Monthly Photo Challenge: November

November has been another quiet month. I am not good in cold or wet weather and it has been a tad windy too. I know I should get out more, but during the first week I was still getting over the cold I came down with in October – who says colds should only last five days? Mine certainly didn’t and then it turned into a racking cough; the kind that hurt your ribs. So only excursions were those for necessities like changing the library books and buying the groceries.

So most of the images this month are from the garden or close by.

Wheal Alice

A lot of muddy lanes now
A lot of muddy lanes now

I spent a lot of time watching the birds. Flocks of fieldfares are the most entertaining as they swoop and dive above the hedgerows; seagulls float above; the corvids are silent. Blackbird, robin and wren have returned to the garden. Wagtails come to bathe. Sunlight catches the white undersides of the seagulls, the wingtips of the magpie and the buff underbelly of the fieldfare. If only I was quick enough with the camera.


On a bright day I got out into the garden to see what was still flowering

And found some fungi on an old tree stump:

The neighbour’s Cornish palm (Cordyline Australis) is still glowing


and the false castor oil plant (Fatsia Japonica) comes into its own in November when the flowers open up. They are creamy white, spherical, and carried in open-branched clusters at the tips of the stems. The bees and flies love them!

Most of the trees and hedgerows are bare now


and when it is raining or blowing a hooley I have resorted to some indoor photography. The Christmas cactus is the best I have seen it flower in a dozen years – it obviously loved the summer outdoors and the cold conservatory in which it lives now.

I may have to be a bit more inventive next month!

The Cardinal is continuing his photo project throughout 2016 and 2017 – 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.


32 Comments Add yours

  1. beetleypete says:

    Despite the weather, and being unwell, you still manage to offer us a great crop of seasonal photos, Jude.
    (Very cold here for the last few days. Barely above freezing during the day, despite the sunshine.)
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not much warmer here Pete, though no frost. It looks lovely through the windows, but venturing out is very different. I am happy to watch the birds coming in to the garden 🙂

  2. It all looks gorgeous, Jude. I hope your cold is completely gone now.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Cold all gone, thanks! Very cold now, but at least the sky is blue and I had a lovely hour in St Ives on Monday with the camera 🙂

      1. I can’t imagine it cold. It was so beautiful in September.

        1. Heyjude says:

          -10 in Wales last night and -9 in Oxfordshire. Even as low as -3 in the south-west, but not here. With those sort of temperatures it struggles to reach 0 degrees in the day! Air coming from the arctic.

        2. In contrast we are expecting a blast of hot, dry air to move across Queensland from the interior today with maximum temperatures up to 40 degrees C for the next four days. 😎

        3. Heyjude says:

          Mmmm… I think I’d rather have the cold than those sort of temperatures!

        4. It only got to 36 degrees today, but it’s supposed to be warmer tomorrow.

  3. Pit says:

    Beautiful, but not quite like November, isn’t it?

    1. Heyjude says:

      My first November in this county so I am more than happy that it wasn’t entirely grey! And less rain than I expected. Though when it did rain, it came down hard!

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Never mind inventiveness – this is such a lively ‘essay’ on your world. Good to hear you’re over the cold, and are striding out.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am full of good intentions Tish, then decide that I quite like being indoors…. 😉

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        I go for a shiatsu overhaul now and then, and my practitioner thinks we humans of the north actually have a great urge to hibernate just now. Things change again at the winter solstice – of course traditionally party time of the old, old kind. So if your body wants to stay indoors, it’s probably where it needs to be 🙂 We do so nag ourselves with good intentions.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Thank you for this, I don’t feel quite so guilty now 🙂

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What a colourful month, delightful post Jude, love the borage, love the heart but best of all the corkscrew hazel against the curly clouds!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ha, yes, the crazy corkscrew which weirdly already has catkins!!!

  6. restlessjo says:

    Contentment oozes out of this, Jude. 🙂 I love that droopy tree too- was going to ask what kind it was. Did you wrap up warm and get that walk on the beach?

    1. Heyjude says:

      No I didn’t Jo – I need someone like you to get me going! It was very cold today, but sunny. I will get out there, I promise 🙂

  7. For someone who has been sick and hasn’t been able to get out much, you have managed to take some fabulous pictures of your little corner of the world, Jude. I sure hope you’re feeling better now. I remember how miserable I was with walking pneumonia when we returned from Iceland; I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I love that cow picture with the blurry background, the fieldfare, and your wonderful garden. Happy December! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Cathy, I am a lot better now, but as I am not keen on the cold weather I am hunkering down in the warmth! Roll on the spring!

      1. I’m glad to hear you’re better. Yes, hunkering down inside is the perfect remedy for winter. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          I do feel guilty though, not venturing out more 😦

        2. I sometimes enjoy getting sick because it gives me an excuse to stay inside, warm and cozy, and watch movies or read good books, to do nothing of any importance. Soon enough, you’ll be back out and about, I’m sure. 🙂

  8. I’m with you about going out. I’d stay in a lot more if it weren’t for the preschool run, but I’m glad to be driven out. The wind is what gets me most. Even the kids were eager to leave their favourite pastime of gazing into a toy shop window for the warmth of home the other day: Jaś actually got buffeted backwards.

    I’m really enjoying your birds, including the description here, and I’m surprised there’s so much still in the garden. Wheat Alice and her background are always a pleasure.

    Are you over the cold yet? I finally got a flu injection the other day, delayed since September by the odd symptom that luckily didn’t turn into anything more serious. Today’s the snowiest yet here, as J stumbles home: Hong Kong to Frankfurt cancelled, and LOT to Warsaw running late.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am enjoying the return of the little birds to the garden and even invested in some feeders – though they haven’t been used very much yet. I guess they have to get used to them and spread the word! I have never had a flu jab – but then I rarely get flu – and I worry that having the jab will actually make me ill. You will have to have a good hot meal ready for J on his return. He is going to need it!

  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’m just in awe of you having plants still flowering in November!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      and in December!

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        wow! Nothing is blooming here …. but thankfully there is still no snow 🙂

  10. It’s still very green and colorful there. That harbour looks very charming.
    I am not good in cold, wet or windy weather either. I’m not built for cold…

    1. Heyjude says:

      Me neither CG but I can’t stand the heat now either so where does that leave me? Actually Cornwall is OK except then you have to put up with damp and foggy days 😦

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