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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Autumn Nesting

After a bit of a yawn and a wakening stretch, I am back!  Thank you so much for your sweet comments while I just had a little rest, you all made me smile so much while I put my feet up (well, in my mind anyway!).  I now know that I was about to go down with the dreaded lurgy, which is why I felt a bit flat and jaded.

So with my feathers now back in order and my feet nicely rested after the recent London trips, it was lovely just to keep things slow and close to home.
September was certainly a warm one with the sun shining all day, dry, even humid at times.
The beautiful insects resting, just like me, and trusting their surroundings.
They accompanied me along short woodland walks, just like fairies guiding the way along the paths with their wings reflecting the sun.
On the woodland floor, the crisp brown carpet sang beneath my feet.

And the fungi played their own symphony.
 My autumn clock is well and truly ticking away now and each morning I fill my lungs with the crisp air that helps me breathe a lot easier.
But those warm, dry days were coming to an end.
I always find September to be the fastest of months.  One blink and it's gone.  Maybe it's because I love Autumn so much and I wait for this month for so long.  One sure sign that September is almost over is when we cut the fig back in the garden after it's annual burst of green and fruits.  Then, our back bedroom windows are able to see the Mill once again.  This one is without sails and is a private dwelling, but it makes us smile, especially with the Christmas lights still in place for their December switch on.
So October begins.  The nights are quickly drawing in, the pumpkins are filling the shop shelves, and the weather has a definite welcome change.  I love rain on a weekend, purely so that I can sit down in my cosy living room with black and white films on, or a good Carry On film!!  So, today was a lovely day.  It poured down!  It has been ages since we last saw a decent spell of rain here so we were more than happy to make ourselves comfortable and have a lazy day.  Looking through the patio doors I couldn't resist but take a shot of the changing ivy colours.  It always looks at its best at this stage before the leaves fall to give a multi coloured carpet.
The potted Christmas tree has been moved nearer the house to start being nurtured again before it gets adorned for the front of the house during the festive season.  It certainly had a good grooming today with the rain polishing it's pine needles.
The drops of water gave new life to the sleepy remaining flowers.
 Before long, the sun made its appearance and the long awaited water glistened in the much cooler sun light.
 So no real trips out and about to write about, but feeling a little more adventurous now that the lurgy has left me!
I'd also like to say a very big welcome to some new followers!!  Now, to start catching up with you all and seeing what you have been up to.

Have a great weekend and week.

Take care.


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39 comments:

  1. a very autumnal post. xxx

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  2. Beautiful landscape and macro photo shots and beautiful blog I really enjoyed the read and the photo shots Chel.

    http://marieflutterby.blogspot.ca/

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  3. What a beautiful return to blogging, Chel! I so enjoyed this post and all the beauty of your rainy day there. Your photos are beautiful. It's nice to take a break and get refreshed. xx Pam

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  4. What a lovely stroll, Chel thank you for some beautiful photos! Hope you are fully recovered, I have had something similar I think, for the second time this year, just a three day affair but wiped me out totally. Like you, I love Autumn, it seems both a winding down and a new beginning - probably left over from thinking about a new school year each September! Lx

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  5. Just beautiful ! When we look close oh what we can see.

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  6. Oh how I love to visit and look at all your lovely photos! You capture such beauty in the ordinary. I am happy to have you back but even more happy that you are feeling better. Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

    Blessings, Vicky

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  7. So glad you are feeling well and rested Chel! And your walks about and photos are gorgeous! You really captured the slow that you were embracing! Life is good and your photos remind me of that! Nicole xo

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  8. such a lovely post Chel!!!! glad to know you are feeling well and rested : ready for the new season, that you love so much! ;oD
    like the picture with flowers and leaves kissed by the rain!!!!!
    xxxxxxx Ale

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  9. Magical photos. Glad you're feeling better. x

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  10. Such lovely images of the season and I'm so glad you had a nice rest! Welcome to OCTOB ER!!

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  11. Glad that you feel that your batteries are charged again.

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  12. Nothing has really felt like autumn here - until this morning. One of those chilly starts to the day then bright sunshine. I've been entertaining myself by digging weeds out of the flower beds. Now having a well earned cuppa and a peruse of favourite blogs. So I shall drink to your health in tea! Have an excellent week.

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  13. I love the way rain always freshens up the colours in the garden, especially after such a long dry spell. Glad you're feeling better Chel x

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  14. So glad you are back and that you had a good rest. Lovely explorations from around your place.

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  15. I'm so glad you're feeling better. Your photos are great, it really looks like the season is changing quickly now.

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  16. I'm happy that you're back and feeling better. I really enjoyed your beautiful photos and lovely poetic words. Thanks for sharing with us.
    karen

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  17. Hi Chel! Oh, I can TELL you love autumn! Your photos and words are lovely! I'm glad you are feeling better and ready to enjoy October! Our leaves are changing and making every path look enchanted! I must take a long walk on the trail before it snows! Take care, friend.

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  18. Oh Chel, your photos are so incredibly beautiful! Each one had me ooohing and aaahing :)

    Your love for Autumn shines in your words and photography - thank you for sharing Autumns splendor with us. Hugs to you!

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  19. What wonderful photos and your thoughts are refreshing. I've really enjoyed stopping by! I'm off for my Sunday nap if I can leave my latest good 'read' alone that long. Wishing you blessings, Maggie

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  20. Beautiful..thank you for the smiles and p.s. I thought it was always raining in England. (wink and smiles.) Blessings

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  21. What a delightful post. Your photos are so lovely and were thoroughly enjoyed.

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  22. Welcome back, Chel! I am glad you are well and rested! Lovely images accompanying your words too. I look forward to more adventures with you here, on the blog, and in real life too!

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  23. Glad you're feeling better, Chel. That lurgy can be a right pain in the you-know-what! :o)

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  24. Hi Chel, lovely to see you back again and to know that you are feeling yourself again. Your photos are stunning!! xx

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  25. So glad you took that stroll and shared such lovely pictures with us, sorry my computer got tired and didn't let me finish. If I can ask what is lurgy?

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    1. Ah, the dreaded "lurgy" - it means an illness, such as a cough and cold in my case :-)

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  26. Glad you're feeling better. What lovely photos, I get dragonflies dancing round me on part of my dog walk.. love it :o) x

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  27. How beautiful autumn is. You've given us some lovely glimpses of your corner of the world. I'm glad you are feeling better and can move into October with more energy. So great to see a post from you. Have a wonderful week!

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  28. Hello, nice to meet you! I adore your photos and am glad to find your blog. I live in Oregon and we've had the longest, hottest year on record.. and it's getting old! LOL! I'm ready for some rain. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  29. Hi Chel, wow what a pretty blog post dedicated to fall. It's such a pretty time of year and glad you are back. I'm taking the week off as I need to do some much needed cleaning and winterizing of the house. Have a wonderful week.
    Julie xoxo

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  30. Lindas fotos e muito interessante blog!
    Abra├žos e boa semana!
    vitornani.blogspot.com

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  31. Beautiful Autumn splendor, Chel. Your photography is breath taking! Beautiful, just beautiful!
    Welcome back home.
    Joy! Debbie

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  32. What lovely and mellow autumn shots!

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  33. Hi Chel, I'm so happy you left a comment and I found this blog! Beautiful photos and just my kind of content throughout! You'll be hearing from me.

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  34. Welcome back, Chel! Glad you are feeling so much better. Your photos are just beautiful.

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  35. oh your photographs are beautiful, I love that dandelion the most x

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  36. Ooh it's taken me ages to get over to your lovely blog...I am sorry about that! I'm having a major catch up today. Terrific photos by the way.

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