April Arrived!

Posted by: ren33

April Arrived! - Mon Apr 01 2013 09:17 AM

Time for a new thread! I loved all your March efforts. What a lot of weather there was!
Welcome to a new month, hopefully a springlike one.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 01 2013 01:17 PM

Hmmmmm, a new country for a new month. Once the low cloud cleared I could see a country I had not been to before....I am sure it must look familiar so where am I? lol

Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 01 2013 02:03 PM

I'm guessing Germany, not that I've been there either.

Back on the road, this is a country cottage in the middle of Surrey

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 01 2013 04:13 PM

Well, it's still pretty cold here for the time of year, but things are trying to flower and look a bit spring like. I've got some pretty pansies coming out.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 01 2013 04:30 PM

Lovely! It's the same here, Christina, and my crocuses have stayed resolutely closed up due to lack of sunshine, but the day before yesterday they opened (closed again now, lol!) and it was so nice. Roll on summer.

Posted by: Dotb

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 01 2013 06:27 PM

More flowers for April.


Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 01 2013 06:58 PM

Switzerland Howie?
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 01 2013 08:25 PM

Lovely photos of spring flowers!

No flowers here though! Old-time farming equipment outside my favorite pub in Maricopa, Arizona.

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 04:49 AM

And my dwarf rhododendron is about to burst into bloom:

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 07:36 AM



Some eggs I made to decorate the table on Easter Sunday.
Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 08:05 AM

Oh Carole , how lovely they are, you clever thing!
Posted by: sue943

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 10:33 AM

Since people are putting up spring flowers here is a photo of some muscari which I picked from my tarmac drive, they force their way through each year, and I spray with root killing weedkiller but they will not die! I have masses of them flowering where they are supposed to be so picked these today before I start spraying with weedkiller.

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 10:57 AM

We are in Southern California and snails are everywhere! I'm going to look for flowers today. laugh

Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 12:26 PM

A new park (for me) I just discovered in Finchley

Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 01:34 PM

I know we are not supposed to show people but many argue this looks just like me. Hopefully this is the clue you need to guess where I am....next photo I shall make it all clear....unless I have scared you away with this one smile

Posted by: sue943

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 02:04 PM

Denmark or Sweden?
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 02:24 PM

or Norway or Iceland. Definitely one of the Scandinavian countries anyhow.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 04:25 PM

Brilliant photo Howie. Guessing that is a troll so must be Scandanavia somewhere, I'm guessing Norway.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 02 2013 04:28 PM

Blackthorne blossom starting to come out

Posted by: Dotb

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 03 2013 12:34 PM

Red Square, Oswestry, Today was cold but sunny!!





Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 03 2013 04:07 PM

A typical view of North Finchley

Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 03 2013 11:13 PM

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Posted by: sue943

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 03:38 AM

We need to be logged in to see whatever that is Sara.
Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 03:50 AM

Oh right Sorry, it is Photobucket letting me down again so I tried something else.
Watch this space.
A rare pose
Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 04:16 AM

Yes, it is Oslo in Norway. Here I have just turned into Karl Johans Gate, the main street of Oslo, on my way to the Royal Palace.

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 04:31 AM

My goodness, that street looks absolutely spotless, Howiie! and what a pleasure to be able to visit without having hordes of people under your feet!

Very cute kitty, Ren!
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 10:41 AM

A country pub in deepest Surrey, complete with its own ghost

Posted by: JaneMarple

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 11:42 AM


A long-time ambition achieved today (and it was extremely enjoyable to be in the audience smile )
Posted by: sue943

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 12:10 PM

I would love to go and see that Jane
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 05:49 PM

My biological father passed away when I was eight years old in 1968. We moved out of state after that and I never saw his gravesite until today. He lies beneath this large tree.

Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 06:12 PM

Thanks for sharing that ClaraSue, it is very moving. I hope I can be under a tree and not a lump of concrete. It's a beautiful place.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 06:23 PM

Thanks you Clara Sue for showing us that. That's a nice place to rest.

There is an organisation here caled Green Burial. They own and operate woodland sites where you can have your ashes or coffin put. These are safe in perpetuity. There are several of these starting to spring up over the country. They also use only natural materials, wicker coffins for example. There is one quite near here and a dear friend of ours opted to use their services. It was a very simple service and she is lying in a lovely place, under a silver birch tree. There are wild flowers all over the site, seats here and there to sit and contemplate. It is a very peaceful, very lovely place full of birdsong. I think I'd like to go there when my time comes.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 04 2013 06:26 PM

Susie decided to pose nicely for once!

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 05 2013 07:26 AM

Not sure if I'm doing this right or not. Used direct link, so here goes! This photo was picked up by my game camera.


Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 05 2013 07:28 AM

The birds are Common Grackles, enjoying the deer food (cob) we put out for the deer at night. The birds eat the left overs.
Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 05 2013 07:29 AM

Your Susie is a beauty. It's a happy photo! smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 05 2013 11:36 AM

Thank you, yes she is. When you say game camera - is that one you have fixed to a tree or something outdoors that triggers when something comes into range?
Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 05 2013 12:34 PM

That's right! I fasten it to a tree, turn it on and check for pictures in a day or two. I have many deer photos this year. The camera is called Game Spy. It uses night vision and is triggered by motion. Of course in the day my pics will be colored, as per normal. The night vision ones are basic black and white and the deer's eyes glow. I've captured raccoons, rabbits, does and yearlings and birds so far. I love having the game camera, since so many creatures only come out at night.
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 05 2013 05:28 PM

The first blossoms of the spring, it was still around 5C though

Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 05 2013 07:26 PM

That sounds like something for the Christmas list, Giselle! How wonderful.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 05 2013 09:41 PM

The National Theatre in Oslo with Henrik Ibsen & Bjornsterne Bjornson standing guard. A few pigeons managed to get in the photo too....lol


Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 06 2013 04:54 AM

Thanks Ren! Another good gift is a weather station. We sure enjoy ours. smile
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 06 2013 10:28 AM

A small group of trees in the park in Whetstone

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 06 2013 04:05 PM

That looks like a pretty plac Satguru

Robin on the lawn this morning


Posted by: Santana2002

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 07 2013 05:54 AM

Very pretty park, Satguru, and Howie love that photo of the theatre!

Christina, what a photo! It almost looks as if your robin has been photoshopped in!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 07 2013 11:22 AM

No, promise you he hasn't. Took it through the kitchen window with the zoom.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 07 2013 02:49 PM

Oh, I believe you!!! I didn't mean that I doubted its authenticity, honest smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 07 2013 03:46 PM

No, I know you didn't.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 08 2013 01:35 AM

The deer at the Spikersuppa in Central Oslo. In winter the pool is used a a skating rink. I think I scared the deer as they never moved....

Posted by: Dotb

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 08 2013 07:54 AM

Bumble (the cat) sitting on my knee.

Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 08 2013 09:17 AM

The parks in London are so widely spread out it's still easy to find new ones, I'd passed the entrance to that one a couple of times recently but still couldn't find it when I went back till now.

Some English countryside views haven't changed for hundreds of years, this is Warninglid in Sussex.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 08 2013 03:21 PM

I'm lurking and enjoying all the photos this month.

Your tree photos are great, Satguru.

Funnytrivia, that's a spectacular shot!
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 09 2013 05:12 PM

Thanks Chavs. I've finally learnt and bought the correct equipment to convert all my VHS to DVD, and here's the first result. The quality isn't like a photo, mainly as I used long play to save the tape from running out, if anyone knows a trick to enhance it I'll be very pleased but don't think you can get more out than goes in. This is Willesden in 2002.

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 09 2013 09:32 PM

What a lot of wonderful pictures so far this month!

This bird pic isn't as stunning as funnytrivianna's, but I was pleased to catch this robin at all. I thought he was going to sit still for me, but he flew at the last moment.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 10 2013 04:02 AM

The fountain at the other end of the National Theatre in Oslo. I waited and waited to get a photo with no one there but it was impossible...lol.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 10 2013 11:37 AM

That's a great fountain, is it lit up at night do you know?
Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 10 2013 12:48 PM

I have no idea, I only saw it during the daylight hours
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 10 2013 05:21 PM

Susie's dog trainer has asked me to find a photo of her to enter into a competiton - category is prettiest bitch. If I can clean up the background a bit what do you all think of this one. It's more a competition about the dog rather than the photo.

Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 10 2013 05:59 PM

Gorgeous. She doesn't need any more eyeliner or mascara.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 11 2013 06:44 AM

Spring has sprung, the grass is ris
I wonder where those lambkins is?

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 11 2013 09:30 AM

Great photos everyone! I haven't been posting, but I still check in every day. Christinap, I think that's a great photo of Susie. Let us know how the competition plays out. Awwww, precious lambs!
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 11 2013 08:45 PM

Great Nast Hyde House, a 17th century listed building in Hatfield

Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 12 2013 03:51 AM

On the rise at Bellevue at the end of Karl Johans Gate we find the Royal Palace. fThe foundation stone was laid by King Carl Johan on 1 October 1825 and the Palace was officially taken into use on 26 July 1849 by King Oscar I.

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 12 2013 11:43 AM

Several of you have posted pictures of spring flowers-for quite a while. I've been waiting for mine to open-for quite a while. Finally, one plant bloomed this week but these are not happy little flowers! That's not snow, it's sleet and freezing rain. But at least I have some colors besides brown and gray now.

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 12 2013 12:07 PM

Poor daffs! Mine haven't bloomed yet, and considering that this was the view out my kitchen window this morning, I'm not sure they ever will.

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 12 2013 02:38 PM

The beauty of the April 12, 2012 Ice Storm in Roslin, Ontario, Canada.

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 12 2013 02:39 PM

Loving that, poor daffodil, but it sure is pretty!
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 12 2013 02:55 PM

This one looks as though she's been up to something... wink

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 12 2013 04:33 PM

That's a lovely shot flopsy.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 12 2013 05:36 PM

Thank you. smile Although they were penned in so had to come near the camera sometime, lol.
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 12 2013 06:02 PM

The village green at North Mymms

Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 13 2013 03:51 AM

The statue of King Karl Johan at the Royal Palace in Oslo. It was sculpted by Brynjulf Bergslien and placed at the Royal palace in 1875.

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 13 2013 04:59 AM

Had a very interesting experience last night. We went to dinner at a German restaurant with another couple. We had heard of this restaurant from a number of people (including a friend who is a professional food critic) so luckily we knew what to expect as it is not your average restaurant.

Firstly, it is located in a small house (just like the one I grew up in) in a small quiet suburban backstreet. Secondly, when you enter you are not sure if you are in a restaurant or an antique shop/art gallery as it is crammed full of artwork and paraphernalia. You can hardly move for all the junk. Definitely eclectic or quirky - see picture below.

Thirdly, there is no menu - you eat whatever Karl decides to cook that day. Last night's selection started with fennel bread with butter, followed by chicken soup and then pork schnitzel with warm German potato salad and a green salad with dressing. Dessert was a choice between cheesecake or Black Forest icecream smothered in schnapps, followed by coffee and chocolates. It was delicious and it only cost us $33 a head (which is very good for our neck of the woods).

They don't advertise - it's all word of mouth and it is one of the highest rated restaurants in Perth according to restaurant review websites. They do say, however, not to go there if you want fast food. Karl and his partner do not have any staff - they do everything themselves and you eat when it's ready. It takes all night! It's basically like going to dinner at someone's house as Karl socialises with all his guests.

We had a fabulous time and will definitely go back.



Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 13 2013 05:25 AM

That sounds wonderful. What a lovely way to have a night out.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 13 2013 11:44 AM

That sounds fantastic, MG! I had a meal like that at a farm in Bourges, central France, once. At one stage the hostess took out her vieille (hurdy gurdy), played a session then let us have a try. A most unusual experience, and a very good meal!
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 13 2013 05:02 PM

The M4 motorway flyover in Brentford

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 13 2013 05:25 PM

Nice little clump of violets I spotted this morning

Posted by: sue943

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 14 2013 07:31 AM

Aw, those are really lovely, as are primroses.
Posted by: deputygary

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 14 2013 09:31 AM

Had an icestorm earlier in the week. The next day it snowed. If you can ignore the power outage and all the downed tree limbs, it was kind of pretty. But that's a big "if".

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 14 2013 11:26 AM

Originally Posted By: sue943
Aw, those are really lovely, as are primroses.


For tiny little things they are real thugs. I started with one small clump suddenly appeared in the front garden. Now they're all over the grass in the front and have started spreading to the back. I don't mind though as they do look so pretty in flower all over the front grass.

Gary, that looks really pretty, but very cold.
Posted by: Dotb

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 14 2013 03:19 PM

North Wales coast.

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 14 2013 04:04 PM

I just got here.

I don't like it.

I wanna go home! Mammaaa!

Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 14 2013 06:06 PM

I loved flyovers as a child, and here's another one in Hanworth

Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 14 2013 10:49 PM

Guarding the Royal Palace in Oslo. Not that this building is the complete palace...

Posted by: Dotb

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 15 2013 02:46 AM

Still on the North Wales coast.

Posted by: deputygary

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 15 2013 08:03 AM

Pretty country, Dot. I think I'd like to go there someday (but it might be too close to where flopsy is for my own safety).
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 15 2013 11:32 AM

LOL @Dippity. There's a road goes from here to North Wales, almost without bending. The Romans built it. They must have known you were coming. wink
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 15 2013 04:20 PM

Spring is here and I've been to the seaside, but not swimming weather just yet, this is Pagham just past Bognor Regis

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 15 2013 04:34 PM

Daffodils on a roadside near us.

Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 15 2013 05:14 PM

The house in the foreground is the oldest house in Steyning, a small town in West Sussex. The town dates from Anglo-Saxon times, and was once the burial place of King Ethelwulf, king of Wessex and father of Alfred the Great. Then they dug him up and moved him to Winchester. Such is life. Or death.

Anyway, the ground floor of this house dates from the 14th century and is faced with flint, a traditional building material in Sussex; the upper floor is 16th century, half-timbered and faced in brick. However, many of the houses in Steyning were built on the sites of earlier buildings - in this case it is believed that the Mint of King Cnut was located on this site. Yes, that King Cnut. Perhaps the tide washed the building away. wink


Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 16 2013 02:32 AM

Looking back down Karl Johans Gate from the Royal Palace. The pointy thing in the centre left I think is the cathedral but I could not get a decent photo of it. The building on the left by the bus is part of Oslo University and opposite the university was the fountain and National Theatre. My walk started about 10 minutes to the left of the cathedral and carried on for a lot longer after the palace.

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 16 2013 06:08 AM

This isn't recent but I thought I would share a painted I made for a friend. This is her horse, which was quite sick and had to be put down. She was really thrilled to have the painting in memory of her beloved pet.

Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 16 2013 08:35 AM

Nice to see another artist here, and every artist knows one of the hardest things to get right are horses, and hands. You've done a very nice job. Of the two I'd rather try the horses.

Some interesting 1970s houses in Pagham, I used to live in a flat similar to these in Oxford

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 16 2013 11:27 AM

Thank you David, and as always you post really interesting architectural images. Love them!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 16 2013 04:39 PM

I love that horse picture. I truly envy the ability to paint and draw, it's one I wish I had, but alas, absolutely no talent at all in that direction.

Spring blossom is well and truly out now

Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 17 2013 01:14 AM

Well we cant be good at everything, Christina, and you have Photography in spades!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 17 2013 02:26 AM

Aww, thanks Ren.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 17 2013 03:45 AM

I would like to be able to do either of the two....lol
This is part of the Palace Park that is behind the Royal Palace, Oslo.

Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 17 2013 03:42 PM

Flooded fields on the South Downs

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 18 2013 09:04 AM

Thanks Christinap. I have never taken lessons in art, but dabble and enjoy it. I have to be in the mood or on a mission to do it though. This is an acrylic that I did for my granddaughter. I actually painted three painting of Pooh characters for her. smile

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 18 2013 11:09 AM

Oh that is wonderful, I just bet she loves them to bits.
Posted by: sue943

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 18 2013 11:27 AM

Superb.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 18 2013 01:28 PM

Beautiful work, funnytrivianna!

Here's a pretty little stream that you might recognize.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 18 2013 03:55 PM

That's pretty Liz. Looks like a lovely spot.

No bluebells as yet, but I've got a mixed bed of hyacinths, polyanthus (and weeds) coming along nicely.

Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 18 2013 05:05 PM

I'll follow Winnie the Pooh with Sooty and Sweep I painted about 30 years ago for a magician friend

Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 19 2013 01:04 PM

Carrying on from the Royal Palace I came across Frogner Park which contains the Oslo Museum and the interesting Viggeland Scuplture Park (which I cannot show here other than in this distance shot). This park seems to be a very popular place.

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 19 2013 04:30 PM

Liz I'm glad you posted that, it sure is pretty. It was in Belleville along Old Kingston Road.


Christinap, yes my granddaughter loves her paintings. Here's another one.




And Thank you Sue!
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 19 2013 07:33 PM

The beach at Bognor, made up of large stones.

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 19 2013 07:54 PM

Howie: Don't be so hard on yourself. Perhaps you have found your niche. Your photos are as well composed and artful as paintings.
Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 19 2013 07:59 PM

Giselle I do not know what happened but your photo disappeared. When I went to edit I couldn't get it back
Please can you replace the image code . Sorry!
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 19 2013 08:32 PM

A typical Saturday morning activity in our household for the next few months. The good guys (in purple) won the game played away at Ringwood. Progeny #2 distinguished himself by scoring twice in a 6-1 win. Junior soccer is extremely popular here and is often played in addition to Aussie Rules football.

Posted by: JaneMarple

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 03:37 AM


The traditional Victoria sponge birthday cake smile
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 05:46 AM

yummy!!!
Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 06:54 AM

Nice work David!


Ren, I'll just post it again and follow it with the last one I did for my granddaughter, since you know the first one I'll post replaces what disappeared. lol smile

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 06:56 AM

So there's yesterday's photo, here's today's. I hope it's okay to do this since one above disappeared.

Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 08:31 AM

Thanks. You are so talented.
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 11:03 AM

Shops on the Green in Southgate

Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 02:21 PM

A daffy close-up:

Posted by: sue943

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 04:04 PM

Very nice Martin
Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 05:11 PM

The fountain at Frogner Park, Oslo - I had to wait and wait and wait for there to be so few people in front of it as there was a tour group hanging around plus many other tourists like me...lol

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 06:56 PM

Thanks Ren and OMG that daffodil is A-Mazing!

Howie, your pictures are really interesting. I'm liking them a lot!

Hi Sue! xox

And David, as you know, I already love your photos! smile
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 20 2013 10:13 PM

Here's a cute little cart seen whilst out walking today smile

Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 21 2013 01:31 AM

I bought a new camera a while ago but there hasn't been too much around here worth photographing for a while. The grey days haven't inspired me to take photos. Yesterday was lovely though. The daffy looked good in the Sun, hence the photo. I'm pleased with the new camera. It has a 20x zoom lens, which is high for a compact camera (Canon PowerShot SX260 HS)

I took this photo with the lens on full zoom. It has been cropped and processed a little but the definition says a lot for the lens quality and image stabilisation:

Posted by: Dotb

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 21 2013 02:30 AM

Wow, the pictures this month have been amazing! smile

North Wales beach...

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 21 2013 02:45 AM

Love that cute carte, spanishliz!
and loving the photos with your new camera, TW, and discovering Oslo and in fact all the photos, as always!
Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 21 2013 03:54 AM

A brief detour from Oslo back to Timaru. It has been cold and wet here lately as autumn gets a grip so I thought another daffodil would brighten things up and remind me of spring.


Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 21 2013 12:53 PM

Went on an excursion today, out for brunch, then off to Northbrook to explore. We came across a great babbling brook that had icicles hanging from branches across the brook. So pretty!

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 21 2013 12:54 PM

Liz, that little cart is so sweet.
Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 21 2013 12:55 PM

tellywellies that is an awesome picture of a mourning dove. Love it! At least I believe it's a mourning dove. smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 21 2013 05:22 PM

Love everybodys photos, as always this has been a great month. Tellywellies, you must be really pleased with your new camera, that really is good definition.

Some forsythia blossom.


Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 21 2013 07:29 PM

I'm so relieved we don't still have ice, but we only stopped getting frost about a week ago. I love my office blocks, this one's in Ashford (the Kent one).

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 22 2013 07:12 AM

Flinton, Ontario waterfall yesterday!

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 22 2013 07:14 AM

Christinap, that's a beautiful forsythia!
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 22 2013 11:20 AM

Green hills north of Ashford

Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 22 2013 11:30 AM

A local church:

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 22 2013 12:29 PM

Beautiful church TW. But you do have to wonder what on earth possesses people to modify old buildings with garish modern additions like that blue structure. What were they thinking?
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 22 2013 02:32 PM

I'm pretty open-minded about modernising old buildings, especially when done sympathetically and respecting the style of the building. In this instance I have to agree 100% with Mothergoose, that blue addition is just horrendous! It would have been bad enough in a more discreet colour like brown, black or grey, but that garish blue just isn't doing anything to endear it to me.
Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 22 2013 03:36 PM

It does look out of place doesn't it? I think some of it is possibly down to where the photo was taken from. Just quickly snapped as an afterthought whilst walking by. The entrance is attached to the church hall rather than the church itself. It hasn't been there all that long, so maybe they will change the colour of it yet.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 22 2013 05:45 PM

Originally Posted By: funnytrivianna
Christinap, that's a beautiful forsythia!


Thank you. Odd thing is I didn't plant it, it suddenly appeared last year. I'm always happy to see freebies like that spring up though.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 22 2013 05:52 PM

This plant is borage, a quite old herb. It seeds everywhere, and the bees love it. It is edible, you can use the leaves in a salad and they taste a bit like cucumber. It comes up all over the garden and flowers right through to the first frosts. It's always one of the first things out as well, which makes it quite valuable to the bumble bees when they start emerging. When you get a good big clump of it it looks really pretty in a mixed bed.

Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 23 2013 02:46 AM

An afternoon Moon:

Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 23 2013 02:46 AM

Looking pack from the Vigelland Sculpture Park towards central Oslo.

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 23 2013 11:26 AM

Backyard Bunny was enjoying the morning!

Posted by: Dotb

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 23 2013 12:36 PM

Oooh, lovely pictures this month. smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 23 2013 04:37 PM

Howie, I love your Norway photos, and what really strikes me is how clean everywhere appears to be. I don't think there is a single scrap of litter anywhere to be seen in any of them.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 23 2013 06:28 PM

Fantastic moon photo, tellywellies. How did you take this? e.g. tripod, exposure time etc? I'm keen to try!
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 23 2013 06:57 PM

I saw the moon out on Monday afternoon not that far from you Martin, any ideas how it shows itself during the daytimes?

Hothfield Common before Ashford

Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 12:53 AM

The Moon photo was taken with a compact camera set to 'Auto'. It was on full zoom (20x) and held in the hand. It's impossible to keep the camera steady on the subject under those circumstances, so I was surprised when the result had no motion blur and was in focus. I think this has to be put down to the good image stabilisation of the camera rather than me being in any way skilful. It is only a 'point and shoot' photo. I'm OK at doing that. smile The photo has been cropped a lot and sharpened a little in an editing program before being posted here.

I've always thought the reasons for the Moon being seen in day are because the Sun is so bright, the Earth is not blocking the Sun's 'view' of the Moon and because the surface of the Moon is made of a light-coloured cheese that reflects the light. smile There is a bit more to it than that according to research but I think that's about it in a sentence.

It was a lovely day here yesterday, so we went for a walk. Here is a view from that:

Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 01:42 AM

Looking at yours and Davids photos it all looks very dry in England at the moment.No April showers?
Posted by: Copago

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 04:26 AM

Such great photos everyone.
Been very busy around here lately so haven't had the camera out. frown

It's that time of year again ...
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 04:47 AM

What a lot of sheepses, copago!!!
TW, love that daytime moon shot!
And still very much enjoying discovering Oslo, and I agree totally that it all looks amazingly pristine and clean!
Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 05:02 AM

The solar calendar (I think) at Frogner Park in Oslo along with The Monolith (at approx 14m tall). The Monolith comprises 121 human figures rising towards the sky, supposedly representing manís desire to become closer with the spiritual and divine.

I may get one more photo posted before I had to the north Island for 3 weeks, hopefully take a few photos of New Zealand while I am away....something for you all to 'look forward' to. smile

Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 06:36 AM

I LOVE that, Howie! How interesting!
Posted by: funnytrivianna

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 06:37 AM

I forgot to say how I love the astrology carvings on that. Just gorgeous!
Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 07:50 AM

That sheep shot was worth waiting for, Jill its fabulous!
Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 10:19 AM

Originally Posted By: ren33
Looking at yours and Davids photos it all looks very dry in England at the moment.No April showers?

It has been quite wet with some heavy showers but since they have eased off, it has been fairly windy. This has dried the vegetation out but there are still plenty of big puddles around once you get off the beaten track.
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 04:24 PM

Pretty dry here apart from the odd day the last few weeks, and this evening when I nearly went for a walk. But we had enough rain before that to make up for it.

Here's a typical one of my photos for the Geograph Ordnance Survey project. Before then I took nice and interesting views, now I take where I am because that's what they want to have as an archive. So here's a picture representing the centre of Maidstone.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Wed Apr 24 2013 04:54 PM

The recent warm weather has my tuplips coming out nicely now.

Posted by: Copago

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 02:02 AM

They're beautiful, Christina!

Another "that time of the year" pic. ANZAC Day today and as usual we went to White CLiffs for the march and service. There was a riderless horse there this year which was a really nice touch.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 02:23 AM

The photo of the Oslo Museum is not the best so instead we shall walk from Frogner Park down to the waterfront at Oslo Fjord. I do not know the name of this marina but it is next to where the ferry to Kiel leaves from.

Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 05:07 AM

Some strange mutant daisies. smile

Posted by: sue943

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 06:22 AM

Oh my goodness, have you been puttin chemicals on the grass?
Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 06:58 AM

No I haven't Sue. I don't know why it would have grown this way. Not had one like it before in the garden. I'm not too worried providing it doesn't uproot itself and start making its way towards the house! shocked
Posted by: sue943

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 07:14 AM

Just threaten it with the vacuum cleaner. smile
Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 07:21 AM

It's like something from the Day of the Triffids.
Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 07:24 AM

That's a good idea! The vacuum cleaner is usually reserved for the dandelions and their seeds of course but I'm sure it would deter a rogue daisy as well. smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 11:15 AM

If it gets to six foot tall and the petals turn into white tentacles then be afraid, be very afraid! I'm going to go and check my daisies.
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 11:41 AM

I like the daisies, I got some five leafed clovers in the 70s and planted them in the garden, my father weeded them out a week or two later before I could contact Kew Gardens. I got him to drive me 50 miles near Cambridge to get some more from where I found them, but it was a football pitch and they were still playing. We had to wait till they finished and then none appeared to be there only a few weeks after there were hundreds. I'd send that picture to Kew and they can tell you the details.

The A20 near Ashford

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 12:13 PM

Those daisies are amazing!

This pigeon didn't move a muscle, even when I walked fairly close to him as he perched on this wall overlooking the river. The water is quite high, but has apparently peaked and not in danger of flooding.

The log cabin on the other side of the river is genuine, and now used as the local tourist info centre.



[edited to add note about log cabin]
Posted by: Copago

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 04:19 PM

a pair of wedge tail eagles

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 05:41 PM

Love the eagles.

Another tulip - I have a big group of these almost out, another couple of days they should be looking good.

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: April Arrived! - Thu Apr 25 2013 08:31 PM

All the photos from everyone have been amazing. Am particularly interested in tellyw's camera. I haven't checked the "what cam am I using" (or whatever it's called lol) thread lately, so if you haven't posted there yet, could you do a "review"? : )
Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 26 2013 01:38 AM

All very good photos. Satguru's are always interesting because they give a fair idea of what ordinary England is like away from the places that might be visited as a tourist.

The tulip looks very detailed.

Are those eagles a danger to the lambs?

Nice of the pigeon to be so obliging.

I'll write a bit about the camera in the 'My Camera' thread soon Jakeroo. Plus post a link to a very detailed review of it.

At the risk of being boring, I must post another 'mutant daisy' photo because I'll swear it's actually grinning at me now. smile

Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 26 2013 02:50 AM

It does look like it I agree. Just how far away is your nearest secret nuclear weapons testing establishment?
Posted by: sue943

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 26 2013 06:28 AM

I really love it Martin, I wonder what would happen if you save seed from that one and grow some.
Posted by: ren33

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 26 2013 07:13 AM

It gives me the creeps, frankly. Really freaky.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 26 2013 08:59 AM

It's bizarre! A really worthwhile picture, I can't help staring at it. But truly, freaky-odd too! laugh
Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 26 2013 09:24 AM

It is possible to find a few other instances of this if 'mutated daisy' is searched for on Google.

I'm just wondering if a patio cleaning fluid could have done it. This keeps concrete or slabs free of moss and black spots. The daisy is near the path but then so are a lot of other daisies that look completely normal.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 26 2013 05:34 PM

My tuplips are out quite nicely now.

Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: April Arrived! - Fri Apr 26 2013 06:57 PM

Quote:
My tuplips are out quite nicely now.


Gorgeous - they are one of my favourite flowers (must be my Dutch heritage).
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 27 2013 03:42 PM

Here's the whole bed

Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Sat Apr 27 2013 05:49 PM

Originally Posted By: tellywellies
All very good photos. Satguru's are always interesting because they give a fair idea of what ordinary England is like away from the places that might be visited as a tourist.


Thanks Martin, besides those being the ones around me I also catalogue as much as possible for the Ordnance Survey map, which involves finding new places the whole time and getting pictures wherever you are so people can see what's there. Of course this began before Streetview but we can both see more than them and save our archives while theirs update and lose the old images.

I walked out of the gym and there was a rainbow, luckily I had the camera with me.

Posted by: Copago

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 28 2013 02:32 AM

Another one from ANZAC Day.

Posted by: tellywellies

Re: April Arrived! - Sun Apr 28 2013 02:09 PM

A horse with a blindfold on, presumably there to keep flies away from the eyes:

Posted by: Dotb

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 29 2013 02:42 AM



Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 29 2013 02:39 PM

The water garden and cherry blossom in Wimbledon Park

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 29 2013 04:39 PM

oh my. Prunus blossoms are my favourite in spring. Nice pic David.

If anyone cares, we're in the midst of a blizzard here (not the Dairy Queen sort, sigh), so no spring photos yet (although there is quite a dandy dandelion growing on my front step). Might be the longest winter on record in my lifetime (which is a LOT of years, lol).
Posted by: Christinap

Re: April Arrived! - Mon Apr 29 2013 04:46 PM

That's lovely David, I love the sight of cherry blossom, never fails to cheer me up.
Posted by: satguru

Re: April Arrived! - Tue Apr 30 2013 09:31 AM

Thanks guys, I do annual garden photos near where I used to live, and usually a few cherry blossoms every spring as well, which also lined many roads there. This is a yachting lesson just next to the garden.