Trying to review the year based on what photos you took is always going to produce biased results. Rainy days? No rain in any of these photos. Parched ground and endless weeding? Can’t see any evidence here. Nevertheless, here is my photographic review of the year.
January to March
Snow. Snow snow snow snow snow. There were a few days with no snow on the ground, but they were boring so I didn’t take any photos. Holly grows from tiny puppy to adolescent dog almost overnight. The garden was chock full of birds.
Spring makes a valiant effort to appear. Lambs are everywhere. The chickens arrive.
Finally, it feels like spring. Everything is late and some trees are only just starting to open their leaves. There is a mass emergence of ducklings and we get our only flood of the year. Unfortunately the flood waters damage one of our oldest bridges, cutting off Tunstall from the rest of the world until a temporary bridge gets installed (luckily this only took a week). I get an allotment.
I get to go on a trip to the Farne Islands and take a stupid amount of photos. The allotment dries out and turns into a brick. The fields turn yellow with buttercups and I manage to get out just in time to see the spring gentians.
July and August
Summer! We take Holly out and about in Weardale and Teesdale. The garden pond explodes with life. I discover the hard way that 2 year old parsnip plants are bad for the skin.
Wolsingham show. There were horses there, what did you expect?
October to December
Autumn makes itself known and winter knocks on the door. The main theme has been wind and rain, but we have not suffered the floods of last year, at least in this neck of the woods. The chickens destroy the garden, the allotment does not see enough digging action, and the repair work on the broken bridge begins. The days are short, but the sunrises and sunsets are pretty good. We started taking out monthly guided walks with the Wolsingham Wayfarers. I have lots of photos on the Wolsingham Wayfarers website.
So, that was the year that was. Obviously not all of it. A bit of it. I’m slowly putting more photos online. I’m not using flickr anymore (the new flickr doesn’t work well on slow broadband). My latest photos are on Ipernity.
See you next year!