Colour Challenge 2021, July: Blue

Jude, of the beautiful blog ‘Travel Words‘ hosts the Life in Colour 2021 challenge; July’s colour is blue. For details, click here.

Air and Water

Vincent Van Gough:

“I never get tired of the blue sky.”

Blue skies at The Oaks

Downs Blues:

Clear winter blue sky; great walks on the South Downs.

Blue reflections:

Watery winter blue reflections at the local Newdigate fishing lakes

Blue is said to be the most popular ‘favourite’ colour, signifying trust, dependence, authority, cool calm scenery and infinity.

Garden blues

The sight of the trusty old tractor is a happy blue

Dancing the blues in the garden!

Local blues

Graham Joyce:

“The bluebells made such a pool that the earth had become like water, and all the trees and bushes seemed to have grown out of the water…”

Walking the blues

After yellow, Spring is blue: We’re spoilt for choice with miles of bluebell walks nearby!

Horsham Blues

The everyman cinema, blue stars in our annual Ameri-car-na festival, blue lights at Christmas.

Holiday blues

Moncy Barbour:

“Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time.”

Beach blues in Varadero, Cuba.

Treasured blues to hold onto

Memories of banishing the blues 🙂


In September 2001, my youngest daughter’s eagerly anticipated start at ‘proper’ school (Reception) eventually arrived. Longing to sit at desks and ‘work’, she was soon frustrated; full of the ‘blues’ & bemoaning the fact that ‘all they do is play and then clear up’. She clearly hadn’t heard the eminent child psychologist Jean Piaget’s phrase ‘play is child’s work‘. For her playing at home was fun, reading, writing, numbers and grown up work was what she’d been so looking forward to at ‘school’!

So we struck a deal – she’d go to school for the morning, and I would pick her up for ‘real work’ after lunch. At the time we’d just moved into a huge derelict Victorian house, in a very sorry state of disrepair… plenty of work there for me. On the day this picture was taken, over 20 years ago, she put down the encyclopedias that she usually spent the afternoon with, and joined me with the afternoon’s task: painting the bedroom she shared with her sister, in a choice blue – sporting her favourite blue knitted beanie and blue school smock.

Happy days – wiping the blues of a morning at nursery school away with an afternoon of ‘proper work’!

John Lennon:

“The sun is up, the sky is blue.
It’s beautiful,
& so are you.”

12 thoughts on “Colour Challenge 2021, July: Blue

  1. Those blue blooms do make a summer garden beautiful. Cornwall and Devon are wonderful areas to explore. Sussex is another area we had the privilege of living in for months. I’ve been a dedicated follower of Jude and other photographers for a few years.

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    1. Thank you so much for popping back to Sussex virtually and visiting, Suzanne! Much appreciated 🙂

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  2. Lovely set of blues Emma. Once again thank you for the effort you put into this challenge. One or two amendments though – 1) the challenge IS run on my Travel Words blog, but that is not the Cornish one which is purely about Cornwall
    and 2) should the date your daughter started nursery school be 2000 not 2020? Going by the photo taken 20 years ago I suspect it wasn’t last year! She does look to be having fun painting the wall. I remember my boys when young eager to help me decorate. After half an hour with a roller they were complaining “me arm aches!”
    And let’s all say a huge thank you for the wise words of John Lennon.
    Jude xx


    1. Thanks so much Jude – greatly appreciated! I do love your blogs and amazing photos… One day I will go to Cornwall – Holly, in the photo has actually just got back from taking a few days there herself & it was a fantastic time for her! Thank you again for your inspiration 🙂

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      1. I hope she had decent weather, it’s been a bit hit and miss recently.

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      2. I’m afraid it was more ‘miss’ than ‘hit’, but as it was quite wet anyway she took the opportunity for lots of exhilarating sea swimming, which she loved – as well as the landscape and towns. A great report back from her – I really will go one day and looking forward to it! 🙂

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  3. So so beautiful! The blue skies and the meadows… I just love your photography! 🌻🌻

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  4. This is such a lovely post and the photographs are bursting with positivity and happiness!


    1. Thank you so much – blue doesn’t have to be ‘blue’!

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      1. Yes! That is perfect.

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  5. A splendid set of galleries well arranged. What a marvellous concept re work and play.


    1. Thanks, Derrick – much appreciated 🙂

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