Oh yeah, Wombat’s back baby, and ready to hit the ground running. My undying gratitude goes to the guest bloggers who selflessly gave their time in order to take the pressure off for a while – but now, lets RAWK! *POWER CHORD*
I’m going to break briefly with the tradition of showing pictures in order of posting, and start with two of the finest #SUNDAYPICS I received this week. On the left, a magnificent creation by Ellie posted by @ameadey, while on the right Olivia has drawn a masterpiece, which was posted by @sarahpez. Excellent work from two talented girls.
The first is from non-Twitter contributor Janine, who loves this picture from her back yard, a beautiful sunset bathed in pink. The two living trees seem to be cradling the dead one. Our second sunset is from @jamerz3294, and shows the afterglow of sunset on Lake Michigan, with birch tree. Finally, from @inhumanbeing, we see a tree in sunset from a holiday in Crete, where the evenings were spent watching the sunset over the water. Beautiful – and sorry for forgetting, you three!
Here’s the original blog post:
I’ve done a wee bit of grouping of photos, just because I can, and I’ll continue with one of those groups –
It’s a bit hard to type with these mittens on, so please forgive any typnig errros. Top left we have @sjnewton’s photo – I do like the shadows. Centre top is what looks like a painting from @hebbie, and was taken at Creetown, wherever that is. Yes, I know I could Google, but I can’t be arsed. Top right, @miss_ripley shows us Trees in the Geln. Bottom left is Claire Park in Haywards Heath a few winters ago during @johnrands_tmtl’s brief residency there and marriage. A fine view of a winter copse next from @nortoner, who denies himself any explanations. And finally, we have @ericafairs’ first EVER #sundaypics and it is, very literally – trees in her garden.And before you all start mithering me, yes of course I meant “Trees in the Glen” earlier. Bloody mittens.
There’ll be a couple more thematic groupings later, but for now lets just leap into the inviting pile of cosy #SUNDAYPICS here. First, over on the right there, is @xkylet’s photo of The Gloucester Tree, a giant karri tree in Pemberton, WA – you can, if you’re bonkers, climb to 72 metres on wobbly metal stakes. Click the name there to find out more.
You know, there’s nothing so relaxing as a walk through the dappled light created by trees and sunlight, and @babymakingfiles has captured that perfectly with the photo on the left. Don’t you want to wander up there and see what’s down that path? Probably a MacDonalds actually.
Ah, here’s something to warm us up a bit after the winter photos above which froze our nadgers off – a beach scene from @chislehurst, the trees elegantly framing a yacht, drifting slowly along crystal clear Barbados seas. Whoa, we’re going to Barbados! Diddle iddle ee dee Whoa, underneath the palm trees! Not.
Regular readers will all know what I’ve got in my pocket, but do you have any idea what @oldmotherriley has got in hers? One word – nuts. No really, over there on the left – the tree gave her a whole pocket full of them on Sunday morning.
OK, we’ve got a weird one now. I know, I know, but look on it as a post-modern expression of neo-synergy, and you won’t go far wrong. This is from @flossietp, and these are apparently the trees that she can’t see the wood for. They’re metaphorical trees, see. Hopefully the dissertation will flow soon.
If you’ll look to your right, Ladies and Gentlemen, you will witness that rare little monkey, the Minor ‘Bundling relaxing in his natural habitat, in a photo taken by Mrs. @underbundle. He doesn’t look like he ever gets up to any sort of mischief at all, oh no.
The road leading to Temple Newsam is on the left @MrsAshborosCat’s boyfriend took her last month, and I’m happy to report that they had a fab day out. “Fab”? What are you, stuck in the Sixties? And no, I don’t know where Temple Newsam is. My guess? Near Leeds. *Googles*. Oh, it’s a historic estate. Click here to see. Posh.
Now, here’s a tree that @mikeybaer likes the look of – at the National Gallery of Scotland. Despite intensive research – well OK, a bit of Googling – I am unable to tell you the name of the painting. I can exclusively reveal, however, that the blonde in front of the painting needs to wash her hair.
Hands up if you think @matt_cochr had cidered his brains out when he took his entry (see left). See, my hand’s not up. (Well, not up in the air, anyway). I think he was being artistic, there at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds. Indeed, I also think he succeeded.
Here’s a photo I really like, but I have no idea where it is, since @moynsquidgeim didn’t tell me. The perspective is great, though, and I think it was probably taken on an iPhone cos it’s got those odd paper-creasy thingies that people with iPhones like to add to their photos for artistic effect.
Rightio, I’m in the mood again for another thematic grouping. What shall I go for this time, readers? OK, whatever you say. Here’s a small group of #SUNDAYPICS that I consider to be –
You’d be proud to have any of those up on your wall, wouldn’t you? Lovely stuff. The one on the left is from @island252, followed by a beautifully focussed (focused?) beech leaf from the ever dependable and highly talented @rosamundi. And then just LOOK at @ariadnes_web’s acorn there! Lovely and perky, like a … little… perky thing. The gorgeous @little_mavis entered the gorgeous tree-shadows on a Bristol street, and @lilian_louvaine presents us with apple blossom in the garden. I’ll be with you in apple blossom time….
@louwiseman took the photograph on the right in Madeira last year, and wishes she was back there now. Obviously she misses the wine, and the cake (bolo de mel), and maybe even the Black scabbardfish,
She says it’s not an impressive tree, but I beg to differ with @sarahpez (as long as she doesn’t run at me with a pointy stick, that is). I think it IS impressive because it is a tree she planted. It is also her favourite type – magnolia.
Now we see one of the most beautiful sights it has ever been my fortune to see… hang on, wait a minute. No, that’s the start of the next paragraph. This photo from @tonihill79 depicts her brother who thought this would be a good idea; he had second thoughts (and presumably some arse ointment) afterwards.
Now we see one of the most beautiful sights it has ever been my fortune to see – no not @avensarah herself, nor yet her brand new offspring (CONGRATULATIONS!), but this gorgeous yet simple and literal depiction of the beauty of fall in Eastern Canada. (Still think you should have called the baby ‘Eagle’).
Moving along quickly from the sublime to the ridiculous, @toffeegirluk took this next photograph when she and a friend got back to her house, a little tipsy 😉 You can’t tell it was taken by someone three sheets to the wind – oh actually, you can.
Heard of James May’s Plasticine Garden? You can read about it by clicking on the name there, or by having a butcher’s at @doodledawne’s photograph taken when The Plasticine Garden came to visit Sudbury Hall. It was, I’m told, quite a sight to see.
If you look carefully at @keithy73’s photograph of trees in Belsay (Nothumberland) there on the right, you’ll just fail to see the Ewoks, just out of shot. It looks very tempting, but Keith warns “Be careful mind, them’s Geordie trees. Proper hard bastards they are”
A bit of gardening news from @scullyscully – she says “This sad specimen will have to go soon. It seeded in our front 6′ by 3′ front garden”. Crikey, that’s a little ‘un. The garden, I mean. Mind you, so is the sapling. Get it dug up while it’s easy, says Wombat.
What’s up next? Aha! Tis @hebbie, with an intriguing photograph which symbolises the eternal balance between life and death, although the way she expresses it is “This tree looks like its growing out of the headstone”.
Its STILL a bit early for this, I reckon, but @ironthighs insists on showing us her “magnificent” (her word) office Christmas tree. Looks a bit girly to me. I’d have a few toy soldiers and guns and footballs on there. And other man-stuff, like… nuts.
I’ll forgive her being a bit previous with Christmas stuff, though, and also break my rule-cum-guideline of one pic per tweeter, because she also sent me this picture on the right. Is it wrong that I find it incredibly sexy. I mean look! Phwoar!
“Mama took this photo while we were walking in an Indiana(USA) State Park during the fall(autumn)” says @starlitwolf, helpfully explaining strange American words like ‘fall’, although failing to tell us what a ‘Ma-ma’ is. Gorgeous photo.
Yes, its a bit of a mini-grouping. Three toy trees, although you will see another later. The first is from the lovely Sarfend Shona, @white76, who surprises me by displaying evidence that Sticklebrix still exist! The middle one is on @snowgirl1972’s telly in the kitchen. You have a telly in the kitchen? You’re POSH! And that thing on the right that looks like a butt-plug is from @island252 – go figure.
And now on the right, @looshine’s photo is from the New Forest. That is SUCH a tempting path that if you meandered down it’s soft, mossy warmth, you’d be bound to be eaten by fairies. Vampire fairies – oooh! I should SO write a novel about vampire fairies!
From a lovely scene to… a dead tree. Sadly, @mallrat_uk’s house is so they are stuck with it. Yes it’s dead – I think they must have checked. Here, how come the door’s so wide when the path is but narrow? And doesn’t your washing get all tangled in the dead tree? It must be really hard to unsnag a bra from that.
Want to see something big, baby? How about this? Look at the size of those things! They belong to @mooglemeg’s next door neighbours and are a real annoyance. I can well believe it. Good luck with the ongoing battle to get them down.
Oh my God. PLEASE, @catinabaglady, tell me this is a photo from last year. I abhor early Christmas appearances. “I’m surprised there’s not more of these” she says, “has to be the best tree of the year”. Bah, humbug.
My neighbour @zevans23 posted the pic on the left – Tree and Stonework in Swaledale. He says it is a good demonstration of the rule of thirds. I’ll have to take his word for it. I’m just a poor unintelligent country boy.
*takes a moment to count ahead* just nine more to post, so I should get this finished and uploaded before the next #SUNDAYPICS starts in about ninety minutes. Good. I have NO idea how I’m going to blog the audioboos mind. Eek”! Still, back to Trees –
Back on your right, you will see a moody pine from @watty62 – or at least that’s what he calls it. It doesn’t look much like a pine to me, but what do I know? Why yes, I did used to be a forester, but we only chopped the buggers down, we didn’t ask their names.
You want to see a Canadian montage? Course you do – well have a shufti over on the left. That’s a photo montage of @alliterative’s crabapple tree at different times of the year. I’ve got a feeling you’re going to want to click on the pic to get a larger view of those little photos in the corners.
More Canadian prettiness now from @raevynlunatique – a rainbow of trees (on the way to Morris Island, wherever that is). I almost cropped the field off the front of the photo so we could concentrate on the pretty trees, but that way lies madness. I must never mess with peoples’ #SUNDAYPICS.
And that’s your lot, apart from my pathetic effort which will follow in a sec. Thanks for submitting, reading, and making #SUNDAYPICS the big bunch of fun it is. Here’s my entry, of a tree in the field behind Wombat Towers. I look forward to hearing you all tomorrow! Don’t let me down.