Sunday, 9 October 2016

5 in 5 - MELANIE - October 2016

Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start of this challenge Melanie has taken part in this monthly meme and as she doesn't have her own blog I post here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part, so over to you Melanie:

This month the 5th has fallen within the school holidays. In South Australia the schools have four terms of around 10 weeks each and the school year starts in January. Term 3 finished a week ago and there is a two week break between term 3 and term 4.   Our daughter who lives nearby is a teacher and I took advantage of her having a break from school to go on a short road trip with her.  We traveled 700 km west of where I live to the Eyre Penninsular which is an area of South Australia.  The main occupation in the Eyre Penninsular is agriculture and we were going to experience this first hand as we were visiting a friend of my daughters’ who lives on a farm.  The farm grows oats and wheat plus they have Hereford cows.  The oats are used as feed and the wheat is sold.  At the time we were visiting the oats had been cut and the baler was in use.  I had not seen a baler before and it was fasinating to see it travel down the line of cut oats and then produce a bale.  The baler that the farm uses can make 30 bales an hour.  The oats were cut a couple of weeks ago and left to dry out.  However last week there was torrential rain and so fresh oat shoots as seen in the photo top right hand side have sprouted.  Despite the rain the bales when checked for mosiure recorded zero.  That could be because the temperatures this week have been in the high twenties and low thires.  I think the photos speak for themselves and hope you enjoy looking at them.

It was interesting to hear about the school holidays in Australia, and it sounds like this was a great visit to a farm. I find it interesting that despite our difference in seasons, our own harvest finished recently. Thank you for sharing these Melanie, and as always, for taking part! 


If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and join in this post will answer questions and give the information that you need. And if you want to see other 5 in 5 photos for this month just go to the original post.

Hopefully Melanie will be back next month and I look forward to you joining us. Thank you for popping by, it is great to have your company.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

5 in 5 - October 2016 - Red

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.

This month I decided to take my camera into the garden.  It is still warm and sunny with just a hint that summer has come to an end.  But that's not always a bad thing because the acer is looking stunning in her autumn colour.

And as I looked around I saw a theme, because the Chilli's have turned a glorious red too and we have picked some to use in cooking. 

Meanwhile the tomatoes have mostly been picked and eaten.  They have done well, but there have been no gluts this year, just a steady harvest.

This geranium stood outdoors last winter and looked a picture of health until it died back one night with frost damage. I was sad to think we might loose it, but after a slightly late start it came to life and has bloomed all summer. It still has buds and promise of more flowers to come.

 And finally our fish. Some of these are quite red in colour too. It's a colour that adds a bit of cheer to the garden as the days grow slightly cooler and the nights start to draw in.  Hopefully we can enjoy it for a bit longer, and this year I think I will bring the geranium inside for protection. 

It is always fun to have company in this photo challenge so a big thank you to Mary-Lou, Maggie, Melanie, Miriam, Karen, Eileen , Paula and Borqna for taking part last month. And to all those who visited and left comments.

And YOU would be very welcome to join in too, so I hope you are inspired to get out your camera. Here is the plan:

1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.

                              You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

There are more details here.

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