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Monday 10 October 2016

Autumn... Through my lens.

September has been an exceptional month so far. 
It's reaffirmed to me that it is one of my favourite months.
Here are some autumnal photographs...
This was my view this morning... not all Mondays mornings are bad.
It's certainly crisp and fresh first thing, with temperatures dropping to 0 degrees overnight, but at least the day's are bright and full of sunlight.
Here's Muffy checking out one particular patch in our garden that's been intriguing her all week. 
I suspect that the fox (which we saw in the back field yesterday) has visited us.
You can just see Madame Muffy's back end sticking out of the shrubs, as she tentatively takes up the trail. 
Each year I love to see the Virginia Creeper change colour... I'm never disappointed.
It certainly brightens up the garage wall.
I was going to put out a warning on this next photo, but there's no spider in sight so I thought it would be okay... which makes me wonder where it might be?
This was the sight that greeted me as I opened the back door this morning, but thankfully I'm vertically challenged and wasn't tall enough for it to swipe across my face. Ugh!
(Funny I've never been thankful for being short before
Someone's certainly been busy overnight.
I believe September really is the spider month, because it's amazing how many cobwebs can appear even when you've swept through with the hoover nozzle, or feather duster.
(Honest I do make a gesture now and then)
Because the weather has been so brilliant it's obviously affected the plants and wildlife in the garden.
Here's a sample of some of the plants and grasses that I picked for an autumn display.
Anyone that knows me knows that I love to pick flowers from outside and bring them in to fully appreciate their loveliness.
Although having hubby send off for an offer for some spring bulbs took me to the limit this week.
I use the term 'some' bulbs loosely because when the boxes arrived there were a variety amounting to 800 in total. 
I'm still not through planting them all yet. 
I think I've got four more packets still to plant and I'm telling you now that if they don't all appear in spring... you'll hear about it! 
I normally take down my summer hanging baskets by now, but I just can't when they are still flowering so well. 
The winter display will have to wait.

The photo below shows Aberdeen once again, but this time from a different location.
It's still not clear, but I liked it.
If you'd like to see the other photo which was linked to My Sunday Photo... then click here
...and finally because I'm aware that this post is getting rather long and I could go on with autumn photos... 
One sight and sound that confirms that Autumn has definitely arrived, is the departure of the geese flying south for the winter.
Hearing and seeing them makes me slightly melancholy, but I know that they'll be back and what a sight that will be.
I'm going to link up with a few blogs for this post... I'd love you to take a peek at them. 
I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
I hope you have a brilliant week ahead and I look forward to seeing you again soon


  1. Autumn looks beautiful in your area! The spider web is so interesting to see--you captured great detail with the back lighting. Planting 800 bulbs is quite a job but I can imagine how wonderful everything will look in spring!

    1. It's been a stunning autumn so far Pat. I'm afraid that I can't take any credit for the back lighting on the web picture because it was actually the early morning sunlight shining through the trees.
      As for the bulbs have been a bit of a chore, but I'm telling myself that they will ALL pop up to delight us in spring. I just hope I'm right!

  2. Lovely photos - I've been taking some of a neighbours Virginia Creeper today - on of the great joys of Autumn. The kids keep pointing out when the geese are flying over and we had a flock of long-tailed tits in the garden this morning. These things are enough to keep e happy :)

    1. I'm still always surprised by the vibrant colour of the Virginia Creeper... I never tire of the changing autumn palette.
      I love to hear the honking of the geese and have even heard them fly over at night... in total darkness. Amazing!

  3. Beautiful photos, I would have been more than happy for you to have posted lots more :-) Had to laugh at your thankfulness for being short; at only 5' 1" I know exactly what you mean x #MMBC

    1. Ahh thank you Lisa, I appreciate your kind words.
      I certainly can't stop taking photos especially on these wonderful colourful autumn days.
      I'm a staggering 3 inches taller than you, but I always say beautiful things come in little packages! ;D

  4. Lovely! I am not a fan of spiders, but aren't their webs incredible!

    1. I don't have a fear of spiders so can admire them, but I do get frustrated in how quickly they can revisit a corner that you've previously cleaned. They can be very persistent!
      I can't kill them though only transport them out of the house using a glass and piece of card.

  5. Such beautiful photos! I especially love the golden light and long shadows in the first photo.

    1. Me too Victoria, I think that that one might be my favourite one too.

  6. I don't have colorful leaves in autumn since I live in Florida. I miss that - your Virginia Creeper. It's quite beautiful.

    1. When I used to live in the Middle East Carol I really missed the seasons and especially the changing colours of autumn. I'll be sure to post lots of photos over the next few weeks of the trees in all their splendor. The Virginia Creeper is growing more vibrant with each day.

  7. The weather during the day has almost been sunnier than in the summer :p little chilly tho

    spider webs are so pretty with their patterns :)

    1. Hasn't it just Jennifer, some days the temperature has been better than summer too!
      I just had to capture that web as it was just there to greet me opening the door to the morning sun.

  8. Hello and thanks Felicia, it has been a spectacular autumn for us here so far. I just hope we can maintain it for as long as possible.

  9. All beautiful pictures... but that spider web especially - wow!

    1. It came as such a surprise Minnemie as I opened the kitchen door.
      The early morning sunlight on it was just perfect.

  10. absolutely marvelous photos .loved the diversity of pics too .web looks catchy !creeper is awesome and landscape is brath taking dear

    1. Thank you baili for your kind words. I was just thankful that I hadn't walked through the spiders web before seeing it.
      Call me a big softy, but it's still there as far as I'm aware. As long as they stay out of the house I'm fine with them.
      I'm very lucky to have these views to look at each day and throughout the seasons.

  11. Hi Neesie, beautiful photos. The views from your house are quite something. Your top photo with the hay bales is something I would quite happily sit and admire whilst enjoying my morning coffee. Although the chill could well keep me watching from indoors.

    As for planting 800 bulbs? I'm not sure I'd have the stamina! Your garden will look quite stunning next year though.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.



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