3 Nov 2012

A good half-term holiday week

The clocks went back an hour last weekend marking the end of British Summer Time and Autumn has certainly arrived.
I received a bunch of gladioli and it has been intriguing to watch the buds unfurl and change colour at different times of the day with the changing light.  I've also put the individual pots of white hyacinth bulbs that I planted and placed in a warm, dark area some time ago onto the kitchen window so that they will get some light and, hopefully, produce flowers in time for Christmas.

Yesterday we ended our time this week with the grandchildren by going for a walk in the woods followed by lunch out.  There are many good places nearby to walk in the countryside, but a favourite one combines water and woodland by one of the local reservoirs;  the north end of Ladybower Reservoir.

There was a cold wind and the water looked rough, but the Autumn colours of the ferns, beech and larch trees were still beautiful. There were plenty of other walkers out and about making the most of the dry, sunny day.

We were on the look-out for wild life and fungi, but the only mushroom-shaped objects we saw were obviously something to do with reservoir maintenance with a connection to pipes that cross this stretch of the reservoir.

We were certainly ready for some lunch by the time we walked back to the car and we drove back passed the Strines Moor to a restaurant near home, which rounded off the day very well. 


  1. i am the first to comment, so all you people who comment if you did not enlarge the photos you missed a treat. these are wonderful. i felt like i was there with you in that wooded area. love the gladiolus to.

  2. What a perfect place for an autumn walk, Linda. You obviously had a great time with your grandchildren and the flowers are gorgeous too.

    PS Thanks to Sandra fro reminding us to enlarge your superb photos.

  3. Great pictures, Linda... Looks like a great walk you all had...

    We set out clocks back tonight... That always messes up my body for a few days... Wish we'd just leave them ALONE... ha

    I tried to grow Glads once --but they didn't do well.. I think I had them in a place which doesn't get much sun--and they love sun.


  4. How lovely to have such a wonderful walking area on your doorstep Linda. Your photos are gorgeous and thank you for sharing them. Glad you enjoyed the half term week.
    Patricia x

  5. Those are truly Autumnal photos.....beautiful!

  6. You had a beautiful sunny day for your walk, and the colors are gorgeous. The scenery is beautiful as well. We move our clocks back tonight -- I think I'll enjoy the extra hour of sleep.

  7. Hi Linda,

    Sounds like a lovely time you had and walk with the grandchildren and such beautiful scenery.
    The Gladiolus are beautiful and such a pretty colour and your white hyacinths will be lovely for Christmas.

    Happy week

  8. Beautiful photos! The gladioli must make your day brighter and I like the idea of the hyacinths for your daughters.
    I'm not sure I could handle grandchildren early on a reg. basis, but I'm sure I'd adjust---we have a way of doing that, don't we? :>)
    Wonderful walk idea---great way to spend time with the kids.
    Love the name Ladybower--so English! :>)