Decidedly Reluctant To Test The Water

Blackbirds are now in the process of stripping our crab apple trees of fruit.

After a quick look around,

they tear off an apple then make their way back to their homes across the road.

We can just make out others, like this sparrow, about to leave the runway over there.

Raindrops kept the food moist between bouts of sunshine.

We spent some time making Christmas cards before and after lunch. By the time we drove to Everton Post Office to send them on their way the rain had ceased and the sky cleared somewhat.

Sunset beckoned as we approached Shirley Holms afterwards.

Pools developing on the soggy terrain.

A car drew up and parked in puddles.

The owner decanted two dogs. The animal with the thinner coat appeared decidedly reluctant to test the water.

Running streams were being gouged into the stony moorland,

and flowing over the lane.

Pastel cloudscapes resembled cotton billows.

Ponies would continue chomping grass well into the night.

Further along Shirley Holms Road unusually silent starlings gathered on an oak,

equally silently took to flight.

The still, crystal clear lake at Pilley produce mirror images,

while sunset’s pink and indigo fingers streaked the underlying pale blue skies.



  1. Pretty scenes, indeed.
    Nice to know your rain relented. Ours didn’t. It simply poured down for over 50 hours, and I had to keep a towel on the bed overnight to dry off cats that had answered a call of nature.

  2. Jackie’s instincts about getting the photo of the crabapples before the birds got them all was right. Beautiful photos–I particularly like. . .oh gosh, I can’t decide. Those pastel clouds though and the reflections and the sunset and the pony. . .

  3. ‘Silent starlings’ is a bit of an oxymoron – but we got a rare glimpse of starlings with closed beaks, who’d a thunk it!! It’s a fantastic photo, my favourite one today I think.

  4. Brrr. Looks like a good day to stay inside and close to the fire. It’s even cold here today. Soon I’ll go into the hot water pool, but difficult to get out afterwards.

  5. A truly beautiful collection of photographs. There is something comforting about all your watery shots that we so lack in this drought-stricken area.

  6. OH! Your clouds, reflections, birds, doggies, and pony photos are lovely!
    Love the water as a mirror!
    Your last 3 photos made me SIGH πŸ™‚
    All our puddles have disappeared and left mud. Ha! πŸ™‚ I might have to made some mud-pies to give as Christmas gifts! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…for dinner we had a delicious greens salad, some pasta, some tomatoey-oniony-peppery-saucy-sauce, and some Italian sausage. πŸ™‚

  7. I love all your photos but I particularly like the reflections. I meant to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your photos of the angry sea in your last post. There’s something wonderful about angry waves in winter.

    We had terrible gales earlier in the week, but we enjoyed one dry day where I finally ventured out of the door to bring in logs and nip to the shops to pick up supplies.

    We ran out of oil too, just two days before our delivery was due! Fortunately, they managed to top up the tank from what was left in a tanker that was passing nearby! That was one very cold day!

  8. Derrick, I realise I’m looking at the rain and damp all wrong! Your photos are beautiful and mystical … I’ll try and not moan about the downpours again! Do you make all your Christmas cards? I was hoping to see a picture!

  9. Those are soulful pictures of vistas wet, of starlings embroidered in the oak tree and the sky, and of objects mirrored downwards in pools of water.

  10. The photos with reflections are quite wonderful. The poor dog obviously felt he didn’t have enough protection against the cold water unlike his very furry friend.

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