Saturday, 22 November 2014

An Almost Perfect November Walk

Hello Lovelies,
most of this week has been rainy or grey. That makes Thursday's weather all the more remarkable.
The forecast was for fog, followed by thick cloud. But the day dawned misty and soon it was sunny.....hooray.

I had been really looking forward to another group walk all week.
They meet locally, then car share to the start of the walk. A kind lady I met last week offered me and others a seat in her car, and we headed off.

It was 10.30am by the time we started walking. It was in an area I'm not familiar with.

The countryside looked so pretty in the November sunshine............


The Autumn colours just glowed...........

and the ponies blended in :0)

The field edges were full of Hogweed skeletons, brown grass and lichen covered, leafless bushes.......


The Ash trees are bare, making it easy to spot this lonely cluster of farm buildings............


Further along new crops were turning the fields green once more. There was not a breath of wind and a thin ribbon of mist hung in the air, along the border of the wood..................


I loved the burnt orange colour of the leaves that remained...........


Once again I chatted with various people as we walked, they are such  open, friendly people who are very easy to talk to.

we crossed a few wooden bridges over streams...........


and I was so happy to gaze upon new views, without the worry of getting lost :0)


Here we were walking along a quiet lane and the mist added a dreamlike quality to the view.......


When we reached this farm it was time to leave the lane and head across country once more.


Once again the pace was steady. It certainly didn't feel slow and there were hills to climb, which added to the effort and make you feel hot.
Soon we were looking down on that farm, and I was happy to stop here for a little rest. We enjoyed our drinks and chatted some more...............


Then it was time to climb again, before heading into the sunshine as we crossed another sheep field..........


Soon we arrived at the Iron Age Hill Fort that occupies the high ground........


Livestock grazed quietly. I loved these pretty little cows............


It was almost midday by the time we walked along the edge of the fort, but the low November sun still cast long shadows that highlighted the remains of the "walls".........


Here we are, well some of us. It's a well supported group and there were over twenty people out enjoying the glorious views and weather on Thursday............


You could see for miles looking north, but into the sun the view was still hazy..........


We all commented that it really was perfect walking conditions......except for one thing....the mud!.........


After squelching across a few more fields we arrived at the lunch stop. In a pretty village we enjoyed our picnics in the park.Where there were plenty of seats and benches..........


and views of gorgeous cottages........

I love to see a thatched roof

Soon it was time to press on, to drink in more views........

and smell wood-smoke in the air


How I enjoyed being out in nature, in the fresh air............


It's wonderful to walk with people who say things like  " look at that view" and "aren't we lucky to have all this on our doorstep"..........the sort of things I'm thinking too.


This was about 2.30pm........the sun was already sinking and the golden glow was magical..........


We had arrived at another village and there was just time for quick drink stop in the church yard.........


Then we carried on through is picturesque village. This timeless scene caught my eye.
 Old cottages and a little plot of land right in the high street, with geese and chickens free to roam............


Then it was up and down the last few hills. This was a bit of a scramble up a muddy path.........


Past young saplings and red berries.............


as we neared the finish the mist was really building again......rolling up the valley and creating a lovely glow...........


We walked 9 and 1/2 miles and were out for five hours including lunch and drink stops. Not fast I know, but it certainly felt like a good work out. My boots were so heavy with mud by the end I'm sure that added to the exercise :0)...........


and after we have taken off our muddy footwear it was lovely to head here for a hot drink and a scone..............

so cosy!

It really was a very special walk, another that I will remember for a long time. And if I forget bits, it will be great to look back here and jog my memory.
I do hope you lovelies enjoyed it too.
Jacquie x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Happy Things Again


Hello Lovelies,
gosh but the start of the week has been busy. I'm happy to get to the middle and enjoy the luxury of a little slow time.
Here's a  post full of simple things that are making me happy right now.

1. My Katie Daisy calendar.......

Love these quotes and the autumnal colours.

2. Sunshine in the city. The light was beautiful on this trip to buy school shoes the other weekend.........


3. Mist in the garden.
This little patch of earth and the view over the neighbours gardens always makes me happy.........


our silver birch tree is glowing at the moment..........



and Mr Squirrel is burying nuts in the lawn.......



4. Planting this years Amaryllis.
When the days are short and there are hardly any flowers in the garden it's nice to have some indoor colour to look forward to............


5. Making soup.
How I love a bowl of heart warming, home made soup. It's so easy and healthy and perfect on a grey November day............

THIS recipe

6. Walking alone.
just a little trip to fill my lungs and stretch my legs at the weekend. Noticing freshly laid wreaths at the war memorial...............


and smiling at this stunning cherry tree, which added cheer to a sunless day..........


How I love these leaves...........


7. A quick Saturday morning crochet project.
I really enjoyed working in Stylecraft pinks and Grape, to create this practical little project...........


Whilst walking last week my hair blew in my eyes and my ears were chilly.

So I made a headband.

Ta-dah............


I followed THIS pattern and I love the texture created by the simple cross over stitches.

I've made crochet headbands to give as gifts before, but never for myself.
It's super comfy and I'm looking forward to trying it out on my next long walk..........


I hope you lovelies are finding time to enjoy the simple things
Jacquie x

Saturday, 15 November 2014

This Weeks Walk :: my first group walk

Hello Lovelies,
thank you so much for all your encouraging comments on my pre-walk post, you are so thoughtful.

Sorry I didn't get chance to write this post sooner. On the day I felt a little guilty for spending the whole day walking and blogging........I know I'm lucky to be able to indulge my interests like this. Then yesterday I was at work.

So, how did it go? Well, better than I had dared hope actually. 

The  pace was fine, maybe a little slower than I would have walked alone, but not much.
The grey weather was uninspiring for photography, but not unpleasant for walking, despite the mud...........


The route was lovely. I particularly liked this part along a raised ridge.........


It was breezy and slightly bleak.........


 I loved the views across the rolling hills............


But the nicest thing about the walk was the company.
 They were SUCH a friendly group. I think I got chance to talk to about half of them as we walked, then picnicked, then walked further. Everyone was so welcoming and easy to talk to...........


My photos are not great. I didn't get chance to take too many pictures this first walk. I was self concious and it was rather dark, but I knew you lovelies would like to see a little of the landscape and colour..........


we walked through pretty villages........


 over foot bridges..........


and across fields...........


the route was well planned and to was so nice to be able to follow others and not worry about getting lost.............though it did go by in a bit of a blur of watching where I stepped and chatting with lots of different people. I'm sure it will get easier to notice my surroundings  and  take the photos I like as I get used to group walking..........


Because I LOVED every minute of walking as part of this group and I can't wait for the next one........

We did eight and a half miles and my feet were sore at the end.

Thankfully the rain held off all day. Most people went to a cafe for a cup of tea and a slice of cake afterwards......a yummy hunk of Victoria sponge with jam and fresh cream. It tasted so good after nearly five hours outdoors.
Jacquie x