The Gallery

Each week, I follow the prompt by Sticky Fingers and post a photograph which best describes my interpretation of the theme for The Gallery.



24 October 2012

Back in The Gallery for a post on Books.

I'm not known as a foodie blogger, but I love reading foodie blogs and recipe books. I love cooking, especially using produce from my own garden - veggies, fruit and eggs from  my small flock. My favourite book at the moment is The Preserving Book - jars of jam and various pickles prepared last week.




I use the books for inspiration. This morning, I looked in the fridge and thought about avoiding the hideous biolive yogurt I bought in error. A quick check of the ice cream recipe book confirmed that yogurt can be used as a base for peanut butter ice cream. The ice cream maker has a tub which freezes. I store it in the freezer for ice cream emergencies. 




To make my version of peanut butter yogurt ice cream:

Mix up six pots of biolive honey yogurt with about 300g of smooth peanut butter (chunky would be fine too) and a table spoon of honey.

Churn the mixture in the ice cream maker (if you do it by hand you will need to mix, freeze softly and re-mix to remove ice crystals).

Turn the mixture out into an ice cream tub. It will store in the freezer for about a month, but won't last that long once Mr B finds it.


Now pop over to Tara at Sticky Fingers and see more Books.

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26 September 2012

Please don't judge me, but at 8pm I was eyeing up my bed, supper on a tray, Midsomer Murders on the telly. It's been a long week already, and I needed a little treat. Mr B joined me, and we had a lovely evening.




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19 September 2012

This is as far as I have got for my breakfast today. Husband fed and off to work, birds fed, dog fed. I have a big pot of Earl Grey tea.





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12 September 2012

These are some of my favourite images of BEAUTY in photographs taken this year. People, places and nature I love.


Lesley Beeton, 2012


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29 August 2012

The theme for this week is MOVIES. My entry is a bit cheeky, but it amused me. This photo taken on a recent walk in the New Forest, and reminded me of the 1966 Clint Eastwood film 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'. It's a classic spaghetti Western from before I was born, but a favourite of Mom and Dad.


When I was reminiscing today I discovered that the music was composed by Ennio Morricone, who also composed the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack to the 1986 film of my growing up years 'The Mission'. Maestro Morricone is now 83 years old and still working.


Now pop over to Tara at Sticky Fingers and see more MOVIE entries for The Gallery this week.

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22 August 2012
The theme for The Gallery this week is sky. Easy peasy, I did a sky collage not so long ago as it went with a song in my head at the time. But I have been through my iPhoto library and compiled this new collage especially for today's prompt. Blue sky, cloudy sky, rainy sky, village sky and African sky.


Sky, photo collage, Lesley Beeton, August 2012

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08 August 2012

There has been a growing excitement about London 2012 in our house. I'll watch any sport, and regularly play tennis and swim. But the biggest cheers are reserved for the track and field athletes, because we have a marathon runner in our midst. The Boxers help with training, but not much.





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01 August 2012

I'm back in the veggie patch for The Gallery this week. I love these delicate runner bean flowers and pods. During the rainy months of April, May and June I despaired of getting a crop at all. Now, I'm harvesting every evening for our supper, and feeling very summery.





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25 July 2012

Well, OK, I think I've got it. Street photography is the theme. Ah, now this is interesting. Just this last Sunday morning I pondered the view across the road. I live in a lovely English village, and these are  some of my photo's from around the village, the streets where I live.

Street view I,  July 2012, Lesley Beeton 
Street view II, July 2012, Lesley Beeton
Street view III, July 2012, Lesley Beeton
View from the village school gate, May 2012, Lesley Beeton
Church view from the village crossroads, May 2012, Lesley Beeton

Now pop over to Tara at Sticky Fingers and see more of the street photography entries for The Gallery this week.

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18 July 2012

Planes, trains and automobiles is The Gallery theme this week. I took this photo whilst on holiday on Maui earlier this year. We met up with our best friends, who live in Melbourne, Australia. We are godparents to their little boy, and we try and meet up every year in a different location. Next year, we will have to go to Melbourne to see their new house.


Sugar cane train, Maui, Lesley Beeton, February 2012
Peter is train-mad (who wasn't aged 5?), and when we spotted the old sugar cane train, we had to take a ride. We travelled from our resort at Ka'anapali to the whaling town of Lahaina. Sadly the steam train only makes the journey on high days and holidays, we made do with the diesel engine. It was a delightful 90 minutes.


Now pop over to Tara at Sticky Fingers and see more of the transport entries for The Gallery this week.

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11 July 2012

I wasn't sure I would post anything to The Gallery this week. I always forget to photograph the food before we eat, usually we are so hungry we all just dive in. But I have had a minor success in the veggie patch, so today I'm posting my home-grown food.


A basket of new potato love
Spring cabbage
A basket of greens
Greengages bubbling away
And the finished product - greengage jam

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04 July 2012

The Everyday? Now there's a question. What do I do everyday? A long list of boring things, a few interesting things, some helpful things, as many meaningful things as I can. But there is one thing that forms a very important part of my everyday - a walk with the dogs to the woods. It's an hour of 'me time', thinking time, and sometimes I take the time to sit on the bench in front of Mom's tree.



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18 June 2012

Family
I thought long and hard about The Gallery theme this week. Mom died last year. She was the glue that held our family together. These are a selection of precious photo memories, part of Dad's project to save all the old photos and home movies for future generations.


Mom and her older sisters (ca 1955)

Mom and little brother (1974)

Mom and Granny (1985)

Mom, Dad and us (1976)

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23 May 2012

The theme is Picture Postcard in The Gallery. I often make cards and notelets from my photographs, and now I'm exploring making canvas art from my photos. I took these two photos this week, using inspiration in my garden. I hope you don't mind two photos, I'm equally pleased with both, as postcards of early summer in Surrey.


Cool ripples, May 2012, Lesley Beeton

Pink aquilegia, May 2012, Lesley Beeton

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16 May 2012

The Gallery is back and the theme is 'Morning'. Well, my morning has been very busy. I was expecting the plumber, and in preparation I had cleared my airing cupboard in anticipation of the new hot water tank installation. It's a long story but in the very near future, we will be upgrading our ancient bathroom. As part of the survey for the project, it was discovered that the hot water tank is leaking and has far too little capacity for the new bath and shower. So, today was meant to be plumber day. Up early, clear the cupboard, then the phone rang. Sorry, the tank has not arrived. Can I come Friday instead? 

Slightly annoyed, I decided to head out to the garden; a rummage in the veggie patch and greenhouse always calms me down. On the way round, I took these photos of morning in my garden.





And, just because I loved it so, here is break of dawn over Africa, taken on a recent holiday in South Africa.



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27 April 2012

The Gallery is postponed this week due to ill health (not mine). But the theme is ACTION, so here is my photo. We call this the Boxer dog lollop, a rolling gallop with a grin.
Boxer dog lollop, April 2012, Lesley Beeton
Now pop over to Tara at Sticky Fingers and see more of the entries for The Gallery. Get well soon, Tara.





11 April 2012


Sending a clear message -
no blogging, no tweeting, no uploading photos for Easter
It was Easter at The Gallery this week. I have to confess that photography was far from my mind all weekend. We had food, lots of food, eaten with friends and family, on each day of the weekend. What a wonderful Easter we had. The signs were there, though, when I found this on my keyboard. I knew there would be no blogging, no tweeting, no just snapping a few pics for The Gallery. It was family time.


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04 April 2012

It's Wednesday, so I'm linking up to The Gallery. Having been hard at play already this morning, Brin the Boxer is having his second sleep. There is nothing more peaceful than a sleeping dog. The theme this week is At Peace. Please do go and have a look at the other blogs linked up to The Gallery this week. Thank you, Tara at Sticky Fingers for hosting The Gallery.











28 March 2012


What the bumble bee found in the tulip, March 2012, Lesley Beeton
I'm linking up to The Gallery again, so happy to do so. And pleased that I have something to contribute. The theme is extreme close up. Please do go and have a look at the other blogs linked up to The Gallery this week. These are three of my favourite close up photos from my garden this week. Thank you, Tara at Sticky Fingers for hosting The Gallery.


Germinating broad beans, March 2012, Lesley Beeton

Barking up the wrong tree? March 2012, Lesley Beeton








22 March 2012

This is my first link up to The Gallery. The theme for this week is colour. These images from my home and garden, taken today, show the colour around me. Growing up in colourful South Africa, I do sometimes miss the kaleidoscope, living as I do in leafy Surrey. Not that I'm complaining. I love the green and the trees of Surrey; it's just that the warm colours of Spring bring out the feeling of new life and new beginnings.

Photography was a hobby as a teenager. My Dad is a portrait fanatic. I'm a bit less formal, loving colour and shape and style over substance. I'm currently exploring photo collage and composition.

Sample of wall hanging from India

First tulips

Heavenly scented hyacinth






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  1. Beautiful colour captured in your lovely photographs. The promise of spring...

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm trying to improve my 'eye' for colour and shape.

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  2. the beuaty of nature, these are great photos Lesley love the bark one. (oh and you may like the subject in my gallery photos this week ;)

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    1. Thanks Sarah. New to The Gallery, but really enjoying it.

      I have popped over to your lovely blog. Love the close ups of Jackson!

      BW,
      Lesley x.

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  3. Ahhh they look so innocent when asleep don't they?

    Must have been a tough game

    Dawn xxx

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    1. :D Oh yes, Boxers play hard indeed! x

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  4. Lesley, those garden pictures are just gorgeous - especially the ripples. Jx

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    1. Thank you, high praise indeed from a photography whizz! x

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  5. Today's post filled me with so many of my own memories. 1976. We have a similar photo. It left me a little sad but strangely comforted.

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    1. I try to be more nostalgic than sad, but thank you so much x.

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  6. I love a big dollop of homemade jam in my morning porridge. But it is made in my friends home not mine!

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    1. Yum, doesn't matter where it comes from x.

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  7. I am starting to grow my own veg. Not very good at it though!

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    1. Well, the weather hasn't helped either. This year has been awful, hence my excitement :-)

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  8. I would love to grow my own vegetables! Could you do a starter post for us as I have no clue?!

    The jams look fab. Great food photo's.

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    1. Thanks, what a good idea. Perhaps I will do a veggie growing post! I started my veggies off in egg boxes this year....

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  9. My potato harvest wasn't very good this year. Not sure why and I was a bit disapointed. We got enough to feed a family of five for a Sunday lunch and that's from three different varieties of seed potatoes that I planted.
    The potatoes for that one meal cost £5...think I'll stick to buying them from Tesco and plant floowers in the garden!

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    1. Oh no, poor you. It's my first year of potatoes and I'm deliriously happy with the yield. Better luck next time?

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  10. Love your veggie patch...I am really rubbish at growing things, your potatoes look perfect!

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    1. Thanks, even sceptical husband was impressed x.

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  11. I was hoping someone would post about their veggies. Mine are late, but looking healthy on top, so fingers crossed!

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    1. I think the weather has 'held' back the veggie produce, but slowly, slowly things are looking up. Good luck x.

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  12. Those vegetables look amazing! I would love to grow our own, maybe next year!

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    1. Thank you, this is my third year. I started small and soon realised I could get a lot more plants into my small patch. Good luck x.

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  13. Nice to see your spuds and jam. I haven't had much success in the veggie patch this year, but we had some lovely fruit :) I discovered a bunch of potatoes sprouting madly, and put them in this afternoon. Probably absolutely the wrong season, but never try, never know,eh?

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    1. Thanks, I'm not very scientific about growing, so it can be a bit 'hit and miss'. Keep watering and fingers crossed you will get some potatoes in the autumn :-)

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  14. I'd love to grow my own veggies but we just don't have the space! It must be so rewarding seeing all your food growing in your garden and then getting to make lots of yummy things with it!

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    1. Oh it is! And I'm surprised at how little space is needed. Veggies like being grown in high concentration - and it keeps the bugs away.

      My husband thinks I'm super clever and loves what I make with our crops, especially the jam x.

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  15. Growing your own food must be very satisfactory! And making and eating it too!

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    1. It is strangely compulsive. Once you've had a small success, you can't stop growing! The potatoes were delicious btw x.

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  16. We decided to skip growing our own this year- and how I am kicking myself now after all this super rain!

    Nothing quite like freshly dug up and boiled potatoes :)

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    1. Mmm, they are very good, with a little butter. I could scoff the lot x.

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  17. That train picture is EXQUISITE
    xx

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    1. Oh, thank you! Sometimes a quick snap is all it takes :-)

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  18. Wow, that is some train picture!

    Herding Cats & Beneath Thy Feet

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    1. Thanks! Some parts of the trip were a little scary, clickitty-clack and all that, on the single track x.

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    1. Thank you! It was a very happy snap x.

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  20. I bet the train trip was fun. Hawaii used to be my home, but I don't remember the train on Maui -- must be something they've restored since my day :)

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    1. The train was mostly fun because of the little boy :-) He was delighted.

      I guess the rail line has been restored as the resorts have grown.

      We totally fell in love with Maui, can't wait to go back and visit more islands in the archipelago x.

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  21. What an amazing photograph, it's the type of scene that you see in films and is breathtaking.

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    1. Thank you, so kind of you to say so. It made a little boy very happy x.

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    1. It certainly was fun, some parts were a bit scary, though!

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  23. helloitsgemma19 July 2012 13:40

    Fantastic train photograph. I do love train travel. I wouldn't mind visiting Melbourne either.

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    1. Thanks! I love travel, wouldn't it be great if we could just imagine ourselves at the destination :-)

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  24. Looks like a beautiful village to live in. Love the church photograph.

    Herding Cats

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    1. Yes, I do like it here. I have been inspired by your blog and am planning a foray into the churchyard soon x.

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  25. I particularly like the final picture of the church with all the points and angles. Great photos, looks like a nice place to live x

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    1. Thanks, tho' not much happens here :-)

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  26. Such a picturesque village you reside in! It makes a nice change to see a more rural street photography entry x

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    1. Thanks, and yet just 5 minutes from the A3 commuter route from Surrey to London. The best of both worlds?

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  27. What a pretty village - I love that primary school! :)

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    1. Yes, it is, and the school is just lovely. The head teacher has pink hair and wears pink wellies. School sports take place on the farm over the road x.

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  28. Very pretty village. Love the church shot x

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    1. Thank you. The Church is still the heart of the village, and a real drawcard for visitors x.

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  29. Oh my gosh, that school is just adorable... Probably not the right word to use, but it's just so quaint looking! Lovely shots- you live in a nice area xx

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    1. Thank you. I think the school building is adorable x.

      The children seem so happy there, too.

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  30. How symmetrical is the church? Wow.

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    1. Thanks! It is a rather handsome building x.

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  31. You live in a gorgeous village. I love the church.

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    1. Thank you. We like it. We are very proud of the beautiful church building x.

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  32. I love the buildings! Reminds me of a village near where I used to live!

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    1. I think it's probably quite typical of many English villages. Thanks for your comment x.

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  33. That village looks a lot like the Hampshire (small) town that my inlaws live in. It's a lovely place to visit, but I'm too much of a towny to cope!

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    1. I was a towny too, now love living in the country :-)

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  34. The second street photo is my favourite. :)
    And the train one is absolutely stunning...

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    1. Thanks, my dear. Quite a bit different from Berlin street art :-)

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  35. Beautiful street photography. Looks like a lovely village!

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    1. Thanks, not quite as arty as some but shows another side of life x.

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  36. You have some really lovely photos. I love villages and now have the pleasure of living in one too x

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    1. Thanks for taking a look, Kat. I've popped over to your blog too. Wow, you do blog a lot (not a bad thing), just a lot to get through on a first visit :-)

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  37. Beautiful runner beans! Love the contrast between the red and the green. And you are brilliant at taking close-up shots. xx

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    1. Thank you! I'm going to write to Father Christmas for a macro lens x.

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  38. I would never have thought that runner bean p,ants could produce such delicate yet pretty little flowers!

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    1. I know, it's a miracle of nature x.

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  39. What gorgeous colours they are! Just beautiful :)

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  40. My father in law is a runner bean grower and he loves the flowers too, he says there is something special about them! Great photos x

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    1. Oh, thank you! Like little miracles x.

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  41. Beautiful, lovely colour too.

    Herding Cats

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    1. Thank you. Red and green provides an excellent contrast x.

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  42. Lovely delicate photography. Very pretty as well as fragile x

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    1. Thanks! Love to photograph flowers especially x.

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  43. Gorgeous photos. And well done on nurturing your delicate vegetables through a dodgy spring/summer too!

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    1. Thank you :-)

      I almost gave up in the deluge!

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  44. Fabulous flowers on your beans, which can only mean a bounty of crops!

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    1. Yes! At last. They still seem so delicate, amazing to watch the beans grow x.

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  45. I never knew runner beans had such beautiful flowers. Great photos!

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    1. Thanks. I think it's the red flowers on these that are so striking x.

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  46. Congratulations n the marathon run, that s very impressive.

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  47. Helloitsgemma8 August 2012 01:55

    A marathon runner - there's commitment!

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  48. Congratulations on your run!

    Herding Cats

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  49. Thanks, Jenny, Gemma and Nicola - but the marathon runner isn't me, it's Mr B :-)

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  50. I never had you down as a runner, funny that. I love it.

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  51. Visiting from The Gallery....had not seen your blog before and enjoyed my visit♫♪ My daughter-in-law plans to run a half marathon in every state...

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    1. Thank you! Just to be clear, Mr B is the marathon runner, I prefer to swim x.

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  52. Love your take on the theme! :) Great photos, and a marathon runner? Impressive! Makes my 10 km race earlier on this year look like a walk in the park, LOL!

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    1. I'm the marathon runner's support ;-)

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  53. Gorgeous sky photos, I have become a little obsessed with sky photos lately and there are some lovely ones there!

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    1. I'm more a macro girl, but do like the changing sky. Thank you!

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  54. Great collage, such a massive variety of pics this week shows just how beautiful nature is doesn't it. Lovely.

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    1. Oh yes, nature does indeed make for fab photography x.

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  55. The Paul Simon song "Under African Skies" came to mind instantly. Gorgeous photos as ever Lesley - I am in sky picture heaven this week x

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    1. Thanks, I thought you might enjoy this theme :-)

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  56. A beautiful collection of shots. Love the variations in blue x

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    1. Yes, African blue sky is quite lovely, thank you x.

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  57. Lovely mosaic of pictures.

    Herding Cats

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    1. Thank you! I enjoy putting picture themes together x.

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    1. 'I don't know why there's no sun up in the sky, stormy weather'

      http://livingwithmomscancer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/monday-mood-board-8.html

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  59. I like your take on the theme. Cheeky butt (deliberate ;) amusing x

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  60. I love the music to that movie - its such a classic isn't it and everyone can hum it too. Its a favourite of my parents too, that's the only reason I've seen it!

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  61. I remember watching this film with my grandparents when I was younger- they love a good spaghetti western! May need to rewatch as I don't entirely remember what it was about!

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    1. Watch it just for the young Clint Eastwood, beautiful man x.

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  62. That is a great photo! I've never seen that particular film though it is one that my husband goes on about a lot, so I will probably watch it at some point!

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    1. The film is not great but Clint Eastwood is fab, and the music is incredible x.

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  63. I've never seen the film. Great photo though! Were you down in the mud taking it?

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    1. Thank you! It was very muddy, and I almost toppled in :-)

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  64. Thank you all. Beauty is a difficult theme, which photo's to choose?

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  65. GORGEOUS collage! I have looked and looked, and cannot decide which one I prefer... xx

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    1. OK, I admit it. I couldn't decide either :-)

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  66. Lovely take on the theme this week- so much beauty in your life :)

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    1. Thank you. After last year, I do try to look for the beauty in things (and people) around me x.

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  67. Such a beautiful collection of photos and I love the contrasting colours and subjects

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    1. Thank you, I went through my archive to put the collage together; beautiful memories x.

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    1. Thank you! Isn't there beauty everywhere you look?

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  69. No food? Really would not work for me! LOL!
    Gorgeous red teapot, though, love it. xx

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    1. Food after exercise, like the feel of an empty stomach when I swim x.

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  70. People always say I'm odd as I don't like hot drinks and I don't drink tea or coffee... I may have to start just to have a funky cosy! :)

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    1. Oh, go on! It's more fun than you think :-)

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  71. Love the tepot and cosy combo. Great post.

    Herding Cats

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  72. So pleased to have found your blog (except for the tea cosy envy ;)) you have posted some AMAZiNG photos!

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    1. Thanks, and to think that Mr B doesn't like the tea cosy :-)

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  73. A cup of tea is the first thing I have...breakfast comes much later!

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    1. Absolutely! Great minds think alike :-)

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  74. This seems as far as a day 'needs' to go

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    1. Yes, it is a good start. Quietly, with a cup of tea x.

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  75. I love your tea cost and I'd be perfectly happy to stop right there!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I'm rather fond of it too x.

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  76. I too used to be partial to a cup of Earl Grey till I had to go all decaffeinated.. The decaff version just isn't the same :o(

    xx

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      I always thought that Earl Grey was quite low caff anyway? I just can't drink decaff :-(

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  77. Not sure if you meant that to be suggestive, but it mad me chuckle anyway!!! Glad you had a nice 'early night'!!!

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    1. What?! No! Midsomer Murders was on :-)

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  78. I'm usually dying for bed at 8pm too

    Herding Cats

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    1. I just gave in to it last night. And feeling much better for it today x.

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  79. Sometimes such an evening is just what you need!! :) xx

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  80. We have never ever done that as a couple.perhaps we should.

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    1. We actually call them 'bed picnics' - you should try it x.

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  81. Nothing wrong with an early night Lesley, not sure about the food though BB would be on the scrounge lol

    xxx

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    1. Early nights are so rare. B is never allowed on the bed during a bed picnic :-)

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  82. Great books, I see you have one on preserving, which made me laugh as this week I made my first chutney.

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    1. I bought myself the preserving book for my birthday. Best present I ever got :-)

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  83. Wow, peanut butter ice cream?? I love having a nosey at other people's books. Your Raymond Blanch one would be one I'd flick through.

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    1. The Raymond Blanc book is stunning, gorgeous. Of course, the only thing I've ever made from it is a sugar cage for a meringue dessert :-)

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  84. Oh my, peanut butter ice cream sounds wonderful! x

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  85. OOh, found the comments section. That took some scrolling!

    How fabulous to find a gallery post with an ice-cream recipe. What a bonus!

    Wondering how the two bird books got into your cookery collection? ;-))

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    1. Making ice cream first thing in the morning, I just had to tell someone about it :-)

      Ah, the bird books. Well, it's the kitchen window sill and my bird feeders are visible, and I keep my binocs there too x.

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  86. Sounds delicious! I love cook books x

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    1. I have to restrict myself to one new cook book a year - thinking Gordon Ramsay this year x.

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  87. I can't imagine any sort of life emergency that would send me reaching for peanut butter ice-cream lol!

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  88. That ice cream sounds lovely!! I love cookery books too, I have far too many. My mum has that preserves book and she loves it so much she keeps buying it for people as a present, so I suspect I have one coming my way in December!

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    1. The ice cream is a hit! The Preserving Book is the best :-)

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  89. great collection of classic cookery book and the ice cream sounds good.

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    1. Yes, thanks. Lots of comments about the ice cream. Perhaps I'll post Mr B's response tomorrow :-)

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  90. Am going to have to try that peanut butter ice cream recipe.

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    1. It was jolly good, a bit rich perhaps, so only a small portion x.

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  91. Great Post Lesley, I will defo give it a try and let you know how I got on xxx

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  92. I love books in general, and cookery books too! This ice cream recipe sounds absolutely delicious... xx

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    1. We had home made choc brownie pudding with peanut butter ice cream this weekend. A match made in heaven :-)

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