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Saturday, 18 November 2017

A Morning Dog Walk

Yesterday dawned as a crisp bright frosty morning. I was due to be out for most of the day so before I left taking Poppy out was a great opportunity for a morning walk. Walking along the track I could see two deer grazing on the freshly sprouted arable crops. They spotted Poppy and I but didn't see us as a great threat. They moved to a safe distance and continued to feast. You can just see them in the distance beyond the gate.


I don't know how many pictures I have taken of this particular ash tree in all different weather conditions. Today the blue sky and the lush green stubble turnip tops complimented the tree so well.


Then it was back across the field known as The Leg with still quite an autumnal look to the trees.


Poppy hasn't taken long to learn to pose for a photo!


Friday, 17 November 2017

Trees Against the Sky

The low sunlight at this time of year cane be very irritating when driving. It's in your eyes one moment and casts such long shadows across the road the next. When you are out walking it's a different matter. The sun behind the tress and the variety of skies can create some interesting effects. I have chosen some pictures that reflect this.
This first one is taken in one of fields. We call it Church ground as it previously belonged to the Chuch of England before it was sold. These trees sit on the brow of the hill.


The sun was popping through the trees on the boundary with one of our neighbours adjoining the disused quarry.


The view of the unusual light from the back of house early one morning and a rainbow too!







Thursday, 16 November 2017

Take Three Thursday: Close Ups in the Quarry

On a Thursday I join in with Mary Lou's weekly memo to show what we have noted this week in three photos. This week I have chosen three details that I have spotted around our disused quarry which is now a nature reserve.
A little left over from summer.


A seed head .


A sign of hope for next spring.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

On Around the Reservoir

The second part of our walk from Litton took us alongside two small reservoirs. The first one of these was built in 1846 and the second 4 years later. 


The labourers used to build them were mainly from Ireland. They were mostly Catholics and caused quite a stir locally when the parish church was used for mass. 


They are now the home to a variety of wildfowl and are also used for the breeding of fish.


This next photo looks back down onto the lower lake from the bank of the dam for the upper reservoir and also shows quite a different light on the lake.


The lakes were known as compensation reservoirs. Their purpose was to retain water when the Bristol waterworks drew water from the springs further up the River Chew at Chewton Mendip. It ensured that there was always adequate water for local use.


It was a great day for good reflections across the water as we walked on around the second lake.


The warning notices were clearly displayed at points all along the path. I was particularly curious about these because one of our local GPs had told me during the heatwave that he had been swimming in Litton reservoir the day before. Does he know something we don't or is he just foolhardy? Seems pretty clear to me.


The walk ended back in Litton where we passed one house that was well decorated for Halloween.


Hopefully we will have as good weather when we return to do the walk with my walking group.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Checking Out the Walk

The other day older daughter and I went for a walk to explore the next walk with my walking group. It started in the village of Litton which is on the Eastern edge of the Mendips. The walk started with a steady climb up a bridle path. The going was rocky I places but nothing too arduous.


Followed by a short stretch of road.


We then had scenic views towards the Chew Valley Lake as we descended over fields.


We passed close to Eastwood Manor Farm which has ornate Victorian cattle sheds built in 1858 and were designed to resemble the Crystal Palace. I recall visiting this farm many years ago. It is not only has these remarkable buildings but is also a kind of private museum of vintage farm machinery.


The walk then took us back down to return alongside two small reservoirs which I shall show more of tomorrow.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Raindrops

A few days ago when when it was raining I didn't bother to take my camera on my afternoon walk. Always a mistake! The raindrops were hanging heavily in the bushes and almost sparked in the late afternoon light. Luckily I had my phone.



I often notice them on the metal gates but they are not easy to capture.




Sunday, 12 November 2017

Now and Then

Yesterday was Farmer Daughter's birthday. There was the inevitable birthday cake for a family tea party and a bit of happy birthday singing.



 It seems to be coming a bit of a tradition to fish out an embarrassing photo from the past. This year this was one of the ones that I found of the farmer to be. Needless to say she is the one sporting the bike helmet, swimsuit and helmet.


The Student Daughter has been home with tonsillitis since Wednesday evening when we made a concerned parent dash to bring her home for some  TLC or perhaps MLC (mother loving care!) until she felt better. She spent quite a lot of Saturday delving through more old albums laughing and reminiscing. This fetching hair do had us all laughing.


Photo albums take up a lot of space but they are great to ponder over on a rainy day.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

New Encounters

It's time for another Poppy update. Unsurprisingly she growing very quickly.


Each day there are new experiences to cope with.


There are surprises when out walking such as unexpected companions.



There's lot to learn especially about about those bigger than yourself.


She's getting pretty good at 'sit and stay' .


However running when called does nothing for the hair do.


Friday, 10 November 2017

5 in 5 : A Touch of Autumn

I am 5 days late this month in joining in with Sandie with her 5 in 5. My first attempt proved to be not very satisfactory so i changed my plans and made the most of some morning sunshine to try again. I wandered down to our old quarry and these Autumn sun pictures are the result. All fairly self explanatory.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Take Three Thursday: Frosty

When I went out for an early walk yesterday there were quite a few patches of frost in shady places. The sun hardly reaches some of these spots in the quarry at this time of year so I was able to catch this one.


The sun was sparkling on these two in an adjoining field.




All three are ideal to join Mary-Lou in her Take Three Thursday.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Black and White Challenge

Those of you that do Facebook and Instagram may have seen the black and white challenge that has been happening. The idea is that you are nominated and challenged to post a black and white photo each day for 7 days. The photo should depict your daily life with no explanation and no people in the picture.
I have just completed my 7 days and so I thought I would share them with you.

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