Cheese scones

First attempt! Plenty of cheese so they tasted okay šŸ˜‰

More practise needed I think. 

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Introducing the Pet Shop Boys…


At the Take That concert in Cardiff,  a few years ago. We were lucky to be near the stage, and I got a few good photos throughout the concert. This guy was keeping the audience occupied before the Pet Shop Boys started their set. 

I like this shot, with the other angle on the screen behind him.

Anniversary flowers

Beautiful tulips. A lovely gift for our seventeenth anniversary. 

The benefits of a rainy day

One of the benefits of the inclement weather that we seem to be having today is that when I got up this morning, all of the animals were inside.  Not unusual for the dogs, I cant go anywhere in the house without at least one of them following, but to ee all of the cats in together was a rare treat. 

Tabitha is very photogenic, and is really sociable, and petite.

Poppy, is the scatty cat, and this was the best shot I could get of her on top of the wal cupboards in th kitchen.  I love the tabby stripes that you can only barely see, not jut on her face but her body too.

Molly here is showing us the ‘I’m wet, not amused’ face that cats do so well.  How dare the rain get her wet, it’s just not good enough.  Makes me smile, though a wet can is more likely to find your lap, for drying-out purposes, so I don’t complain too much.

Thomas and Fred can quite often be found together, here they have made a bed out of the shopping bags (prefereable to the clean laundry basket), and they will be here for a while.  They are brothers, from different litters, Fred has caught Tom in size, and may even have grow a bit bigger.  The girls sometimes seems to be half thier size.

Menai Strait

If you look closely, you can see both bridges.  This was taken from the island side, so the mountains of Snowdonia are in the background.

A truly beautiful spot. If you select the image, you can see it as large as possible in your browser. The old bridge is the one on the left, and the new bridge is on the right.

Neptune @ Peterhof

NeptuneNeptune floral foregroundThe fountains at Peterhof were spectacular, this one was of Neptune. We were lucky that we arrived after the rains had stopped, so it meant that we only had to dodge the fountain water when the wind blew!

Its amazing how all of these things are still here, and are very well kept and maintained, and available to be enjoyed by all. Ā There was a festival in preparation around the park, with some very noisy sound checks going on while we were there. We did get to see the parade, as the roads were closed so the bus was stuck. As it was something that wasn’t ‘for tourists’ it was really interesting to see. Ā Lots of drumming groups, a band, and even a bagpiper were part of the parade, each group showcasing their talents at pre-arranged spots on the march. Have a look, I’ve posted the video on youtubeĀ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_18vuR8NMEE

 

 

On my way home I saw…

If you ever see a person stooped at the side of the road, it may be me. 

These fab flowers were growing on the wall in the middle of the village,  they caught my eye as a bright spot in the rain.

Tiny, but worth stopping to appreciate. Brightened my day.