This week’s one a week challenge is “orderly“. I am not an orderly person so finding an orderly photo wasn’t that easy. But lupins are probably one of the most orderly flowers in my garden, particularly before the flowers open fully. And they are also loved by bees.
We woke this morning to blue skies, but also white encrusted grass. The sun soon had things gently steaming and the frost quickly disappeared. It was just the confirmation of what we already knew – autumn is here. The frost wasn’t sharp enough to do away with the beans – so we may get another couple of meals. But the squash and pumpkins, which didn’t have a good year anyway, are gone for another year. It is the cycle of seasons, but this one is always one I am reluctant to let go.
Summer days on the beach seem a long and distant memory now, as the haws ripen and the rain falls. As a family, beach days are one of our favourite types of days. Even a winter walk on the beach can be exhilarating. I am not sure what the magic is. It has something to do with the space and freedom – there are few boundaries. The smell, that ozone filling your nostrils. The feel of the sand on your bare feet. And of course the water, even if it is just a paddle that numbs your toes.
So for this week’s One A Week Photo challenge, a gallery of beach photos to help me remember some of those great days.
I saw this little moth last week. It’s the first time I have recorded one of these, but was struck by the beautiful colour and markings. According to my ID book it is a late flying species seen from August to October. They are widespread in Ireland.
Just before the summer holidays finished, we visited Belleek woods in Ballina, Co. Mayo. We had visited the woods before, but one of the paths was now part of a new cycle greenway from Ballina to Killala (called the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway) and we thought we’d try some of the route.
As we followed some of the woodland paths on our return we found these lovely fairy houses. The fairy trail has been a relatively recent addition to the woods and many of the fairy houses have been made locally through the men’s shed project.
It was a great little find and particularly entertained our six year old who enjoyed running ahead to see what little fairy house she could spot next.