Normally I’d be doing this with Alasdair but he ain’t here, so I’m reliant upon you, my good friends, to listen and I hope enjoy.

I’m listening to music that relates to the US tonight and while some of it clearly has painful history from the 70’s and the past, let me start with something that is just fun… America – Sister Golden Hair…

…But tonight I find myself reminded of the film Soldier Blue. Buffy Saint Marie with such a painful song to sing…

…And then there was Joan Baez with a memory from the Civil War…

…Joan Baez has such an amazing voice 🙂

Can’t help with similar songs relating to the English Civil War – it was sooo Long agoooo… 😉

It’s been a while since I took part in Brian’s Last on the Card challenge. Apologies for my absense. Between February 2020 and March 2021, my cameras slept and I spent my lockdown time in various virtual worlds punctuated by occasional trips to the real world shops. Anyway, I’m now back to doing some photography as my recent entries to Cee’s CMMC show:-)

So, without more ado, here’s the last photo on my sd card from the month of May…

…It’s Herb Robert, in my back garden – originally intended to be the Geranium in a recent CMMC post, I decided it wasn’t quite what I wanted. As usual, no changes except a resize for the web.

Lots to see out in my back yard this time. The Fuchsia is just coming into bloom – these are the first buds to fully open…

…The bush is covered in many more buds that will open over the next week or so and it promises to be a riot of colour this year. This plant is actually a naturalised specimen – a native of Chile and Argentina – that can be found in roadside hedges.

Campanula poscharskyana is another naturalised plant, this time from eastern Europe. Sometimes called Serbian Bellflower, it is a popular rockery plant that has self-sown in my garden…

Finally, here’s a native wild flower…

…Smooth Sow-thistle will grow just about anywhere except in the far north! I have a lot of these growing in my garden this year as we transition into the post-Rowan Tree era. There will be a lot of work done in the autumn but at the moment I’m just letting nature take its course 🙂

I’ve got some other ‘wild’ plants growing in my jungle and hopefully they will be ready for the July Close-Up for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge 🙂