The afternoons slip quickly into dark evenings this time of year and working by candlelight for a few hours is an unexpected joy I’ve discovered this month. It’s been a busy patch of juggling writing and renovating these last few weeks. This changing light that unfolds now is cooler, but lower, stretching deep into the Chapel and hitting the plants in different ways. The late afternoon sun lingers around the herbs on the kitchen windowsill and illuminates the trees that make up my view in a blaze of colour. Russet-coloured heaps of fallen leaves are lining the hedgerows and the mornings are crisper, fresher. Cooked up a big pot of chutney late one Saturday evening with the glut of tomatoes from a friends’ greenhouse + apples off the tree and I’ve started making crumbles again — plum, apple and pear have all been on the menu. Skies expand as the trees become bare. Golden hour light slips by quickly, I’ve headed out with my camera a few times and missed the best of the pink skies by a matter of minutes. Waiting for builders and still cleaning the building dust off the houseplants but they do seem much happier than they were in the cottage this time last year.
If this is the first of my Photo Diary posts you’ve seen, this series is a way of sharing the everyday photos that I snap— quite often when going for a walk, or little details I notice at home. This series started off as individual images back in 2019 under the title Ephemera, as a section on my website to share the transient moments I document, as ephemera derives from the Greek ephemeros — meaning ‘lasting only one day, short-lived’.
When I moved last year and during lockdown, I started sharing my walks and daily observations over on my Instagram stories and after such a positive response, I wanted to share a slice of the everyday here on my website too, but as a curated collection of images every few weeks, in ‘photo drop’ style. These are saved under the Photo Diary tab and are collections of my day to day photography that I put together every few weeks or so as a punctuation to the longer form plant care posts. They also have ended up acting like a visual diary of sorts.
Hope this post offered a little visual pause for you this weekend.