Jude is asking us this month to play around with textures, and this week in particular to try different angles and to focus on the texture not the content itself. Today, thanks to tree inspiration on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, I think I may have managed it!

I decided to get up close and personal to the magnolia in our garden, and I even remembered to shoot at a different time of day to see if it would change the effect.

By the way I hope everyone is staying safe and being cautious if venturing amongst others. MrB is self isolating at home as he is in at risk category, and I am virtually doing the same so I don’t bring anything back into the house. However I did have to go out today to run a few essential errands for ourselves and elderly neighbours. Think it might be the last time I go out though after being terrified by the number of people who have a laissez-faire approach and attitude. No wonder number of cases are rapidly increasing.

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        1. Drives me insane how people have been behaving, but then when you listen to the mixed messages coming out and years of so many politicians encouraging us all to think of number one, I guess it isn’t surprising but aaargh!!!!!

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  1. It would have taken me a while to identify this from just the hairy fuzzy sunlight bud case. Clever! (And you’re so — sadly — right about the lack of adherence to distancing. Authorities closed Bondi beach due to crowds and reactions included anger and indifference to the threat.)

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    1. So glad you like πŸ™‚

      I just don’t get why people are getting so angry. I totally understand the concerns and wellbeing of small businesses, and really hope we can help them survive by finding alternative ways to shop and dine

      But for all the anger . . .surely staying alive and not overwhelming health services is in all our interests. We live in strange times.


  2. Life is weird, isn’t it? The uni is still open, so John is working but no face to face teaching. And he works at home some days which has caused a few territorial issues! Main problem is my mum who is half an hour away – I have to keep going as long as they’ll let me. She’s really not getting it.

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    1. Very very weird . . . oh bless her. She sounds like many of the ones I came across yesterday morning. Seems to be those who are indoors and those who haven’t quite got it yet. Are the new neighbours good, I recall you said they had changed.


      1. She can’t go out without me and I’m not taking her anywhere! She just doesn’t seem to take in how serious it all is generally. Neighbours move out on Thursday so we’ve not met the new ones yet. The only other friendly ones are also pretty much housebound so I’ll need to try to cultivate someone else. Just to drop off basics like bread and milk if I’m unable.


        1. ahh that’s good she can’t get out. Do you have any AgeUKs near you, as quite a few of them this way have been offering to do delivery runs xxx


  3. Lovely photos, and definitely top marks for the challenge. Like you, I’m not so worried for myself, but for ‘im indoors. On the whole though, people here are social distancing like mad. Long may it continue.

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  4. Some lovely textures, Becky.
    And yes, take care. I’m also self-isolated, but broken printer and a few other problems have dragged me out. Apart from that I’m trying to do quiet walks. But yes, many people are enjoying the extra time “not in office” and are out and about regardless of the dangers.

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          1. fabulous, great way to spend the day, and yes garden is always there for tomorrow

            Tomorrow’s garden might explain why mine always looks in need of some tlc!

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  5. I am also surprised. I have done 2 walks into back country and when i see people coming toward me i do a wide berth.. They however walk straight on as if it is not a problem to be close. so infuriating..


  6. I love magnolias, how nice to have one in your garden. The furry one is my favourite, a lovely texture. I have lots of magnolias scheduled for tomorrow 😊 Stay safe! I think living here we are probably better off than being in a city, and we don’t socialise much, though OH has had to stop going to his folk groups.

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    1. My favourite too, so glad I managed to get it πŸ™‚ thank you for inspiring me to go and play.

      And it is that time of year for magnolias! Look forward to seeing yours.

      Good place to be in the country and with small shops – it really was quite scary in town this morning. Just hope I haven’t picked anything up!


        1. Library and all public buildings closed here and as of today all restaurants. But I can still eat cake! And get fat 🀣. Scrounging books from friends who are returning to UK. Love the furry one too πŸ€—πŸ’•

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          1. Bake! Me? Not one of my talents, chuck! 😦 We had a small farewell get together (7 people) yesterday for 2 lovely friends who are flying home tomorrow- hopefully, though stories abound! I sent Mick to the cake shop and he came back with a huge choc/orange cake and we still have some left. Bakeries are still open πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Just made chilli for tea. Wine next πŸ™‚

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          2. Some companies are still flying but it seems chaotic. Priority to get people back to where they belong but if it’s not regarded as essential travel they may have to wait up to 30 days. A lot of people drive here and there is also chaos regarding them crossing borders to get back. Emergency measures here have just cheered me up by stating that over 70s are allowed a short walk in the vicinity of their home or to the pharmacy- for an overdose, perhaps? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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