Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Islands around Britain

☀Rose-hips from the garden☀
In a few days time we shall gingerly dip our toes into the cold ocean. Turning our backs to the coast we shall sail off into the sunset. Our destination one of the larger British islandsWe seek Camel, Harp and Organ, Drumlins, a country home or two, a Mediterranean garden, and a Temple of the Winds.
Japanese Anemones in the garden☀
Back soon.

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  1. Hello Rosemary:
    Your images are superb! And clearly you have perfected the art of 'in the round' which is so very effective.

    Japanese anemones are amongst our favourite flowers and such good value in the garden for their long flowering season. We grew many different varieties.

    How exciting to be setting off once more on your island visiting. It is something of a challenge which you have set yourselves, but a very enjoyable one for all of that.

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance - with one island per year it would take us a lifetime to complete a fraction of the islands to visit, but as you mention it is an enjoyable challenge. Hoping that this Indian Summer travels across the water with us.

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  2. oh Rosemary this sounds terribly exciting!
    Enjoy : )

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    1. Thank you Demie - Hoping for calm waters and lots of sunshine.

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  3. Dear Rosemary,
    Lots of fair winds behind you and excitement in front.
    will look forward to seeing some of your photos.
    I do not know these islands. an exciting adventure.
    Your images are beautiful.
    happy days..see you soon
    valx

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    1. Thanks Val - be back with you soon.

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  4. Have fun! Take a lot of pictures ;-)
    Love your 'meadow' of Anemones. Beautiful picture again!
    Bye,
    Marian

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    1. Thanks Marian - this 'meadow' is what I mean by prolific!!!

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    2. Haha! That's exactly what it is and it's beautiful! I hope in a few years I'll have a meadow as that as well ;-)
      Bye,
      Marian

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  5. I love the colors in this post. And the dainty pink Japanese anemones! Looking forward to your adventures Share the fun! :)

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  6. Hello Rosemary, Your first picture brings back one of the pleasures of fall in temperate zones, walking through the meadows looking for rose hips where floral displays were in the summer. Wild roses usually don't have such large hips as these, and they can be a little on the dry side, but the sweet-tart flavors are incomparable and their health benefits are legendary. And of course part of the fun is wandering from bush to bush, looking for the best hips.

    I also like your mosaic technique for the anemones. Sometimes the eye sees an abundance that the camera doesn't capture, and this technique seems to restore the initial effect.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. Hello Jim- I do recall my mother giving me rose hip syrup when I was a child, but I do not know whether these garden rose hips are edible. Yes, the wild ones are longer and not so fat. H was pruning the rose yesterday and retrieved the rose hips for me.
      You are right about the mosaic creating an abundance that would not show on a single photo. However, it is true that I do have an abundance of them, and they should really be brought under control, but they are so pretty.

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  7. These rosehips.... magic and so strong in color! The Japanese anemones are not less interesting... magical! I wish you a wonderful time, enjoy and I am looking forward to your stories and photos! Christa

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    1. The rose hips are very good this year and as you mention have a very good colour. Thanks for your good wishes Christa.

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  8. Sounds exciting ... I look forward to reading more!

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    1. It is somewhere that is new to us Jane and yes, hoping for a bit of excitement.

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  9. Have a great trip, Rosemary. I love your new (to me) photo layout: the squares within the circle! Very creative!! Your anemones are gorgeous and very graceful.
    Take care,
    Loi

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    1. Thanks Loi - I am always trying out something new - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

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  10. Have a lovely holiday, I love your plate!

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    1. Thanks LindyLou - the dish is nice I like it too (it looks like a plate because I reduced the photo). It is hand painted and came from Turkey.

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  11. They are truly brilliant, I love the plate of rosehips, superb.
    I brought the Canon 5D mark II, I couldn't afford the mark III, pity.

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    1. I am sure that you will have lots of fun with your new camera Bob.

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  12. Lovely photos. Have a wonderful trip!

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    1. Thank you very much Marie on both counts.

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  13. Off again? Enjoy your trip — we'll be right here when you get back.

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    1. This is it for 2012, look forward to connecting with you on our return.

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  14. Hallo Rosemary!I love your plate!Nice pictures!Enjoy your vacation dear!
    Waiting you to come with new photos!
    Dimi..

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    1. Thanks Dimi - the plate was bought for me from Turkey by my son and his wife. It is handmade and has lovely colouring.

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  15. Very special pictures again.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. That is very generous of you - thank you Filip

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  16. A beautiful flower picture again! At long last my Japanese Anemones are thriving - could it be all the rain that suits them?

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    1. Once the Anemones are established there is no stopping them. Are you talking about the rain in the summer? We have been without rain now for over 3 weeks, and have had to start watering the garden.

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  17. Have a wonderful trip!!! And those tomatoes look incredible : )

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  18. I hope you have a wonderful, beautiful time.

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  19. Have a wonderful time in Ireland! I hope that we can talk soon.
    Carolyn

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    1. So lovely to hear from you - and thank you - hopefully we can talk on our return.

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  20. At first I thought I was looking at a plate of cherry tomatoes in your first photo, silly me :) What do you do with these rose hips, Rosemary? I guess I'll have to wait until you're back for an answer. Have a wonderful trip!

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    1. Actually I am still here at the moment Rosemary - off at the weekend. Someone else thought they were tomatoes too. I haven't done it, but apparently you can make a rose hip syrup which is very rich in vitamin C, a rose hip jelly and also rose hip wine.

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  21. Dear Rosemary,
    I am really enjoying reading your blog. A recent inhabitant of the blog world I am still finding my feet. Your photographs are very nice. Enjoy your holiday and I will look forward to reading your posts when you return.
    Bye for now, and a safe journey to you,
    Kirk.
    PS
    My Grandmother had a recipe for rose hip wine.

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    1. Dear Kirk - thank you very much for your kind comment.
      I am sure that you will enjoy being in the blogosphere, there are so many interesting and friendly people to meet and communicate with. It is good fun and I am sure you will think so too.

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  22. How wonderful, Rosemary, you have Japanese “shuumeigiku”, one of my favorites, in your garden! In my part of the world, they'll come soon. Now I’ve learned it is “Japanese anemone” in English. Interestingly, “shu-mei-giku” literally means “autumn-clear-Chrysannthemum”. I have thought it was a species of Chrysanthemum till just now. (Its science name shows it's anemone.) Enjoy your trip in the cool and crisp air of autumn.

    Yoko

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    1. Dear Yoko - I am delighted that you enjoyed seeing the shuumeigiku, now I have a new word too. I am pleased that the English word for it has helped you to put it into the correct botanical category.
      Mainly hoping that the weather will be dry and some sunshine would be good too - thank you.

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  23. oh, goodie, rosemary,
    you will gather stories, i'm sure...

    i wanted to include you into next weekend's drawing challenge, but i naturally understand your absence... ;)))
    n♥
    enjoy your stay! later!

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    1. I will give is a very quick shot - thanks

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  24. Your post caused a flurry of frenetic googling here!
    Have a fantastic trip Rosemary, sláinte!

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    1. Off in the early hours - bullaí fir

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  25. Rosemary, I wonder if I am too late to wish you Godspeed? Have a wonderful time. It sounds like a wonderful trip.

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    1. Thanks Kate - bags packed and almost off♥

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  26. have tons of fun+enjoy! happy days+sunny greetings from Holland!

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  27. I am to late. But I hope you have a fantastic time with lots of sunshine.

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  28. Hi, Rosemary,
    I didn't see your email anywhere but was wondering if you could tell me how to write my name across a photograph of my creations. I want to post some of my paper cuttings yet protect my rights to the images. Could you please drop me a line? Beth Curtin...Acorn Pies.

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  29. Hi I found your blog through Lala, my Castle in Spain .. just wondering how you made your photos round. I see you are off on a trip , so hopefully i will hear from you when you arrive home, Have a good trip, anne

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  30. Rosemary, lovely photos of rose hips and anemones! Wishing you a wonderful trip and hope you blog about it soon :-)!
    Christina

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  31. thinking of you Rosemary and wishing I was there. Beautiful anenomes. Happy holidays

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  32. Thank you had a great trip Jana, Marijke, Anne, Christina, and Laura.

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