Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Blue Skies


Thanks for calling in.

We're off for a walk to spot the Autumnal changes whilst I wait for someone to phone me back. 

It's a beautiful day, warm sunshine, birds singing and even one white butterfly flying high.

There are a few wildflowers about.

Plenty of moss and lichen.

Don't the leaves look wonderful in the dappled light.

The path is bordered by sedge with its feathery fronds, as high as my head.

The chestnut cases bounce about as they land on the floor after.

Reaching the meadow, the countryside views opens up.

Heading back, you can't miss all the holly berries with matching postbox.

The tarmac path is covered in pine needles.

A magpie calls out for its friend and has a rummage in the dry leaves.

This house wins the prize for the best red display, not long until more houses join in.

Back home, if only there was a cheese scone on hand to go with my cup of tea!  

Some of our home grown potatoes, garlic and chillies.  

Wishing you all a great week.


Friday, 25 September 2020

Five for an Autum Friday


Thanks for popping in.

It's been a busy week recycling, sorting and reorganising, trying to get everything done before any restrictions come in that prevent it.  

1 - Over the last 10 years our house has had to manage the contents of the houses of my dear Uncle, Parents and Inlaws, it all passing through on its way to suitable new homes, be it family members, charity shops or other interested parties.  It's felt like living in a Museum at times but everything was found a space.  On top of that, the children have moved away leaving behind possessions that wouldn't fit in their new abodes.  Time passes and they are then ready to say goodbye to some of those old friends. This has to be decided over the internet, everything spread all over the sitting room floor, the camera hovering to find those gems that need to stay put. 

Plus, Mr CK has been busy tidying the garage. Phew, what a week!  A prebooked trip to the tip was needed.  There's still more to do, including disposing of an old mattress but I can feel my shoulders rising after the weight of these unwanted items.

2 - The weather has changed this week with the temperatures dropping, Autumn has arrived.  The tomatoes have been picked,  brought in to finish off the ripening process and the plants cut down, the end of another tomato year.  We've had about 25 kg, amazing!

3 - A dear friend brought me an enormous bag of wool, it will keep me going for ages and I'll be able to make some more blankets to donate.  I'll finish off my wrap first before I make a start though.

4 - Having a fast growing granddaughter makes it really difficult to keep up with displaying her photo around the house so we've splashed out on an electronic photo frame and can now enjoy her and other members of the family as they flit past on the screen.  There were a few set up issues with the file names but now it's working well and is giving us a lot of joy.

5 - I'll finish off with a few farm and garden photos and wish you all a very happy weekend.


Friday, 18 September 2020

Five in September


Thanks for visiting the blog today, lovely to see you.

It's a while since I've done a Five post but here's one especially for you today!

1. Heritage Open Days - last weekend was the start of the Heritage Open Days around the country and of course this year has posed a problem with people not being able to visit a lot our well loved historical buildings due to you know what.  However, this has meant various talks and tours are now online and you can  visit places virtually that you might not have been able to get to in person anyway. 

I particularly enjoyed a tour around Royal Holloway, University of London learning that the glorious building was built as a women only college by Thomas Holloway, his wealth obtained from sales of his general purpose ointment and pills.  William Henry Crossland designed the building, which was based on the Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley. 

Reading and Dorking also had a good range of places to see and the National Trust's Members Section of the website has some great sneaky peeks at areas of properties that aren't usually open to the public.

2. Roundabout - have you seen the new Dutch roundabout in Cambridge, near Addenbrooks Hospital?  If you've missed it, here's a link to the Cambridge News which has lots of photos.  It must be quite confusing for everyone when they first use it as cars have to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists, who are travelling in their own lane around the outside of the roundabout. Cars have to pay particular attention when leaving the roundabout, crossing the other lane as well the pedestrian crossing.  It should be much safer for cyclists separated from the cars once everyone knows what they are doing.  More of these will be appearing around the country apparently.

Cambridge News

3. Acorns - CRASH! CLUNK! BANG! another acorn falls off the oak tree on to the house, they really are making a dreadful racket this year.  They must be larger and heavier as we usually have lots of acorns to sweep up but they don't make such a clatter.

4. Books - J.K. Rowling really knows how to draw you in to a series of books, even under the name of Robert Galbraith and even without Harry Potter.  I have just purchased the fifth book in the Strike series, Troubled Blood, not able to wait for a paperback.  Her books get bigger and bigger too, how does she do it!

5. Wool - my latest project is a wrap by Janie Crow based on a William Morris design, Molly Blue, it's gradually taking shape and is keeping me happy.

I hope all is well in your neck of the woods as the cases of coronavirus start to rise again. Keep safe, socially distanced and have a good weekend.


Friday, 11 September 2020



Thanks for popping in.

Having got to grips with quieter, masked train journeys during the Pandemic, Guildford was next on our list because who can afford to miss the floral displays in the Castle Gardens.  Of course, they were spectacular even towards the end of the Season.  The Castle had disappeared amidst a shroud of scaffolding, no doubt a few essential repairs rather than a complete rebuilding. 

In the distance, the Cathedral sat high up on the hill.

Guildford town centre is full of interesting old buildings, which I've mentioned before in more detail in the blog, you can find these posts by clicking on the Guildford label below.

Abbot's Hospital

The cobbled High Street wasn't as busy as usual but there was plenty of space without any cars to spread out and avoid the other shoppers.

A walk by the River Wey Navigations is always a treat.    Alice in Wonderland was still watching the White Rabbit whilst listening to her sister reading. 

We were surprised to find the bridge near Millmead had collapsed and had been swept away so a slight detour was needed to reach the towpath. Other bridges remained intact.

St Catherine's Lock is a good spot to stop for a picnic and cross to the other side for the return journey.  Or so we thought!  Following the path through the knee high plants in the water meadow brought us to a tributary which we couldn't cross and meant we had to retrace our steps.  It wasn't a path after all.

The meadow, however, was so perfumed in the warm sunshine. I wonder if this plant is wild thyme or marjoram, it certainly smelt like it.

The path back was rather tricky.

Back safely on the towpath, there was nothing to worry about apart from the views.

Debenhams seems to be struggling on in a huge store without any attempt at window dressing.

It was great to be out and about again.