Sunday, 24 September 2017

September days

This week we have celebrated our daughter's 25th birthday with a visit and walk on Dartmoor that ended with a delicious pub lunch. We had a wander around the woods and lanes of Lustleigh, which we have never visited before. It was so picturesque and peaceful.
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We discovered a Community Orchard, sheep were grazing under the apple trees and a school nursery group were outside enjoying the sunshine.



We came upon this very unusual granite stone, girls names were carved in the rock and it took us a few moments to work out that the chair on top was a throne for the May Queen. May Day celebrations are important part of the village calendar. Prior to 1954 the crowning on the May Queen used to happen in an remote woodland outside the village.



We passed some wonderful thatched cottages on our walk. I particularly liked the fresh flowers displayed on this ancient door and the matching pink watering can!





Back home, September has been a mixture of sunshine and rain and high winds, it must be terrifying to be caught up in those dreadful hurricanes and after it has passed by, to discover that everything is destroyed or unrecognizable, my thoughts are with those who are suffering.










We have also been picking blackberries. It's always good to try a new recipe when you have a glut of produce, these blackberry crumble muffins made a delicious alternative to apple and blackberry crumble.


What do you like best about September?

Sarah x

20 comments:

  1. Ooh those muffins sound good! What a lovely walk you had with your daughter too, I always enjoy seeing your photos :)

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  2. Looking at your beautiful walk about. What a beautiful doorway and cottages. The lane so beautiful. Blackberries are ready where I live only for the first two weeks in July, so those are really late ones, though the crop looks good. Loved the video. Wonder if the surf is always like that...

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  3. Beautiful photos of the sea and the charming village.

    I enjoy making preserves every September, Sarah.

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  4. Lustleigh is so charming! It is so lovely that you can live by the sea and be able to visit such idyllic villages.

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  5. How beautiful! Fall is my favourite season, I adore the combination of crisp air, thick sweaters and sunshine! Thank you for the lovely photographs. xox

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  6. Thanks to your lovely posts over the past nine weeks I have just had a wonderful one-sided visit with you, Sarah, as I read them. I love how you guide your camera to see the sea, and flowers and Tavi and the world around you :) Belated Happy Birthday to your daughter! I just posted a view of one of my favorite lighthouses on the Atlantic Ocean side of the US...a change from the Pacific Ocean views I usually share :) xx

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  7. Belated happy birthday to your daughter. What a lovely way to celebrate. Your part of the country is so photogenic and your photos are gorgeous; thank you for sharing them.

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  8. Those small blackberry crumble muffins look gorgeous, I need to do some blackberry picking. That first shot of the sea is stunning, the light is wonderful. Your photo of the May seat reminded me of school days. We found an old maypole a few years ago, added new ribbons and had dancing with the children. It was such fun! Birthday wishes to your daughter, Dartmoor is a beautiful place to spend your birthday. B x

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  9. I love the gradual transition of September from a slow, lazy summer to a crisp fall. Sarah, your country is stunning and it's not been until recently that my husband and I truly want to go there, thanks to Netflix, that allows us to get wonderful programming from the UK! What a wonderful countryside!

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  10. Yum! Your muffins look tasty! our blackberry season here in Alabama is June and July. I enjoyed your tour of Lustleigh. Lovely photos!

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  11. Great walk, it does me longing to Dartmoor again...... Your muffins sound and look delicious. The sea and clouds photos are always superb, but then I saw the video of Kali, o help, shall I take a border collie again?

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    1. I would find it hard not having a dog in the family. It makes us go out on more walks.We meet lots of people and enjoy notice the day to day changes in the world around us. X

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  12. Lustleigh looks a lovely place and your blackberry muffins look delicious. I have been picking blackberries too and have a supply of them in the freezer ready to make something good. I like September, it is the start of autumn when there is still so much beauty to come in the countryside.

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  13. I'm in love with Autumn, and your pictures are so pretty and perfectly Autumn ~ as long as we get the weather to get out and about.

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  14. I enjoyed a visit around your countryside... The thatched cottages are timeless & look lovely with pretty gardens around them & also, the fresh flowers in the doorway... Lovely touch. I agree with you as to force of wild weather like the recent hurricane in the US .. Very scary. September is the beginning of spring for us & very welcome after a long winter. Enjoy Autumn!

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  15. A community orchard with grazing sheep. Heaven!

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  16. I wonder where the names will continue for the May Queens? Only room for a few more at the end on that side.

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  17. How absolutely idyllic! I want to be there!
    I love nearly everything about September (apart from sweeping up the fallen leaves day after day) - especially that poignant, nostalgic feeling that gets up your nose when you leave the warm kitchen for the cold hallway and stairs...
    Enjoy autumn :)

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  18. Hello again, I love your post on Lustleigh and the ocean views are marvelous. Yes, my heart goes out to everyone affected by the hurricanes. We have friends in the Virgin Islands and neighbors who have family in Puerto Rico.

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  19. Happy belated birthday wishes to your daughter.
    I love the old thatched cottage along the sweet lanes, and the seashore.
    You must be very happy picking blackberries and making muffins, from the lovely fruit.
    hugs
    Carolyn

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