29 Aug 2015

Summer days in August


Hello friends. I don't know about you, but as the August days slip away and we head into September I'm looking forward to new experiences and the plans that we've made for Autumn. For us there'll soon be a change of scene after a summer of family activities and domestic routine in our Yorkshire home.
I took a break from blogging and did less photography.  Instead, I decided to take a photo or two every day over August and create a photo journal for the month. Below are some of those photos.


There were opportunities to sit out in the garden and read or just relax with family as well as enjoy gardening and visits to local garden centres with our daughter who had come to stay for a week or two.


We have three excellent garden centres in our area and it's a pleasure to drop by, browse and buy a few plants or a garden ornament. I bought one of those wind chimes with a solar light that changes colour, dahlias 'Happy Days' (some with bronze-coloured leaves), rudbeckia 'Little Gold Star', some pansies to put in pots and our daughter bought Japanese anemone 'Pink Saucer' and some cyclamen. I'm hoping to widen one of the borders to accommodate more plants, but grass over another so that we have the same width of lawn.


We've been harvesting vegetables and beginning to enjoy the first of the figs.  The two peaches were picked and enjoyed before our daughter returned home.


We celebrated Mr. P.'s birthday with members of the family who came to stay, drop in or when we went for a visit to their homes. Our grand daughter passed all her GCSE exams with good grades and she'll be continuing her studies at college. Her brother, the youngest of our six grandchildren, is doing well with his sports activities and we've been over to his rowing club to see him in action. At the same time we visited nearby Conisbrough Castle, a partially restored medieval fortification.

 a view from The Keep of Conisbrough Castle

There have been days out in the local countryside, coffee mornings in town with friends and the occasional church planning meeting and visits to see grandson no. 4 whose been staying in Edinburgh with the National Youth Music Theatre during most of August rehearsing and performing during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. By now he's used to being away from home and boarding out during these events, but pleased to be back home with the family pets and playing with his pet ferret, Honey, (whose actually very cute). It has a fantastic cage and also a large run with lots of toys and tubes to crawl through.  
 








The heather is in flower on the moors and even on a misty day I love being in the local countryside around Strines and Derwent Moors and Bradfield Dale.


I hope you've had a good Summer and wish you all the best for September days.



42 comments:

  1. I have thoroughly enjoyed your photo journal Linda. Looks like you have had a great summer.

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    1. Thank you Denise. It's been a good Summer. I quite like being in a home routine and having family come to visit.

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  2. Some lovely images from August Linda - like you I am enjoying seeing how the grandchildren are developing and going in lots of different but interesting directions. Life is hard for young people today, but the range of opportunities is so much wider.
    My eldest son was a rower, and so was H - he rowed for Derby Rowing Club and then his university.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary. It's pleasing to see the grandchildren progress in their studies and particular interests. Thankfully the older ones are working and enjoying what they're doing - not always possible for many young people. We're really happy that our young grandson has the strength and stamina to be a good rower and is now rowing in a quad.

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  3. Hi Linda. Glad to hear you're both well and enjoying the summer. The garden is looking beautiful and the views of the Dales as lovely as ever!

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    1. Yes, we're well thanks and continuing to enjoy life in this lovely part of the world.

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  4. Well done to your grand-daughter! I'm amazed at your peaches! Wow!!! I miss my fig tree! I have a cutting from it but it's nit ready to fruit yet!x

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    1. Thanks Kezzie. Exam time was stressful, but glad granddaughter is now moving on into college studies. The peaches were very tasty and sweet. We had a bit of a ceremony when sharing out the slices! We've just gathered eight huge figs, but can't eat too many of them all at once, of course! Hope your cutting does well and you eventually get fruit.

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  5. Sounds like a very full summer schedule, Linda. You have many great photos to share with us of beautiful place and flowers. Thanks! -Beth

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    1. Thank you Beth. Your gardening blog is an inspiration so I appreciate your visit and comments.

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  6. What a wonderful way to celebrate August!!! It looks as though you have had a wonderful time and got to spend lots of time with your family which I am sure you love. Congratulations to your Granddaughter, I hope that she enjoys the next stage of her studies! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. It's been a good August with the family and an important time as our granddaughter received her exam results. Now she's happy to continue her studies at college.

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  7. What a lovely record of what looks to have been a very happy and busy August for you and your family. It is good to take time out in August to enjoy the garden and to visit special places. I've enjoyed all your photos:)

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  8. I really enjoyed your August photo journal, your garden looks beautiful, the Yorkshire dales a wonderful area and I always love to see herds of sheep with sheepdogs. There is one picture I think is striking and most beautiful and that's granddad with grandson and the ferret, so funny with the big dog and little dog behind them.

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    1. I enjoy seeing how the local farmers manage their land and livestock as we pass through the countryside. Sheepdogs are such intelligent dogs. It's always good to see them working with the sheep.

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  9. What a clever idea but I am intrigued by how you managed to group your photos so beautifully - I have endless frustration with blogger when I try to organise my photos! Good to see you back.

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    1. Thank you, Marianne. I'm glad to be back! I use Picasa 3 to edit and make collages as there are many options to create what I think looks pleasing. However, it's quite time consuming as I want to tell a story with just a few picture mosaics to illustrate the writing in this sort of post. I'm slowing down these days in what I can do visually which means less blogging so that I can do more reading for pleasure and study.

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  10. It's lovely to hear what you've been up to in the month of August, just the right about of busyness combined with some relaxation and catching up with family. Eeek, a ferret. Did you ever see the ferret on Calendar which bit Richard Whiteley? If not, have a look on You Tube, lol. I have to say that Honey does look rather cute though. Well done to your grandaughter on her great exam grades and also to your other grandchildren too, it's great when they do so well.

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    1. No, I hadn't seen Richard Whitely's experience with the ferret. I've just looked at it on You Tube. Ouch! I know you can relate to the wait for exam results situation so thank you. All the best to Eleanor with her further studies.

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  11. Your pictures are lovely. Lots of congratulations to your grand daughter on her brilliant achievement.

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    1. Thank you Molly. As you can imagine our grand daughter was pleased that she did well after all the hard work and is looking forward to start her new courses at college.

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  12. How lovely to hear what you have been up too, and what a heavenly bunch of pics! I just loved seeing your tomatoes, I've only had two ripen to date, there will be a glut soon.
    Awwwh....best wishes to hubs on his birthday, he has such a sweet smile and well done and congrats to G'daughter!
    The peacocks are just gorgeous and as for that ferret....xxx

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    1. Thanks Dina. Enjoy your tomatoes and other veggies! We had a lot ripen all at once and bottled some as it's an annual Italian 'ritual' that Mr. P. likes to do. Others we eat or cook as and when they ripen. It was good to have different family members around during the summer holiday period. Now we're counting the days until we see Italian relatives.

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  13. Goodness me with such a busy time I expect you are looking forward to a well earned rest before you take on September.

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    1. It's been a busy, but enjoyable time recently. I like being at home and entertaining family who drop in or come to stay for a holiday break. September means getting involved in my interest groups that start up again before we get into our usual autumn routine.

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  14. A very lovely photo journal. Good idea!

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    1. Thank you Marilyn. I'm glad you enjoyed my photo journal for August. All the best to you and your family.

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  15. It's a beautiful photographic journal of August in your world Linda!
    All the special family occasions and visits.
    Quintessential english garden scenes - which I love and try to emulate in my far flung corner of the world!
    A belated happy birthday to Mr P - it looked like a happy occasion and lovely to see the photo of you sweet Linda!
    Enjoy your Autumn days as I wait patiently for our Spring to arrive here!

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  16. Thank you dear Shane. It's always good to hear from you. I shall pass on your good wishes to Mr. P. I love the Autumn whether it's spent in England or Italy. I can imagine you're looking forward to Springtime, another lovely season.

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  17. What a rich and full summer you have had. So many lovely memories to savor and share and your photos have captured them perfectly.

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    1. It has been a good time and I'm thankful that we've had the opportunity to spend time with children and their families this Summer.

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  18. You've had a lovely August - what with so much family time, gardening, trips!

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    1. It was a good August. Now we're enjoying some September sunshine, which is really welcome.

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  19. un riche été et un joli mois d'aout
    mais j'apprécie d'aller vers l'automne et ses belles couleurs
    vous nous avez fait un riche et varié journal
    toute ma tendresse

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    1. Thank you Iris (Edith). I'm enjoying September days and I hope you are also.

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  20. Good Morning Linda,

    Haven't heard from you in a awhile. I hope you have had a lovely beginning to your fall. Hard to believe that October is already just around the corner.

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    1. Thank you dear blog friend. I'm well and enjoying a quiet September. I hope you too are being blessed in these days.

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  21. Hi Linda, I've been trying to catch up on some blogs today--since it's been rainy/drizzly here for several days... Can't work in the yard in this weather. Great set of photos... Your August looked to be busy but enjoyable. Happy Birthday to your Sweetie....

    We went on t trip recently to Wyoming to visit Yellowstone and the Tetons... Fantastic trip.. We are going again this morning to West VA with some friends to hopefully see some pretty Fall colors...

    Take care.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you Betsy. We're here and there at the moment enjoying the autumn sunshine and 'in retreat mode' away from personal computers etc. I hope to catch up with you at the end of October. Enjoy the Fall colours!

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  22. Hi Linda! Hope you are well! Missing your lovely posts. x

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    1. Thank you Kezzie. We're well. I've missed blogging, but now I back!

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