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Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas Shopping

I am way behind with my Christmas shopping this year. This afternoon the farmer and I went to an Outlet Shopping Centre at Street. The journey there was over the Mendips which was like driving through Winter Wonderland. The combination of the snow on the fields, the drips of ice in the trees and the sun shining through was a wonderful effect. I hinted several times that I would like to stop to take a photo but all he said was that I didn't have my big camera with me. My phone would have done the job. I really don't have him very well trained!
 I have therefore instead a picture of the giant stars at the shopping centre. They were quite an impressive size.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

A Little Bit More

When we woke this morning it was pouring with rain. It had in fact been raining for most of the night. Not great weather when you are a farmer and have to go about your work whatever the weather. The gusts of strong wind became a bit of a worry creeping into the chicken houses. Luckily all soon became calm. And then? It started to snow.

Fortunately it didn't really settle on the roads but it was enough for farmer daughter to take the dogs out for a play.

They both enjoyed a good romp in the garden and field.

I'm not sure she was sure what to make of it.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Just a Scattering of Snow

Some parts of the UK have been forecasted to have a lot of snow. We woke this morning to just a little dusting.

Everything looked like a packet of icing sugar had been shaken.

This was particularly evident in the vegetable garden.

It transforms a pretty ordinary looking vegetable.

The cabbage just needs some eyes, nose and a mouth!

None of it lasted very long.

Friday, 8 December 2017

The Tump

Today it was a very quick dog walk before my visit to see mum but I did manage two photos. The other day I mentioned the tump which is a slag heap on the farm from the redding quarry. Farmer husband can remember when the quarry was still open and a flag was flying on the top of the heap.

Over the years trees and scrub have gradually grown over it.

Look very carefully at the base of the hill and you can see the now derelict reinforced store for the explosives used in the quarry.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Take Three Thursday: Wet Feet

On a Thursday I join Mary Lou in her meme Take Three Thursday. When we were out for a walk today we came to a place where the water was right across the lane. Labradors generally like water but as yet Poppy has had little experience of large pools and puddles.There was no way round so:-

1. You expect me to walk through that?

2. Well here goes...

3. Oh! It's no so bad after all!

I am sure you can imagine that my feet got quite wet too.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Before Visiting Time

Thank you for all the messages of concern about my mum. She has now moved to a small community hospital for rehabilitation. She is beginning to walk short distances with a lot of encouragement from us all.
This week my sister and I have taken it in turns to visit but today we decided to meet up first. Julie joined us for lunch and met Poppy for the first time. We had time for a very quick walk before we both went to visit mum. An ideal photo opportunity to take Poppy jumping in the turnips.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

5 in 5 : The Mossy Side

I am actually going to manage to join in with Sandie's 5 in 5 on the correct day! I took my camera out with me the other day when I was walking on the edge of the quarry. I have mentioned a few times about the old quarry where red ochre was mined for colouring for bricks, tiles etc. Wherever there is mining there is waste and the old slag heap for the quarry is directly in front of the farmhouse. We refer to it as the tump and it now well covered in trees.
 I was walking along a track on the north side of this tump when I took these pictures. The ground is heavily covered in moss on many of the stones and logs. It is more obvious at this time of year when everything has died back.

It does give a contrast of colour against the brown leaves.

It almost looks soft enough to sleep on.

There is also a bit of history about with evidence of the pulley railway that ran down over the edge of the tump to bring slag up to the top. This was powered by a stationary steam engine. Little clues to its existence are still left.

The track opens out onto a field at the end with views for many miles.