"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Friday, 22 October 2021

Weekend in Herefordshire


Last weekend E had a rare two days off work so on Friday evening we went to Herefordshire arriving about 9.00 p.m.

To be honest we didn't go out much although the weather was lovely but on Saturday we walked along a local gated road.

St Leonard's Church, Hatfield.

Ivy flowers galore

You get some lovely old barns in Herefordshire.

We saw about 3 jays on the walk - no doubt collecting acorns.

This shed could do with some tender loving care!

This Red Admiral was sunbathing near some ivy flowers. I wonder if this will be the last of the butterfly sightings for 2021?

Back in Hatfield The Old School House

The tree I watch from the caravan throughout the seasons.

Views to the rear, front and side of the caravan.

There are lots of hawthorn berries in the hedges nearby and on Saturday I saw a huge flock of dozens of Redwings fly over - my first sighting this autumn.

I don't watch much tv but when I do I like to do simple knitting - either squares for a blanket from wool oddments or a scarf. I finally had enough scares to sew up this blanket which I've left in Herefordshire for now. Timothy likes it as you can see :)

I hope everyone is staying safe and well.

All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Pumpkins at Stoneleigh


D and E have been keen on going to a pumpkin event at Stoneleigh for some years but the year they planned to go when it was held outdoors it was cancelled due to heavy rain. The event is now held in a big exhibition hall at Stoneleigh Park.

Fortunately, being in the middle of the week the event was fairly quiet with just a few dozen people although we were among the few wearing masks!  

There were thousands of pumpkins for sale of different colours and sizes and varieties and also various Halloween displays which were fun!

This animated wolf was activated by motion and made me jump out of my skin!

A really cool dragon!

There was also a shop selling Halloween items.

This is what we purchased (the price was reasonable). The large pumpkin is for carving and the others will be used for cooking - pumpkin soup, wizard's hat pasties and pumpkin ravioli.

I hope everyone is staying safe and well.

All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera.