"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

Monday 20 November 2023

Herefordshire 2023 - November Visit - Part 1: Hatfield and a Nursery


As the weather forecast was good for a few days last week we visited Herefordshire.  When we set out we had discovered the car had a slow puncture - so once we had arrived it was a visit to KwikFit in Leominster before the click and collect.  The service there was very good - they saw to the car straightaway and it only took about 25 minutes although sadly as there was a screw in the tyre we had to have a new one :(  

While the tyre was being fitted we had a look around a small nursery next door.

The roses seemed quite a reasonable price - well certainly compared to the one's at David Austen nursery a few years ago! so I asked B to buy me one as an early birthday present to plant in the small garden at the caravan.

As with so many places Christmas has started early!  Apart from buying presents when I see them I try not to think of Christmas until December!

Back at Hatfield the Herefordshire Oak now has autumn colour in its leaves :)

The Octopus Tree in the space of a few weeks has lost all its leaves and

the Constable Tree looks pretty bare too!

I hope everyone is staying safe and well.

All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera. (I don't particularly rate my photos but if anyone ever wishes to use one I would be grateful for an email first - thanks).


The Wessex Reiver said...

All of a sudden in the last week or so the leaves down here have turned golden. Many fell over the weekend with the rain and wind. But before then they'd been a late season green and grand. Good to see Timothy wrapped up, though in Bristol today on a lunchtime walk it was really mild. I hope you are both not 'too tyred' after all your comings and going today.

Ragged Robin said...

The Wessex Reiver - Thanks so much. There was definitely more colour in general on the trees on this visit and locally at home but as you say all the wind and rain has certainly affected many trees. lol! re: being "tyred out" :)

Rosie said...

What a nuisance about your tyre but at least you got it sorted quickly and your wait was worth it to receive the Birthay Girl rose. I hope you have a lovely day whenever it is. Good to see Timothy keeping warm in his lovely winter outfit:)

Bovey Belle said...

Sorry about the puncture - we had a nail in ours back in the late summer. The trees have been slow dropping leaves, but the oaks still are well-clothed and it's the beeches which are sprinting ahead now. The Elm across the lane is golden yellow, but has lost a fair few leaves. I smiled when I saw some proto Hazel catkins along the lane.

As for roses, they're not too horribly priced unless it's a David Austin rose. I buy my DA roses from Trevor White nurseries and have had lovely well grown plants from them at a MUCH cheaper price.

Ragged Robin said...

Rosie - Thanks so much. We tried to get the tyre fixed locally at home before we left but no-one could see it for a week!! Thanks Rosie - its not until December!

Bovey Belle - Thanks so much. We seem to get more than our fair share of nails etc in tyres - it often seems to follow B's visit to the tip! Beech hedge here at home is looking glorious atm :) Glad you have found a more reasonably priced place to buy DA Roses!

Rustic Pumpkin said...

Not putting too fine a point on it, Christmas is only a month away now. How did that happen? Early wishes for a Happy Birthday, that's a very pretty rose. The trees all seem to have suddenly turned the corner in to Autumn.
Treasure is asking, please and thank you very much, if Timothy has seen his new jumper yet?

Ragged Robin said...

Rustic Pumpkin - Thanks so much. I can't believe how quickly Christmas has come round again this year. Thank you re: the birthday. Not for a few weeks yet!
Timothy has seen the jumper and loves it!!! So please tell Treasure!