A Sunny Sunday……

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I guess this Sunday was when the last days of summer confront the first days of Autumn.  In the garden there is much that still says summer….in fact our Honeysuckle is on its third round of abundant flowers.  Elsewhere the Sedum is a magnet for Bees and Butterflies… yes, to our delight and surprise Butterflies.  We have missed them this summer as our garden has always be a food attraction for them.  At the moment it is Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and  Comma that are here today.

The signs of autumn are mainly in our local woodland and fields.  Leaves slowly turning, Fungi pushing up to the light and ready to spread their spores. Out and about, or in the garden, it is a colourful merger of two seasons ahead of Thursdays Autumn Equinox.

It is always a time of mixed emotions…..  time passes so quickly, so we are both sad to see summers decline, but also look forward, in anticipation of the beauty of autumn and its colours.

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Summer or Autumn..  no matter the season….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

19th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday……. Off to Church

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Saint John the Baptist, The Parish Church of Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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Wherever you are this Sunday…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

19th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

A British Complaint……

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They say it is only the British who complain about the weather, never satisfied.  But reading many of the blogs here on WP it appears as if it is a habit shared by a good few nations.

It certainly has been a strange year for weather, I have suggested that it is ‘roller coaster’ weather …. Well it has not gone to plan, with I suspect, a knock on effect on the seasons.

This past 2 weeks we have enjoyed a mini heatwave for 3 days.  This was quickly followed by a string of very grey and damp days, days when it didn’t rain just had a all enveloping damp in the air. This of course was followed by 2 days of  real rain, rain which you might describe as a mini monsoon’s.

As this second week draws to a close we get another burst of dry, sunny weather with blue skies and cotton wool clouds.

The significant beauty of this latest change, is that it has brought us some real September weather.  Days that are showing us the signs that autumn is indeed getting nearer.

Some flowers are having a last flourish whilst other are definitely  heading home…

Trees are staring to change colour, subtle change but still a change.  Mornings are starting misty and the air does feel very different…great weather to be out and about…

Two weeks of very changeable weather.  The forward forecast is not promising, so best enjoy the this little bit of pre-autumnal colour.

No matter the weather, like the rest of life, we just have to get on with it, even in these strange Covid times….BUT

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

18th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Saturday… So lets have a Day Out

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Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire.

Something different for a weekend visit.  Little Moreton Hall is a rather unique Tudor Half Timbered building surrounded by a Moat….. and no, those odd angles are not  my bad photography but inbuilt in the wooden construction.

The Hall was built for a Willaim Moreton.  Work started on the main building in 1504 but construction and extensions were added over the following century by the Moreton family.

 The Hall you see above looks large, but once you cross the bridge over the Moat you enter a courtyard surrounded by Black and White timbers and the true size becomes a  reality.

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But let me take you on a short tour.  Once you have taken in the exterior style and size, admired the carved wood decorations, you can step inside to aother world of wood. Sloping floors, odd angled rooms, wooden spiral staircases.  Apart from the wood and peg construction, you  find that for a house of this period, there are a staggering number of windows. In places you can see the wall painting decor. Of course for a Hall of some standing it also has its own tiny Chapel. So lets take the Tour….

I mentioned that it was unusual to have a Hall with so many windows….but they are an important part to the architectural style that makes Little Moreton so distinctive.

This is nowhere more obvious than in the Long Gallery located on the top floor of the main building.

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Stretching for the entire length of the top floor the windows add to the rooms spectacular appeal.  Note also the ceiling and decorations on the end walls…..  I said spectacular, maybe dramatic would be a better description.

What is also unusual is that Willaim Moreton was not part of the Royal favoured noble gentry.  Certainly wealthy from farming, astute land purchases and milling plus other agricultural business venture, he found the means to build his own Manor House.

Sadly the families fortunes were lost after they chose the wrong side to support in the English Civil Wars.  The family lost the right of ownership but remained as tenants for a while.  Loss of income and high rent brought thefamilies  tenure of the Hall to and end.  The Hall had a succession of farming tenants but eventually the Hall became empty.

Little maintenance or modifications during these later centuries occurred.  That is perhaps to our benefit,  we are left with a Hall that is remarkable ‘as it was built’. True some restoration work has had to be undertaken but  sensitively hidden.

So that is our brief tour over……  for the inquisitive visitor there is much detail to discover, far more than I have included here.

Before you depart you can relax in the Gardens or the Parlour with a welcome Cream Tea…  believe me they are good

I hope you have enjoyed your virtual visit…..  The Hall really is unique…  I am till not sure that there is a straight wall anywhere in the building.

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This weekend. If you are out exploring or at home….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

18th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

CBWC – PATTERNS

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Anyone for a Sherry ?

What seemed like endless rows of barrels at the Gonzalez Byas Bodiga. Spain

Just an idea for Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week – Patterns.

More details here :- https://ceenphotography.com/2021/09/16/cbwc-patterns/ 

Whatever challenges you face today…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

17th September

(C) David Oakes 2021