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Fence

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caught my eye

in the fading light

treasure found

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Our ‘One-a-Week’ Photo Challenge Prompt this week is FENCE

Ronovan’s Haiku Prompts are EYE and FADE

The mitten on the post must have been there a while as it was green with algae. Since starting to do beach cleans, I see all litter and dropped items in a new light. They are all potential art materials with a human back story. It did feel slightly weird taking it from it’s post, but I am pretty certain it’s owner is not likely to return for it. It will go with other found clothing I have and see what art work it might inspire.

The top of the fence post is a little world of its own

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The photos were taken on a walk from Nine Wells towards Solva (Pembrokeshire) along the coastal path.dscf0156

 

I was walking from the treehouse as the sun was going down.

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There was no wind and I stood to watch the sunset before returning

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to the cosiness of my nest in the trees.

What fences have you found this week?  Leave a link in the comments below, we’d love to see them.

Gate

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footpath flows along

hard to tear myself away

from this special place

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This is my entry for our ‘One-a-Week’ Photo Challenge: GATE

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Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: FLOW and TEAR

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge

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The 10 minute walk down the valley from the treehouse that I was staying in, leads to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which you can see making its way towards Solva, going right past that Iron Age Hill Fort. The gate is to keep the grazing ponies in, this side of the gate.

 

More tales from the Treehouse:

To get to the public footpath from the Treehouse one needs to wiggle down through Elizabeth’s garden. The footpath runs from the National Trust car park near the road, straight down to the sea.walk to the sea1

The treehouse can be seen from the path. More agile walkers have obviously chosen a quicker route by sliding down the bank.

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Soon one enters the ancient unmanaged little piece of woodland

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with the music of the stream beside you turning the walk into a dance

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until you get to the ‘bridge’, which is tempting to cross, to follow in the fairies’ footsteps.

Hear the sound of the stream in this post……

Creatures pop out to say hello

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and there are artful lichen arrangements on nearly every branch.

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After passing the serenity of the old Millpond

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you pass through a gate

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and catch your first sight of the sea

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Each time I walked that path, I stopped here and just noticed the change of atmosphere from an enclosed cosy woodland walk to this …….. the promise of that feeling of opening up, of expansion, that the next few steps will bring …… the moment of transition, I find there is power in that moment.

And then …. ooof!

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Breathe deep, what a view.

The GATE in the very first photo lies just to the left, around the curve of the hill.

People used to live in this valley, you can still see the ruins of an old mill, and then further back in time, our ancestors, maybe even my ancestors, lived on the hill fort – what a place to live.

I had the valley more or less to myself for a whole month! what a feeling! I woke each morning with a smile on my face, not quite able to believe I had given myself this wonderful treat.

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Next week’s Photo Prompt is

HAPPY

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I’m really looking forward to your ‘GATE’ photos, please leave a link in the comments.

 

One hour Autumn walk

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My friend and I walked from Bere Regis car park, through woods,

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up to and along Black Hill

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past old quarriesdsc_0008

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past sun-shiny gorse bushes with dense spiders’ nests

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along the ridgedsc_0011 dsc_0016 dsc_0017
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down into deep dark sunken lanes

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and leafy paths thick with leaf mould underfoot and dappled light ahead

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through the village of Shitterton.

(Joining in with Cee’s Which Way Challenge)

The footpath goes between those two cottages.

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and into the Drax Arms for my birthday treat, a scrummy Sunday Roast – Thank you lovely walking friend! ❤ (my birthday is on Friday, 11th)

Rounding off the excursion with the obligatory visit to the church, which is huge and full of amazing wooden carvings and this rather sweet sign by a gravestone

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A boy named Joy! How delightful.

Home to a glorious sunset …dsc_0002

….. time to light the fire.

Wishing you all a snug evening. ❤

 

Photo Challenge round-up: SUMMER

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Taken yesterday on a walk from Cogden to Burton Bradstock

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Jane at Rainbow Junkie……. …………… ……breezy

Cathy at Nanacathy…….. ……. ……….. …….3 pics

💜 me at Wild Daffodil……… ……… ……….scented

💜 Melissa at The Aran Artisan ………………elusive

⭐️ Denis at Haiku Hound…….. ……….. ……paddle?

Christina A Look at the Little Things ……. …rummage

Dorris at Dig With Dorris …………………………succulent

and please welcome a first time entry from

Debbie at Curiosity Takes Me …………………..Summer from the boat

The 💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

The ⭐️ denotes a post with a poem or haiku written to go with the photo, but not using  Ronovan’s prompt words.

Please let me know if I have missed anyone

Thank you everyone for your sunny summery entries.

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

This week’s prompt

STREET

Water

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sleek ocean shimmers

the first sizzling day of summer

warming bones to health

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Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge prompts: SIZZLE and SLEEK

combined with

Our 52 Week Photo Challenge prompt: WATER

(If you go to my PAGE of Photos, you can see a much bigger version of this photo.)

dive in by leaving a link in the comments

Wednesday Walk – Hardy’s Monument

Good news – bad news – good news.

When my sister was staying we met up with my son and his two boys: Big Bro 5 and Little Bro 3 and went off to the Hardy Monument monumentjust above the village of Portesham, where my sister and I lived with our family as teenagers. Recently the monument to Admiral Hardy (of ‘Kiss me Hardy’ fame) has been renovated and acquired by the National Trust. For £2 you can climb to the top and on a good day, see as far as the Isle of Wight.

Good news: It was a good day, look at that clear blue sky!

I had checked the Monument would be open from 10.30 am and we arrived at 11am.

Bad news: Annoyingly the car park was locked shut and we had to park a little further along the road. We thought that by the time we got there the monument would sure to be open, and

Good News: it gave the boys a chance to ride their bikes.2boysnbikes

and for us to have a walk and enjoy the views

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if we hadn’t made this walk we would not have come across this wonderful stone seatseatinviting us to …
be still breathe close your eyes

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Just perfect on such a day.

The view was hazy looking out towards the Isle of Portlandhazy

but the sun was gloriously warm and the boys had fun cycling across the heath amongst the gorse and the heatherheathoffand in the old quarryhurray

where the boys (both big and little) had fun climbing up the slopes.

Have you been on a walk in your neck of the woods recently? Leave a link in the comments if you’d like to, I’d love to walk along with you.

Country

Joining in with Leanna Cole’s Monochrome Madness, Theme: COUNTRY

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A stall selling eggs made out of an old school desk on the lane through Minterne Parva, Dorset, UK – now you wouldn’t find that in a town or city would you?

I had rested my walking stick on the wooden rail to buy half a dozen – and yes they did survive the rest of the walk in my rucksack.

The little sign says”Please put money in honesty tin. Thank You”. (To see the photo more clearly click on it.)

This stall is on a quiet country lane, leading only to a farm, I wonder how many eggs they sell and to whom?

Can you see the stall, just left of centre?

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You can follow the rest of the walk here and here.

WednesdayWalkAlong in a Walled Garden

In a Walled Garden in Manorowen, West Wales (a walk I did a few weeks ago).

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A wonderfully magical air of neglect mixed with love of place, fantasy and forgotten dreams.

And you can walk along with Crafternoon Treats around Scarborough, and have a Weekend Wander in Australia, and explore with Alisa Burke in Oregon; and Melissa in Ireland

Also joining in with Wordless Wednesday.

Please feel free to put a link to one of your walks so that we can walk along with you.

Wednesday Walk-Along around Bodiam Castle

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A bit more of Bodiam Castle in a peaceful corner of East Sussex. (from August 2014).

Also you can take a dramatic coastal walk-along with Sarah in Cornwall; a glorious visit to a rarely accessible Italian garden with Jules;

And joining in with the wonderful Wordless Wednesday crew, have a wander around this stunning Italian garden; bask in a sunny photo from Julie; enjoy Cathy’s diamonds.

Feel free to add a link to your own wonderful wanderings.

Wednesday Walk Along with Bluebells in the Mist

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And for Gothic effect ….

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Also joining in with the Wordless Wednesday Crew

And you can walk along with Crafternoon Treats around Scarborough, and have a Weekend Wander in Australia, and explore with Alisa Burke in Oregon .

I’d love to know if you prefer to see all the photos listed like this or if you prefer to see them in a slideshow.

Where have you been wandering?

Wednesday Walk-Along at Brockhampton

Blossom, blossom, blossom… fluttering, floating, swirling on the breeze  and sprinkling the air with beauty.blossom

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Having driven down and down, deep into a wide valley you come to Brockhampton Manor House, a National Trust property in Herefordshire. To get to the house you walk through a spectacular ancient damson orchard and I managed to catch it in all it’s glory (about 2 weeks ago).

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The house is small, but cute and quirky, brimming with history and quaintness.

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The Gatehouse looks like it could have been built by a child, and might topple over any minute.

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It seems quite strange for such a small house to have a moat – grandeur in miniature.gdnmoat

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And then into the orchards with ewes and their lambs, and a bench to sit upon an soak up the atmosphere – oh if only one could bottle that!

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Lambs bleat
Birds sing
Swallows swoop
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There is plenty for children to do DSC_0630 (1)and several long, well-marked walks.

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Happiness is a hot cuppa, time for writing and crochet in a peaceful place and a beautiful view.

And then how about a Walk-Along with Cathy in Scarborough, Kim in the South West of England and then a quick hop to Christina’s beautiful garden in Italy to warm up a bit!

Where have you been walking this week?

Wednesday Walk-Along in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Let me take you back to November 2008 when I arrived in Carmel-by-the-Sea, in California.

I stayed at The Colonial Terrace, just a short walk from the beach. It was a perfect place to rest and adjust to the time difference before heading for the most blissful 6 weeks of my life at Esalen, Big Sur.
001carmelHaving left a cold dark November England, that first morning sitting on the terrace eating breakfast and looking at the glimpse of the sea was a health giving tonic.

I was escaping Christmas! I can only face a UK Christmas every other year, it is mainly the commercialism I have to escape from. So every other year I go on an adventure and this was my 2008 escape.

I had a couple of days to wander along the beachbeach

discover some quaint caféscafe

and look at some really lovely houses.gate house house1 porch

I did take absolutely masses of photos and was enthralled by Carmel. I’ve deleted many of the photos over the years, but these happy reminders remain.wreath wreath2

Clint Eastwood was once Mayor of Carmel.

It was a beautifully peaceful, unhurried place to be, which set me up perfectly for my 6 week stay at Esalen, doing a Creative Expression course followed by 5 days of Process Arts.

The drive from Carmel was full of twists and turns and I was feeling a bit queasy when I arrived at Esalen, but the scene that met me took my breath away

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made me feel fine again and right at home.home

this gorgeous wooden cabin was to be my home during my stay

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which I shared with the most wonderful woman – we got on so well and I’m glad to say we remain  friends despite the distance between us.1stnite

the evenings looking out to sea were special,nite

well, there was so much that was special about that trip.

This sign was up in the Art Space

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I hope you have enjoyed my walk down memory lane, I’ve really enjoyed sharing these happy memories with you.

And staying in the US:

Beachcombing with Alisa Burke 

And then, closer to home:

A Walk around London

Please leave a link to one of your walks in the comments below, I’d love to walk along with you. Stroll on!

Wednesday Walk-Along Beer to Branscombe 1

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1Set off by walking past the Anchor Inn, near the beach, and up the hill past the allotments. What a place to garden!!! 5Look West, and then look behind you to the East. The panorama is breathtaking.67A first glimpse of the red cliffs of Devon.(more pictures in the slideshow)10Decide whether to walk the undercliff (too boggy at this time of year) or take the high ground to the old Coastguard’s lookout14 with a Buddha now keeping watch from the upper window – and here the Buddha’s view15 bviewand on across the top to Branscombe ……. (to see the continuation of this walk click here)

Melissa and I started a Renga when I was in Devon and although we did not carry it on -( life sometimes takes over – and we do it for fun – no pressure) I wanted to record what we wrote, cos I like it as it is! And it refers to this very walk.

Melissa starts with her Haiku Challenge and we alternate the verses from there, if anyone else would like to pick this up and run with it you are very welcome:

On rare occasions                                                                                                                  I imbibe much and suffer                                                                                           Harsh headaches always

Away on a weekend break                                                                                          White wine for me, no headache

Sulphite free that wine                                                                                                  Must be, grapes sent from heaven                                                                                  To you in Devon

Walking on air along cliffs                                                                                           Clear head and cobalt sea drifts

Fresh air is the best                                                                                                  Remedy for my sore head                                                                                          Sleep? No! Walk instead

(addition in green! Melissa wrote the above next verse …. ah! now to see if the next couplet comes to me)

I love to include walks from other blogs here too, so we can all wander round the world together: this week join a delightful family walk with Alisa Burke, in Oregon, USA I would skip for joy if you put a link to your walk in the ‘Comments’, and if you don’t have blog, send me some pictures by email with a few words about your walk and they will appear in the next Wednesday Walk-Along. 😉

Tyneham Village

……..having walked to the beach and climbed the cliffs we went back through the woods to the village, now mostly in ruins (the story of Tyneham)tyneham tho ttyyn here is the old Rectory with its abandoned gardens – croquet on the lawn anyone?gdnWe could imagine the vicar walking to church past his ponds, and wondering if he and his wife planted the snowdrops.snowdDSC_0264The church still stands tych tywith poignant reminders of ancient families uprootedtyn

and loss tynettyand then this oh so cute kneeler. tynehI came to Tyneham about 20 years ago with my Mum, we used to love reading epitaphs in graveyards and found a grave stone here on which was written ‘she did what she could’ – at least this is how I remembered it. My Mum and I had had a good chuckle about this, we did not know what she had done, or not done, but she did what she could.  I remembered it was behind the church and to the left ….. had I remembered correctly would I find it? …….. YES! Here it is!Priscilla pPriscilla Styles, died in 1903, aged 44. The inscription actually says “She hath done what she could”. I was so pleased to find her again! (With the wonders of the internet I have since been able to find out a bit more about what she did – more of that another day).schThe School has been preserved with charming examples of pupils work on the desks tscha page from the teacher’s diary schdand empty coat pegs in the entrance. pegsSuch a strong mix of thoughts and emotions, mingling with ghosts and memories of a small, fairly isolated, busy seaside community. It is a peaceful setting on a sunny day, surrounded by beauty, a really fabulous place for a walk or a picnic – but for us a delicious pub lunchDSC_0284 at the Weld Arms in East Lulworth, sitting out in the sunshine on a Sunday in February    ……………..      and home to watch a wonderful sundownDSC_0196 from my bedroom window, feeling full of gratitude for where I live.

If you are as interested in Epitaphs as me and my Mum (and her Dad) there are a few more on my Dec 2012 post of a Winter Solstice Walk

Hod Hill walk

Still savouring Sunday, with more pictures from Sunday’s wonderful walk in the crisp, clear Spring sunshine.

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We had to take a diversion to get to the hill fort as the path was blocked because of the damage caused by recent flooding DSCF5985

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view of Stourpaine as our walk takes us back to the village, wild violets were in flower and there was the promise of bluebells to come.

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Stourpaine Walk

Sunny Sunday!

A walk around Stourpaine, a friend and I were walking the paths of our ancestors.

The larks were singing the sun was bright …

First we stopped off at Compton Abbas

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this rhododendron was showing off magnificently

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we saw yellow butterflies – could they have been Yellow Brimstones? in the churchyard at Compton Abbas

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this font is so plain it has been sent to a curtained corner!DSCF5969 DSCF5970 DSCF5971 DSCF5972

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and then for a walk on Hod Hill  …….

A walk near Toller Porcorum

Stormy weather leading up to Christmas with lashings of wind and rain, fallen tress, power cuts and flooded roads … would we all be able to gather together as planned?Thankfully things calmed and on Christmas Eve my son, daughter-in-law, their twins and 3 year old were able to get here from London. They set off at 5am to be sure of missing further bad weather.

With 8 grandchildren under 7, and the babies now all toddling around, I had the (brilliant!) idea of hiring the village hall for a few hours where we all gathered for tea and the kids were able to race around and all play together without wrecking anyone’s house!

We had a great time, and Christmas Day passed without any fights over toys – a minor miracle – hope your Christams Day was all you wished it to be.

Everyone safely back in their own homes, then more storms and rain. AND we are forecast with more gale force winds again tonight.

So today a friend and I made the most of clear skies and glorious sunshine and went for a really Wonderful Winter Walk. Again we went to west Dorset. We parked at Powerstock Common and walked towards Toller Porcorum. The Latin name seems curious in deepest Dorset.

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t tollethe footpath took us through what looked like an Eventing course for horses, with sturdy jumps made of tree trunks

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A short drive to lunch at The Crown at Uploders …tcrowndelicious Watercress and Celeriac soup, with garlic bread

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November walk

I met up with some old school friends for a nostalgic wander down memory lane, a walk in the wilds of West Dorset and a delicious pub lunch at The Three Horseshoes, Powerstock.

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we came across some acorn artp8 p9 p10

a voluptuous oak tree

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and walked a disused railway line

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the smell of autumn in the air

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West Dorset has a feeling of the land that time forgot and it is where my paternal ancestors come from. I most probably share DNA with the Iron Age inhabitants of the nearby Pilsdon Pen – a cosy, rooted feeling.p2at the end of the walk the sun tried to squeeze through

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Bliss. . . .

A walk to the sea from Prospect Cottage

DSCF2922 DSCF2923 DSCF2925Windblown shacks and old decaying boats create a fascinating open air ‘museum’.

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DSCF2934Looking back at the road, with Prospect Cottage on the horizon, just right of the van

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Kent on Monday

So much to tell you!

On Monday I spent a very hot and sticky 4.5 hours in my car (no air-con) to stay with friends in Kent and was rewarded by arriving in the most idyllic garden full of roses climbing, rambling and tumbling in scented profusion

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The shapes within this one looks like a sculpture to me

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and lavender and catmint against a sunny wall

1klavwe went for a cooling walk by Bewl Water with the dogs

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scented with honeysuckle and elderflower (usually over by now).

We saw butterflies, moths and damselflies in abundance and then back home to boogie to The Beatles on the patio whilst a delicious supper was cooking: salmon with a dill, cucumber and creme fraiche with spinach and new potatoes

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followed by lemon pudding garnished with rose petals

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Whilst we listened to each others’ selections on iTunes: Eddie Cochrane, Stones, Kinks, Proclaimers.

You can tell we are women of a certain age can’t you!!!

And we laughed  –  a lot!!!

Wonderful relaxing time with good friends who have known each other forever – can’t beat it.