52 Project – W1: Valentine’s Day

We went to Edinburgh a few years ago, we didn’t stay for very long because we had Penny with us. The few hours we spent there were not enough to be able to truly appreciate how beautiful it is.

Last weekend, we spent three days in Edinburgh and yet feel we did not see everything it has to offer. We spent most of Friday at the zoo, both hubby and I had been looking forward to seeing the pandas, in the evening we went for a meal at Kyloe Steak Restaurant & Grill. The meal was amazing, it had been a long time since we had such a great steak. We spent Saturday morning at Edinburgh Castle and walking around the Royal Mile in the afternoon. Most of Sunday we spent it at Holyroodhouse Palace.

The theme for my first week of the 52 Project was Valentine’s Day and as I mentioned on last Friday’s post, I found it difficult and did not capture what I was hoping to. The picture below was taken in the gardens of Holyroodhouse Palace. The picture is of a couple of friends walking side by side, valentine’s day is not only about love between couples but also about friendship.

Holyrood Palace Gardens

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Day 336 – Garden Berries

This photo was taken in our garden, I have not been there much since we moved as weather hasn’t been great and we have been so busy with getting the house ready for Christmas. The berries are from a rose bush. Here is my photo for day 333.

Berries

Day 287 – Sun Rays

One of those afternoons…watching the sun set 🙂

Sun Rays

Day 279 – Bumblebee

Here is a picture of a bumblebee collecting pollen in my parents-in-law garden.

Bumblebee

Day 275 – Grass Pods

This was a very boring Wednesday with not a lot going on. I went for a quick walk around the neighborhood and took some pictures of the plants I saw. The picture below is of a nice looking ornamental grass.

Grass Seeds

Day 266 – Purple

The shrub picture below was planted at our friend’s house. The bees love its flowers, there were lots around it. Their garden had mostly shrubs but it had been well looked after. It was very different to our previous garden, ours was a bit messier and more colourful thanks to all the flowers we had.

Purple flowers

Day 265 – Taking off

The picture below was taken at my mother-in-law’s garden. There were two cabbage white butterflies flying around these beautiful purple flowers. I took lots of shots in order to get the right one which captured one them taking off! 🙂

cabbage white butterflies

Day 255 – Peacock

This post is not about a Peacock bird but about a Peacock butterfly. This summer our garden looked pretty amazing as the quantity of butterflies visiting us had increased. This particular afternoon I counted 23 butterflies that were sitting still on the flowers of the Buddleia but there were more still flying around. It was very beautiful!
I love this photo, it will be a beautiful reminder of the garden that hubby put a lot of work into over the years that we lived there.

Peacock Butterfly

Day 240 – Pink Peony

During the months of June and July, I love buying these beauties. It just brings some much life and prettiness to the house that is a must! I will be buying lots of bare-root Peonies in the next couple of weeks and planting them in my garden. Next summer can’t come soon enough!

Peony

Day 237 – Two shades

One of the things I miss from our old house are my roses. Over the years I had managed to acquire a small collection and most of them were planted on the ground. It didn’t seem fair to dig them out and leave an empty garden for the new residents. The only one I took with us was our potted David Austin rose, I am very happy that I took lots of pictures as now I can look back and remember. The one below is one of my favourite, I love its two colour blooms.

Pink and white rose