While I’ve said long and often that spring is my favourite season, I still love to see the changing colours as we slip from summer into autumn, and there is no better place to see this change than in Ilsham Valley, between the small village area of Wellswood (really just a parade of shops on a gently sloping hill) and Meadfoot beach. This is where we go most weeks after we’ve done our food shopping in Waitrose, where we take a sandwich to share with our ‘free’ Waitrose coffee (I say ‘free’ because obviously this is paid for in the price of the goods we buy; there is no such thing as a free meal or, in this instance, coffee.) (You would laugh because some time ago – well, a few years ago – I received a kind freebie from Farrow & Ball, the paint manufacturers: two tea towels made from a couple of their materials. I put these in the car, the blue one for husband, the pink one for me, and we use these as napkins when we have sandwiches in the car, to save crumbs going everywhere.)
The above photo was taken from our car and looking towards the sea. I turned around and this photo below is the road we had just driven down.
On the right (above) are some very attractive houses, but bear in mind that this is a valley, and their back gardens rise steeply to woodland at the top, as does the ‘matching’ hillside on the left of this photo.
Looking up the valley towards Wellswood
Looking down the valley towards Meadfoot beach
And as I sat in the passenger seat of our car (on the left, of course, the driver on the right) this was the lovely tree in front of me, with the sun shining through the leaves. Autumn is certainly here.
I didn’t buy any flowers yesterday. Most of them were far too expensive and others looked as if they might die before they arrived home. But on Monday I bought some alstromeria in Totnes, and they are now beginning to open up nicely.
And then, this morning, I decided I would change a few things on the mantelpiece (or chimneypiece to give it its correct name). My mother collected a number of lustreware jugs. I wasn’t terribly keen on them then, but she really liked them. They were quite expensive to buy in those days, but now I think they can be found for much less than she would’ve paid, as they’ve fallen from fashion. However, they look rather nice, I think, for an autumnal look, so here are three of them.
I admit they don’t look as good as when filled with flowers, and so I hope to buy some apricot or pink roses when next I visit the shops and then the display will look more like this, below (photo taken a couple of years ago):
The same lustreware jugs but looking much prettier with roses in them, and the Crown Derby lidded box between them
I have put another lustreware jug on the breakfast table, in which I’ve put some leaves from the garden. It is surely autumn when the new season’s oranges and tangerines, apples and pears arrive in the shops. I am ready for some citrus fruit and apples by late September, early October.
And now to go and watch more of the Ryder Cup, which I’m really enjoying.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone.
Until next time.