2011 Photo Round Up

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

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!

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


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

purple crocus

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

Cherry Blossoms

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.


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.

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

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

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


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

And here is Murphy again:

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 #20: My Passion

It was hard to chose one passion, but to keep it simple I needed to do just that.  One thing I have learned so far is that pictures are better if they are not too busy.  So what is my passion?  I love gardening, fiber arts, music, science…oh and Murphy:

Cat paws
How could you not be passionate about something with paws like that!

Week 7/52: 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:


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Sunny garden

Sunny garden

That’s better.  Yesterday, I even got out to do some gardening.  Hopefully I will do the same later today.   Unfortunately, the sun shows up the smears on the dirty windows.

Murphy would like you to know that he is alive and well.  Well, he would if he could be bothered:

Murphy dozing

Murphy dozing


It is about time I had a Murphy Monday, but I keep missing it because of all the grading and stuff I have to do. So rather than make you wait forever, here is  “Murphy on a Tuesday”.  I asked him to look at the camera:

No camera in here

No camera in here

Eventually he settled down by the window and smirked:

Smug Murphy

Smug Murphy

I can even feel the smirking when he has his head turned.  It is in the ears:

Murphys head and ears

Murphy's head and ears

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Murphy Monday: Visitors

As you may remember, Murphy became an indoor cat about 15 months ago because he kept getting seriously injured in fights.  It amuses me because neighbourhood cats come by and check up on him.  The most common visitor is from next door:

Not Murphy, Smokey

Not Murphy, Smokey

Yep, I know he looks very like Murphy.  I have to double check sometimes and Lisa (from the comments) phoned me one time to tell me Murphy had escaped.  Seen next to each other (as much as the glass doors allow), you can see there are some subtle differences:

Murphy and Smokey

Murphy and Smokey

This photo might show it better:

Murphy and Smokey

Murphy and Smokey

Murphy is about a third bigger and has a longer tail; but to be honest, I usually tell them apart by the fact Murphy wears a collar and Smokey does not.

Murphy does not always like having visitors and will run from window to window trying to get at the other cat.  Smokey amuses me because he uses my sunny patio for his naps.  There are lots of dogs where he lives so it is quiet here.  Sometimes when he is napping Murphy doesn’t even notice him and I’ll have two gray napping cats, one on my lap and one just outside the door.  No, before any one asks, they are not related.  Murphy came with me from St Paul, MN and Smokey, as far as I know, is DE born.

BTW I’ve been waiting ages to get a picture of Smokey and Murphy together.  On Saturday, I was taking some pictures of my knitting (patience, patience) when Ol’ Smokey wandered by, giving me a great chance to get these photos.