Me and my little Lumix didn’t have the best look with the list….but I am hoping for great things this year. After raiding the old Change bottle, myself and the other half have purchased a Lumix FZ72 which has a 60x Optical zoom. Hopefully when I’m out and about ( with or without Hugo the pup) and spy that shy jay in the oak tree over the stream, I might have a greater chance of adding him to my photo collection. 🙂 For now here are a few snaps from last years posts.
A tantalising glimpse of snow on Pendle , here in the Ribble Valley it is cold and frosty. Yesterday we wandered down as far as the river and back with little Hugo. He really enjoyed himself running riot.But he is a little unsure of water yet, especially after rather ungracefully plunging into the icy cold brook! It was a gorgeous day though.Bright and cold.Perfect for a winters walk.
I shall leave you here with a Happy New Year and my best wishes for a terrific 2015. X
I’m not sure whether I have left it a little late to take my What to look for in Autumn Ladybird book out and about. After all November is not particularly Autumn like, in that the best of the seasons colours are fading away. Today however was fine and sunny so I made the most of the afternoon and had a mooch down the river. Unfortunately I think everyone else in my hometown had the very same idea. Oh, I don’t like to share !
I love the Ladybird What to look for books, which were published in the 1950s. I have managed to collect three of the seasons ( Summer, Autumn & Winter) and they are interesting to look through ~ especially to see how the countryside has changed over the years. They are illustrated beautifully by artist Charles Tunnicliffe, whose work was also used in the novel Tarka the Otter and on Brook Bond Tea cards. 🙂
Here are a few of the photographs of my afternoon and the star of my shoot ( tee hee ), my What To Look For In Autumn Ladybird Book.
~ Gentle warm sunshine on my skin.
~ Snuggles on the sofa with my other half.
~ A mug of hot chocolate or a refreshing fruit tea in a pretty vintage teacup.
~ Nudges and purrs from my beautiful black cat Slinky.She is not a cuddle cat yet. Oneday!
~ Country walks. Seeing nature up close and personal is a great comfort.
~ The company of good friends.
~ A freshly made up bed.
~ Trips to the coast….and knowing i’m only an hour from the sea.
~ A slab of Wil’s delicious home made lemon & lime cake.
~ Cozy night tv eg Downton,Bake off and Our Zoo. 🙂
Bank Holiday Monday ~ and I decided to take an afternoon walk up past Standen Hall, instead of heading to the river which I imagine was packed with picnickers. I made my way through some grassy meadows and walked to Lane ends which runs along side the by pass. Cow Parsley was everywhere. And I came across some sunbathing cows. 🙂
No Thursday Favourites this morning. I decided to go for a walk down the fields as I haven’t dragged you all down there for a while. 🙂
The blackthorn bushes are covered in lacey white blossoms. I heard curlews calling. I chased kingfishers as they darted downstream ( alas no pictures yet again) and saw spring lambs and rabbits too, relaxing in the sunshine.
Mothers Day and the family headed for Mum’s house in the picturesque Cumbrian village of Askham. We were all spoilt (yes she cooked for us! ) with a delicious home cooked Sunday roast and one of Mum’s famous trifles. Afterwards we went for a walk down the village and along a country lane. Of course I couldn’t resist taking a few photographs as the place was blooming with dancing daffodils.
I’m never quite sure whether to class November as Autumn or Winter. This morning when I took our Jake for a walk round the park, frost covered the leaves and grass and nipped at my fingers. The church bells were ringing for Rememberence Sunday and squirrels were foraging for hidden acorns. But by this afternoon when I actually remembered to take my camera out, the sunshine had thawed everything. It was really busy too. Everyone was out and about making the most of the weather which although nice, proved annoying when I was trying to take a picture of a very shy bullfinch. Alas I could not get the shot. So you will have to make do with the obligatory robin. 🙂
We’ve been undecided all summer as to what to do for a proper break. Stay somewhere in England, back to our favourite spot in Cornwall, somewhere new or just crash on the beach for an all inclusive week abroad. Given the stunning summer we’ve had this year, I am really glad we didn’t go overseas.
I was in two minds about whether to share this place or not as I think we’ve found a real gem and part of me does wants to be really selfish and keep it all to myself!
In the end, we opted for a week somewhere new, and having found this converted shepherd’s hut online, we found a week we were free and made a booking. On arriving, it seemed even more lovely than online.
Rather than being one tiny retreat, the accommodation is spread across two different ‘huts’. The first (the green one above)…
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