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Posterity

This is not really a sexy or sinful photo! But my blog is also a bit of diary of my antics and adventures with friends and so this shot is getting a placemarker.

I’ve got into outdoor swimming over this last year (yeah yeah, me and 4 million other middle aged women!) and I slip into rivers and lakes whenever I can. So far I’ve remained accident-free, but my luck ran out last Sunday when my coccyx hit a rock on the way into a river in Wales.

The progress of the bruise has been deeply fascinating, from a neat little circle of purple last weekend to the mass of colour it is now. I’ll be back with another amazing tree shot next weekend but for now I’m posting my posterior for posterity!

Sinful Sunday

Cradled

“The forest cradles my shadow as hers; and gives my soul company without saying a word.” Angie Weiland-Crosby

I think that quote may just perfectly sum up what the woods have meant to me over the last 16 months. I haven’t had as much time to lose myself in them since life started getting busy again. But in the midst of a ridiculous time at work it was glorious to escape to the forest for an afternoon of wandering with good company and my camera. I returned revived and calmed.

Sinful Sunday

Lounging

Last weekend I was at the incredible Also Festival. Two days of amazing talks, food and drink, wild swimming, music, and comedy. I know I would have loved it anyway but it felt especially sweet after the last year. We’ve already booked for next year!

This wonder woodland lounge area was one of the sites for talks in the day and comedy in the evening. I couldn’t leave without getting a photo could I? Props to the ever patient Jedi Hamster who tramped through the wet morning grass in her pyjamas to get this shot early on the Sunday morning.

Sinful Sunday

Pina Colada

Today is International Pineapple Day! According to Difford’s Guide (for discerning drinkers!) the word pineapple was originally used to describe the reproductive organs of the conifer tree (pine cones) and the spiky fruit was so named due to resemblance.

I can’t remember how I found out this date existed but I’ve had it up my sleeve as a reason to use this photo, which comes from the lockdown distance diaries project.

Sinful Sunday

Afternoon Tea

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my friends and lovers are exceptionally accommodating of my silly ideas. For every beautiful beach or woodland location there’s some questionable album cover to reimagine or something ridiculous to do with a food stuff.

On Thursday a partner was over for the afternoon and I was pottering in the kitchen making us scone, jam and cream when I started chuckling and shouted through that I’d had a ridiculous idea. As I walked back into the bedroom he shuffled up into a sitting position. “No no, stay there I want to lay these on your belly before we eat them.”

So unperturbed is he by my nonsense, the only comment was about the Devon versus Cornwall way of ordering the jam and cream. I’m sure you’ll agree that however you prefer your scones served, my afternoon tea was completely delicious.

Sinful Sunday

A Room with a View

I spent last week in beautiful Northumberland. The friend I was holidaying with is not into my usual photo antics so my shots are scenic in a landscape way not a tits and arse way! Besides, Missy’s shot from that neck of the woods can’t be beaten in my opinion!

There were a few snaps for partners though. Here’s one from my first morning where I showed them what a great view my room had.

Sinful Sunday

Wild Lake

So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake.” Edgar Allan Poe

This morning my friends and I had Lake Geirionydd to ourselves. It was beautiful. The water was, shall we say, invigorating! We were very definitely wrapped up in wetsuits and neoprene boots and gloves. But it would have been rude not to snap a photo as I got changed after my swim, wouldn’t it?

Sinful Sunday

Insomnia

Earlier in the week I went to bed with busy brain and had an attack of insomnia. Rather than waste the time I got up for a bit of photography. Here’s the result of my 1am creative endeavour.

It was originally only intended as a morning greeting for a couple of recipients when they woke up but I liked it enough to upgrade it to this weekend’s post.

Sinful Sunday

The Fifth Continent

“The world, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Romney Marsh.” The Ingoldsby Legends

Another shot from mine and @19syllables’s day trip to Kent. After pottering about on the beach at Dungeness for a couple of hours we headed a couple of mile up the coast to check out the Sound Mirrors at Romney Marsh. This bridge, in the shadow of the mirrors, was too good an opportunity to miss.

Sinful Sunday
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