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2011 Photo Round Up

My 2011 knitting summary will come later.  In the meantime, here are twelve photos from 2011:

January
Last year I took part, for the first half of the year, in 25of2011, the idea being to take a themed photo each week.  One of the first photos I took was titled “This is Me!” for which I stretched the theme a little and also allows you to see a bit of the snowy garden.

This is me!

February
Murphy makes his first appearance of the year hiding away from the snow and cold. Will it be his last appearance?

Murphy

March
After an exceedingly snowy winter, I was glad when spring flowers appeared at the end of March.

purple crocus

April
April bought more Spring flowers, including cherry tree blossom at Longwood Gardens

Cherry Blossoms

May
May is the beginning of fiber festival season with Maryland Sheep and Wool. As a keen and eager spinner, I am more than ever interested in the animals whose product I love so much.

Jacob

June
I travelled a lot in June. First to England and then to Wilmington VT. I loved the Green Mountain State. Visiting and falling in love with VT, made really devastating when the flooding happened after Hurricane Irene.

July
I have a large collection of Daylilies in my garden. This was there month. Not sure if they usually flower in July. 2011 was a strange year for gardening.

Orange Daylily

August
I went home to England again to help Dad pack. He has moved nearer, like right next door, to my brother. This was the last time I’ll visit my childhood home. I took lots of pictures and in some I almost expect Mum to appear around the corner. This was one of her favorite spots, looking at the garden while washing up:

Birmingham House Back Garden from Kitchen

September
I started a new job and one weekend explored Nockamixon State Park. It has lots of water:

Sails

October
Well, there had to be one fiber related photograph. It seems that I only took photos of spinning in October.

Three Balls of Singles BFL

November
And here is Murphy again:

December
Spending some time with family in England.  My Dad and brother now live in St Albans so I had an afternoon of photography of St Albans Cathedral:

 

Week 17: Architecture

Garden Design

Garden Design

This week’s theme was architecture and I just never found time to go and visit appropriate buildings.   So I gave up and took a photo of a landscape design.  This was drawn for my garden in 2000 just after I moved in to my current house.  I was lucky that I had ~20 designs drawn by the landscape design students.  This was one of the best.

I didn’t really follow any of the designs as I was able to move things like the AC to the back of the house and put a deck in from the kitchen.  Seeing the designs was very helpful though.  It would be quite useful to have followed a design as at the moment everything is growing so fast that I cannot tell what is lawn and what is flowerbed.

Garden will not stop growing

Garden will not stop growing

The thought of clearing everything up is quite daunting.  When it finally stops raining I will have to divide the garden into square feet and clear one foot at a time.  Otherwise it is a bit deer-in-the headlights and nothing will get done.

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9/52 Diptych

From seeds to seedlingsI was having a hard time deciding how to do my diptych for the week’s photographic challenge. Last year I went over the top and then I got discouraged about taking photos every week as it took so much time in Photoshop.  This year, I didn’t collaborate and  I did a very simple theme.  I used PowerPoint rather than Photoshop.

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Week 7/52: Love

Love

Love and Valentine’s Day for me are always hard to represent especially in a photo.  I am not really into hearts and romance at the moment. So I tried to compose a picture of some of the things that I love: photo of Mum because I miss her and the rest of the family; fiber and spindle to show my love of fiber arts; flowers indicating my gardening.  Not shown chocolate [oooh an idea for this theme next year just comes to mind], books, music, and Murphy:

Murphy

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I do exist!

Or at least flowers still bloom in my garden:
'Mums next to rainbarrel

I bought lots of ‘mums to cheer up the garden.  The garden now has lots of color.

The rain-barrel was newly installed with new gutters in August. I now have three rain-barrels.  However, until last week, we had hardly any rain to speak of, so they weren’t very functional.  After Thursday’s rain, this one in the front,  fell over and squashed the new gutter. Full rain-barrels are heavy.  Sigh.  The ground below the breeze-blocks obviously wasn’t as level as I had thought, despite what the spirit level said.

Spring Flowers

They are claiming 80 oF for today!  And the tulips have yet to flower.  They may come on pretty fast now.

In the meantime, in a blaze of color, I have forsythia:

Forsythia

Forsythia

And my neighbors have a magnolia tree:

Magnolia Tree

Magnolia Tree

And I got a cold frame from my Mum and Dad, thanks guys.

Cold Frame

Cold Frame

It fits neatly onto my deck and I am using it already.