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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A Meteorological Phenomenon

I was on the road by 7am yesterday taking the student daughter back to university. It was while we crossing the Severn Bridge that I noticed the sun in my rear view mirror. It was perfectly framed by one of the bridge towers and was pink in colour. I was suprised to see it was the same colour on the return journey and indeed was still pink when I got home.
The framed sun would have made a great picture but it would have been far from safe to try and take a picture of it. I had to wait for an attempt until I got home.

The sky was a strange colour and there were reports of street lights coming on in the middle of the day and birds roosting.

My photos don't do it justice. It is apparently caused by Saharan dust drawn north by Hurricane Ophelia. We have been fortunate to miss a lot of the wind so far. My attempt to catch the trees moving in the wind were pretty useless.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Giving Thanks

Last night we went with older daughter to  the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Wells Catherdral. This particular service is attended by The Somerset Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs and by the pupils of Wells Catherdral School. It was the first occasion that we had been but it is of course a service of great significance to those involved in farming.
Wells Catherdral is a splendid setting and the service started after the hour bell of the medieval clock had rung resounding in the silence throughout the Catherdral. 
There were of course several rousing harvest hymns although the words "All be safely gathered in" are always doubtful ones whilst crops such as potatoes and maize still await harvesting. Members of Young Farmers in their white coats presented their harvest offerings. While I was obviously  unable to take photos at the time the offerings were later on show in the Town Hall.

You can see that all kinds of production were included.

The service was followed by a supper in Wells Town Hall where a good spread was provided. All in all it was a very pleasant evening.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A Gift

Over a month ago my sister gave us a gift of a lily plant when she came to visit. It is now fully in flower.

It was originally in the main garden but I moved it to the front when the puppy arrived.  Apart from the risk of Poppy damaging the plant there is a potential danger to her as lilies are poisonous. 

It actually looks lovely in the front and is in a position where everyone can enjoy it.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Waiting by the Door

Saturday appears to be coming puppy update day. She is now 3 months old and has been out and about on the farm on her new lead. She has now had her second vaccination so she will soon be able to go further afield.

She has needed the occasional bath.

She is still taking liberties given the opportunity.

However a favourite place to sit is on the step by the back door.

Think she could be waiting for student daughter who is making a quick visit home today.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Pink and Red

I have managed to point the camera at a few flowers in the back garden as well as the puppy. The predominant colours seem to be pink and red.
I love this colour snapdragon.

The fuchsia have flourished in September and October.

Always a good Autumn standby.

This flower has grown in a pot by the greenhouse for many years.

These malope in strawberries and cream variety have flowered all summer but there are only a few left now. They were sold by Sutton seeds as a mallow alternative.

Then a great colour from the Virginia Creeper.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Take Three Thursday

A few more photos of Stourhead today to take part in Mary-Lou's Take Three Thursday. These are all of The Temple of Apollo.

There seem to be some extra statues in this one...

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Stourhead : The Detail

I thought today I would show a little of the detail of Stourhead. This view has got to be another classic one. The slightly wonky slant could be related to the glass of Prosecco with our picnic!

This eagle on the gate post is one of many around the courtyard of the Spread Eagle Inn on the Stourhead Estate.

The walled garden is still full of beautiful flowers. When I was there a month ago we admired the array of dahlias and other blooms.

This visit I snatched a few close ups.

The pumpkins were ready for the end of the month.

This extraordinary tree was fortunately labelled.

Lastly a few close ups of the house.

A very classic house that is often spotted in period dramas.