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Saturday, 25 November 2017

A Muddy Walk

The weather has been so wet that wherever you go it is equally wet and muddy. I went along a local bridle path yesterday which was deep with muddy puddles in places.

I then cut back across one of our fields which was moderately better.

The sun was already dropping as I went back through the woods.

Somewhere new for Poppy to explore.

Friday, 24 November 2017

A Tricky Jigsaw

I took this when I was out walking today. I imagined what it would be like as a 1000 piece jigsaw. Where would you start? Are you a do the edge first person or do you scramble for bits that match? This one would take some time!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Take Three Thursday: Gates

I think I might just get this posted on Thursday but only just! I am joining Mary Lou with her Thursday meme showing 3 photos of things you have noticed.
I am partly using my archive for this. You can see by the trees that I took this picture a while ago. It was taken at the beginning of October when I noticed that one of our gates which is relatively new would have qualified for the Summertime photo hunt for circles and crosses in architecture. A bit late now!

This shows one of our garden gates looking through to the second one. You may be able to see the make shift repairs I have made to the fence and gate to contain Poppy in the garden until the farmer can mend it properly.

We don't have many footpaths across the farm but a new walkers gate has been put up on one stretch of path. These gates are also  suitable for disabled access .

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Grand Tidy Up

I spent Tuesday afternoon getting some of the garden tidied up. There is still quite a lot to do but two wheelbarrow loads are certainly a good start.

Things may now be a bit on hold for a while now. I had a call late afternoon to say mum has had a fall. It was then a dash over to accompany to hospital. Unfortunately she has broken her hip which is obviously not good news.
Please bear with me if my blog posts become a little intermittent.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Rapid Growth

Yes it's time for another Poppy update.

She is a typical lively puppy with lots of energy one moment and then conking out for a long sleep. A favourite occupation is jumping through the stubble turnips. This is a bit like one of those "Can you spot the dog?" pictures!

The biggest snag of all the walking at this time of year is the need for lots of washes. Strangely enough she is not too keen on the hose.

She is definitely getting bigger. These photos give a good comparison from soon after she arrived and now.

Needless to say she also is busy trying out her teeth. Everything has to be kept out of her reach!

Monday, 20 November 2017

A Glorious Start

I am usually up by about 6.30 in the morning which is quite late when compared to the farmer who is up and out by 5.30. People are often suprised that they need to start so early but that is when the hens wake up and start laying. He is back in for breakfast as I get up and then the day starts for me.
 Yesterday he popped his head back round the door to say that there was one of the best sunrises he had seen. Needless to say I trotted off down the garden equipped with my camera and phone but still in my dressing gown. He was quite right. The sky was certainly bright with colour.
 I started by taking a panoramic picture with my phone which actually gave a pretty good picture of the scene in front of me.

The colours came out pretty true to life. Those that I took on my camera are beautiful (well I think so anyway) but they are far more orange than the sky actually was.

The trees make a great silhouette.

Don't tell anyone but I had to walk on the garden to take this one.

I had two companions both wondering why their breakfast was delayed.

I had changed the ISO on my camera to take  Socks and Poppy. The picture I then took of the sky with this changed setting actually then gave a more realistic colour.

It was as well that I had gone straight out because within 15 minutes or so the colour was completely gone.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Colourful Leaves

There is still quite a lot of colour about. The cherry tree I look out on from my kitchen window is still covered in red and orange leaves.

A lot of shrubs are particularly bright and colourful especially after a shower of rain.

They brighten up the dull rainy days.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

A Morning Dog Walk

Yesterday dawned as a crisp bright frosty morning. I was due to be out for most of the day so before I left taking Poppy out was a great opportunity for a morning walk. Walking along the track I could see two deer grazing on the freshly sprouted arable crops. They spotted Poppy and I but didn't see us as a great threat. They moved to a safe distance and continued to feast. You can just see them in the distance beyond the gate.

I don't know how many pictures I have taken of this particular ash tree in all different weather conditions. Today the blue sky and the lush green stubble turnip tops complimented the tree so well.

Then it was back across the field known as The Leg with still quite an autumnal look to the trees.

Poppy hasn't taken long to learn to pose for a photo!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Trees Against the Sky

The low sunlight at this time of year cane be very irritating when driving. It's in your eyes one moment and casts such long shadows across the road the next. When you are out walking it's a different matter. The sun behind the tress and the variety of skies can create some interesting effects. I have chosen some pictures that reflect this.
This first one is taken in one of fields. We call it Church ground as it previously belonged to the Chuch of England before it was sold. These trees sit on the brow of the hill.

The sun was popping through the trees on the boundary with one of our neighbours adjoining the disused quarry.

The view of the unusual light from the back of house early one morning and a rainbow too!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Take Three Thursday: Close Ups in the Quarry

On a Thursday I join in with Mary Lou's weekly memo to show what we have noted this week in three photos. This week I have chosen three details that I have spotted around our disused quarry which is now a nature reserve.
A little left over from summer.

A seed head .

A sign of hope for next spring.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

On Around the Reservoir

The second part of our walk from Litton took us alongside two small reservoirs. The first one of these was built in 1846 and the second 4 years later. 

The labourers used to build them were mainly from Ireland. They were mostly Catholics and caused quite a stir locally when the parish church was used for mass. 

They are now the home to a variety of wildfowl and are also used for the breeding of fish.

This next photo looks back down onto the lower lake from the bank of the dam for the upper reservoir and also shows quite a different light on the lake.

The lakes were known as compensation reservoirs. Their purpose was to retain water when the Bristol waterworks drew water from the springs further up the River Chew at Chewton Mendip. It ensured that there was always adequate water for local use.

It was a great day for good reflections across the water as we walked on around the second lake.

The warning notices were clearly displayed at points all along the path. I was particularly curious about these because one of our local GPs had told me during the heatwave that he had been swimming in Litton reservoir the day before. Does he know something we don't or is he just foolhardy? Seems pretty clear to me.

The walk ended back in Litton where we passed one house that was well decorated for Halloween.

Hopefully we will have as good weather when we return to do the walk with my walking group.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Checking Out the Walk

The other day older daughter and I went for a walk to explore the next walk with my walking group. It started in the village of Litton which is on the Eastern edge of the Mendips. The walk started with a steady climb up a bridle path. The going was rocky I places but nothing too arduous.

Followed by a short stretch of road.

We then had scenic views towards the Chew Valley Lake as we descended over fields.

We passed close to Eastwood Manor Farm which has ornate Victorian cattle sheds built in 1858 and were designed to resemble the Crystal Palace. I recall visiting this farm many years ago. It is not only has these remarkable buildings but is also a kind of private museum of vintage farm machinery.

The walk then took us back down to return alongside two small reservoirs which I shall show more of tomorrow.

Monday, 13 November 2017


A few days ago when when it was raining I didn't bother to take my camera on my afternoon walk. Always a mistake! The raindrops were hanging heavily in the bushes and almost sparked in the late afternoon light. Luckily I had my phone.

I often notice them on the metal gates but they are not easy to capture.