June already? How can that be possible? Where on earth did May go to?

I neglected the blogging world during May – I do have one or two excuses – mainly a shockingly slow connection to the broadband which makes any online work painful and also an illness I can’t seem to shake off. Feeling overwhelmingly tired all the time is not helping me to concentrate on editing photos or writing blog posts.

So my monthly round-up is going to be very brief and in fact if it was not for the fact that my daughter and granddaughters came down for a visit at the end of the month I probably would not have any photos to share. As it is I shall just go with V2 of CG’s challenge and show you a rather foggy image taken at Porthcurno last Sunday just before the rain came in hard. Porthcurno is a stunning beach at the western end of Cornwall and those steep steps you can see in the corner lead up to the Minack Theatre which holds open air events in an amphitheatre carved out of the rocks. And no, I didn’t climb them! But as you can see in the header image, lots of people do.

I did some work in the garden before I fell ill, mainly weeding and planting the raised beds, but a lot of plants got eaten by the slugs and snails as I have not been vigilant in checking every day. Next year I am going to revise the use of these beds and create a herb potager (apparently the S&S do not like scented plants) and possibly try some fruit such as raspberries and gooseberries. I have also created a gravelled area to replace a small section of the lawn and planted some climbers and other shrubs to give us more privacy from the neighbours. I will get some photos next month when I have finished the work.

The Cardinal is continuing his photo project throughout 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.


45 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: May

  1. Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell Jude. I hope that you’re on the mend now. I too have had a difficult May but feel I’m getting there. The back log related to blogging is terrifying. I think I’m going to have to draw a line and aim to better in June. Take care! 🙂


    1. Thanks Adrian. I think you are right, I don’t have the time nor the energy to trawl back through everyone’s posts. Here’s hoping June revitalises us both!


  2. Your absence was noted, Jude. But I wrongly presumed you were off travelling, so did not want to bother you with a personal email. I hope that things improve soon, I really do.
    As for those steps, that’s a long way to climb to see a performance!
    Best wishes as always, Pete. x


      1. Yes, I am not a fan of running to the doctor for every little thing but if things don’t improve, it might be worthwhile to schedule a visit.


  3. The last virus my husband and I endured knocked us out for four weeks of lethargy and general grumpiness. May you get well soon. Another picture confirming my desire to visit Cornwall next year.

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  4. Oh goodness….brought back some memories…I climbed up a path to the Minack theatre from the beach in the late ’80s, I think, don’t remember steps, and took the wrong turn near the end and ended up climbing up a rather vertical rock and scree slope, with the waves pounding away below. Probably one of the most frightening moments I have ever had….
    Anyway, enough of me…sending you lots of hugs and very best wishes for a speedy recovery (but promise me you will get it investigated if you aren’t improving soon) xx

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  5. I echo “June already”! And I’m so sorry you’ve been sick. I was only just beginning to wake up to your absence and wonder, like Pete, where you were gallivanting. The realm of fatigue is not a good place to travel to. I so hope your energy soon returns. Flowers and gardens and we need you. That header is a wonderful photo.

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  6. Oh dear, sorry to hear about the flu – get well soon! I think we went down those steps, rather than up, though as our car was in the Minack car park we had to make the ascent somewhere else anyway 😦

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    1. The going down looks even worse! I must admit I was panting rather hard just walking up from the beach back to the car park! I think maybe I overdid things in the garden last week.

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  7. It registered a couple of days ago that we hadn’t heard from you in a while. I assumed it was because you were on a trip somewhere interesting. Sorry to hear it was not and you’ve not been well. Glad you are back again and hope you will have those snails and slugs under control in no time 🙂

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    1. The slugs and snails are a complete menace. I have re-sown some beans but reluctant to plant them outside until I can keep an eye on them. This is more trouble than it is worth!

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    1. I will get back to blogging at some point, still feel lethargic and the slow wifi doesn’t motivate me. You can drive up to the theatre along a narrow and steep road so you pray nothing is coming from the other direction!


    1. Sunshine lacking here today Gilly, pouring it down and a leak in the conservatory too! Feeling a bit brighter though and making the most of the tennis to cheer myself up.

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      1. And here, if I hadn’t had lift both ways to work I’d have been soaked! Aww sorry you’ve been low, glad tennis helps even if I don’t quite get it!


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