Monday, 2 November 2015

In the Autumn mist


Was it a good idea setting out on a misty morning to view the last of the autumn hues of brown, gold, orange and crimson? The answer was most definitely yes! 



Our destination was Forde Abbey in Dorset. The monastic abbey was built over 900 years ago. It remained an abbey for 400 years, before it was transformed into a family home. It also has a spectacular 30 acre garden including an aboretum.  Much of the landscaping originates in the earliest part of the 18th century. The avenue of  beech trees line the driveway and they provide a colourful welcome.



 The mist just added to the atmosphere and the beauty, and the colour of the autumn foliage stood out against the greyness of the sky!


 You can almost imagine one of the monks walking by (see video link here )







The walled garden was also still full of colour. If you are in the area in the next few weeks an added bonus is that there are free admissions to the gardens from Thursdays to Sunday's in November.

As we drove home we passed many villages where carved pumpkins stood guarding house entrances,
and awaiting at home pumpkin soup and homemade ginger cake. The colour of the seasonal food matching the colours of the hazel branches just outside the window.  Are you eating any seasonal food that matches the season?



Thank you for all the lovely comments in my last post. I was so glad that the Onion Johnnies bought back some long forgotten memories.

Wishing you a good week ahead.
Sarah x

39 comments:

  1. Your photos always make me smile.

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  2. These pictures of Forde Abbey and surroundings are of an outstanding beauty. When I should have to choose a favorite I should mention the photo of the pond, 5th from above. It has it all: the round shape, wonderful autumn colours in the front, trees in a haze, the mirror lake.
    Have a nice new week!

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  3. Lovely collection of photos. It has been a beautiful autumn :)

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  4. What a beautiful place Sarah. Yes that pesky mist is still with us today, but I think Forde Abbey would look spectacular no matter what the weather!
    Not really eating anything seasonal, however soups are back on the menu after all the salads of the last season, with home made breads...oh so lovely.

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  5. What a lovely tour, Sarah! This has been a brilliant fall here too. The golds just keep shining with the sunny days we have had! And nothing beats a weekend walk in the pile of leaves on the pathways. OH THE GLORY OF AUTUMN! Happy week! Anita

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  6. Forde Abbey is so beautiful, one of my favorits. Your pictures catched the atmosphere perfect. In this garden everythin is wonderful, I was so impressed from the kitchengarden and the yews at the pond.

    Sigrun

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  7. I need to take up your habit of visiting places every weekend. Lovely photos!

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  8. Love the photo of the abbey in the mist. You captured the feel of the misty weather so well that it made your return to warm soup and ginger cake sound very welcome. We are inundated with pumpkins, apples, and root vegetables this time of year over the ocean in Maine. Rich autumn food is so satisfying. I will be making Caribbean pumpkin soup this week. Yum.

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  9. I don't think the monks would have approved of some of those arty statues of skimpily-attired ladies!

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    1. No they wouldn't have known where to look! Sarah x

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  10. Sarah: What a wonderful, wonderful post. I love the mist and your photos: perfect capture of the morning. And I love the light in the leaves in that last image!

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  11. Those are possibly the finest autumn photos I have ever seen. Just stunning. What they depict is not only the colour but also the chill in the air when that fine mist descends (or ascends?) I love the avenue of majestic trees but best of all your first photo, of the lake beyond the scrunched autumn leaves. What a wonderful book cover this would make!
    Margaret P

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    1. The scrunched autumn leaves were in fact the window sill of a bird hide made out of beech! Sarah x

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    2. The scrunched autumn leaves were in fact the window sill of a bird hide made out of beech! Sarah x

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  12. Great photos, lovely autumn colours and a beutiful garden
    Hilary

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  13. Beautiful photo's Sarah! You were right to go on a misty autumn day. The photo's look very atmospheric. It makes the monastery extra spooky :-)

    Have a good week!

    Madelief x

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  14. Your photo captures are breathtaking! The mist does indeed add to the mysterious wonder of such a beautiful garden. And I'm quite partial to tree-lined drives! Thank you for sharing these lovely scenes.

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  15. Sarah, what fabulous photographs! That fourth one is a classic. Congratulations!

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  16. Sarah what fabulous photographs! That fourth one is a classic. Congratulations!

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  17. What an amazing place. Is it still privately owned - there can't be many houses/abbeys of that size that haven't been handed over to a trust. It looks as if the gardens are lovely too. Juliex

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  18. AAhhhh what spectacular photos Sarah, such beautiful colour....what a lovely countryside we have! I feel so blessed to live here where all the seasons are so visible. I haven't visited this lovely place, another one to add to the bucket list....I need to get out more at weekends, I don't know where the months have gone but it's all passing by way too quickly! Have a lovely week. Sharon x

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  19. The beauty that surrounds you....just breathtaking.
    I am planning a holiday to the UK. so looking forward to experiencing all I can take in and back home with me.
    So wish I lived amongst your beauty.

    Xx
    Dore

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  20. I am new to your blog (from Canberra Australia) and I loved your tour of Forde Abbey, the photos are wonderful and the mist makes it all the more beautiful. We were in Britain in autumn last year, and this post brings back many happy memories. Thank you.

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    1. Hello and welcome, I'm so glad that this post bought back memories of your Autumn holiday in Britain! Sarah x

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  21. What a beautiful place to be able to visit. Truly beautiful.

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  22. Wow Sarah what a beautiful place particularly this time of year. One to put on my list of 'Must Visits'. B x

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  23. Forde Abbey and gardens look so beautiful Sarah. England truly has some magnificent places to visit , with age old history to go along with it.
    Your photos are amazing. I can imagine what it takes to upkeep.. but how worth it it is.
    The different hues of the leaves and vista.. its so lovely.
    ....Onion Johnnies.. How wonderful. Never heard of them. A great tradition still upheld.
    Enjoyable post Sarah.
    Happy Tuesday.
    Val.
    Thank you for leaving your kind comments over at my blog. x

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  24. Such lovely photos, Sarah! The mist gives them a wonderful atmosphere of mystery and romance.
    Amalia
    xo

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  25. Marvelous photos of an enchanting place, just in the mood of the season!Thanks for sharing, it was really worthwhile!
    Olympia

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  26. Thank you for the video link. It was a perfect way to start my day.

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  27. What a beuatiful pictures of autumn you give us! I love the colours of nature in this time of year. Jolanda

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  28. Such lovely photo's Sarah ... thank you for sharing some great shots, and it looks a very good place to visit.

    November has certainly provided a mix of weather and it's only the 3rd!

    I hope you have a good week.

    All the best Jan

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  29. Spectacular and truly atmospheric! The beech trees are looking so good this year aren't they?

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  30. Gorgeously atmospheric photos, Sarah. Forde Abbey looks a lovely place to visit. It's definitely the time of year for hearty soups and puddings. Ginger cake always goes down well here! Sam x

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  31. What stunning photos, Sarah! I just learnt the word aboretum. We went to visit one here. Glad I know what it is now ;-)

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  32. A feast of colour and delight. Made mysterious by the mists. Really enjoyed reading and admiring. x

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  33. Sarah - what a wonderful place to explore with your camera. You captured the colors and the grey fog mist ads such a magical touch I can imagine all matter of figures looming... I've been baking cranberry orange bread in the past week, seems very seasonally appropriate.

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  34. What a wonderful place! Love it! It´s always with happiness I visit your lovely blog...
    Warm hug,
    Titti

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