Saturday, November 16, 2013

New Road to Skip

It was one of the most exciting things to happen at Skip in years. I had no vehicle access for a couple of days. The result is - there's a new road past the cottage!

The council team got a couple of dry days for the job. OK, so it was somewhat overdue. If there was a national prize for the biggest potholes, then the road south from Wamphray hall would have been a contender!

It will, hopefully, be a long time before this sight is seen outside Skip again. What a lovely job. So smooth! I understand now why tarmac curling rinks became popular in the early years of the twentieth century. The thought did come into my head that I could sprinkle some water outside on the cold days that are sure to come in the next couple of months, and try out some of my outdoor stones! Where can I borrow some 'Road Closed' signs?

I picked a nice day to go on an 'inspection tour' of the new road!

Now, I wonder what this strange sign 'painted' on the verge signifies?

It was a lovely day to walk a little further. Even Murder Loch looked benign!

Lots of funghi around. But these did not look appetising!

I've photographed my favourite tree many times in different seasons. This beech is clinging on to its leaves so far this autumn.

Lots of fruit on the hawthorn in the hedges this year!

Days like this make me realise how wonderful it is to live in Annandale.

There may have been blue skies, but in the shade there was still the odd patch of ice.

As the clouds started to build, it was time to call it a day!

Photos © Skip Cottage

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

First Frost

As November rolled around, it was great to see the colour develop on the trees around Wamphray.

In the garden, this Acer is always a surprise. This was a couple of weeks ago, as the colour just started to appear.

It's late this year, but it's now happened. Looking out to see the frost covered fields, under a blue sky!

Frost covered foliage - autumn is definitely here!

Meanwhile the Acer has exploded with colour. Different every year. See how it looked last year (here), and four years ago (here).

One day, the non-stop begonias are not stopping ...

... the next day, after the first frost, they're gone! Sad.

Nature's bounty. I'm already collecting the leaves to make leaf mold for the garden - it's a great soil conditioner - and there's lots more to come!

Photos © Skip Cottage