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Thursday, July 23, 2015, 12:50:28 PM-
So a little update,i was asked, if i still had an interest in the greenhouses and in gardening.

I am a little in a transition there, one greenhouse,has Sweetcorn in it, no use me even trying to grow, it outside here, to wet, to cold.
So last year, i gave it a try inside and was successful, got a nice crop, that i was able so share, with family and friends, another thing, i do not like.

Greenhouse 2 has tomatoes in this and a couple of Fushcia, well one now, one sits in the house, Mum spyed it and claimed, it , which is good as it was grown for her.

Here is a picture off, one off the flowers, Mandarin Cream it is called and makes a nice plant.

Tomatoes are rubbish this year, weather has done, that, could have heated the greenhouse, but refuse to heat it, after May.

Outside, there is plenty of colour now and for the future.

Just now this Scabious is the best plant in the garden, so many flowers and so many bees on it as well, sat one night, trying to get one, all focused on one flower, only one, they never went on, soon as i took the camera, away one was on, it straight away, i sat and laughed.

Planted more plants, yesterday and will keep on planting a few more, all are planted with nature and picture taking in mind.
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"I loved popping fuschia flowers open ...still do it when i see one :).... Lovely colour of it also
Scabious is a pretty flower too
Fresh home grown corn...yummy:)"
- flitterbee

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 7:19:08 AM-
How a shopping trip, can cause change,in such a simple way.

I went shopping for a new pair off, boots on Friday, a really good friend took me, to a shopping Mall, a place, that had more people in it, that i am comfortable with.

When i shop, i am usually the first person in the store, always, before things get busy.

But i managed, thought to myself, what is the big deal.

I walked last night, was not going far, legs to stretch and maybe a picture to take.

I looked to the distance, too all the places, i walked and smiled, for they have been places off, great fun, to me.

Not just the fields and woods, i share, but the roads, have been as well and those little parking spots on them, as well.

As i came to a gate, a decision to be made, left or right, around the field or into the wood,, a simple decision, but we all make them, we live by them, for we know, it is the proper one, for us.

My choice was to go along the field. To sit on my favourte stone to sit on, to watch the world before me and too think off some things.

My thoughts changed on seeing the first flowers on the bramble bushes, Blackberries to the rest off the world, once i use to make my own jelly, with them, since being diabetic, i have never made any, another decision made, this September, i am going too, use a sugar substitute and see.

Think my waffling is, long enough now.

A view, i share often, for each time i see, it just now, i can see change.
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"thank you everyone, for all the comments and to all those that read, my blog as well."
- whokens

Monday, July 20, 2015, 6:50:01 AM-
Nowadays, i sometimes, just like, writing without, leaving a picture.

I think i was an early blogger, when at school, you had to write a daily diary,from, when you could write,

So from the around the age of 5, i blogged in a kind of way, for we, were to write about our day.

So like now, i wrote about my day, remember once a teacher, saying i had a vivid imagination, to my mum and she had relpied, saying, she wished it was, just my imagination.

But even then, there is things, that i keep to just me.

My world is, increasing in size now, i am lucky now, to be able to see more.

When at the coast a while back, i was standing, getting to take a picture, when a lady came and sat on a bench, in my shot, she was looking out to sea, so deep in thought,could see, that she needed that time,,strange, how before, i sat there and done the same thing.

I was thinking off, how i burned all my diaries, an act of leaving the past behind, had i done the right thing or not, but now, i can see, that i did, i do not, have the regrets i had then now.

I am now into , year 3 off my life plan, weekend past and i was able to take a huge step for me, it was just so perfect.

I smile, so much now and with all that has been going on, i can still smile. For no matter what, i am not letting, some off the things, from the past, hold me back.

Hope, everyone that takes the time, to read my blog, has a wonderful week
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"Reading this makes my day shine and puts a smile on my face. I love when my friends find that peace and their happy place *their NON pervy happy place for all those with their minds in the gutter during this sentimental moment I am having!*"
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Thursday, July 16, 2015, 7:08:27 AM-
Never 2 days the same here, nice and sunny yesterday, today grey as i write this.

Life is just sailing along, had a few bumps in the road, this last little while, but still smiling.

Sat and watched a butterfly, going from flower to flower, sun shining for both of us, the little heat, warming us.

More to added later.
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"Whokes, I really need to adopt your attitude towards life."
- overshort2

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:27:42 AM-
Might try, early in the morning as blog time, this week, see how it goes.

Sleep and me seem at war with each other again, think the big reason is not working, means not getting tired as much.

I keep active, during the day.

Today was up before the sun, not there was much of a sunrise, came as i was sitting among the Sweetcorn, which i grow in a greenhouse, drinking tea, my other addiction in life, goes well with my one for taking pictures.

I use a Canon 5D Markiii to take most off the pictures now, saved for a long while for this one, all the sacrifices i made to get this, was so worth while.

The old Canon 550D, still gets out as well at times,,

Lens collection is building as well,, got 4 now, my trusty 24-105mm F4 was the first real lens, i had, followed that with the macro 105mm, which gets a lot of use at this time of year.

For my birthday this year, bought a 16-35mm F4 and well last week a 70-200mm F4.

Collection of lenses is complete now, then added a whole lot of other things over the years, tripods, ballheads, filters and flashes as well.

I only have a few more things, i will buy just now, need a new backpack, a few more filters.

Best thing off all, is the constant learning, the waiting and seeing ,if you are going to get that special moment when it all come together.

When talking with WHisper, the other day, i reminded her off , when she took a load of my pictures and made them into an album, that little book, still gets looked at, a lot, for it was the start off, a bigger change.

The one constant in all this is, here, the crazy world off NN, it has given, me so much, when that night, i ventured in and posted my first status, my world slowly started to change.

So thank you.
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"Such a happy, smiley blog whokens. Looking forward to seeing more of your amazing pictures, especially with your new lens. NN is a wonderful world and can be life changing...mwah xxx"
- Boredmum74

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 8:09:09 PM-
Been a nice weekend, weather has not be, great, but it is summer in the West of Scotland after all,, you accept it and get on with it.

I tried to walk last night and like Friday night, it rained, ended up in the greenhouse taking pictures, close shots of flowers, simple fun.

When i decided to go today, same it started to rain, but this time, wets on and gone.

Sometimes, you just have to go.

But as soon as i was out the street, it stopped, temperature is below 60f today, not much warmer the rest of the week, i was thinking.

End of a era tomorrow, for me, last meeting at work, the final one, where i get told, it is over.

I am sure i will make it a little easier, after that.

Not been thinking much off it and when i see something to take a picture off, well. it is all forgotten.

My focus changes to the beauty,before me a bee, a butterfly, a flower, or a landscape, i lose myself.

Then, i just sit, think of so many things, today, Eve came to me as i closed my eyes, could see, the blonde hair and could hear, her laugh, probably at me.

The birdsong, took me, away from her, as a blackbird, landed above me and sang, a song for me.

Then as someone was coming along a path above me, stood on a branch and it was gone.

But i sat for a little while, no more thoughts, head a little clearer and stomach was ready for some food.

Time to walk home, smiling and thinking how simple life, really is.

Took this with the new lens, part of the reason for getting it, will be nice to shoot the storms.

Then we have the reason, i went, seems to have been so long, since i chased that special time, sun setting over the sea.
The ship has been there, for just over 40yrs, been through so many storms, since she was beached here, found out it was built over 70yrs ago as well.
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- Ley-dd

Thursday, July 09, 2015, 8:24:05 PM-
Seemed to have found the groove again. Smiling and getting on with things.

Since i last blogged, bought a new toy, a little 70-200mm lens, instant falling in love again lol.

Took it out for a test run, with in 15mins of getting it and it, performs so well

Took a few landscape shots, some flowers and a butterfly, it is just what i need.

I sat yesterday, checking the weather, seeing that for sunset, it was looking good.

Bag packed and then decided, what the hell lets go.

It was windy, the waves were rolling in and seeing the tide was not dropping like i hoped, i was thinking it was going to be one, of those nights.

I sat on a rock and took some pictures of an old jetty, well the support legs are all that is left, future plan to come back and shoot this when the sun is setting in the direction it runs.

Catching the waves as they hit it, was fun, but i had places to go, walking along the bottom of the sea wall i got wet with the back splash of a wave.

So getting too my target area and taking pictures, new lens was perfect, will share the images, once i actually get to having a look.

I got a sunset as well, first one for ages, enjoyed it all, which is the main thing and just got that smiling face, when i know i have a nice picture.

Had a meeting at work, well it still is officially for 6 more days.

Got home and seen butterflies in the garden, had lunch and then got the camera out and started to stock them,, like a child with a net, trying to catch one, i was with the camera.

Sitting on the path in the garden and just having fun.

Now it feels more like summer, when i see them in the garden, now to wander and try to add a few more species.
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"I love this blog. Upbeat, full of energy. Yeah, what the hell, lets do this :)
Glad summer has "officially" showed up with the butterflies. Cant wait to see what you share from the ocean. :)"
- OldTroubador

Sunday, July 05, 2015, 9:37:07 PM-
Seems to be one thing after another just now, little test all around.

A project, i was working on, from October came to an end on Friday, a lot of time and effort and money spent all for no end result.

But i handled it well to be honest, today i cleared them out and started with new ideas.

My walks are coming back, kicked my own arse and got back out, walked and seen so, much this week.

From watching a Roe Buck walk above me, as i was in the river taking pictures, to a Fox cub, walking towards me, when heading home this morning.

Then last night, crawling around in mud, to capture a butterfly, just, how i like to spend a Saturday night.

I found a new place for Orchids.

Again it was not an easy spot, kneeling in water and balancing on a clump of grass, to catch, these beautifuk flowers, this one just starting to flower, so many others now are by.

But there location is stored now, place where i seen it and date is in the book.

I had my usual battle with HAyfever as well last night, self inflicted, for being among the grassland and meadows is just stupid for me really.
But i love chasing the picture to much to stop.

I sit and think,places i have sat a lifetime, it seems, shaped to my butt, some of them by now.

Last nights was in a little patch off woods, stream to my left,running into the river in front off me, a quiet place, where yes, i have fallen asleep,

Eating an apple and drinking water, listening to what is around me.

But, it is time to head home and, as i walk along the edge of the field, a new discovery made, walked here 45yrs and Mother Nature, gives me a wonderful discovery, one i am amazed i have never noticed before.

I thought about it and my conclusion was, she knew, i have been down, so she gave me gift that, made me smile last night and for a lifetime of memories too.

A favourite tree and close to my resting spot, see more and more, just how i am so lucky to have, these places.
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"Thank you all for the commnets and too all that viewed, yes, that tree, could tell a few tales about me, the orchid chasing is now over for the year, i think, already planning for next year."
- whokens

Thursday, July 02, 2015, 8:42:14 PM-
It is not like being on holiday, that is for sure, for all i keep very busy, i miss going to work.

So today, i sent out my CV, see what happens.

My day starts the same way, wake around 3am, look out the window and then well it has been pretty much back to bed, i only shot the landscape once last month and no complaints there,, mother nature, let me see, her beauty, so many pictures, so much still to look at.

Then usually, head to town, get some messages for my mum and well a new wardrobe for me.

I had a clean out, started off with 85 shirts and t-shirts, was left with 12.

My weight loss is slowing down a little now, i think close to 7 stone lost now, funny as i was putting stuff out, i felt sad.

My bike is calling my name now, but not before i get a cycling helmet, like most things, it just has to be the right one.

I think i just need another way of burning energy, going to take it real easy, no need for new cycling jerseys though,, can get into the ones, i had, when i was 20, yes had them for 30yrs, joked,i had a body of a 20yr old now lol.

Well Saturday is the day, new life plan, comes into play, last 2 have been achieved, this one is a little harder.
But i will get there, it is what, i do. I have drive and great willpower.

I am not one for giving up, that nearly was the end of me once before, life is to precious to lose it before it is time too.

Talking with WHisper the other day and i had shared some horse pictures with her, she asked how i always seem to get animals looking at me.
Stand long enough and it might happen, you just get lucky sometimes.

Me i am happy with this picture, shot at distance with my Macro lens, usually it is used close for flowers and insects.
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"Congrats on the weight loss my friend! I love the picture a lot!
- guitartxn

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 9:48:50 PM-
I am back in my stride,, walked over 12 miles the last few days, was going to try for around the 30mile mark this week.

I left the house at just after 4am, too the sound of Bruce Springstein in my ears, like how a random tune,is a favourite one, how many times, have i heard The River.

But as i walked and it was raining, but that light, it never really wets you.

The music plays and i keep walking, got thoughts in my head, they need cleared out, my way of doing it.

Then as i climb the gate, The Verve come on ,, Sonnet,love hate song, usually i end with a tear in my eye and well yesterday was no different.

I turn, the music off for now,, time to get in my mode, time to take a picture or two.

Wandering over the old pit waste heaps. searching for Orchids, 5am in the morning now and i walk all over it, searching.

I stopped, sat on the ground and just looked around me,, so many Rabbits, bird singing and i can hear a distant milking parlour.

I take a few, more pictures, nothing great, ended up with 15 pictures.

Take my MP4 player out, turn it on Amy McDonald singing This is the Life,, pretty apt, for this is my life.

A little flower growing among the trees, silly how my eyes are drawn too, these little things.
Something simple, but has great beauty.
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"beautiful pics as usual. :)

you must be getting pretty fit with all that walking! Best exercise ever."
- nudiebare

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