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The Last Smiles of the Year …

They came dressed in black and red, hard hats, visors and ear protectors; carrying chain saws, ropes, sacks, rakes, leaf blowers and ladders.  The day had arrived – the Willow tree trembled in anticipation of being denuded, shorn – the branches that once reached for the sky would soon be gone, shredded and pulped to oblivion.One last picture taken as a reminder of  how much it had grown and how beautiful it looked in the early morning sun.They toiled and tarried until dusk threatened; sawing, chopping, carefully lowering branches, taught ropes  and the coarse rasping of the saw – at last the garden was silent the chain saw stilled, dangling from the woodsman’s waist – it’s work was done – the hand-saw sheathed.  Out came the rakes and sacks, evidence of destruction removed.  Branches, leaves and twigs dragged to the shredder, the noise of the machine echoing round the village on this calm, sunny day.The next morning we see the results as the curtains are drawn back – the mist across t…

My Week in a Nutshell …

Rain and strong winds have kept me indoors this week – so my activities have changed somewhat.  I have been doing a lot of sky-watching.  Seeing the sunrise and sunset come and go.Reflection of the sunset making the house and greenhouse windows seem aflame  When being outdoors and gardening isn’t an option I turn my creativity elsewhere.  Each winter I aim to complete a needlepoint cushion – last year I finished two crocheted knee blankets and a cushion.  This is what I have chosen for this year, something to while away the long dark evenings..A lot more reading goes on too – I have a stash of books waiting to be read – the one I am reading at present is not  the type of book I would normally go for but I am finding it fascinating – it is a novel about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz and his forty rules of life and love.  In the present day Ella reads a manuscript about these people and she embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author.  It is a quest in…

Seeking out the changes ...

Some photographs to show the beauty I have found in the garden this week
The garden is damp and shining with early morning dew Bathed in sunlight showing through petals  and throwing long shadows across the grass
Water droplets on purple ribbed cabbage - a different kind of beauty Whilst the bright sunshine-yellow stems of chard light up and cheer the soul
Autumn is a time for seeking out the unusual something to catch the eye as the flowers fade and disappear Shadows thrown against a fence The slow changing of the leaves - beautiful in their dying colours Tomatoes hanging on to their withered branches
Change is upon us Step by step autumn arrives - stealthily snatching the last glories of summer bite by bite
Some plants flower in the face of all this  as The last rose petals fall at a mere touch
Thank you for the comments on my last post – they go unanswered due to a busy week and not much computer time.  I have been preoccupied with tradesmen.  A boiler service, a plu…

Trying Not to be Boring … Indecision is a terrible thing …

Everything will be okay in the end – If it’s not okay – It’s not the end.I couldn’t decide what the topic of my blog post would be today – I ruminated over it all week – and thought,  maybe I should post about …Bring in the Surgeons …We have three large trees in the garden that need annual attention – last year husband and I tackled them by pruning as much as we could and shifting all the debris to the tip.  But this year the trees have excelled themselves and the job was just too big for us to handle.  So I called the tree surgeons in for an estimate – but no, too boring ~ perhaps I’ll leave that for another day …or maybe a post about …The Day That The Rains Came Down …The wind was stronger – clouds racing fast across the sky – then it happened – the heavens opened.  The thirsty garden soaked it up gratefully – but I felt sad that the weeks and weeks of warm, dry weather, were over.  It seemed strange to pull out my waterproof jacket and dig into the depths of my handbag for my umbre…

Happiness is …

Just a few random pictures that have been taken over the last week - a photo journal of how I have occupied my time.Picking the last of the summers flowersSky-watching as the sun goes down--00Ooo--I think women just have a primeval instinct to make soup, which they will try to foist on anybody who looks like a likely candidate.~ Dylan MoranEnjoying a bowl of home made tomato soup which was totally tomatoey and quite delicious.--00Ooo--A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in straight rows. ~Doug LarsonSpending every afternoon in the garden trying to make an impact on over-enthusiastic shrubs, over-enthusiastic weeds and planting bulbs in borders and containers.--ooOoo--It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.  The rich colours of grass and earth were intensified by the mellow light of a sun almost warm enough for spring. ~ P.D. JamesMaking the most of the last bit of colour …