Thursday, 18 September 2014

A Family Walk

Hello Lovelies, how are you?
I have to admit I'm struggling somewhat with the demands of these September days. Having three boys at secondary school is taking a bit of adjusting to, the looming exams my eldest two are gearing up for are a bit too important for my liking. I wish I could turn back the clock to those carefree days of their earlier years for them ( and me)...but I know that's not to be.

Of course life's not all work and school. I just seem to be struggling to find the time to record the fun bits.

On Saturday we went to one of my favourite places. HERE

I just love wandering through the woodland...........


Past the place where they turn huge lumps of wood into sculptures............


them to climb the short, steep slope to the rocky summit............



So many swallows darted through the sky above us............


I love the far reaching view fading into the distance..........



and the slightest tinge of Autumn in the trees, both near and far............



I love the smooth brass of the Toposcope.............


and my boys love climbing around on the rocks with their dad............


While I wander off, distracting my thoughts from the dangers............


aaaaahhh, such a beautiful view this way.............


and this way...........


there is a fair amount of bickering between my boys, but there's also fun and piggy backs from a big brother............


The cloud was gathering as we descended the hill.....but I loved the soft light and the spots of sunshine on the landscape below.............


There was a herd of highland cattle on the hill and they looked very content, searching for the tastiet grass between the ferns............


And all around there were signs of the turning of the seasons....
Berries changing colour on the glossy Holly..........


Fruit ripening on the brambles...........


and colourful Fungi appearing in a woody crevice.....as if by magic...........


It was a familiar walk but there's always something different to see.

We have walked past this wood carving many times and never spotted the little mouse before :0)


I do hope you are finding some time to enjoy the seasonal beauty wherever you are lovelies.
Jacquie x

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Colour in my Days

Hello Lovelies,
Just a post of colourful things that have made me smile this week.

I've finally remembered my starflower mandala which I started back in.....JULY.
I'm pleased to find the rounds I'm working now are a lot less tricky than I found the centre to be......


Most of my garden is looking rather tired and dry but there are still a few splashes of colour.
Autumn colour appearing in my little Japanese Maple tree.........


The golden flowers of my Rudbeckia plant...........


Sedums glowing pink in the early morning sunshine.............


We have been blessed with some glorious late summer weather this past couple of weeks. Out and about with Mum on Wednesday we loved this corner with it's parish noticeboard, pretty planter and bright red post box...........



I loved the colours and shape of this unknown plant...........


We also visited an exhibition of charming paintings by THIS talented artist. I loved this colourful mixed media picture.........

Blue Tits


And when I couldn't sleep last night the colourful yarn and patterns of my latest mandala soothed my over tired mind...........


Aren't beautiful colours the most wonderful, calming and uplifting thing.
Jacquie x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A Walk Before Work

Hello Lovelies,
Today I arrived early for work....this is most unusual. I parked the car and started walking towards the building where I was to spend the next ten hours with no natural light.

A cup of tea and a sit down before the days work commenced seemed appealing...but then I thought again. Glancing at my watch I realised I had a precious half an hour where I could get some exercise and fresh air.

I changed direction and waited at the pedestrian crossing for the traffic lights to halt the thunderous river of rush hour traffic.

A few moments later I was at the edge of the university campus....soaking up the late summer colours in the stunning flower beds.................


The days are already getting shorter and the shadows are long at eight in the morning..........


I walked briskly. Keen to fill my lungs with the fresh early  morning air and raise my heart rate I headed uphill, to an area of the campus I've never walked before. 

I was surprised to spot this summer house....sitting on the top of a rockery...........


 Once I got further up the hill I could see it was actually built on one huge rocky outcrop......and joyfully there were paths to explore...........


I climbed the stone steps, into the morning sun............


and was rewarded by a view of the elegant summer house.......


 and beyond it the landscape, shrouded in early morning mist........


I could hear the sound of running water and wandered down this path..............


 to find a sweet little waterfall, running into a pond with Lily pads and the first fallen leaves.................


I loved the way the sun made the white walls of the summer house glow brightly....as if it was lit from within..........


And it's rays bathed the plants and stone in a warm glow............


Oh, sadly it was time to leave............


I walked quickly along this tiny path...........


and headed back down the hill. Back to the roar of the traffic then indoors, sadly leaving the beautiful morning light behind.

All day I had images in my head of this lovely spot and my happy, chance discovery made me smile.
Jacquie x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

A Week in Wales :: the last day

Hello Lovelies,
Here is my last holiday post for 2014 :0)

On the final day of our lovely week in Wales we decided to head to Abersoch, and were delighted to find this pretty, sheltered beach.......

Mr BM said it looked like a Greek cove and I could see what he meant.

Maybe we should have set up camp here, but I was keen to explore further.

We past garages for speed boats.........


But thankfully the gorgeous natural harbour was not full of noisy pleasure craft..............


This was such a photogenic spot in the morning sunshine......I loved the rotting boat hull......


All the buoys and the colourful old tractors pulling fishing boats around..........


This older vessel, with is bright red paintwork, looked wonderful..............



They had special tractors for launching boats, which was fun to watch..............


It was just such a picturesque, idyllic spot on a sunny morning..............


After a while we came to this bench............


and sat down to enjoy the view.............


The Hawthorn bushes were full of berries and many Sparrows were enjoying a feast..........


We wandered further, through the busy village and out onto another larger beach. It was also a very boaty spot............


I loved the view out towards the two islands, St Tudwal's East and West .............


and the higgledy piggledy beach huts which lined the back of the beach............


It was very windy on this beach so we headed back into the village. There were lots of nice shops to browse and I had to smile at this vintage bicycle outside one...............


For some reason I had forgotten to pack a picnic on this day, so rather than pay out for lunch....never cheap for five.....we headed back to the car.

On the way we spotted this amazing new house.................


it's got private beach access and this wonderful view................

I even found it for sale HERE, if you fancy a look inside :0)

We were happy to drive "home" down the leafy lane.............


To our old stone cottage.................


After  a simple lunch I wandered  the garden a while............




It was such a peaceful and beautiful, secluded spot.

I could have lazed there for the rest of the day, but then again the beach always calls when the sun shines. We drove back along the narrow roads of the western Llyn, past loads of sheep and wide open views............


To our MOST favourite beach................


Who could not love PORTH OER.................


This final visit was our third and I do hope we will get back to this beautiful place one day.

Finally I'll just share our pebble painting....... I did this one of a seagull on Criccieth beach......



And middle son did this one of the same beach......looking across at Snowdonia. I didn't make any suggestions as to what he might paint and was truly thrilled when I saw what he had chosen........



I will treasure it for a LONG time.

Thank you for reading and all the wonderful comments you have left me on these holiday posts....I love to read them all and I feel lucky to have such kind readers who really do seem like kindred spirits to me.

Jacquie x