Mind your step

You really have to be careful when you go through a meadow full of cows when looking for autumn colours to photograph. Croft Castle have let their cattle loose which means you have to look down as well as up!

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Croft Castle and The Church of St Michael and All Angels
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Oh, oh, this one has noticed me

The parkland is full of ancient trees – some 400-500 year old chestnuts and an oak tree thought to be 1,000 years old. And a story linking to the Spanish Armada.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to cows, or horses. They make me nervous, because of their size I suppose. I’m much happier with sheep.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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autumnal colour

Ailsa is looking for intensity this week so what about this apple orchard inside the walled garden at Berrington Hall? There was a lot of vibrant colour there this week: the fiery reds and sulphuric yellows were in competition.

I’m delighted to see so much colour around at this time of year. I shall soak it in to get me through the grey days of the coming winter.

Park Life

Sunday was a beautiful day. The sun was shining. It was reasonably warm for the time of year and it was my birthday. To celebrate we went for a walk in a nearby National Trust parkland, Berrington Hall, where a new route has been created through the broadleaf-woodland, followed by coffee and cake in the courtyard with live music from a folk group celebrating the apple harvest and a last lingering stroll around the walled garden and orchard simply dripping with apples of all colours and sizes. Care to join me?

Walks

We decided to follow the blue route but cut alongside the lake and then follow the yellow route to cut across and join the blue one again. Although we have visited Berrington many times, it has always been during the period when the lake walk is closed due to grey herons nesting there between March and July.

Looking back towards the house, built in 1775 by Thomas Harley and designed by Henry Holland in the latest French influenced Neo-classical style. Continue reading Park Life