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Monday, 4 December 2017

GREY MORNING BRIGHTENED BY PAULA!


It has been a little while since the last walk, a combination of bad weather and commitments!  However, today was a treat for Jenny and I, as Paula Cuthbert joined us.  Paula is an alternative therapist extraordinaire!  She operates out of Jenny's Beauty Salon and keeps me fit and healthy!  It was a grey morning, but not cold.  The first part of our walk took us to Kilver Court to see what Christmas decorations they had up - see above.


We then went on muddy footpaths through farmland.  There were cows with horns in one of the fields that had a footpath going through it, so we quickly chose another route! We were concerned with one cow, that seemed to have a problem with its leg, so we had a quick word with the farmer and he said that one of them was disabled from birth.  We also went through a field full of sheep, and had a friendly greeting from a small dog!  The Charlton Viaduct provided a stunning backdrop...


Jenny is on the lookout for interesting branches that she can use for natural looking Christmas decorations.  There were loads of wood just lying by the pathway, so she picked up a couple of suitable ones. She thought one branch would make a good pair of antlers - see middle photo above!  Anyway, she insisted on carrying them back with her, although they will need some drying out before being sprayed...


Thursday, 23 November 2017

STRUGGLING TO ADAPT TO MY SLR CAMERA!


This is actually a report on yesterday's walk, as I had problems with my Nikon dslr camera.  There was nothing wrong with the camera, it was the operator!  I had been using a compact digital camera for so long, that I had forgotten that you have a proper view finder with this camera, not just a live screen.  I am surprised I managed any photographs, as I was just pointing and clicking!

When I got home, I had to look out the manual and idiots guide so that I can begin to operate it properly again!  Hopefully, future photographs will be better, although I do find the camera much bigger, heavier and more complicated to use.  It does hamper the walking, so I reckon I shall be back to a compact one soon...


It was a damp, grey morning with a lot of wind, but surprisingly warm.  There weren't many leaves left on the trees and it was muddy underfoot.  We walked to West Shepton and had a look at the Skate Park, complete with skate graffiti - see above right.  It is a great facility for the local skate boarders, which keeps them off the streets!

We were also interested to see the progress of some new industrial units that are being built - see above top left, and wondered what sort of businesses they would attract...


Monday, 20 November 2017

GREY, DAMP AND A CAMERA INCIDENT!


These are the only photographs I managed to do today!  I had an accident with my camera - it fell on the ground and landed on the lens, causing damage, so it wouldn't take any more photographs!  I took it into a local camera shop who have sent it away for a quote for repairs.  Apparently, this will take two weeks, and if I agree to the price it will be a further 2 weeks for the repair!  We really do live in a throwaway society.  I expect I could get a new camera for the cost of having it put right.  I shall just have to wait and see...

Actually, it wasn't a good day for taking pictures.  It was grey and damp, but it was still great to get out into the fresh air in the footpaths and fields around Shepton.  There was plenty of talking as Jenny and I had a good catch-up...

Monday, 13 November 2017

IMPORTANT TO GET OUT INTO THE BRACING AIR!


Today was another of those cold, but crisp and beautiful sunny mornings, when walking is such a pleasure, especially when you get off the beaten track.  There was the contrast of the white crunchy frosted foliage in some areas and the golden light of the sun, making all the Autumn leaves glow in other places...


For me, when the weather gets colder and all I really want to do is hunker down and hibernate, it is important to make a commitment for a walk.  It can be a real effort to get out of a warm and cosy bed, but the thought of letting someone down motivates me to get up and out!  It is the time of year when we tend to be less active, so it is even more important for our health and fitness to get out there in the bracing air...


Jenny has been looking for ideas for the two box planters, each side of the main door of her salon.  They had some lovely purple flowers in them all summer, but are now empty.  We looked at some gardens for ideas (see above), and were quite taken with the bright red cyclamens with silver and green foliage combination that we saw in some great wall baskets...

Monday, 6 November 2017

POPPIES LOOK FABULOUS IN THE SUNSHINE!


Today, was a beautiful day for a walk -  frosty, bright, sunny, and the coldest morning so far this Autumn.  Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, and the Church of St Peter and St Paul had poppies lined up along its railings in preparation.  The long red line look fabulous in the early morning sunshine.  The Royal British Legion have taken over an empty shop (see above), in the middle of town as their local headquarters and to advertise their wares.  You can now get poppies of all different sizes...


For the walk, I was joined by Jenny and Belinda.  It took us up onto Barren Down and then onto open fields.  We followed a footpath which took us over a stone stile and through someone's garden. As the centre left pic shows, the gardener had prepared for the frost by covering the veggies with some ghostly fleece!


Jenny and I walked from Tadley Acres into the centre of Shepton to call for Belinda. On the way there and back we went through Collett Park, which was looking as splendid as usual.  We also walked passed the allotments - full of interest, whatever time of year...


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

POST HALLOWEEN MORNING!


Today was the first time I had left the house for days, as I have been suffering from a bad head cold.  It was so good to get into the fresh air and start walking!  Jenny and I went up to one of our favourite green spaces in Shepton - Barren Down.  It was looking decidedly Autumnal with the trees beginning to show their Winter silhouette.


We had a look up and down the High Street, particularly the bottom, which is actually called Town Street, and noted that some businesses had closed, but a few had started up.  There is a new Vintage shop right at the bottom which would be worth a visit but it doesn't open until much later in the morning!  That area of town is fast becoming quite a vintage/art/craft quarter...

Many of the windows were celebrating Halloween, which was last night.  I didn't have any 'trick or treat' callers - they have probably given up ringing the bell as I haven't answered it in previous years!  I am just not comfortable being confronted by youngsters and I don't like to encourage the eating of sweets!  The very young are fine, as they are accompanied by adults. Jenny said there was plenty of activity around her place!

We did however see some houses which positively encouraged callers.  The best doorway, was the one pictured on the left.  It was scary enough in the daylight so I can't imagine what it was like at night!



  

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

MUDDY FOOTPATHS AND GREAT VIEWS!


Jenny and I started off on our walk today when it was fairly dark and damp, but as we progressed, the sun started to rise with the promise of better weather on the way.  Our walk took us along some muddy footpaths and incorporated one of our favourite views, the Charlton Viaduct - as you can see in the pics above.

We couldn't be out too long today, as Jenny was expecting a wallpaper delivery - the reception in her salon is having a makeover - watch this space!  Apparently the paper was coming all the way from Poland - I do hope she likes it!


We had a wander around Kilver Court - they do have some lovely statement pots. We took the opportunity to pose by a couple of them!  In the area leading from the carpark to the designer outlets, there are galvanised troughs, full of luscious ferns and other foliage, which look good all year round.

We found ourselves on a path we hadn't been on before and discovered that Kilver Court have a Community Vegetable Garden.  According to the notice, it is organically run and some of the raised beds are used by local schools.  The remainder produce vegetables that are eaten in the Kilver Court restaurant.  It was looking a bit sad and empty at the moment, see the photograph above right, but we will keep an eye on it and see how it progresses throughout the year...


I love the colours of Autumn leaves - this Horse Chestnut behind me in the above photograph is a good example.  We saw plenty of berries and this apple tree, (top right), which was positively groaning with fruit...