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Tomato blossom on black background. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Tomato blossom. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

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The Changing Seasons, March 2018

Studying the Property Press, in search of a new home. Two issues of Property Press, cup of coffee and coffee pot. Image: Su Leslie, 2018.

Market research. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

One of the things I enjoy about the Changing Seasons project is how it encourages me to reflect (usually at length) on the month that has gone. Sometimes, there seems to be a theme, or some sort of unifying imagery to the time-period. Other times, it’s just a bunch of random days.

March seems very much the latter.

My garden continues to be a source of great pleasure, not to mention edible treats. Colder temperatures and increased rainfall have not only helped the plants to thrive, but provided some nice photographic moments.

Otherwise, life has been lived off-camera. The Big T’s birthday occasioned some nice meals out and trip to the theatre (1984 — highly recommended).

The boy-child started university and has risen to the challenge of study, work and some personal dramas.

And despite my love of our garden, the Big T and I recognise that it really is time for us to move on. Our house is too big and we no longer have any practical or emotional ties to this area.

We have begun interviewing real estate agents and looking at properties to buy. A trip to Whangarei Heads last weekend allowed us to largely cross one potential “new home” area off the list — despite finding a very cool piece of cliff-top for sale.

We’ve talked about moving often over the years, and usually found reasons to stay put so neither of us is exactly holding our breath this time.

But who knows.

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge, originally hosted by Max at Cardinal Guzman. I’ve taken over hosting duties this year, and if you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to this post, I can update it with links to all of yours.

UPDATES

Here are other bloggers’ Changing Seasons’ posts for March. Please visit and enjoy the month though their eyes. I’ll keep updating this as I see them:

Max at Cardinal Guzman

Marilyn at Serendipity

Joanne at My Life Lived Full.

Joanne also has a second blog called Following a Bold Plan, in which she’s sharing her adventures with her friend Helen as they hike the Trans Canada Trail. Please pop over for a visit.

Tish at Writer on the Edge

Pauline at Living in Paradise

Sarah at Art Expedition

Yvette at Priorhouse Blog

Mick at Mick’s Cogs

Ladyleemanila

Deb at The Widow Badass Blog

Ju-Lyn at Sunrise, Sunset

Ruth at Ruth’s Arc

Colline at Colline’s Blog

Jude at Under a Cornish Sky

Regular Random: five minutes with some pink flowers

Detail from bouquet of pink resurrection lilies. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Amaryllis belladonna or Lycoris squamigera both sometimes called Naked Ladies. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

My late mother in law loved flowers, and while she was still able to garden, bought and planted blooms of all sorts. It seemed that whatever the time of year, Joy’s garden always offered some colourful, often fragrant, delights.

She died about 18 months ago, and the garden has become rather wild and overgrown. But the flowers remain, and I couldn’t resist picking a few of the flowers that line the long driveway.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.

If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
  • have fun!

Update: some additional botanical research has left me unsure if the “lilies” are Amaryllis belladonna or Lycoris squamigera (resurrection lily)– both members of the Amaryllis family and not lilies at all.

The Changing Seasons: October, 2017

Nature's kaleidoscope. Close up shot of thyme flowers, seen from above with green foliage out of focus in the background.. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Nature’s kaleidoscope. Thyme flowers, seen from above. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

October felt like a month in which I’ve been merely a visitor.

True, I made trips to my dad’s in Whanganui  and to Melbourne with the Big T. But even at home in my garden, I’ve watched nature get on with the job of regenerating after winter, while I’ve simply observed.

The Changing Seasons  is a blogging challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month.

These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

The Changing Seasons V1:

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

The Changing Seasons V2:

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!