Wildlife photos in October. Week 4.

So October is at an end. And what a beautiful one it has been. Here are my wildlife photos from the last week of a rather glorious month.

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22 October.  On a wall Ivy – Leaved Toadflax which is a common trailing wallflower. It is also known as ‘Mother of Thousands’ and usually flowers from May to September.

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23 October. I make some Foxy Leaf Art from a Sycamore Leaf. 🙂

24 October. On a walk with Hugo I notice this Fungi with it’s orange colouring. Looks like it’s been nibbled on. In an old almost dead tree I spot a Carrion Crow  which makes a spooky silhouette.

25 October. Colourful purple berries and crimson leaves in the park.

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26 October. I notice the changing colours of this Virginia Creeper   on my way to work.

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27 0ctober.  Another flower that lingers in the hedgerows is Bindweed with its papery white trumpet-like blooms.

28 October. An afternoon at Lowther Castle  in Cumbria saw myself and my little helper spotting lots of wildlife. 🙂 More Fungi , if anyone can id them?  Imogen found lots of autumn leaves, berries and nuts, including Sweet Chestnuts . Once cooked , these are the chestnuts that can be roasted on an open fire. I love their fuzzy shells. The bird ( another silhouette I’m afraid) is actually a Buzzard with something in its beak. Apparently it is our most common Bird of Prey here in the UK. I still felt privileged to see it.

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29 October.  Poisonous red climbing berries from the Bryony plant.

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30 October. A male Blackbird singing in a bush. Blackbirds appear in the nursery rhyme ‘Sing A Song Of Sixpence’.

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31 October. Find a late bloomer in my back yard. Think it might be a Dahlia. 🙂

So there goes October. Hopefully the mild weather will continue on into November, and so will the beautiful colours. 🙂

 

 

 

Photo an Hour Sat 29 October. ☆

On Saturday I joined in with louisa’s and Janey’s Photo An Hour challenge. Here’s how my day went…

8am.  Enjoying a brew in bed.

9am.  Changing the bed. Love my Orla Kiely duvet set but the colours ran a bit the first time I washed it. 😦

10am.  One snoozy dog ( after his walk) and one awake cat. 🙂

11am.  Looking Up.

12pm. In a local cafe waiting for lunch.. I had a savoury cheese scone with chutney and salad. This is the view from the window.

1 pm.  Back home and Wil has assembled ingredients for a stew. Halloween themed of course. Hobgoblin ale going in. 🙂

2 pm.  Put this table in the bedroom and wondering if it looks out of place? However fellow blogger Janet thinks a pile of vintage books or a jug of dried lavendar will look great on it. I agree. 🙂

3pm.  Updating Hugos Lake District Map. Whenever we go to the Lakes we try and take Hugo and photograph him paddling and swimming in various lakes and tarns. The map is slowly filling up now. 🙂

4pm.  In the local pub having a quick one before we go to our friends kids Halloween party. 

5pm.  Loving my friends pumpkins. 🙂

6pm. Halloween Selfie. Vast improvement I think!!

7pm. All wrapped up. Monsterous Mummies!

8pm.  A pumpkin and a Witch aka my 2 Goddaughters. 🙂

9pm. Last pic. Supper is the stew and the first two episodes of Orphan Black. 

Hope you have had a good weekend. Happy Halloween! 

 

Ghostly Movies….of the not to scary kind. ….

Oh I was going to reblog a post about Screen Witches, but somehow WordPress won’t let me……so here is a list of spooky ( in a not to scary way 😉 ) films, featuring g g g g g ghosts. Happy hauntings!

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As I had such a wicked time compiling my spellbinding screen witches post, I thought I would assemble a list of ghost movies.Bare  in mind though I’m a bit of a scaredy pants when it comes to ghosties and ghouls , so most of my films contain friendly apperitions.

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Blithe Spirit (1945). ~ Noel Coward’s madcap comedy is given the big screen treatment with Rex Harrison playing an author whose late wife’s ghost comes back to haunt him and his present wife. Margaret Rutherford plays the ditzy clairvoyant house guest who appears to have summoned her over from the other side.

The Corpse Bride (2005). Bittersweet fairy tale, animated in Tim Burton’s kooky style. A nervous bridegroom to be accidentally finds himself betrothed to ‘the Corpse bride’ , when practising his wedding vows in the forest. Johnny Depp stars.

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Scooby – Doo (2002). Scooby, Shaggy and gang are reunited…

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Classic Chick Flick ~ Bell, Book and Candle.

For you lovers of old magical movies, I’m reblogging a few Halloween themed posts this week, on the lead up to the 31st of October. Here’s a Witchy Romance featuring James Stewart, Kim Novak….and a siamese cat called Pyewacket. 🙂

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Its that time of year when the nights are drawing in and there’s nothing more comforting than curling up with a hot chocolate ( or one of those spicy pumpkin lattes that I haven’t tried yet!) and a spooky rom com.  Bell, Book and Candle is a witchy tale set in modern day New York ( 1958 ) about a bored witch ( a sultry blonde Kim Novak) , her feline familiar ‘Pyewacket’ and the guy who moves into the flat upstairs.

The film starts with a festive snowy street scene. It’s Christmas Eve and lonesome witch Gillian is working in her African Art shop feeling in a bit of a rut. She spies her neighbor from the flat upstairs ,  Shepherd Henderson ( James Stewart) and ponders to her siamese cat Pyewacket, that he might be a rather nice Christmas present…..

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Classic Chick Flicks ~ Rebecca.

As I’m a bit of a Lazy Bones, I thought I would re blog some old posts , on the lead up to Halloween. I do enjoy watching a good old black and white movie, especially one full of creepy suspense like Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’.

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Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine star in Rebecca. Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine star in Rebecca.

‘ Last night I dream’t I went to Manderley again’ is the famous first line of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel ‘Rebecca’ … and the first line in the 1940 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This spooky love story is one of my favourite classic films. A young woman ( Joan Fontaine) falls for the charming Maxim De Winter ( Olivier), while’st working as a paid companion to a rather snobby lady holidaying in Europe. After a whirlwind courtship they marry and he takes her back to his family home in Cornwall , the sprawling gothic manor, Manderley.

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Getting used to married life and helping run a large estate is hindered by the domineering presence of the housekeeper Mrs Danvers. She favors Maxims first wife, the bewitchingly beautiful Rebecca, who died in mysterious…

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Sunday Sevens 23rd October.

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Cecil the Seahorse.

Sunday means Sunday Sevens , a collection of seven photos from my personal week. 1) I treated the bedroom to a seahorse. Every bedroom should have one don’t you think ! Even though we live nowhere near the sea, I kind of like anything nautical…and Cecil fits the bill. We spent last weekend de – cluttering the bedroom. Seven bin liners full later plus one sea blue addition and I am one happy gal. Not sure Wil is as enamoured with Cecil as I am though!

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Caramel Apple Bake.

2). I actually made a pudding. Caramel Apple Bake is a recipe I found on Pinterest and it tastes like Autumn and deliciousness. 🙂

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Autumn Table.

3). I collected these Autumn leaves, nuts and berries on one of our walks with Hugo. There’s so much colour outdoors at the moment. I have been photographing different wildlife every day in October and my most recent post is here.

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Indulge!

4).  And if I can shamelessly plug my posts here is ‘the best berry pavlova ever’ which I devoured at the new cafe at Holmes Mill . Definitely an indulgent treat but you will need your pennies. 😉

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Coopers Cafe Cheeseboard.

5).Speaking of delicious food, Wil and I enjoyed a lovely cheeseboard whilst in Skipton yesterday. Coopers Cafe Bar on Broughton Road is definitely recommended if you are in the area. It is actually  also home to the studio of crafty blogger Lucy from Attic 24. I didn’t have a sneak peek though, maybe next time.

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Autumn shop display.

6). It’s been a while since I’ve visited Skipton ( I don’t know why? ) and a few new shops have sprung up.  I loved this  cute  window display at The Vintage Wash House  , which sells traditional cleaning products, homewares and gifts.

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Love the tights girls. 🙂

7). The last picture is of my two god daughters. We had a nice Autumn walk with friends, their kids and a bunch of dogs yesterday. Fun times. 🙂

Sunday Sevens was devised by Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.

Hope you have enjoyed your week.

Chick Flick Classics ~~ The Ghost and Mrs Muir.

On the days leading up to Halloween, I thought I would reblog a few old posts! This post is all about one of my fave black and white movies ‘The Ghost and Mrs Muir’ and is a spooky romance starring Rex Harrison and the gorgeous Gene Tierney. Enjoy 🙂

The Ghost and Mrs Muir.

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ghost1I’m a bit of a rom com and chick flick fan and I’ve probably seen just about every film made in the genre from the past twenty plus years ( ok maybe not all of them but quite a few! ), So I thought I would delve a wee bit further into the past and get watching a few classics from the Silver Screen. I shall be updating my Love Film list and hopefully discovering some New Old romances and tearjerkers. But for now I shall share with you one of my favorite 40’s fantasy films The Ghost and Mrs Muir.

The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947) is the story of a young widow Lucy Muir played by the beautiful Gene Tierney, who flees her stifling snobby in laws with her young daughter. They find an old cottage by the sea called ‘Gull Cottage’ which no one has lived in…

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Wildlife pics in October. Week 3.

Towards the end of this week the temperatures have fallen. Its certainly a lot colder than it has been. But last weekend it was still quite mild.  Mostly my week has been all about the fungi. Oh what fun guys!

15th October. Noticed this dark brown topped  Fungi growing up a tree. In fact it is there every year ,so it must consider the tree home. Can anyone identify it? Also very nearly stepped on  a Furry Caterpillar crossing the pavement. Its reddish brown colour leads me to believe it could become a Fox Moth ? And today, inspired by  Christine , I decided to collect some Autumn Leaves, Nuts & Berries on our walk with Hugo. They look quite pretty don’t they?

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16th October.  An Ink cap Mushroom  amongst falling foliage. I know I photographed  some  last week but hey I quite like this picture. 🙂

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17th October.  I  think these might be Honey Fungus at the bottom of a tree in the park. If so, they are edible but as I am not to sure about my identification skills, I will not be cooking any, any time soon !

18th October.  Hugo enjoyed pouncing about in the crunchy leaves today in the Castle grounds. Grey Squirrels live in the park and unlike our native Reds, are in no danger of dying out. The breed was introduced from North America in the 19th century and the squirrels feed on acorns, nuts, bulbs and fungi.

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19th October.  I was surprised to see some Meadowsweet still in bloom , which must be testament to the mild weather we have been having. Their sweet smelling flowers were once used to flavour mead and this is the plant that first gave us aspirin apparently.

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20th October.  I had wondered what I could photograph on a walk out with Hugo , when this Rainbow appeared over the fells in the distance. 🙂

21st October. A colder morning today made me check my hanging baskets which were £3 each from Aldi and are full of  Winter Pansies. I hope their name means they survive the first frosts.

What Wildlife have you spotted this week?  

Links and Likes ~ October.

October is fast becoming my favourite month. 🙂 I’m loving crunching through colourful leaves, baking with apples and cinnamon, catching spooky  films on the telly and all the lovely Autumnal posts and updates. I thought I would share some of my fave blog links and likes lately.

I ♡ Autumn. 🙂  image from pinterest.

Cathy  found a pretty way of displaying her Horse Chestnut collection. 

Polly picked up a bargain pair of vintage ice skates at a car boot sale. Will she get her skates on! 🙂

Vintage Skates on Pinterest.

 I love Nina’s post about her secret October wedding in Edinburgh. Congratulations Nina. X

Pumpkin Donuts anybody?  A yummy recipe on Charlotte’s blog.

 Christine has been having  Fun with leaves in her Wild October. 🙂

Now the nights are drawing in it might be the right time to bring out your favourite Board Games. Or why not visit a Board Game Cafe? Find out if theres one near you here.

 

Whats your fave Board Game?

Eliza wrote a fab Things to love about Autumn list. I do love a good list.:)

Grenson the Miniature Schnauzer knows the best place to go for a Sausage Butty in Greenwich.

I enjoyed Em’s post about her short break in Amsterdam. I still need to go!

The Postcards from Gibralter family have walked a  forest UFO Trail in Suffolk.

Christina is learning to embrace Autumn  Bavarian style.

 And if it is not to soon to think about Christmas , Janet from the blog   Someone Somewhere is arranging her annual Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap. Its a fun way to swap handmade and second hand presents. I’ve signed up again. 🙂

Thanks for reading. X

 
 
 

Indulgent treat at Holmes Mill.

Back in the summer I blogged about  Bowland Beer Hall . at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe. The Hall which has what is thought to be the longest continuous bar in England serves 42 ever-changing cask ales, as well as a range of tasty bar snacks.  But horror of horrors, there are no puddings on the menu!  Happily the cafe at Holmes Mill is now open. And there is cake. 🙂

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Kind of in love with those lights.
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Lots of cakes.
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And artisan breads.

After a weekend of mostly tidying and decluttering the house , a good strong coffee and dessert was needed!  I dragged the OH to the newly opened cafe which is situated in what was the old boiler room at the mill. Presently only coffee and cakes ( but a great selection of cakes!) are available, although breakfasts and lunches are planned for the not too distant future. I couldn’t resist this divine Berry Pavlova, whilst Wil chose a delicious Hazelnut & caramel cheesecake.

The cakes are all homemade on site ( or’ Holmes Made’ according to their website 😉 ) which is nice to know. Whilst sipping my coffee, I took a few photos of our surroundings. The patisserie opens out into the Bowland Brewery shop which in turn is next to a Gelateria. 🙂

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Foodie Heaven.

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Ales of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 🙂

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Icecream!

I’m glad we indulged. 🙂

Holmes Mill is situated on Greenacre street in Clitheroe. www.holmesmill.co.uk

Thanks for dropping by.