A Fresh Start

So here I am with yet another blog – Image & Word – blogging seems to be my main motivation for creativity, which I guess is no bad thing?

After a complete break from WordPress for seven months I did wonder about just picking up the reins again with the blog I already had, but somehow it just didn’t feel right – so I’ve started afresh, new name, new theme, and I’ll carry on from here.

Hopefully some of my followers from madmeanderingme will take the leap and follow me on this new blog, too… maybe see you there! 🙂


Another Blogging Break…

Perhaps I’m not the most prolific blogger on the block, but unless I’m away from home I’m generally on here most days in some shape or form, checking in with and catching up on other people’s blogs in the background even if not posting anything myself. I really enjoy the online interaction with everyone; it’s fun, and I’ve found getting my daily fix to be quite addictive.

But blogging takes up a surprising amount of time, and a few potential (positive!) changes are afoot in my real life that mean my virtual presence is going to have to take a bit of a back seat for now, allowing me to direct my energies towards other things. I know I’m going to have a lot to focus on in the near future, and it all needs to have my full attention, for the next while, at least.

I’m sure I’ll drift back this way eventually, sooner or later, but for now I feel a complete blogging break is the best way forward for me. The last (unplanned) break I took was for a couple of months at the beginning of this year, when I simply found myself with nothing to say, but thankfully this particular break is more due to a definite deluge than a drought.

I’m not sure how long I’ll be be out there just doing my best to keep my head above water, but I’m sure I’ll see you all a little further along this river of life, when this impending fast flow subsides and I’m safely through the other side, refreshed and exhausted but hopefully having thoroughly enjoyed the ride!  🙂


Ness Islands, Inverness

As with many towns and cities here in the UK, the River Ness flows right through the middle of the City of Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands in North-East Scotland.

A group of small natural islands within the main body of the river linked by footbridges together create a lovely winding woodland walk across from one side of the town to the other enjoyed by kids and adults alike, and I thought I’d share some of the views here… 🙂ness-islands-1 ness-islands-2 ness-islands-3 ness-islands-4 ness-islands-5 ness-islands-6


500 Posts and Counting…

500-postsWordPress tells me I’ve achieved 500 posts – I guess that’s got to be a good thing. There’s inevitably been a bit of a natural ebb and flow of blog activity at times, depending on what else is going on in my life at any given moment, but I’m still here meandering along after 500 posts and that feels fine – so thanks for sticking by me, I truly appreciate it!  🙂

Haiku Prompt Challenge: ‘Rise’ and Save’

Cake, Do Not Dessert Me…

When sponge does not rise

Smother cake with hot custard –

Saving your baking…

There’s an old phrase in use here in the UK, ‘saving your bacon’, and originally it meant saving your body from harm – so my tongue-in-cheek haiku this week is a play on those old words, referring to ingenuity saving the day after a typical baking disaster, of which I’ve (unfortunately) had many over the years… 🙂