Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Golden days..........

 The fallen leaves beneath the Maple look so beautiful I am reluctant to clear them.   The carpet of gold is a wonderful addition to the Autumn garden but .........


 it is a job that needs to be done.   Tools gathered I set about my task.     The weather is perfect for such a job.....blue skies and a chill in the air.    For me, this is so much better than a workout in the gym :)
 Leaves are gathered and taken back and forth to the copse.   In a year or two, leaf mould, to spread around the woodland borders.    I am so locked in the moment I continue working..........I had only meant to clear the leaves nearest to the house, but sometimes the mood is right.
 Before I know it twilight.............that time between the setting of the sun and the coming of darkness - the perfect time to be alone in the garden.   Sounds magnify, I hear the birds, Tom next door calls "Mummy"......I can smell smoke in the air and rotting apples.    I do so love this garden.
I am reluctant to go in....one last capture, one last moment.     What a beautiful end to the gardening day.

12 comments:

  1. We've had a wonderful Autumn haven't we? I've been so involved with the WW1 exhibition that I haven't been able to spend as much time in my garden as I'd like. Fabulous sunset photograph.

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    1. Yes Rowan it has been a lovely Autumn.........an extension of summer almost.

      Good luck with the WW1 exhibition. Hope all goes well.

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  2. Beautiful. Those maple leaves look wonderful scattered around the ground like that, and the mushroom totally magical. I expect to see a fairy skipping across the screen. I know Wood Hall, it's not that far from me, in fact I recently wrote about Wetherby on my other blog.

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    1. Morning Jo,

      I really wanted to leave the maple leaves.....but of course they get wet etc and become more of a problem.
      If only I could magic a fairy onto the screen :)

      Wetherby is lovely.....you are fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country.
      I wish I had known that you were not far away, I could have met you for coffee and a brief chat. :)

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  3. What a lovely capture of a beautiful day, Cheryl! Usually my knees or back tell me it's time to quit long before I'm ready to, but I've found myself lately getting into the "zone" where I just don't want to stop. Granddaughter has been waiting to rake leaves here, but the winds have been so strong they've blown most of them across the fields. I'm thankful, but she may be disappointed:)

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    1. Thank you Rose,
      I believe most gardeners suffer with aches and pains, it comes with the territory :)

      I am sure you are thankful Rose.....raking leaves can be tiring but I confess it is something I enjoy. I find I lose myself in the rhythm.

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  4. Beautiful autumn leafy photos - perfect photo opportunity - that you captured perfectly. I guess you have plenty of leaves to cope with considering all the trees you have. I envy you all the leaf mould though.

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  5. Well Elaine lets say clearing leaves in this garden takes weeks.................and often many are left. It just gets too much at the end :)
    Leaf mould is the best soil improver and I love the smell it exudes as you work with it.
    I started making it as soon as we moved here, so every year there is a large pile for the garden.

    Misty and frosty this morning..........Brrrrrrrr !!!!!!!

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  6. Oh this post brings back memories! David and I raking leaves (I agree much better than a work-out at some smelly gym). Twilight and he'd still be out there. I'd be in the kitchen stirring up a pot of chill or spaghetti sauce for dinner. I'd peer through the window, watching and waiting for him to come in. Scratching my head I'd wonder why he was raking leaves in the dark. He told me that it just felt magical out there in the velvet night.

    There were times he was out so long that I'd open the back door and call him in for supper - just like calling in a child from play. Oh how I cherish those lovely days.

    Aches and pains prevent me from doing anything but light raking these days, but that's ok - part of the territory as you mentioned. As long as I can get out there and do something in the fresh air, I'm happy.

    Your pictures capture the mood - leaves are golden, toadstool looks as if an elf is waiting to jump up on it and the wood structure in the first one looks awfully familiar!

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    1. You set the scene beautifully my dear Wendy. You are so fortunate to have shared some of your life with such a wonderful man. Ah the inner child, I understand that one :)

      Yes aches and pains are something we learn to live with...........I often wonder how much longer I can garden this large space on my own. Mr P has suggested a gardener to help but I am reluctant.....I do not want someone else tending my sanctuary. Probably foolish but this is the way of the woman.

      Take care my friend, treasure your memories.............

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  7. Gives me such a peaceful feeling after the anxiety of our Election Day results. Since we have no grass, we don't rake many leaves. Just clear the walkways and driveway.

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    1. I do so hope the election went the way you hoped.
      These are such difficult times.............

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