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An Autumn Walk in Trelissick Gardens

After lunch in the Trelissick cafe with a lovely choir friend, I went for a delightful walk around the gardens in the warmth of late Autumn sunshine.  Please join me in the gallery. I am enjoying the macro feature on my new camera – to see the detail, please click on any photo and zoom in, especially on the enormous bee!

I searched for a new, to me, poem about Autumn and came across this one which suited today’s experience perfectly.  I hope you enjoy it too.

A Day In Autumn –  by Ronald Stuart Thomas

It will not always be like this, 
The air windless, a few last
Leaves adding their decoration
To the trees’ shoulders, braiding the cuffs
Of the boughs with gold; a bird preening

In the lawn’s mirror. Having looked up
From the day’s chores, pause a minute, 
Let the mind take its photograph
Of the bright scene, something to wear
Against the heart in the long cold. 

 
 

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Mutton Cove, Seals and Sea Weed

Mutton Cove is the place to see seals, at least sixty of them there this afternoon. There are signs along the cliff path where we can walk, asking visitors to whisper so as not to disturb them all.

Mutton Cove

The tide was going out and leaving behind sea-weed. In the gallery are other things which caught my eye this afternoon.

 

Sarcococca, Hydrangea and Blackberries

On our walk this afternoon a strong perfume caught us and we followed it to a Sarcococca bush – just glorious. We are agreed that we need one in our garden. It is also known as Sweet Box.

Sarcococca

Next we came across a beautiful blue Hydrangea, lovely on a grey October day.

Just the best blue

Coming home again, we found Blackberries and they were still juicy and sweet. I took the photo after I had eaten the best ones!

Blackberries

 

 
 

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Baby Beanie Hats, Crochet and A Poem

Our local hospital, The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske,  has put out a call for Baby Beanie hats in red, amber and green for the newborns to wear, the colour indicating the level of care and feeding support required for the baby. I have put Snow Dog to one side and made my first three little hats ready for delivery.

Green, red and amber Baby Beanie Hats

When we were in Portugal, we called in at a most attractive little shop selling the kind of clothes that I like. While we were browsing, the young woman behind the counter was crocheting a flower in a natural cotton. She was delighted by my interest, told me that she attaches one to the brown paper bag she puts clothes in and then presented me with a flower!  I came across it again today as I was about to hand wash my linen trousers. Yes, I did buy something!

Beautiful crochet flower

Autumn is upon us.  I have spent the afternoon collecting up leaves in the front garden to make leaf mould and the clocks go back tonight. Here is an Autumny  poem for you – from Incantation by George Parsons Lathrop.

When the leaves, by thousands thinned,
A thousand times have whirled in the wind,
And the moon, with hollow cheek,
Staring from her hollow height,
Consolation seems to seek
From the dim, reechoing night;
And the fog-streaks dead and white
Lie like ghosts of lost delight
O’er highest earth and lowest sky;
Then, Autumn, work thy witchery!

 

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Walk at Dusk

The fading light was lovely for a walk this evening – flowers with a glow, a cat with blue feet and an ethereal weather vane.

 

Sage, Strawberries, A Spider and a P.S.

The Sage leaves covered in dew drops in the early morning sunbeams looked like tiny sparkling jewels.

Purple Sage

From the kitchen window, I spotted something red in the border. When I investigated, I discovered that it was three strawberries in October. Sadly, another creature had started to taste each one so I didn’t pick them but left the produce to be shared.

Strawberries!

I love Autumny webs and the spiders that make them. This one stayed still for just long enough to get a photo.

Spider busy in her web

P.S. For Arkenaten

The following photo was the centre fold in our newspaper this morning and I thought of you.

Beautiful birds

Selections from Ornithurae

I love the Superb Fruit-Dove and the Bleeding-Heart Dove – poor creature.

 

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A Bumblebee, Raindrops and Dracaena Flowers

The sun came out today! We sat out and read our books, had lunch outside and soaked up the glorious warmth. We saw fleeting butterflies, heard bees in the flowers and watched a Bumble bee collecting nectar.

Yesterday’s raindrops were still clinging to the purple Tibuchine Urvilleana in my Suffragette garden.

left behind raindrops

Our Dracaena Palm in the front garden is in blossom again.

Dracaena palm

 
 

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