Join Lightwater Men’s Group outing to the Royal Logistic Corps Museum

Lightwater Men’s Group, formed in August 2017 and now flourishing organisation. The group, for men of Lightwater and surrounding villages, meets regularly for discussion, socialising, volunteering, and outings.

There’s an opportunity to join a party from the group at their outing to the Royal Logistics Corps Museum, Deepcut on Tuesday morning, 13th February. During the visit there’ll be a weapons demonstration, and afterwards a possible local lunch.

Men of all ages are welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the group to join the outing. It’s an opportunity to extend your social network, and potentially to get involved in local community activities.

Meet outside LIVE Office at 10.30 am, (next door to Carsons Estate Agents in the centre of Lightwater).

Phone 07713 469836 for more details, or email:

The flowering of our Crocus brings joy tinged with guilt

In our rockery the Crocus tommasinianus ‘Barrs’ is beginning its flowering period. Slightly earlier than last year.

The pure pleasure that these lovely small crocus give when they flower is a delight. But, and it’s a big but, it’s a guilty reminder that I didn’t plant any bulbs last year, even though I’ve some in the garden shed waiting to be planted.  Bad boy.

Joy of joys, a source of free photos I overlooked

Lots of websites say they offer FREE photos. Most, though, are riddled with exclusions, and nearly all require attribution in one form or another,

Over the years, I’ve produced lists of free sources of photos. I’m particularly proud of the “Long list of great copyright free image sources” that I compiled a in February 2015.

I visited all 25 of the websites in my long list, one website – Unsplash – on the list was relatively new, and perhaps I didn’t give it enough credit. Well, I’m putting that right now. Here’s their description in Wikipedia,

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

Unsplash is a website dedicated to sharing copyright-free photography under the Unsplash license. The website claims over 65,000 contributing photographers and generates an estimated 4 billion photo impressions per month. Unsplash has been cited as one of the world’s leading photography websites by Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNET, Medium and The Next Web.

Unsplash allows photographers to upload photos to its website, which are then curated by a team of photo editors. The permissive copyright terms on its photos has led to Unsplash becoming one of the largest photography suppliers on the internet, with its members’ photos frequently appearing on articles.

Why not take a peek? they’ve diverse categories, such as cats, and trees.

I feel for my poor Camellia

We’ve a large Camellia in our garden. ‘Italiana’ is the variety should you want to know.

It was a gift from my brother many years ago, and I occasionally gently tease him that it’s a confused Camellia. It never knows when to flower.

By late Autumn last year it had produced a large, and healthy crop of flower buds. It even tried to flower in November, then colder weather checked that event. Further attempted outbreaks of flowering occurred throughout December and into early January.

Then, in a burst of recent warmer weather there were quite a few flowers. Our Camellia has, over the years, tended to come into flower in mid to late February. Today’s snow, and rain is ruining the few early opening flowers.

So, our poor Camellia, while trying to bloom, is fighting the vagaries of the weather. Hoping that this cold snap will have delayed the mass flowering for a few weeks. It’s a lovely event it’s covered in flowers.

One final small point. I planted it in the wrong spot. Camellia flowers don’t like early morning sun, when the sun acts on the morning dew on the flowers to burn them.