Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Chilly Autumn Days

Hello Friends!

October flew so quickly by and how can it be November already?

(c) Susan Branch 2016 Wall Calendar

The clocks have fallen back an hour on both sides of The Pond, and the days are noticeably shorter; that blissful autumn nip has turned into the chilly days that herald winter, and ere long the gentle breezes will whip the fallen leaves about our feet as we quicken our pace on afternoon walks; wrapped up well in cosy layers we scurry home to warm up by the fireside, sipping mugs of steaming hot chocolate as we thaw from traipsing along the country lanes in the cold. It is time for crumpets toasted and dripping with butter, slathered with strawberry jam for tea ~~~

Tonight, there was an amazing sunset, a true renaissance sky, I rushed outside

~~~every cloud has a silver lining~~~

moments either way and I would have missed it all together ~~~ so inspirational and calming ~~~ 


Countless are the times I've taken this walk and visited this rocky outcrop near the cottage, and countless are the times I've seen this view, but I never tire of it, nor do I tire from sitting or standing gazing out across the fields to the ocean that lies beyond, and one of the many offshore islands that sit along the coast ~~~ there is always something new to see, with the slow turning of the days as each season takes it's turn to shine ~~~


Look! Poldark's horse in a nearby field ~~~ well, of course, it isn't really Poldark's horse, but we can dream he is somewhere nearby, right? This lovely mare is {apparently} called Henrietta, or Holly for short. She's a little beauty, don't you think?


Here she is, standing in the landscape ~~~


Let's take this path today, shall we?


Looking out from a higher point across the fields and moors, the hedgerows now bare of leaf but still some yellow gorse is scattered here and there ~~~


Goodness, the berries are red this year, a sign of a hard winter to follow ~~~


Follow me this way next ~~~


to find a lovely view across the bay ~~~


and out across the Shire ~~~ {I hope you will scroll right, it seemed a shame to shrink this panoramic scene to fit the screen}


there are always sheep grazing in a field somewhere nearby ~~~


Can you see the cathedral tower, peeking up from the valley where it lies hidden from marauding Vikings of days gone by?




This was the sunrise yesterday morning, Red Sky in the Morning, Shepherd's Warning ~~~ and it was, for the day turned windy and wet shortly after I took this ~~~


Finally, a happy little Robin Redbreast sitting atop my garden canes ~~~


Do you like the shorter days or do you prefer daylight until bedtime?
While I love the lighter evenings to work late in the garden, I also find something extremely comforting in closing the curtains across the windows and snuggling by the fireside as the nights draw in ~~~

Until next time ~~~
~~~Deborah xoxo

24 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for taking me on your wonderful walk. Scenery so much like the beautiful County of Cornwall where I was born and bred, and Yes you can have Poldark in your fields, looking forward to the series in the Spring.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, Cornwall and Pembrokeshire are very similar indeed.

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  2. How lovely it is to walk with you, Deb. Holly is a great stand in for Poldark's horse when he visits. Do let us know when he's expected. I always love reading your posts. They are always accompanied with great photography and great verse. xoxo ♥

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    1. Thank you Martha Ellen. The days for such walks are few and far between now, so we must make the most of them, as the weather closes in again. xoxo

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  3. Always lovely photos. Are we really doing the right thing staying in Suffolk? Flat fields will be our view again when we get out of town. I see your photos and remember why I wanted to move to Wales!

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    1. Thank you Sue. I wonder indeed, but do you want our winter weather as a trade off?

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  4. (big sigh)...all I can do is look at these lovely photos and wish so hard that I was there. And then you could come and stay with me for a bit and walk in my woods and see the wonders of my hills here.

    Deal?
    Love and hugs,
    Darlene

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    1. Deal, Girlfriend! Love right back at you xoxo

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  5. What a refreshing walk after, shall I say, a news filled day. It was good to get away. That was a breath taking sun set. I always imagine that is the face of God!! And that beautiful Shire, Holly, sweet girl. I will always miss my horses, that sweet breath, that velvet nose. I was never around draft horses, but I know they are gentle giants and I have a deep seated dream to own one. Thank you dear Deborah for this lovely way to end my evening! Tonight you were one of God's little angels, spreading joy, contentment and beauty! Well done.
    Chris ...W Tx

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    1. Oh, thank you, dear Chris ~ it was sitting for days in the computer, then after yesterday's events I saw that inspiring sunset which lifted my spirits so, and I had to share it, for I knew it would lift the spirits of others too.
      I love horses, but cannot ride for toffee!
      ~~~Deborah xoxo

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  6. I can't pick just one favorite of your photos--it's between the Robin Redbreast, the sunrise, the sunset!, the horse, the panoramic, the paths....

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    1. That's the beauty here, Cathy, no one is going to make you pick a favourite!

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  7. Lovely! Thank you for taking us along on another wonderful traipse. Gorgeous mare, sweet little robin (my mother often comments on how much smaller the robins are in Wales..."tiny, cute little birds!"). Your panoramic shot is glorious! jen

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    1. Thank you Jen. Yes, robins are cute little birds and provide much companionship when out digging as they come along and help themselves to bugs out of the freshly turned soil.

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  8. We had some snow yesterday morning, only a flurry but it settled and there were some very large flakes. Fortunately it soon melted and went. Snow in early November is ridiculous. I am a fan of the longer daylight length.

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    1. Early or not, I'm quite envious. When I lived in Iceland we already had snow in October which suited me perfectly.

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  9. You are so lucky living where you do, so much beauty to see everyday, then I suppose beauty is around us all we need to enjoy it more x

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    1. Beauty is absolutely everywhere if you open your eyes to receive it. Even in the cities, just look up beyond the sterile plate glass store fronts and the original architecture is just up there waiting!

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  10. Miss Deborah!!Oh that was so DELIGHTFUL!! I LOVED joining you!
    I think I like every season quite well Staying up late in long summer and snuggling in during the shorter wintery days! (I just have to remember to take extra vitamin D !!
    Sending love warmth and hugs, many blessings, Linnie Lou

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    1. Dear Linnie Lou ~ we'll take a Thermos of hot chocolate and some warm cookies to eat next time {and a hot baked potato in our pockets to warm our hands}

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  11. Hello Deborah! I am visiting from Linnie's lovely blog. And what a beautiful place you have here. I live in the mountains, so the seasons are a joy for me. Right now, the peak of Autumn is now fading and we are getting ready for winter :0) Thank you so much for sharing...

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    1. Hello Mari and Welcome! Thank you for joining along, I'm so pleased to see you here. I love the mountains, but live nowhere near, always changing with the seasons.

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  12. I could almost see the Vikings on the pictures. It is a bit mild these days, but I enjoyed the days of chill announcing winter. Who knows, we might actually have a proper one this year.

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    1. Many place names in the Shire bear Norse origins ~Goodwick, Fishguard, Skomer, Skokholm, and Grassholm to name a few.

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