If your thinking of partaking in a Woodland walk this October, you can’t go far wrong with a wander along the woodland trails at the Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales. We took our dog Hugo here this morning and despite it being a soggy rainy day, we had a fab time enjoying the sights and sounds of Strid Wood. The Autumn colours are stunning at this time of year. And after despairing of not finding any fungi on local walks near where I live in Clitheroe, here at Bolton Abbey there are mushrooms and toadstools galore…. Here are a few images from our time on the estate. If you can identify any of the fungi I haven’t ( which is most of it! ) I would love your help. 🙂
The season is turning to Autumn and the natural world is abundant with colour. A quick glance at Pinterest and I was engulfed in Autumn inspired poetry and quotes.
I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze, the sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves. ( Unknown).
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall. ( E. Scott Fitzgerald).
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree. ( Emily Bronte).
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s. ( Anne of Green Gables).
To celebrate the beauty of the natural world in October I’m joining in with the hashtag #wildoctober2019 on Instagram & Twitter. Why not bob over and post your own Wild October finds too. Here are some of the photos I’ve taken so far…
This weekend I’ve been at the caravan with Wil and Hugo. It’s the first weekend we’ve visited in cooler weather, so it was important to stay snug and warm. My tips for keeping cosy in Autumn are…..
Always have throws and cushions nearby.
I like to light a scented candle.
Cook something hearty and tasty like this yummy Veggie Curry .
Keep a favourite book or magazine to hand.
Or watch some well loved old movies. For an Autumn vibe try Hocus Pocus, When Harry Met Sally, Practical Magic, Beetlejuice or The Craft.
Indoors I live in my slipper boots. 🙂
Outdoors I live in my Wellies! Head for a pub with a roaring fire after a woodland walk.
I am loving Kate’s words for September, they are giving this post a glowing Autumn vibe. If you would like to see more interpretations of the prompts that Kate chose , please pop over to her lovely blog.. ☺️
Cosy. Here is Simba the cat looking very cosy in his usual spot, on a table at the entrance of an Amsterdam restaurant. It was definitely his presence that attracted us there……..and the cheese!
Changing foliage. Autumn colours in Clitheroe town centre. After the glorious Indian Summer type weather we have recently experienced, it does feel more Autumnal now.
Scarf. I do actually have a recent photo of myself wearing a scarf. This was taken on Allonby Beach in Cumbria. In the distance you can make out Scotland, separated by the Solway Firth.
Baking. I’m not one for doing much baking ( as you can probably tell!) but this prompt did encourage me to bake this pear and ginger loaf cake. Hurrah! A recipe can be found here.
Cobweb. A misty Monday morning walk down by the river gave me ample opportunity to photograph cobwebs……….as there were thousands of them! It’s scary to imagine how many spiders are out there. 🕸️
My Own Choice. This was taken last night on a Bat Walk organized by the Ribble Rivers Trust. My niece and nephew with Bat Detectors. Bats love water apparently and trees ( especially in hedges and on the edge of woods) as both attract insects. They can eat up to a thousand pesky midges a night, as well as other insects and even small fish. The Bat detectors enable the human ear to listen into bat calls which are mostly too high pitched for us to hear. We were able to detect Common Pipistrelles , Noctules and Daubenton’s Bats ( water bats) with the help of the detectors. It was an amazing and fun experience. 🙂
September, a month where Summer’s warmth lingers on as Autumn brings in nippy mornings and changing colours. These past couple of weeks I have definitely been feeling the Autumn vibe. Nuts and berries are abundant on the trees, sycamore helicopters are spinning in the breeze and the path through a nearby woodland is carpeted with acorns and conkers.
I am feeling especially Autumnal lately as I actually won this lovely Autumn themed Giveaway over on Paula’s ‘Typewriter Girl’ blog. What a wonderful surprise! I opened my parcel yesterday to find it filled with gorgeous gifts. There is a beautiful fabric covered notebook, a rather jaunty journal, four Fall themed notecards ( the photos taken by Paula herself) and even a bar of Green & Black’s Dark Chocolate, velvet edition. I feel utterly spoilt! Paula writes about her native Ireland, her glorious flower garden and her adorable Basset Hound Boris, amongst other things. Bob by her blog and say Hi. 🙂
A combination of sunshine and showers today sent me ducking into a local café for coffee and a treat. I couldn’t resist. 🙂
I have been searching on good old Pinterest for films that get you in the mood for Autumn. Movies where you can snuggle cosy under a blanket and watch characters crunch about on golden leaves or get their hands on a book of spells. Here is a list of ~
Autumn Inspired Films.
You’ve Got Mail ( 1998), The Fantastic Mr Fox ( 2009), Practical Magic ( 1998), Dead Poets Society ( 1989), St Elmo’s Fire ( 1985), When Harry met sally ( 1989), Rushmore ( 1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Far From Heaven ( 2002), Beetlejuice (1988) and Hocus Pocus ( 1993).
On Saturday I joined in with Janey and Louisa’s Photo An Hour on Instagram, posting a photo every hour, on the hour , all through the day. It happened that I was staying with family in the little village of Askham near Penrith, so my piccies are all taken in Cumbria, instead of where I live in Lancashire.
8am. Woke up to a view of a rather murky day .
9am. Coffee and Toast for breakfast.
10am. Heading down the village of Askham past one of the Greens to the Village shop. The shop has a great community feeling and serves coffee too, so we sat in and enjoyed another brew. 🙂
11am. We had been told about a local photography art exhibition in the Village Hall so walked there for a nosy. I bought a few cards and will no doubt frame them, when I get round to it.
12pm. Pie & peas for an early lunch.
1pm. Off to Keswick in the car so a pretty boring shot of the road. Still murky out there, which I guess is appropriate for the time of year. 🎃
2pm. In Keswick Wil finds a new jacket…..and some walking pants. I prefer to admire pumpkin ornaments!
3pm. Enjoying a blood orange tea and a slice of Cherry Chocolate cake in Merienda , a fave tea room in Keswick. 🙂
4pm. Back in Askham and find Biscuit the family cat relaxing on the bed. He is a gorgeous boy but is petrified of dogs. So we couldn’t bring Hugo ! I spend most of the weekend seeking out random dogs to stroke.
5pm. Admiring the flowers in Mum’s garden. 🙂
6pm. I bought a Lake District & Cumbria magazine in Keswick so I’m having a glance through. Lots of walks and useful info in here!
7pm. Tea over, Wil and I head to one of the two pubs in Askham , The Queen’s Head. There is a tempting cocktail menu. Later I do have an Expresso Martini !
8pm. I wish I had taken a better photo of Floyd the Cocker Spaniel. Here he is at the bar with his owner, after hoovering up the entire pub. His owner said he was at the village Halloween party, the night before too. Floyd is a party animal!
9pm. Just a short of Wils glass. Spooky!
So there you have it, some random shots of a day in my life. Hope you are having a spooktacular Halloween, and I’ll be back in a few days with more Autumnal pics of a couple of places we visited on Sunday. 🎃
So my Photo Scavenger hunt for October is not going to be very inspired, as I haven’t been out and about very much. It’s been a quick scramble to find some suitable pictures. Here goes !
1.Making. I have been Making progress with my Christmas shopping! I know, a bit to organized. But when having a mooch in Oxfam the other day , I saw some really cute recycled paper bird houses and couldn’t resist buying them. Oxfam have a really fun gift selection this year, including some lovely books and… Beer Bread. Nice stocking fillers. I also found a couple of bits in ‘ The Keep’ , a really fab gift shop in Clitheroe. I’m on a roll !
2.Empty. It’s always good to walk Hugo in the early morning, when the woods and fields are Empty, save for us and nature.
3. It Starts with an F. A favourite Flower of mine at this time of year is the Chinese Lantern. It appears in a front garden of one of my neighbors every Autumn and I always stop to admire the papery orange flowers. A few years ago Wil even bought me a Chinese Lantern necklace, and it’s my favourite piece of jewellery. 🙂
4. Paper. I have recently picked up this spooky looking paperback. Thought it may be a good Halloween read. Anyone read it yet?
5. Neat. Hurrah that my other half is so neat at wallpapering and tiling! Living room coming on now. Will post some more pics when completed!
6. Street. A photo of a Clitheroe Street taken from inside the Castle grounds, on a walk with Hugo.
7. Kettle. So here’s a very boring picture of my kettle. It lives on top of the microwave , as space is at a premium in our kitchen.
8. Unexpected. It was Unexpected to see a singer sewing machine on a wall in Boot ! This photo was actually taken last month, on our holiday in The Western Lakes.
9. Vase. I love my seahorse Vase in my bedroom window, but I’m not sure a bunch of flowers would suit it. What do you think ?
10. My Own Choice. This shrub in the Castle park bares purple berries every Autumn. I always wonder what it is? Any ideas?
There has definitely been an Autumnal feel to the past few days. I have been taking quick snapshots on my phone of the many nuts, berries and fungi I have come accross, when out with Hugo.
It’s rained cats and dogs ,but inbetween showers there are always good photo opportunities!
I would not trust myself with identifying whether any fungi shown are edible or poisonous ! Have you ever collected any and cooked them? I remember my sister and I picking Horse Mushrooms from the fields as youngsters and Mum created all sorts of grey gloop with them for our teas. The picking was more fun than the eating!
Below are elderberries ( edible) , Nightshade ( definitely poisonous) , Scabious flower, more fungi and new green acorns.
We have ordered a new fire and some wallpaper. Operation Living Room commences in October! The fire is actually electric, but looks like the real thing, especially with the log storage. The wallpaper is for the alcoves and is by Minimoderns. The Dungerness Print is actually inspired by a real place in Kent, that we would love to visit oneday.
Yesterday ticked one off the Bucket List and entered Hugo in a dog show. There weren’t many categories left when we arrived at The Wuffit Mix Fun Day , so we had a go at Best Working Dog. Not that Hugo has ever worked a day in his life! We didn’t win but…..
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.
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.
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.
26 October. I notice the changing colours of this Virginia Creeper on my way to work.
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.
29 October. Poisonous red climbing berries from the Bryony plant.
30 October. A male Blackbird singing in a bush. Blackbirds appear in the nursery rhyme ‘Sing A Song Of Sixpence’.
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. 🙂
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!
2). I actually made a pudding. Caramel Apple Bake is a recipe I found on Pinterest and it tastes like Autumn and deliciousness. 🙂
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.
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. 😉
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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?
16th October. An Ink cap Mushroom amongst falling foliage. I know I photographed some last week but hey I quite like this picture. 🙂
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.
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.
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.