Monthly Photo Challenge: Frantic February

Many of my blogging friends already know that I have been hoping to move to the West Country and I am at long last happy to say that it shouldn’t be much longer! So February is filled with de-cluttering, cleaning, packing and LOTS of boxes! Not much time for taking photographs I’m afraid, but I hope you will enjoy my first Cornish sunset with me from my new home.


And, yes, that is MY corkscrew hazel(?) tree 🙂

The Cardinal is continuing his photo project throughout 2016 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Read his blog for the new rules this year (he is running two versions) and to view his interpretation and those of other participants.



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I now live back in the UK, but spent several years travelling the world and then living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

62 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: Frantic February”

  1. Fabulous, Jude! I can hear the popping of corks! 🙂 (well, maybe a tad early)
    Love the header! It says all and very graphically. And that tree is the tree of my daughter’s dreams. Funnily enough I spotted one yesterday in a small Durham village.

    1. Just popped down for the weekend Jo, and I am exhausted – have had awful throat and ear pain for a few days which has not helped. I’ll be glad when we have a definite move date and can relax. Until then I am in panic mode 😦

        1. Not the date we want, yet. So much to arrange and now we have the added stress of the agent bringing people round to view! Wish we’d given an extra week’s notice now.

        2. Seems a bit daft! They’re going to come and admire your packing cases? (not that they aren’t beautiful packing cases, as I have already observed 🙂 )

        1. Oh, I am sorry to hear that you are stressing too. We need to get together and share a large bottle of wine – or maybe a G&T or two.

  2. I’m so pleased for you, dreams do come true don’t they? I drove home along the A35 last night and as always felt so very happy and lucky that I live in the loveliest part of the world.
    I love corkscrew hazels and the willows as well, and your sunset is glorious. I’m looking forward to meeting you Jude!

        1. I have started to enjoy sitting in a pub in front of a woodburner and reading newspapers! I have never done that before! But I have also discovered I hate driving in the dark. And I mean dark!

      1. But it will all go it just the right place in the new house…but admittedly it’s a lot of work to pack and then unpack back to back. I can hear you saying, “Are we done yet?”

        1. It was gorgeous this morning, but my mind is on too many other things to concentrate on photography. Plenty of time for that… (I hope).

  3. I hope you feel a lot better now, Jude, poor you! All the best for the move, we keep our fingers and wings crossed. Fairy dust and hugs from the four of us,
    Dina x

    1. Thank you Dina and girls. I hope you don’t mind if you keep the dust – I have more than enough of my own to cope with! I will accept the hugs (( )) 😀

  4. Oh dear Jude hope by now you have dates sorted and the move is all under control. Certainly a frantic February for you. But what delights ahead for you if that gorgeous sunset and tree silhouette are the forerunners of things to come. Hugs to you and don’t forget to breathe…. Btw today (the 5th) is both our birthdays and in a weeks time we are moving too….

      1. Just come back from am amazing Chinese cultural dance concert we treated ourselves to. We are moving back upstairs as we don’t plan to do any long term travel or house sits this year. But still have to cart all our stuff up stairs. Good opportunity for another big de-clutter. Where does all the stuff come from???

        1. So have you been letting out the upstairs then? I am quite looking forward to living on (mainly) one floor again. I loved the flat from that aspect, much easier to clean too. I’m chucking out loads of stuff! And still have books that I can’t yet part with.

        2. Yes we had friends renting upstairs and looking after the garden while we were away and we lived downstairs in the granny flat when we were home. I love our very little space we have called home for 6 years. But upstairs I will have lovely decks both back and front. 🙂

  5. You’ll be in for some beautiful sunsets by the looks of things once you move, gorgeous view. I’ve got a corkscrew hazel 🙂 I don’t know how you manage to blog at all with all you’ve got on your plate Jude. I hope you’re feeling a little less stressed since writing this, and know a moving date which helps…hopefully not too long to go now, at least to get the actual move over with… xx

    1. Still to book the removers Sherri, but at last the quotes are in. I could buy a small car for less! Never moving again unless it is within 30 miles! Feeling a little less stressed since I got the house cleaned, but I shall relax more once I have the removers booked!

      1. Yikes…everything is so expensive. We looked into the cost of storage and that alone is horrendous. Oh that’s good…getting the removers booked is an important step. Then you have something to aim for and then…you can move in at long last and not think of moving again…big hug for you my friend xx

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