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This morning Jackie drove us to the GP surgery at Milford on Sea where we were given our flu jabs. There is nothing like joining the priority group above a certain age for letting us know where we belong.
Afterwards we travelled on for a short trip in the forest.
Gates Cottage, with its attractive picket fences is nicely situated
on a bend in Mead End Road near Lymington.
Inquisitive as always, a pair of cattle, possibly Herefords, peered through a hedge alongside the driveway to Greenslade Farm opposite the thatched cottage.
Bracken in the hedgerows wears its autumn hues.
We turned off into another lane,
and returned home via Hordle Lane where the new housing development
has changed forever the view from All Saints Parish Church,
the graveyard of which
is donning its autumn splendour.
This afternoon we returned to NatWest in Lymington where I collected the Australian dollars I am sending to Orlaith for her fifth birthday.
Jackie waited in the car for me at the bottom of the High Street while I wandered down photographing the seasonal displays.
I began with the graveyard of St Thomas and All Saints church, containing some of the souls we remember this evening;
where holly berries proclaim the season.
Like Pizza Express, we take the opportunity to amuse with spiders and ghouls carved from pumpkins featured on this bunting;
and scary creatures peering from their window.
The Dogs Trust display also includes a discreet poppy.
Inside Costa Coffee, a wandering pumpkin selects a snack from the cabinet.
English and Continental Chocolates’ cornucopia includes a number of witches of which Burley would be proud.
Living up to the outlet’s name White Stuff displayed an albino pumpkin.
The Save The Children shop favoured horror.
Across the road Lounges Coffee Shop and Rose Garden Craftsstruck a lower key.
This crafted pumpkin is in drydock.
It is probably appropriate that The Gilded Teapot’s window should show falling leaves.
In common with a number of our towns and villages, Lymington remembers those souls who never came back from Flanders, by fixing a poppy to each lamp post.
It wasn’t until I cropped and enlarged the two images that I realised that I had photographed Rahul, one of the delightful Lal Quilla waiters. He is on the left, speaking on his mobile phone. On his way back down the hill a little later he stopped for a chat, neither of us being aware that I had immortalised him. I will make some prints for our next visit to the restaurant.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy chilli con carne with wild rice and peas. I drank more of the Fronton.
you seem to achieve a lot more than I can in a day , I like the first paragraph 🙂
Thanks very much, Sylvie. Retirement helps 🙂
I really like the photos of the autumn woodland … I need to get my walking boots on 🙂
Thanks very much, Tiny
Beautiful scenery with the cottage and forest. Seems like a nice, relaxing drive. I like the poppies on the posts. Your photos always capture so much of daily life that we often miss. Thanks, Derrick!
Thanks very much, Cheryl
I did so enjoy this ramble with you, Derrick. I always have a difficult time trying to decide which photo I like best in your post, but I do like that lane. 🙂
I like how you chronicled the Halloween sights. We’ve had one group of “Trick-or-treaters” come by so far.
Thanks a lot, Merril. No-one really walks past our place, so we don’t get them
I love the pumpkin selecting his snack and the two impervious drinkers behind him 🙂 Priceless really…..
Very many thanks, Pauline
Such gorgeous views in this post. I love the photo of the road and trees!
Thanks very much, Lynn
Some magical photos here. My favorites are the pair of cattle and the beautiful road image.
Thank you very much. Luanne. I’m pleased you liked the peeping cattle
That’s a very grand tour Derrick. Enjoyed it enormously
Very many thanks, Frank
Wonderful pictures, Derrick. Especially the ones of the autumn woodland. A feast for the eyes after a punishing day!
Thank you very much, Sofia
Most magical photos…all that I imagined for an Autumn English countryside, complete with spooky graveyard behind the church. Thank you for the lovely tour..my tiny mid-afternoon break in a tough work day.
Very many thanks, Jeanne
“Flu jabs.” I love that! I’ve never heard that before. Great mix of photographs, Derrick. Cheers!
Many thanks, Jill
that was fun, can we do another one soon =^_^=
🙂 I’ll see what I can do, Dymoon. Thank you.
Those are lovely twists ans turns of the road in the forest. The shopfronts are full of fun and frolic, I like the one with falling leaves. I am touched by the poppies stuck on the pole too. Is Rahul a Vampire? (His infamous namesake out here is certainly one of them).
🙂 He is a very warm and friendly young Indian – an efficient waiter, too. Thanks a lot, Uma
When you turned off into another lane you fooled me, I though that was a waterfall.
Is the haloween a relatively new thing for celebration in England?
I’d never heard of it when I was growing up. Perhaps it was suspended for the war years, as was Guy Fawlkes bonfire night. Although that resumed in 1945. .
Halloween is an American import, long after my childhood. Thanks a lot, Brian.
and is the case in Australia, 10 years ago it wasn’t heard or thought of and life was good :'(
I think it’s the pernicious influences of the mass media, largely controlled by US money that is corrupting the children of this country.
Tomorrow being Toussaint, Saint Thomas and … is very appropriate. I’ll bet the dollars will be very excitedly received in Oz!
Many thanks, Osyth
Another nice pumpkin but I’m so glad it’s over for another year though the streets are littered with reminders. I stepped on a giant spider and tripped over ‘cobwebs’ that clings to your shoes.
Agreed, Mary. Thank you very much
Love the shop windows, Derrick – and the variety of pumpkins is impressive. Just shows what can be seen if we take time to notice (and capture). The poppies on lamp posts is new to me though. I clearly visit the wrong towns 🙂
Thanks a lot, Sandra. I haven’t seen them before
Love the whole of your tour, Derrick. Windowshopping at home with a nice cuppa is my favourite. 🙂
Thanks very much, Dina
You don’t miss any details, do you, Derrick?
Really nice to be virtually sharing the walk with you 🙂
Many thanks, Bipasha
I especially love the black and white graveyard shots….lends to the solemnity of such places….great halloween decorations <3
Many thanks, Kim
This year the shot was very painful for some reason. I got it in mid September and it still works 🙂
Thanks a lot, Inese. Sorry about the pain
I was just at a cemetery yesterday where I located quite a few Civil War and Spanish-American War gravestones. My pictures look a lot like yours here.
If you happen to know anyone who is crafted in thatching – tell him to pass it on! As a kid, I recall a restoration project going on here call ‘The Plantation’ and thatchers had to be brought from Ireland because no one in the U.S. knew how! The art must be even more scarce now – am i right?
Actually it thrives in our part of England. There is legal requirement to replace thatch with thatch when required. Many thanks, GP
I am curious about the photo of the thatched roof. Is that a net of some sort over the thatching?
I am glad to hear thatching is alive and well in England. 🙂
It is decorative, perhaps fixing the top layer which is made of more pliable material than the rest.
Great to hear!!
That is an enjoyable tour, Derrick!
Thank you very much, Amy
Such fun to go out and about again with you folks. That country rad photo with arching branches if fabulous. You find and snap such great shots. Also like the black and white images–I am inspired to try new things with photography.
Very many thanks, Cynthia. Your photography is good as it is 🙂
Mutual admiration! 🙂
The black and white shots are particularly good, though the street scenes were good too.
Thanks very much, Quercus
Quaint shops, I love chocolates. I appreciate the photos of the thatched roof cottage, the window shopping photos and the beauty in Autumn splendour. Thanks, Derrick!
Many thanks, Robin