Several weeks away from Autumn Cottage Diarist pages - during which I have waited for Springtime to properly arrive in the garden (it's been a long, long time a-coming!). I have filled the creative well by travelling to Portugal for a week, and have spent the gaps in between by listening to silence and discovering what it held for me.
Now here I am again, refreshed and renewed, to share some of these events and activities with you. A few weeks before I went away, my old camera 'gave up the ghost' - which was alarming in one way ('oh, no - I'm going on holiday in four weeks time!!) - but an opportunity if viewed from another perspective ('Oh, no - I'm going on holiday in four weeks time!! - perhaps it's time for a new camera??').
The old one was seven years old - ancient and hobbling in digital camera terms, so I awarded myself a new one - a Fuji Finepix S4500 - which has since been set on 'Auto' while I have got used to it, and with which I am - up to now - totally delighted. Don't be surprised if you see more pictures than words here for a while!
Here is a taster of what has been happening for me - in and out of Autumn Cottage - for the last couple of months…
A pheasant thought he was a blue-tit at our bird table
Pip decided that springtime HAD arrived !
I gritted my teeth to climb on a plane…landing in Lisbon
…all worth it, to enjoy café life and watch the world go by
I was able to immerse myself in colour
Enjoy wonderful food and wine in tiny, local, backstreet restaurants
Walk in beautiful gardens
Gaze upon spectacular scenery
Tiptoe through a City of the Dead
...and sit in some rather nice places to do a bit of living...
Latin American music at the Porta da Sol
But after all my adventures, I've now returned to Autumn cottage and the springtime garden - which is where you'll find me for the foreseeable future!