Autumn Reflections

Jackie and I each photographed a few flowers

blooming yesterday morning. Here are the Assistant Photographer’s contributions. The first three are of Mrs Popple fuchsias and a giant which has lost its label; next is a white solanum with the bright blue Ali Baba planter in the background; the hanging baskets following contain petunias and bacopas; next, not actually a flower, are bejewelled weeping birch catkins; and finally we have raindrops on black eyed Susans.

Mine were chrysanthemums of varying hues, still hot lips, and, believe it or not, yellow antirrhinums.

Before lunch today we took a short drive into the forest, via

Lower Sandy Down which offered

a number of autumn scenes.

Church Lane, running up and down from Boldre to Pilley, came next.

Jackie parked on a verge while I stood on the road bridge contemplating

the now fast-flowing stream and its reflections.

This tangle of oak branches and the weeping willow tresses were also visible from my vantage point.

At Pilley we encountered a number of ponies beside the lake,

and noticed that Foxglove and Twinkle now have chickens for company.

The cyclist who squeezed past these donkeys on the road must have been intrigued at the number of times we passed him as we wandered around in circles at this point.

Back at home Nick continued working proficiently yet at a rate of knots. Moving from room to room as he put curtains back up and another coat of paint on the door in the sitting room; he further prepared the kitchen and added paint to walls and ceiling. One of the horrors he had to deal with was the hole in the lath and plaster wall into which had been driven by our predecessors a bracket on which swung a large fridge that blocked the doorway during their residence.

Unfortunately our craftsman will have to leave the work in the kitchen until after 19th January which is the earliest that Barry Chislett-Bruce can repair our leak. Reflecting their reliability and the quality of their work, both these men, thorough experts in their fields, are very busy, so we are happy to wait.

This evening we dined on crisp oven fish and chips; green peas; piquant pickled onions and gherkins, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Prestige de Calvet Cotes du Rhone Villages 2019.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

68 thoughts on “Autumn Reflections

  1. So many beautiful photos by you and Jackie. Of course I love the reflections.

    I saw people riding horses down a wooded path today, and I almost felt like I was in your part of the world. πŸ˜€

    It looks like the renovations are going well. You are fortunate to have such skilled professionals doing the work, even if it means a delay.

  2. Those are beautiful garden and forest scenes, Derrick and Jackie! It’s nice to see Foxglove and Twinkle again, too. Trees really show their character when the leaves start falling. The black and white of that old gnarled oak is very artistic.

  3. Beautiful garden photos as usual.

    A mere couple of months and the work will be completed.

    I love the reflection photos too. Creative.

    We didn’t see many Autumn colours around here back in March to May but then it doesn’t really get cold here, nor winter much to my achy joints delight. There were just the occasional deciduous trees on roadsides. When we lived in Canberra back in early 1980’s and again in early 2000, Autumn was the most colourful time of the year.

  4. Wonderful photos. Derrick. Those donkeys are a hoot for sure. It’s a shame that Nick ran into plaster and lath repairs/rework. That old construction can be a hassle to redo.

  5. What a wonderful visit. Loved the water photos.. a nice piece, the pictures of the scenes along the drive, are dreamy.. I’ll take them to bed with me.. let my thoughts drift down the lanes.. thank YOU.

  6. fantastic autumnal gallery as always, Derrick! your reflections shots are just magical! and what a delight to see the ponies, donkeys and white chicken. and of course, the lovely chrysanthemums!

  7. I have not seen such beautifully bunched chrysanthemums before, mine tend to flower in a scraggly sort of way. You have provided a delightful range of photographs for us to enjoy. Although they now sport fuzzy coats for winter, your donkeys look much softer than our too – perhaps ours lead a harder life, given that they roam around town seeking their own nourishment until their owners round them up to pull a cart.

  8. Lovely flowers! I suspect I am partial to Mrs Popple. The rain beaded catkins are no less charming. Chrysanthemums are an old favourite. The Autumn has descended on the forest with no uncertain intent. I swear that tangled oak is home to ghosts! The monochrome compounds the mystery.

    What kind of people hang a fridge swinging over a bracket and blocking a passage? It’s a wonderful world, after all!

      1. We surely are. I am reading a book β€œSapiens” by Yuvan Noah Harare. If ever I had a shred of doubt about our strangeness, it’s gone like dew drops in the afternoon.

  9. I agree with GP, the colours are amazing. I couldn’t help smiling at the thoughts that might have been going through the cyclist’s head.

  10. Oh, you know I love the fuchsias and the snap dragons! πŸ™‚
    Thank you, Jackie and Derrick, for the gorgeous photos…popping with vibrant colours, wonderful textures and shapes, etc! Smile-bringers!!! πŸ™‚
    Love all of those equines enjoying their day…all beautiful…but the donkeys captured my heart eons ago. πŸ™‚
    Your tree photos and your water photos are always stunning! πŸ™‚
    YAY for a beautiful day! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  11. Excellent set of photos, with some impressive flowers. Your photos were quite good too. πŸ™‚

    I’m always suspicious when somebody tells me he hasn’t got much work on – good tradesman are always in demand.

    Hope it all goes well.

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