No post yesterday because friend W and I were out for the day. Our last visit of the year to Kirby Lonsdale to meet our friends - and what a journey it was. There is no doubt that the scenery has never been more beautiful. I didn't take any photographs - selfish of me I know - but I just wanted to enjoy the Autumn colour.
The sun shone all the way there and lit up the leaves - all colours from pale yellow to deep red. The fields were full of cattle grazing off the last of this Summer's grass, or sheep in the Autumn sunshine. By the time we returned the sky had clouded in and yet still it was all beautiful.
Today, after meeting friend C for coffee and a scone it was home to cook the lunch, then walk Tess and then go on another beautiful drive just a short distance and to the most unlikely place for beauty. The refuse collectors forgot to collect our paper and plastic on Friday, so I took them both up to the tip. The tip itself is well hidden, a half mile drive off the main road. The lane down is fringed with trees in Autumn leaf. One side is a fairly steep bank but the other side looks over green fields and stone walls (again the fields are full of sheep). I have to say that the tip itself, constantly manned by a couple of charming helpers, is absolutely immaculate. The chap unloaded and emptied my containers cheerfully and I drove away very impressed.
Then it was back to plant up another container with sixty miniature narcissi and a handful of crocus. I am now searching for some large purple striped crocus - I have tried everywhere and they seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth. I have left a corner for them in my planter - so live in hopes.
I took Tess out into the yard with me as she enjoys sitting in the sunshine (and it is another nice day). She disgraced herself (and me) when three Jack Russell terriers and their owner walked past. For some reason she hates them with a vitriol and went berserk, disappearing up the lane. Totally ashamed I apologised to their owner and pushed her indoors, where she sat dejectedly while I finished my job and cleaned up.
Off to get the tea now.