Friday, November 24, 2006


I see that I’ve neglected my blog for a few days. My problem is that I sometimes get distracted and spend too much time being a silent reader of many other blogs. Do you do that too?

The weather has been dreadful, rain, rain and more rain together with gale force winds. There was even a tornado that hit a village not so far away from here, now that’s an unusual occurrence for us in Wales, it caused severe damage from winds of up to 135 mph. Our climate is definitely changing.

John has not been well for about a week now with a bad cold, aching limbs, headache, symptoms that are all too common at this time of year. He usually reacts like this to his flu jab, nevertheless, I think its necessary that we take such precautions, as it could end up being a lot worse.

I’ve also been busy making a few Christmas decorations and little hand made Christmas gifts. Being creative with such things seems to add to the festive feel right now. I'll assemble a few and take a picture.

On a relatively dry day about a week ago I took these pictures on one of our walks, I guess the wind has taken most of the leaves off the trees by now, but then, the colours were so beautiful and I just loved the parts of the lane where the pine needles had fallen making a glorious golden carpet, disturbed only by vehicles that had driven that way. As we stood in the quietness of that morning, the pine needles fell gently and silently, just like snow flakes. I met up with my friend Rosie, you’ll see her on the last but one picture, she was out enjoying this perfect time riding her cycle.

If you’d like to see more details click on the pictures to enlarge.


Val said...

Some lovely words and images! They just capture the quality of the place - and such hills, mmmmm, wonderful! And that lovely stream by the it still warm though, like it is in Dorset?

Sue said...

What lovely photos. The stone wall looks quite old. Such beautiful fall colors.
Hope John feels better soon. Thankfully we had no real ill effects from the flu shot this year.

Anonymous said...

I was first time on yours blog. Your pictures are marvelous. I come back

Sigrun said...

Hi Marion, I like your photos, they are like holidays.
No, most I'm not a silent reader, but I read only two times the week, and post at the same day. I have not more time, it is enough like I am do - for me!
Because I write in two garden forums.


It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Marion, it is such a thrill for me when you "decide" to blog!! I love watching for you to come up on my bloglines!! You need to blog more. I miss you when you don't!! Your pictures are very nice. I could not really see Rosie very well even when I made the picture bigger!! I bet it would be great to be your friend!!
I hope that John gets better really quick. I hate being sick and I am sure he is not loving it at all either!!
Yes, I agree your time does get taken up visiting everyone but I miss people so much if I do not get out and see how they are doing.
Our cat, Lucy has left or is no longer in this world and we are so sad here at our home (read my blog). We miss her more than I can tell you. She is so sweet. I have been in tears most of this week! She is one of those "special kittys" and we want her back. I have tried everything so far to find her but nothing yet. She walked out Sunday night like she always does but has not returned.
Take care friend. So nice to see you back on here again...Sandy

mrspao said...

I always love coming to look at your beautiful photos! They are wonderful. It is hard to believe you'd had quite a stormy time.

Anonymous said...

I just love your photos Marion, I am constantly amazed at the type of scenery you have at your disposal.
I hope John feels better soon!!
I also hope you'll take photos when you have your Christmas decorations up - I'm sure they will be lovely!

Granny K said...

Lovely pictures Marion! So like the Lake District. I hope you are enjoying some better weather for your walks. Today is glorious here on the Fylde Coast. Hope it stays like this for weekend.

Kerri said...

My goodness, I can't believe the beauty of your countryside Marion. It's glorious and your pictures are wonderful! I would so love to visit and see it for myself.
I hope John feels much better very soon.
I just read about a gale force winds in Brazil too over at Sonia's blog. We've had quite a storm and big winds tonight. We're supposed to get snow during the next several days.

Jeanette said...

Hi Marion
Such Beautifull scenery in your part of the world.
I hope Johns feeling well very soon.

HORIZON said...

Sad to hear about your husband lady Marion. Beautiful photos and words.
Look forward to seeing the crafts that you have been making. l have not had as much time this year to do these things. My Dan is home from uni. this weekend so all three kids are behind me watching a film and eating popcorn. l cannot tell you how wonderful that feels.
Can share your anxiety with these windy nights- candles at the ready. xx
Keep well.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marion, I thought we had moved to the most beautiful place (Colorado, US) -- which is strikingly similar to Wales - we have lots of pine trees tho'!
Your photos, are great, and Wales is awesome!
Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marion, I thought we had moved to the most beautiful place (Colorado, US) -- which is strikingly similar to Wales - we have lots of pine trees tho'!
Your photos, are great, and Wales is awesome! I also enjoyed reading - you have a wonderful soft way with descriptions!
Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful walk. Love the pictures of the pathways through the trees.

Alice said...

What a perfectly lovely part of the country you live in, Marion. Your photos are so beautiful. I'm sure it's a walk that you would like to take often - when it's not raining and blowing a gale.

Thank you for sharing a little part of your world.

As I'm so late commenting on this posting, I truly hope that John is feeling much better, and that you haven't succumbed to the same.