Lazy Poets Thursday Haiku


Summer Days

Dreaming of Maytime

blue sky days and gentle breeze

flushed through with sunlight

I’ve followed We Drink Because We’re Poets for a while now, but I’ve never been brave enough to link to them. This time a post seemed to fit what I do so I’m giving it a go! You might like to joinin if you enjoy both photography and poetry. Visit


Make me a willow cabin

Said Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelth Night, I’d like this one please. It was a new addition at Dartington when I went for my birthday and I fell in love with it, who wouldn’t?

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I don’t know if it is staying there, willow has a life of perhaps ten years but they often have artwork visiting for just a few weeks.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

This week the theme of the photo challenge is ‘Escape’ and Cheri Lucas Rowlands says
‘Depending on your current mood and headspace, or time in your life, this word can evoke different emotions and conjure a variety of images. Maybe the end of your semester is near, and you yearn for vacation and release: the desire to disappear and run away, the need to unplug and shut off. Or perhaps you imagine quite the opposite: Lost in a maze. Stuck in a room, feeling boxed in, with the worst company. Frustrated in your own thoughts, wondering what to do next.’
The photo I have chosen shows someone escaping into meditation, I wonder where he went.


Join in at as usual.

CBBH Photo Challenge: Blue

This is the first time I’ve joined in with Marianne’s monthly challenge, I couldn’t resist ‘Blue’, who could? Can you? If not join in here

I wanted to try something different, so I’ve cropped quite a bit of non blue from this shot.

It’s Dartington again, my second photo from there this week. Earlier in the year they featured some children’s artwork in the garden, it was lovely to see it gently swirling in the breeze.

This is what CBBH is all about!

Marianne says ‘On the first day of each month, I will provide a theme to inspire you to post your own interpretation.  Create your own blog post before the end of the month and entitle it “CBBH Photo Challenge: (subject of the month)”, providing a link to this blog so I´ll know you´re participating, and others can find it, too.

  • The difference between this and other photo challenges is that at the end of your post, you should introduce two links to any other blogs you have visited and, most importantlythat you have commented on, during the past month.  These links might be to someone who you are in regular contact with via your blog, a new blogger in need of some followers, or maybe a person who inspires or motivates you with their writing or photographs.
  • By choosing to participate, you also agree to read and comment on at least two other blogs taking part in the CBBH Photo Challenge.  That way, when we visit each other, we can HOP OVER to your links, connect with others and share a little blog love around!
  • Don´t forget to follow East of Málaga, so you never miss out on the monthly CBBH Photo Challenge announcement.  You can sign up via the “follow me” link in the sidebar.’
  • So I get to choose two blogs to feature! My first choice is Cheryl who blogs at She is a very generous blogger who writes on a diverse range of subjects and whose photography I love. Check out ‘Cat lick and a promise’, from last month. Next is a completely different blog, one that hits hard and draws attention to issues affecting women. I recently re-blogged her post about Malala, and I hope you visit her.


Music in pictures contest: Dare to live

At first glance this may not seem to fit the challenge but if you read down Elisa’s post you will see that the song ‘talks about life and how we need to give something of ourselves to others to make it worth’.

The Dartington estate was created by the Elmhirst family and is now held in trust for all to enjoy its beauty. 

Would you like to join in?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

As soon as I saw this weeks challenge I remembered this photo, taken in the ground of Dartington Hall in Devon. I believe the large and very old tree was struck by lightning and that the dark stuff is applied to protect its insides. It seems to have saved it thank goodness, because it’s in a row and it would be a huge loss. As well as its own twists and turns I have fresco’d it with Photoshop.