Sunday, 26 August 2012

Late Summer Sunday

Hot bright colours are creeping back into the garden at long last; echinaceas, dahlias, cosmos, and rudbekia steal the show on my weedy patio at this time of year so I spent the morning pottering with the feathered girls, enjoying it all, dead heading and pegging out the washing.
 
Not especially warm or sunny so far this Bank Holiday weekend but dry after an all night soaking and for that we were all very grateful.
Across the valley the trees are looking tired and raggedy and the crop in the maize field has been harvested already. I can feel the "summer" beginning to roll up and gather in; autumn is just around the corner.
So before the rain returns we decided to explore a footpath in the village we'd never ventured along before although we drive past it lots. Not that it was everyone's first choice - small boys and the magnetic pull of Lego as ever!
 
I try and remmeber how much I resented having to "go for a boring walk" when I was young, but we always had fun. In the end so did we today and we got an amazing view of a stoat popping out of a dry stone wall to see what we were up to.
 
It was a great afternoon; Lego forgotten for a few hours and lots of imagining and adventuring done instead. Smashing.x

18 comments:

**Anne** said...

Your garden is gorgeous, all those beautiful flowers. The photos of your walk are stunning, especially the last one. Thanks for sharing.
Anne xx

Grammy Braxton said...

What a wonderful photo of your boys. That's a memory maker for sure. Your flowers are so pretty. I haven't been able to do much with flowers this year and I certainly miss it.

Sharon

Anonymous said...

Your last photo is just a perfect English country scene, brings back memories of long ago. Thank you Joy

Katienel said...

the last photo on the post reminds me of a Constable, it could have been painted by him all those centuries ago.
beautiful
Kathy
katienel.com

Mary Anne Komar said...

Wonderful photos and lovely descriptions, thanks for bringing us all along. Isn't the light beautiful this time of year, golden harvest moons, mists in the morning, and longer shadows.

homegirl said...

your garden is so pretty.
Your chooks are lovely, and your photos are gorgeous.

thriftwood said...

Beautiful pictures, I especially love the last one ... feel sad that there's an autumnal feel in the air, we haven't really had summer yet, up north!

Enjoy your Bank Holiday

Claire xxx

busybusybeejay said...

Lovely post and photos.I bought some rudbeckia a couple of weeks ago and they look so good I went back to the stall on the market and bought two more.At £2.50 each for a really good clump great value for money.It's pouring down here in North Wales.

rusty duck said...

Like Thriftwood, I always feel sad when summer is winding up. And this year particularly, when we've had so few warm sunny days.

Glad you had a good weekend. It's now pouring down here in the West Country too..

Sue said...

Steph,as ever Thank You for sharing your photo's,i know what you mean about summer,have you noticed too how the nights are closing in, but then i adore Autumn!
Take Care
Sue xxx

Jewel said...

You live in such a beautiful place! What a perfect day!

Country Rabbit said...

A perfect picture! I love the last photograph! two adorable brothers in the countryside, remind me of my brothers- how lovely!...looks like a smashing place to explore ;0)xx p.s your garden looks so full of bloom! absolutely stunning, enjoy the sunshine if you have it- we have the wet stuff hehe and plenty of it if you want some ;)x

itsjustperi said...

It's amazing what you find tucked away on your doorstep isn't it. Autumn is definitely closing in and the nights are closing in very quick now .

Christine Rose said...

the photo's of your walk are beautiful such lovely colours and lovely countryside. I also love your holiday pics from spain so much so I googled the resort with a hope to visit. I could see they had a camping and caravan site, did you see this?did it look nice? I would like to book a villa though, could you recommend the best site to book through. thanks Chris xx

Carol said...

Beautiful garden and wonderful English countryside.
Wish our summer had been a little warmer and drier but I wouldn't swap it for a heatwave!
Carol xx

jonel cuenca said...

Your garden is the best thing I've ever seen. Its full of gorgeous blooms. The colors are everywhere.
Vacuum pump

Happy Homemaker UK said...

What lovely photos of your walk and your family! The weather has been divine, hasn't it?!

purple-roses-country-cottage said...

What beautiful pictures! Especially the last one. And your garden is so full of colours! Beautiful!° Nicole