Broken silence

The prompt from the Daily Post for this week’s photo challenge is Silence.

I was too slow to get outside to take a photo of the blanket of snow, which muffled sounds overnight. By the time I was wrapped up warm there was a steady dripping sound of melting snow!

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A thriving cactus

The first photo challenge of 2018 from the Daily Post is Growth.

A thriving cactus

A thriving cactus

I became interested in cacti as a schoolgirl. I have probably had more than one cactus in my possession ever since, although I may have left them in the care of my parents at some times in the past.

The cactus in the picture is not strictly mine. It is our turn to be cactus-minders! Originally I wrote cactus-sitters, but (to anyone with a literal mind) that could sound painful! When it arrived in our house it was the height of the narrow, darker part at its base. Over the years it has put on a lot of new growth.

Short-lived

Temporary (this week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post) describes something, which does not last long. After Christmas 2015 I bought a Christmas cactus, which was still flowering. Last year it produced buds, but they withered. This year it has more buds and the first flower came out during the week. Guessing that it would not last long I took a photo.

An early Christmas cactus flower
An early Christmas cactus flower