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Hawthorn’s October Scavenger Hunt.

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 !

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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? 

Thanks to  Kate / Hawthorn  for arranging the Scavenger Hunt once again. 

 

 


What to look for in Winter ~ a Ladybird Nature Book.

Ladybird Nature book. :)
Ladybird Nature book. 🙂

I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while, though it hasn’t really been, well, winter’y enough! What I mean is sure its been rainy, wet and muddy but we haven’t really had much of the cold crisp frosty weather we imagine winter should have. And not a sniff of snow like on the front cover of my Ladybird ‘ What To Look For In Winter’ book above…

I purchased the book back in November and my plan was to take it with me on my ramblings and compare the wildlife that we see now with what features inside this pretty illustrated guide , first published in 1959. Happily it seems that most of the animals, birds and plant life that appear, I have seen this season, though not always managed to photograph. Today I put on my wellies and headed out over the squelchy fields to the river. I spied clusters of snowdrops on the opposite side of the river which were to tiny for my camera to capture and a grey squirrel jumping from branch to branch of a very high oak tree. I need a new camera.Sigh. So anyway here are the pictures I did take along with some others taken on a previous winter walk.

Wood Pigeon.
Wood Pigeon.
Ivy berries have ripened over the winter.
Ivy berries have ripened over the winter.
Singing robin.
Singing robin.
Snow Berries.
Snow Berries.
Shame there has been no snow.....yet!
Shame there has been no snow…..yet!
Bird feeder near the campsite by the Ribble. I spy a bullfinch. :)
Bird feeder near the campsite by the Ribble. I spy a bullfinch. 🙂
Horses snug in their blankets.
Horses snug in their blankets.
And donkeys too !
And donkeys too !
Catkins.
Catkins.
Ducky Duck.
Ducky Duck.
Winter river ribble.
Winter river ribble.

I shall have to have a nosy for the other Ladybird Nature books in the series. I am looking forward to Spring. 🙂

Bonnie Blooms.

Clematis
Clematis

Inspired by some lovely garden posts out there in the blogosphere I thought I would show you some snaps of my Mums garden. She has always loved tending her plants and flowers. So on a visit this weekend I tried to capture some of the loveliness. Now why didn’t I inherit her green fingers ? All I seem to inherit is Green Flies !

Sweet Peas
Sweet Peas

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Delphinium
Delphinium

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Mums House.
Mums House.
Samaritan Rose
Samaritan Rose
The Prettiest bloom ~my niece.
The Prettiest bloom ~my niece.
Bonnie Pink Rose.
Bonnie Pink Rose.

It has been another hot weekend so Mum is worried there may be a hose pipe ban. But rain and thunderstorms are predicted this week. I shall concentrate on trying to keep my Sea Holly alive. Fingers crossed !

A Picnic Afternoon Tea.

My friend Jo hit on a lovely idea to celebrate her birthday. She had heard about a new tearooms that have opened at Holden Clough Nurseries near Bolton By Bowland. And they prepare an Afternoon Tea with a twist !

A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !
A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !

The Garden Kitchen is a newly built tea rooms that serves delicious locally sourced produce in the heart of the Ribble Valley. As it was a sunny day ( hurrah ! ) we decided to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and pleasing views of pretty flowering plants and shrubs.

The Birthday Girl ready to  tuck in.
The Birthday Girl ready to tuck in.

The Afternoon Tea is served on a mini Picnic bench which really blends in with the charming ambiance of dining out at the nurseries. There are a selection of dainty finger sandwiches,heavenly homemade quiches and of course some truly decadent and divine cakes and desserts, including cute little cupcakes served in plant pots,ravishing rocky road,exquisite eclairs and strawberry milkshake that you sip from a straw out of a dinky pot wellington boot.

Of course as it was a celebration we opted for glasses of something bubbly too as well as pots of tea. 🙂

Ladies that Lunch.
Ladies that Lunch.

After our leisurely lunch we thought we had all better pretend to be gardeners and peruse the plant section ! To Jo’s delight she found an Azalea shrub with her name on it. A Johanna Azalea ! Unfortunately I did not spy any of my namesake ,the Rose of Sharon. I opted for a Sea Holly instead.

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Sea Holly.

The staff were very friendly and attentive and boxed up our leftovers to take home. We had a lovely afternoon. It was a tremendous treat.:)