Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Changing season

As the days begin to shorten many of you, like us, will have started to see signs of the summer slowly coming to an end. So it now feels even more important to make the most of these remaining summer days. We have been doing some decorating this week, both inside and out, but it hasn't stopped us from going some longer walks, enjoying the scenery and daily noticing changes.


 The fields are changing colour and tractors and combine harvesters are busy.

 
  A recent walk took us through fields of sheep, then barley and corn.


It was much easier walking through a field of clover 


 A field of newly cut grass was Tavi's favourite, he found a very wet and smelly cow pat and smothered himself in it! It really stands out on a white dog too! He usually has a shower inside and wasn't so keen on a cold shower outside!


If only we hadn't been so busy at the time, admiring the view and watching the paragliders in the distance!


The blackberries are just starting to ripen, we had our first blackberry of the year this week. Have you picked any yet? After a morning in the community orchard today raking hay and weeding I came home with a few of the first apples of the season - Beauty of Bath. They were almost falling off the tree as they were so ripe.


 On the flowering front the orange monbretia (crocosmia) grows very well in this area and this hedgerow was a spectacular sight.


Looking out to the sea the colours here have changed too, the grass on the top of the cliffs has turned to the colour of sand...



With a few days of higher temperatures forecast we will be heading to the sea to cool down.
Thank you as always for the comments you leave me I always enjoy reading them. Wishing you a happy week.
Sarah x

34 comments:

  1. Wheat harvest has begun here too. Fresh vegetables are everywhere and so delicious. Great photos! Stay cool!

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  2. What stunning photos! They really capture late summer perfectly. The barley field is wonderfully swooshy (if that's a word). Tavi must have smelt awful, and reminds me of 'Harry the Dirty Dog'.
    Cathy x

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    1. 'Harry the Dirty Dog' was one of the children's favourite stories, little did we know we would end up with one! Sarah x

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  3. I've noticed a change in the last few days too. You took some great photos, as always!

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  4. It looks beautiful,I love seeing a different part of the world and yours is lovely.

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  5. Sarah, on the right side of my bog I have a painting of my weenie, called rolling in stink. They just love it. I love those piles of wheat? Beautiful pictures. I have noticed some changes too, so maybe we will have an early autumn. Out blackberries are ready by the fourth of July.

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  6. Such beautiful pictures, Sarah. I especially love the one of the golden grass on the cliff top. And that Tavi! I can't believe he rolled around in a cow pie.

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  7. Oh, dein Hund hat eine neue Haarfarbe. Ich liebe die Crocosmia so sehr, mittlerweile dürften sie sogar hier wachsen, es ist nicht mehr so kalt im Winter, ich habe aber keinen Platz mehr. Deine Bilder sind wieder wunderschön!

    Sigrun

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  8. Gorgeous late summer photographs. How lovely that you have a community orchard. We have one here, only really tiny, but I'm glad it's there. I saw loads of paragliders the other day as well, it's a good time of year for them I think. Have a lovely week. The sea will be fantastic on these hot days. CJ xx

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  9. Yes, signs of Autumn already - like steam coming off the wooden garden table in the sunshine this morning - but it feels as if Summer never really got going this year. It's a good time for harvests in my garden though! Your photo of Crocosmia reminds me of Cornwall, where that stuff grows in every lane.

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  10. Late summer spills out from your lovely photos Sarah - I often think that it must be strange to live in a country without such distinct seasons as we enjoy.
    What a bundle of fun Tavi is - he radiates mischief.

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  11. Our Westie used to LOVE rolling like that! Must just be in their blood. Wonderful, wonderful pictures, but oh no, summer just cannot be winding down so soon!!!!

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  12. We saw lots of Crocosmia on Tresco on Friday- it is really pretty!
    Hello!
    I am so sorry I have not been around recently. I've actually been on a cruise for almost 2 weeks and before I was in France for a week! I do apologise for the lack of blog presence and comments. I do hope you are well!

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  13. Lovely vibrant photos as usual, Sarah and my goodness the colour of the sea!! It still feels like summer here (I agree with Mark about summer only just getting going) but I've noticed that quite a few leaves are falling from the trees and was thinking I should be gathering them up for leaf mould! My plot neighbour has been away and invited me to pick blackberries in his absence so I've already had quite a few. It does feel as though we're rushing towards autumn doesn't it! Cxx

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  14. Like always such beautiful photos Sarah! Someday when we retire I should ask my husband to just move by the sea so I don't have to drool over every photo of the sea that I see! :) They harvested most of the wheat around here already. Cute photo of your dog!

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  15. Apologies to Elaine and Anita I accidentally deleted your comments after reading them on my kindle. Sarah x

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  16. Dear Sarah,

    Love all your beautiful photos from the wheat harvest to the countryside and sea.
    As for Tavi rolling in a cow pat reminds me of our dog Heidi who often used to roll in a dead seagull or something and coming back stinking of Eau de pong ( not nice)
    Hope you are enjoying the week and the decorating is going well.
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  17. For the first time I have been sneezing and have itchy eyes which I can only put down to the farmers harvesting :(. Love your little dog, obviously having such fun with that smile xxx

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  18. Enjoy those beautiful summer days, goregous photos as always. My heart does a little lurch looking at your Tavi, he is so like our last dog Chockie....much loved and still missed.

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  19. The countryside is so beautiful this time of year, the lovely harvest, the lovely colours...
    Have a nice evening!
    Warm hug,
    Titti

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  20. Late summer is a beautiful season, too. Enjoy the higher temperatures while you can. That kind of weather seems to have skipped our part of the world this time.

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  21. Beautiful pictures! The spirit of four-seasoned country people have to welcome summer, preparing winter etc always Amaze me. The things we don't have as two-seasoned country people

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  22. Here I am still catching up with your beautiful July posts, and August's too. All you have shown me makes me want to dash back to the see the sea even though we enjoyed being camped by it the last week in July. I am also trying to learn more gardening skills as I view your lovely garden. I especially enjoy noting plants like the brilliant monbretia that seem to thrive on both sides of the pond :) Thanks for posting, Sarah! xx

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  23. Such beautiful photos and magnificent country. I too would be distracted. Bet Tavi hated his wash at home! How wonderful to have a community orchard, such a good idea. It is the smells at this time of year that I love. Hot dried grass from the fields. Not had any blackberries yet but it won't be long :) B X

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  24. Really beautiful photos. I love Dorset - one of my favourite counties. Thoroughly enjoyed your post. Oh - and Beauty of Bath apples - reminded me that my parents had those in the garden when I was growing up. Now I need a hankie...

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  25. Dear Sarah,

    What a delight to have both the sea on your doorstep and the beautiful English countryside. Always a joy to look at your photo's! They make me want to step in my car and drive to your beautiful country.

    Madelief x

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  26. What great pictures you've made of the changing landscape. But pictures of the sea are my favorite. We also have some warm days in the Netherlands and yesterday we went to the beach for a sunny day. I love it!

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  27. Love the photos of Tavi! I hope you have had a lovely week enjoying the sun. It has been glorious here.....no blackberries yet though! Juliex

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  28. Bad dog! But your pictures from the coast are just glorious.
    That crocosmia is invasive here. I dig up handfuls of the stuff and still it comes back.

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  29. A beautiful harvest moon last night. Beautiful time of year.

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  30. A Westie rolling in poo? That never happens here ;-). Ted says: well done Tavi. He is proud of you. Gorgeous photos as always- that blue of the sea, oh my! Xx

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  31. Having spent most of July in Scandinavia with endless days and short nights, it was a shock to come back to the UK and find everything had turned from green to gold or brown and the nights getting shorter by the day. I am considering a blitz on crocosmia in the garden as it is having rather too much success!

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  32. Love the deep blue of the sea

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  33. We were in Mexico where it was very hot and humid when I first read this post. It was so nice to see the verdant fields in your second photo. Why is it that Westies like to roll in other animals' dung! Gabriel will find deer droppings and rub his face in it!

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