Friday, 31 October 2014

A walk round the lake

Yesterday started off a bit misty and dull, but later on the mist and grey cloud cleared, and the afternoon was really lovely - and warm too. Almost too warm for the end of October, but then I mustn't complain, cooler weather is forecast for next week. GM and I had had a bit of a lazy morning, so when he suggested a walk around the lake I jumped at the opportunity, as at this time of year we never know when another chance might come. (Having said that, the forecast for today is pretty good, too.)

It's not far from our house to the park, about 150 metres to the top of the hill, there are two paths down, we chose the one furthest from town. This is the view that greeted us.

The path runs off to the left of the above picture, and we are soon at the bottom of the hill, we just have to walk around to the brick pillar, which is the park entrance.

A slow meander round the lake for us. It's half term holiday week, there are children in the playpark, which we can hear, but not see, and various other people are dog walking, bird watching or feeding the ducks - however the park is large and never feels crowded. There are still a couple of pleasure boats tied up on the island, which seem to have been taken over by gulls.

GM wonders how many more times I'm going to stop to take photos, so I tell him to  keep walking and I'll catch him up.

There is a putting green, although we don't often see it in use. It's very colourful at the moment.

Back along the other side of the lake, there is a heron sitting in the shade of the trees on the island, but he moves off as soon as I point the camera in his direction.

GM spots some steps, which dont actually lead anywhere now apart from up just so far and then stop, but we surmise that at one time they probably led up to the grounds of the old East End House.

We climb the steps anyway, and then walk across the grass back to the path where we first came in at the top of the hill. I love walking through fallen leaves, although these were a bit damp, not really dry and crisp enough to kick about.

A very pleasant way to pass the odd half hour on a late October afternoon.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Happy Days 303/365

This really takes "just popping home for lunch in the firm's van" to new heights.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Happy Days 298-302/365

298. Autumn shows us some truly lovely colours

299. Hebe, in flower, again (confused by the warm weather, I guess)

300. 1,000 blog posts!

301. Is this where my two younger sons go for a blow-out meal?

302. Climbing hydrangea on the pergola


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Carnival part 3

There were several more floats to come, but, as they started late and I had been out for over an hour and a half, I was getting hungry, so I went home.

Monday, 27 October 2014

1000 blog posts, time for a giveaway

I started blogging in January 2010, almost 5 years ago, and I've had a love/hate relationship with ever since. Most of the time I love blogger and blogging, but every now and again I just find I CBA, especially when plays up, which it does every now and again.

Back in the early days I used to get lots of comments on my blog, but these days I hardly get any. Is that because no-one reads my rantings any more? Or is it just that we all follow so many blogs there simply isn't the time to comment on them? I would be interested to know.

In order to see who reads this I'm going to celebrate 1000 blog posts by hosting a give-away. I haven't yet decided what I shall give away, but it may include chocolate and will probably also include stationery of some description and anything else I can find lying around in the studio. To be in with a chance to win all you need to do is say something to me, anything, in the comments box below, before the end of October. The winner will be picked on Saturday 1st November, by which time I might have decided what to give.

Good luck to all who enter here, and thanks for reading and for following me over the past five years,

Joy x x x

Carnival part 2

This is my 1000th blog post!

Carnival, part 1

Saturday was Carnival Day. As usual, I took loads and loads of photos - but dont worry, I'm not going to post them all. Here is the first tranche of some of my favourites.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Happy Days 295-297/365, and a new word

295. I love to read in bed most evenings, (this makes me a librocubicularist, I recently discovered from Eileen's blog) and just lately I've been re-reading selected books from our vast collection of Agatha Christie paperbacks. This is the one I'm currently reading, and it's one I dont think I've read before. (Look at the price - that's 17.5p in new money!)

296. We still have nasturtiums flowering in the garden

297. I have always had a huge love for shoes, although these days they have to be flat, and comfortable, and preferably not too expensive, so at the reduced price of £7.00 my latest acquisition fits all three requirements.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Junk Journal Swap

Some time back in the summer I put my name down to join in with Sandie's Junk Journal swap, I thought I had written a blog post about what I sent, but I can't find it anywhere, so maybe I didn't. Here is what I sent

Five altered sheets of paper, five unaltered sheets of paper, and my cover with £5.00 to cover costs.

What I got back was amazing, here is my journal, which came wrapped in this great music paper and with a covering letter from Sandie.

I was expecting to receive back a journal with ten pages, but what I actually got was this, with in excess of forty pages, all different and some very interesting ones

and this lovely big box of goodies/embellishments with which to finish it off

A big thankyou to Sandie for organising this swap, something a bit different to anything I've joined in before. Sandie is an artist who specializes in bookmaking and doing all sorts of things with paper, you can read her blog (itchifingers) here and she now has a new Facebook page, which you can view, and like, here