Sunday, 27 September 2015

Autumn days

 Autumn what does it mean to you? As I get older I am beginning to appreciate it's beauty and bounty rather than seeing it as the start of dark and cold days.


We recently revisited Mottisfont, this time with my brother and his dog Emma. Mottisfont is a National Trust property and is well known for it's famous rose garden. Although dogs are not allowed in the walled garden there are still lovely walks within the grounds.


The water in the Test river is just so clear. This is a photograph of the weed and as we wandered along the riverbank we saw many trout swimming by.


There were still some roses in bloom and we couldn't resist taking it in turns to hold the dogs and have a look at the flowers in the walled garden and look in the potting shed......







The following day at Bridport Farmer's market I saw this fantastic display from The Flowerfield, there was just no way I couldn't come away without a bunch. Freda recently noticed that strangers smiled at her more when she had a bunch of flowers in her hands. It worked for me too!



On our journey to Bristol to see our son and his girlfriend, driving through the Somerset countryside, we passed orchards with trees heavily laden with apples. On our return we revisited East Lambrook Manor gardens to find out the name of the plant we had previously admired. (The plant was ozothamnus rosmarinfolius 'Silver Jubilee'  The gardens here were also full of autumn fruit and colour.







 And when the autumn sun appears we are making the most of it, by being outside in the garden or walking in the countryside or by the sea.



 Finding fungus in the fields 


Enjoying the still green rolling countryside and the views.......





 and then down to a calm sea ....



   and taking a last view of the beach huts that will soon be disappearing until next summer. 


           What are you doing to make the most of the season?


                                                                          Sarah x

33 comments:

  1. There is something special about the quality of light at this time of year - I love it. (And it's good for photography too!) You have shot some really lovely photos this time.

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  2. Your photos are always so lovely! I'll admit that since I moved to my current town, I do tend to see autumn as a sign that cold, snowy weather is on the way. But when the colours start really kicking into gear, I'm swept back into my appreciation and love for autumn because it is my favourite season :)

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  3. Beautiful atmospheric photo's Sarah. What a beautiful place Mottisfont is! Your so fortunate to live in a country with so many impressive houses and garden.

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

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  4. This glorious weather that we have been having makes everything look wonderful. Beautiful pictures of the gardens I only wish mine looked as colourful. Like you I see autumn differently now I love the season even if it brings winter closer.

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  5. Retirement is definitely making me look at the seasons in a new light. It is so good to have time to walk through country lanes and enjoy the daily changes. At the moment I am enjoying all the spiders webs particularly first thing in the morning. Your photos are very inspiring . I will have to take my camera with me on my walks!. B x

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  6. That looks a wonderful place for an autumn visit!

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  7. The pictures are just beautiful. The beach huts are temporary? How wild! We never have anything like that around any of the beaches I go to in US. I never see such, but what a great idea? What are they for? Like people live in them in the summer? Then move them somewhere else? I'm so intrigued.

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    1. The beach huts are used for changing in, some have cooking facilities too. The majority of beach huts remain in the same location all year around. Most beach huts do not allow overnight stays. I have a specific board on pinterest if you want to see more - see link on the right. Sarah x

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  8. So nice that the flower trick worked for you too Sarah! Magic. I didn't know they took the beach huts away for winter though of course that makes sense....wonderful photos as ever!

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  9. What a lovely post. Fantastic dahlias, and I really like the inside of the potting shed. Oh for a shed of my own! How adorable your sweet little doggy looks. I definitely enjoy autumn and winter more now I don't have to commute and work in an office in town all day. Enjoy your week. CJ xx

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  10. Lovely to see Mottisfont pics through your eyes! There is a special magic about a potting shed I always think... xx

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  11. Your photos could make me start to like Autumn! I love the Apple views and tge beach huts-great to enjoy the sun!!!x

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  12. I just got back in from trying to get photos of the eclipse which I can almost see better here from my chair looking out my window than I could at a nearby nursery! Tavi and the season around you are very lovely. Where do they store the sea huts during the winter? xx

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    1. I will look forward to seeing your pictures of the eclipse. I woke up at 5.30 and looked out but it had past. I'm not sure what happens to the beach huts in the winter. I will try to find out. Sarah x

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  13. Lovely post! I really enjoyed looking at all your pictures. I'm taking advantage of the autumn sunshine too with lots of country walks and visiting beautiful fishing villages in Devon and Cornwall. I just love this time of year, I love the colours and soft sunlight - it's all so dreamy :)

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  14. Sarah, I agree with you. As I get older, I am growing YOUNGER because of the acceptance, respect and newness I have in my heart and mind for what's been around me all my life, but I just OVERLOOKED. The beauty of each season now seems brighter and more exciting as my light of life on this earth moves towards another phase of existence. GORGEOUS spaces here, and Tavi looks SWEET as can be.

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  15. There still seems to be so much colour around in the gardens especially from Dahlias which have surpassed themselves this year. I still feel as if Autumn has yet to arrive as the trees are only slightly touched with gold so lots more still to look forward to until the darker colder days arrive.

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  16. Lovely photos. Although East Lambrook Manor is on our doorstep, I haven't been there for years ... I really must visit again soon!

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  17. Autumn for us is "more of the same" as summer and we love it. But, autumn in your neck of the woods is so beautifully colorful!

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  18. Oh so beautiful! Love your countryside...I love this time of year, the colours, the air...to take a cup of tea in the garden.
    Have a great week now!
    Titti

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  19. So exciting you visited Mottisfont, a garden which is still on my wishlist. You took lovely photos, especially the bunches of dahlias are irresistable. And what I do to make the most of the season : spending as much time as possible outside in nature and garden, well that's what I always do no matter what season.
    The last few days we have lovely sunny autumn weather, nice to work (it's not too warm), nice for a walk and nice to sit on the verandah with a book.
    Wish you lovely autumn days!

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  20. I like the colours and the light of autumn but I do struggle to love it as a season. Winter is next, there is no getting away from that. As I get older I'm coming to see winter as a period of rest and cosying up while I look forward to Spring. It will be easier when the house has fewer draughty bits, when we have a working fire and when the boiler is less likely to conk out any day!

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  21. This post is serious eye candy, Sarah. The Dahlias, the potting shed, the apple tree, your well-mannered dog, all so lovely.
    Amalia
    xo

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  22. Beautiful pics! What a lovely time you had.

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  23. Sarah
    Some beautiful photo's here, which I've thoroughly enjoyed looking at and reading your words.

    Autumn is a fantastic season and we have been blessed with some good weather. It's best to grab every free moment and spend it outside ... taking in the lovely colours that are around us.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    All the best Jan

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  24. Your photos are glorious and perfectly capture the light and colours of early autumn! A feast for the eyes. I love September very much, and have always enjoyed the autumn. I grew up not far from Mottisfont, and my brother got married there, although we haven't been when the roses are in bloom. The potting shed looks intriguing - I do love a good shed!
    Cathy x

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  25. Gosh, those dahlias are gorgeous. Such rich colours. You certainly visit some lovely gardens. My children groan whenever I suggest a trip to a garden – I think we overdosed them when they were young and couldn't have a say!

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  26. It has still been Summer here until two days ago. It was still in the high 90's and even reaching 100 on many of our September days. So it was not practical to embrace Autumn yet but last night I baked a pear/apple pie. It is raining now and we could not be more thankful.

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  27. Beautiful view of the sea! Gorgeous flowers!

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  28. I do like the potting shed. I love autumn especially crisp sunny days. We've just put the heating on to try it out as it's chilled down this evening. Lovely photos x

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  29. Hi Sarah, Autumn just happens to be my favourite season, partly due to the colours of the trees, the crackling leaves, the crispness of the air, and the coming of winter. Having lived in South Africa for so many years, where we don't really have seasons as such, I deeply appreciate our English seasons and love seeing the changes in our weather as we move from one season to another. Thank you for sharing lovely photos once again! Sharon x

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  30. I love autumn too. I love the colours. At the weekend I cut some branches off a shrub which was starting to change colour and made up a vase adding some late summer flowers. It looks gorgeous and autumnal

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  31. Those apples look delicious! We grow mainly tart crabapples in Alaska. They do make good applesauce though, if you like tart things. :)

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