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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... 


Monday, 16 October 2017

BACK IN THE GROOVE!


It has been a long time since I have had an early morning walk and talk!  This morning I had both Jenny and Belinda for company!  They both have decided that they need more exercise in their life and they missed the walking.  I have had family problems that has stopped me getting out and about, but now, hopefully, I can get back into a routine of at least once a week...




We all had fun catching up and looking at some of our favourite houses.  This includes Old Bowlish House - seen above in bottom, top middle and top right pics.

We saw a rather sinister warning notice saying that someone has been feeding antifreeze to cats in the area - see middle pic.  You can't believe what some people will do! 


It was unseasonably hot today, with a warm wind and a strange light, which I later learnt was due to red dust from the Saraha Desert covering the sun!

Everywhere was looking Autumnal, but there were still plenty of vegetables, including pumpkins, being produced by the allotments (see above); and flowers still blooming... 


Monday, 24 July 2017

GREEN AND LUSCIOUS WOODS!


I have been unable to go for walks lately, due to family circumstances.  I am hoping in September that things will change and I can get back to regular walking, as I do miss getting amongst nature!  Today, I had the chance of going to Harridge Woods with my friend Belinda.  Last time we went there, the wild garlic was in full flower... 


Today, everything was overgrown, green and luscious!  Heavy rain yesterday meant that there was mud and plenty of rushing water in the Mells River, making a lovely sound at the bottom of the wooded valley.

Harridge Woods is a nature reserve that is owned and managed by Somerset Wildlife Trust.  It has nature trails and is 136 acres in area, made up of different woodlands.  It has an interesting history, including mining, forestry and ruins of man-made constructions, glimpses of which can still be seen.  One example is Keepers Cottage (see above), which was an old estate worker's dwelling.  Through the Wildlife Trust, it has become a managed bat roost of at least seven species throughout the year.


Everywhere there was evidence of the work of the Wildlife Trust to create habitats for wildlife and return the woods to native deciduous woodland.  Without this work and the created pathways, it would not be possible to have such fantastic walks, and you would need a machete to hack your way through!