Yesterday morning I took a drive up to the hills above Barnstaple, which give views of both the River Taw valley below and Fullabrook Down wind farm at the top.
I went up there initially to capture some black and white landscape shots for today’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge on Diary of an Internet Nobody, but the views were so spectacular that I stayed to do some experimenting with long exposures of the turbines.
On the way back down the hill, I stopped to grab a few shots of the wooded river valley, lit by the low autumn sun…
…and because it was bonfire night on Saturday, here’s a sparkler sculpture and a strange sparkly gif of Audrey for you.
Oh, by the way, that post title..? That’s just a reason to include this ’80s classic.
Dodging the intermittent rain yesterday, Audrey and I took a walk along the Tarka Trail cycle path to our favourite wildfowl lake, where we were pleased to see the pair of swans who are resident there, chaperoning seven inquisitive grey cygnets. The permanent duck population was out in force, too, squabbling over their free lunch in a noisy mass of striking plumage.
The burst of Summer over the weekend generated a flurry of activity in our rented garden, including adding some colour to The Mound.
I know I’ve posted many photos our one, sloping corner of unpaved loveliness, but it is interesting to watch an island in a sea of patio slowly evolve.
We also got a great deal on some planters on Sunday (because they’re actually cheap galvanised buckets from Homebase) and by the end of the afternoon the garden looked like this…
Last week we went to see friends and family in Crowborough, East Sussex, where the dramatic vistas of Ashdown Forest provided A A Milne with the settings for his Winnie the Pooh stories.
We were lucky with the weather and took the opportunity to wander amongst the pines, heather, bracken and gorse bushes of this, the real Hundred Acre Wood, as well as taking Audrey on a tour of some the other rural playgrounds of my youth.
Becky, a friend who I hadn’t seen for years, joined us on the more-or-less-compulsory trek to Pooh Bridge for a game of Pooh Sticks; whilst Biff, another old friend, provided entrainment for Audrey in the shape of Luigi, the loveable Staffordshire bull terrier and he also kindly organised a trip to a riding stables, where we met some of their horses (before stopping for refreshments at one or two local hostelries).
Come on, let me show you around…