Monthly Photo Challenge: May


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 Comments Add yours

  1. Chillbrook says:

    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. Heyjude says:

      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. Pit says:

      I hope you’ll get better soon!

  2. beetleypete says:

    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. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Pete! Your concern is much appreciated. I only wish I had been away 🙂 You can drive up to the theatre which is my preferred route!

      1. restlessjo says:

        Drive up! What sort of option is that???? 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          If you could see the road you might think differently!!

  3. Sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well. Do take care of yourself. Thanks for taking the time to check in. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Maggie. At least the cold and flu bit has gone, I just need some energy!

  4. Lynn says:

    Hope you feel better in the coming days Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Lynn. I guess if things don’t improve I shall need to visit the doc but I try and avoid that situation.

      1. Lynn says:

        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.

  5. Sue Slaght says:

    So sorry to hear that you have been feeling ill Jude. Sending wishes for a full recovery soon. Xo

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sue, I hate feeling like this.

      1. Sue Slaght says:

        No fun at all especially when you love being out and exploring. Sending hopes for healthier days ahead soon!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    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.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… yes I do feel rather grumpy!

  7. Sue says:

    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

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a scary climb with no handrails so you won’t get me up it! And yes, I shall make an appointment if I don’t buck up sometime soon.

      1. Sue says:

        Well, I couldn’t do it now….

  8. 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.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, if only I had been gallivanting. Too exhausted even to go supermarket shopping and had to resort to a home delivery!

      1. That is awful. Are you getting any better at all? Please do quickly.

  9. Anabel Marsh says:

    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 😦

    1. Heyjude says:

      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.

  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    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 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      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!

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        Ahhh – the life of a gardener 🙂

  11. I had the same reaction to the sudden disappearance of May. Sorry to hear you’ve been sick. That sucks. Hope you’re on the mend soon, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks H 🙂

  12. restlessjo says:

    You know my thoughts. Aside from a quick tot of something and a big hug I have nothing else to offer. Hoping for much improvement soon. 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I shall go and watch the Murray match and take things easy today. Thanks for the tot and hug 🙂

      1. restlessjo says:

        How’s he doing? They were still scrapping for the first when I left home. Out on a job with Mick xx

        1. Heyjude says:

          Won in three sets. Gone somewhere nice?

        2. restlessjo says:

          Thought he’d do it. 🙂 Ended up in Saltburn for a couple of hours. Summer up here ends on Monday so I’m making the most.

  13. You might only have one photo, but it’s a beauty. Hope you’re feeling better soon, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Carol. It was a very cloudy day and turned to rain, but at least we got out for a bit and the water there is always a gorgeous colour.

  14. I wondered why you hadn’t shown up in my Reader for a while. I even scrolled down quite a ways, and nothing! I do hope you shake this illness.
    I’d heard of Minack Theatre. Are those steps the only access?

    1. Heyjude says:

      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!

  15. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Ahh sorry you ‘ve been feeling naff Jude, at least your girls cheered you up, mine were here the same time. Hope you ‘re well on the mend now, sunshine will help x:-)x

    1. Heyjude says:

      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.

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        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!

  16. Sorry to hear you’ve not been feeling too well recently Jude – hope you feel much better soon and that the sun comes out as well! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks. I hate being ill. Doesn’t happen often, but this seems to have knocked me off my feet. Getting back to normal, slowly 🙂

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