make a mini bouquet to take inside. This is something that I had intended to do more, but last year I only picked one. Perhaps I will be inspired to do it more often now that I have these inside!
You can see the raindrops still on them, I picked them, came straight in, into the little vase and then photographed them! Quick worker me.
I know the one above is out of focus, it was in the background of another close up, but I liked the way that it looked sort of ethereal and other worldly somehow.
Snowdrops remind me of the skirts of ballet dancers, so graceful and elegant and flowing all around them.
Once I had my mini bouquet I knew exactly where I would put it. On my bedside table. There is a lot of junk here and not much beauty, but I think that these have added a note of wonder and will be a fleeting passing moment of joy! Much nicer than remotes and telephones and books!
So I am sitting here now at my desk having been out in the rain and being glad that I am back in the warm again. You can see what a tiny space I have to work in - and what a mess I make - although the stuff on the filing cabinet is NOT mine!! Well, the printer is half mine!
I have the fire on beside me to keep me toasty warm and snug cosy.
I also have this wonderful new light which takes up so much less space than the old one did - it had an enormous shade on it and actually shines the light where I want it to be - much better! Sorry to be showing you a picture of a light, but I know that you understand these things!
Yesterday, before I got distracted by crochet and didn't take the pictures I intended, I did take some lovely flowery pictures, so here they are! A beautiful Cyclamen that I purchased as a treat this week. Isn't it a stunner, the petals on these are rather like ballet dancers skirts in reverse!
The tulips were a gift from hubby for Valentines. They are so lovely. I told him that I didn't want roses please - how bossy am I - they are so expensive and don't last any longer than tulips and I prefer these as they are much more "right" for this time of year I think. I will enjoy roses in the garden this summer.
You can see again that I have been playing around with my camera though. The photo above has the focus on the petals and this one on the stamens in the middle.
The colours are glorious aren't they. What a nice man my hubby is!
Now that I have taken the pictures and uploaded them and written this the sun has still not come out, but the rain seems to have lessened, so perhaps some blue will pass by the window soon. I will go and look out some Chinese recipes for dinner and see if I have the ingredients, if not a quick trip to the shop is required.
Then I will need to get on and prepare my Five On Friday post for tomorrow. I am very nervous as I hope that some of you will join in and I am also very nervous of setting up the linky thing, so cross your fingers for me and wish me luck! Hopefully I will see you tomorrow!