Day 363 – Look Up…!

I wasn’t planning on a sunset photo today, and indeed it’s been mostly cloudy all day anyway. But then, just as our Christmas visitors were leaving, the setting sun lit up the underside of the broken clouds in spectacular fashion. Rather than walk to my usual spot up the road and risk missing the best of the light, I just took this photo of the cow silhouette through the garden fence. Moments later the colour had gone from the sky…

Peatswood sunset – iPhone

Day 362 – Days Are Numbered…

These two chocolate Santas on our Christmas tree are definitely on borrowed time – several of the other edible tree decorations have mysteriously disappeared while we have had visitors here over the last few days, and the rest will no doubt be eaten when the tree comes down early in January.

Tree decorations – iPhone

Day 347 – Food Bank…

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The dependence on food banks in the UK has seen a four fold increase in the last 5 years, and yesterday’s election win by the Conservatives will securely increase that. We made up two Christmas food parcels like this to help the less fortunate in our area – a mix of staple foods and some Christmas treats that will hopefully bring some cheer to disadvantaged families…

Food parcel – iPhone

Day 346 – Sky Fire…

Not the first time I have taken a sunset photo from this point, but with sky colours like this I couldn’t resist it. Even more remarkable because it was actually raining at the time. In fact, it’s rained pretty much all day, and very heavy at that – lots of waterlogged fields…

Peatswood sunset – iPhone

Day 338 – Misty River…

On our way home this afternoon after lunch with family we could see a rather nice sky developing as we drove near the River Severn at Arley. A quick diversion took us down to the river, where we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset, and mist forming on the river. With nowhere to park, and no time to set up my Sony camera, this was a quick shot using my phone…

River Severn, Arley – iPhone

Day 335 – Doors…

It’s traditional to have Advent Calendars in December, where a little door is opened every day until Christmas Day, exposing a small gift or a piece of chocolate. We have our own version of this – a wooden Advent Calendar with little drawers, but instead of chocolate, each drawer has an inspiring quote or motto. The grandchildren love the idea, and re-using it each year avoids paper and plastic waste.

Advent Calendar – iPhone

Day 334 – No Go Area…

Although farming in this area is mainly dairy cattle, a fair area immediately around us is given over to growing Miscanthus, or ‘Elephant’ Grass. This is harvested, dried, and used as bio-fuel, but can also be used as non-synthetic bedding for intensive chicken farming or horses. The grass grows to around 2m tall, and after harvesting, grows again the following spring. This is some of the last of this year’s crop still standing.

Miscanthus Grass – iPhone

Day 333 – The Monks…

This is a detail in our local pub – The Red Lion. The owners commissioned an artist to paint portraits of eight of the craftsmen who had been involved in building the new brew house, but in the guise of ‘monks’. These amazing portraits were then reproduced on the oak panelling around the walls of the old bar area.

Old Masters – iPhone

Day 331 – So Much To Do…

After a weekend away, it’s back home, and chance to look at the photographs I took. Most of them were from an hour or so I spent capturing the sunset as the tide came in yesterday afternoon. There’s not a whole lot of variety of compositions, so it’s about choosing the best ones and then editing to get the best out of each shot.

Sunset photos – iPhone