Friday, 2 September 2016

Have You Noticed?

Hello Friends ~~~

Have you noticed that Autumn, the most blissful season of all, is here?

Quietly she came, and began whispering in my ear some weeks ago; the quality of light is softening daily as the sun drops closer to the horizon; the days are noticeably shorter; nights are drawing in; curtains are closed earlier now; the heating is needed to take the chill off the early morning and late evening air; the hedgerows and trees are offering up their ripening fruits; the world that dwells far above the Equator prepares to slow down and rest.

Although the air feels Autumnal, and the light is Autumnal, the trees and fruits seem still a little way behind, but here are some photos of what is happening in and around and near my cottage ~~~

Rosa Rugosa grown into rich ruby red hips


Japanese Wind Anemones fill my borders


Won't you join me on a gentle stroll around the valley this pleasantly warm and sunny Autumn afternoon?  Let us take a peek and see what is happening as we traipse along the high~hedge boundered byways of the Shire ~~~

A trout lies well camouflaged on the muddy river bottom

Leaves still wear the green of Summer and show no sign of turning yet

Conkers ripening high up on the Horse Chestnut Tree

View from Pen Lan looking up the river valley to the village

I think he might be stuck! He certainly chewed up the surface of the lane!

Looking down the river valley all is lush and verdant green and out of site the ocean lies

The winding shady lane that leads back to the village and a blue sunny sky

The stream is low in water and is nothing more than a trickle

Crab Apples ripening for jam and jelly making

My favourite Autumn fruit ~ Blackberries ~ deep juicy jewels ~ gems of goodness
A net of spiderweb covered in dewy crystal droplets of early morning rain

Each day now I am picking a small bowl of wild blackberries from the vines about my cottage and soon I will decide what to make with them as they assemble in the freezer ~~~ the more you pick, the more you get, and with heavy rains coming in tomorrow I hope the following days of sun will give a bumper crop to pick ~~~

Until next time
Deborah

26 comments:

  1. Such peaceful lovely photos of your beautiful area, Deb. We are lucky enough today to turn our air conditioning off. It has been working hard all summer and it's so nice that it gets a rest. We are a long ways from having the heat on. It's always interesting to see how different your weather is from ours.
    Enjoy picking and storing the bounty of your area. I love blackberries and have fond memories picking them as a child. My Mama always made the best blackberry roll. ♥

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    1. Thank you ~ yes, and I am always intrigued how different our weather is from much of the rest of the UK too. Being peninsula makes a huge difference to even just four or five miles up the road. It is quite surprising.
      will you be writing about your Mama's blackberry roll? I've not heard of that before and would love to know more.
      ~~~Deb

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  2. It is so beautiful where you live. I especially love the stream. I'm in the Midwest, USA. Today is the first day in a long while that we didn't have to run the air conditioner, but it is forecast to be in the 90's again next week, so we have several more weeks before we start having some nice fall weather. It was a pleasure to see your photographs.

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    1. Thank you Susie. We have warmer air for next week, but nothing like 90 degrees, and rain for tomorrow so the stream should be topped up a little. It is very pleasant at the moment indeed.
      ~~~Deb

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  3. I enjoyed the walk thankyou, Autumn is on the way for sure I had to put my cardigan on today x

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    1. I think you'll need your brolly and wellibobs today!

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  4. I enjoyed your photos very much Deborah, especially the spider web laced with dew. We have weeks yet of summer so this was a nice look to what's coming for us.

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    1. It will come! Today, our weather is more like winter.

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  5. What beautiful photos. I chuckled at the trout. I bet it thought you couldn't see it. And now I am being driven crazy by wondering if he was indeed stuck or if he made it through. He sure did tear up the road. Your photos show Autumn's bounty. I hope you enjoy gathering it all. I want to come and sit by the stream and maybe say, "Hi" to the trout.

    Darlene

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    1. Thank you! Yes, he did see me, for shortly after he shot away. I do believe he was well and truly stuck. It is a farm entrance, so not really blocking the road, but a few minutes earlier we heard the most awful noise and I think it was the vehicle ripping up the road some as you see in those track marks.
      Would that you could come and visit!
      ~~~Deb xo

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  6. A lovely walk and it's Autumnal in the Virginia mountains as well. This morning it was 46F and with a heavy fog, more than a bit chilly. I'm sleeping under blankets now and will only pile more on as days shorten. I'm planning a trip to England next year and am SO excited! Going to Beatrix Potter country; the Lake District (as if you didn't know! smile)

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    1. Lucky, lucky you! I know you will be in Seventh Heaven in the Lake District. Don't forget to join the Royal Oak Foundation.

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  7. Lovely photos - you make a good case for autumn but spring is still my favourite. Maybe it's because I was a spring baby.

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    1. I love all the seasons except Summer ~ as I've become older I can't take the heat. I'm an October baby, so maybe there's something in that.

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  8. Thanks for the walk Deb! My rosa rugosa looks much the same as yours too. Howerver my crabapples are just starting-the birds usually get them. I remember as a child picking the conkers off a chestnut tree on the way home from school and the boys would throw them at the girls. We did have to defend ourselves! I used to break them open and find the loveliest chestnuts inside. I do love the stone walls along your lanes. Many of the same here in New England where I live, however not as tall. Enjoy the day-it is a sunny and crisp Autumnal day here!
    Blessings,
    Suzanne

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    1. Thank you Suzanne. Those stone walls are everywhere here, and many are protected because of their age. Mine on my boundary is about 200 years old!

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  9. Oh I didn't know that about blackberries. I do love them! We have a winery here that makes a blackberry Merlot. Delicious!
    I love your photos of rose hips. Beautiful! I like the dewy web one too.
    Waving to you~~~Margot

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  10. Such lovely photographs and blackberries - one of my favourite fruits!

    All the best Jan

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  11. Oh yes, autumn is here all right! Yes, it is still too warm, but where I live at least some leaves are already changing colours. And night falls earlier and earlier. And there is just something in the air.

    Lovely pictures as usual.

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    1. Thank you.
      It is that feeling in the air I love the most, but oh! Winter is upon us over the coming days!

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  12. Such a very pleasant walk along your lanes. They really are very narrow, aren't they? We have nothing like that in my sphere. Thank you for your visit so that I could find you here in your own corner of Blogdom.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the lanes are very narrow and drivers must be skilled at reversing and squeezing past in tight corners.

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  13. Visiting here from Marthas blog. You live in such a lovely place; the stone walls that run along the road, the view of the village from afar, all so charming! Believe it or not, in some ways, your landscape looks very much like that of my little town, minus the old structures... ours are only a century old. yours, probably 4 centuries!

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    1. Hello Jeri and thank you, I'm pleased to see you stopping by from Martha's blog. Yes, the buildings are old, some were built in the 1700's and the Cathedral and Bishop's Palace are both over 800 years old.

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