Woolly Sighting!

The Craft Club has been at it again, this time with a cute and clever autumn scene. I love the woollies, and love the smiles of the people who were gathering to ooh and aah. I am so grateful to live in such a fun-spirited and creative community!

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Walking into Autumn

I guess it won’t be long before the branches are bare, but for today I’m enjoying the crunchy earthiness of my walks. The best part? I swear my brisk-ish walks are improving my circulation and I’m not feeling so bothered by the nip in the air this year.

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Celebrating the Season

Halloween has become big business in the USA — I’m used to that, and have always liked both the popular festivities and the spiritual traditions in which they are rooted. But it seems strange to see Halloween props and treats suddenly appear in mainstream English culture, especially when there are already so many seasonal celebrations at this…

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Grandmother Spider

Spiders. They are everywhere this time of year, and I marvel at their amazing webs. I love watching them spin and repair their lacy testaments to productivity and survival, but don’t really like seeing what they catch for their dinner. This lady and her web were too beautiful to ignore when I noticed them from across a garden…

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As Lovely as Ever

  As picturesque as ever, the Rayleigh Mill stands tall behind a screen of bright berries. A breathtaking day, with a crisp chill in the air. Nearby, we found a new crop of local apples waiting for us in the local greengrocers. Autumn!

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Bright Bursts

There’s a lot of grey around Thundersley today. We’ve had a bit of rain, but mostly it’s just grey enough to make the first red leaves look really bright. I know that compared with the riotous autumn colours in other places, this is tame, but it’s certainly enough to make my heart glow.

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Art in Bloom

Our neighbourhood gardens are being cut back as the flowers die off and we start preparing for winter. But a few hearty blooms still hang in there, and they seem all the lovelier for their tenacity! Just look at the delicate lilac tips on the petals of this dahlia – she certainly lives up to…

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Morning Fog

Uh oh, our golden sunshine has been obscured by thick fog — still seasonal, but not so energizing. As a northern California native, I am familiar with fog, though it comes in differently there. Here it rises from the earth, while the California fog comes rolling in from the the ocean. (It’s especially beautiful as…

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Ready, Set, Gone!

The weather is so beautiful today that I headed out early to catch up with my favourite walking companions — here’s one of them making a dash down the lane. We did a bit of berry browsing as we walked. These sloes will be ready as soon as we get our first hard frost, which will…

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Hatfield House Revisited

We don’t know how many more perfectly autumnal days we’re going to have this year, so we took advantage of the weather and our willing house guest to make the trek to Hatfield House and the adjacent palace and gardens. We especially wanted to photograph the gardens and the maze now that the foliage has reached…

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