A Year in Photographs – 2018

Winter …

When the advent of the ‘Beast from the East’ coincided with our first ever central heating failure, and there was a power cut which quickly escalated from being an intermittent problem to a total shutdown, our joy knew no bounds.  😦  The power supply was restored after eight or nine hours… the resolution of the central heating problem lasted over a week. 


 arrived late, but then the whole span of our seasons seemed slightly out of kilter this year.  At one time we thought we would be overrun by frogs, judging by the number of tadpoles in our pond, but nature took a hand and inevitably only a handful survived.


and the vegetable patch required more attention than ever during the long hot drought.  I always err on the generous side when propagating veg, but sixteen tomato plants proved to be somewhat of an overkill.  Still, we must have kept half the town in tomatoes…  The flower beds struggled, but many of them revived when the rain started towards the end of the season.


and once the holidaymakers left, we could enjoy the relative peace and beauty of our town.  One day I’m going to get a photo that does justice to the magnificent Old Harry rocks on the edge of the bay, but I suspect that will have to be either with a better camera lens, or from a boat that can get me closer.  The new pier was being refurbished, whilst the old pier continued its decline into obscurity.  I feverishly collected poppy heads, determined not to let nature’s indiscriminate seeding take over the garden once again, and as autumn drew to a close, we all took a moment to remember and reflect on an important 100 year anniversary.

I didn’t take as many photographs this year, with the curious demise of the Weekly Photo Challenge, but hopefully I can do better in the coming year.  Watch this space!


A happy, healthy 2019 to all those who take the time to follow this blog!

Thank you!

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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10 Responses to A Year in Photographs – 2018

  1. Sue says:

    And I wish you and yours all the best for 2019, Sandra!


  2. Lovely photos, especially from your garden and the last one is my favorite. Happy New Year to you and yours! 🙂


  3. Dale says:

    You may not have taken many, but you sure gave us a great sense of the past year, Sandra.
    A most Happy New Year to you and yours! xo


  4. tony Grunder says:

    Once having lived in Africa one always has to plant a few “Milies”


    • Sandra says:

      This was our first year with the corn, but it was one of our more successful ventures. I remember when we first lived in Jo’burg I used to make sandwiches for the gardener’s lunch, until he politely told me he’d prefer me to make him some ‘pap’. Happy New Year!


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