Tales of walking, eating, watching and playing. Vintage treasures and simple pleasures ... the things that make her happy.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Walking On Winter's Doorstep

Following a week of tedium, worry, crossed lines and red tape she set off with her basket to search for treasure whilst Mr went foraging for chestnuts.  Luck was on her side and she returned with trophy and goodies a plenty.  She will share her finds with you when they have been primped, preened and polished.  Mr was lucky too, returning with a haul of shiny plump sweet chestnuts, ready for the fire.

In somnolent mood, they dragged their step, not wanting to return home.  They needed to be energised, to be invigorated by long strides and long views.   They headed off to a favourite place.
Montacute House in the distance

They climbed, cooling air recharging, reviving.

Ferns burning bright in November light, winter nibbling.
They walked on carpets of gold, copper, burnished umber.  The forest's gifts, at that moment, more precious to them than any human given bounty. 
A rustling close by, somebody's castle, something's home.
Nature reclaiming what man neglects, discards.
Feather, fern, quill and quiver.  Crisp tree confetti crunching.  
Emerging from forest to field.
Stone jigsaw.  A wall of work.  Dedication and care.
Evening mist calling in the light. 
Montacute Baptist Church

No longer feeling the need to run from home, ready to return.  Our castle.
Roasted potatoes and roots, flame charred chestnuts, bacon and thyme.  Red wine.
Reading by the fire ... making a few Christmas cards.


Greenorchid said...

What a splendid walk! sweet cards too...

Fading Grace said...

You sound like you had a week like mine,,,boo... not good, hope you're ok x
That guy had some great things, didn't get much but was pleased with the bits I found, can't wait to see your treasures.
See you soon xx

Rose H (UK) said...

I think it must be THAT time of year :o( I've certainly got 'cabin fever' and am off out today seeking adventure (bargains!) with a friend.
Looks like your beautiful walk certainly blew away the cobwebs :o) Such beautiful photos and I do so love the idea of 'stone jigsaws' :o)
Such gorgeous cards....I'd better getmy thinking cap on and start making some too.
Hope the week continues to lift your spirits.
Rose H

cJoy said...

What a beautiful place to walk. Your picture even makes the old tire look good. Thanks for brightening my morning.

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Lovely pics. The robin cards are gorgeous.

Liz said...

Great photographs of a beautiful autumn day.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Tina Lane said...

I discovered you through some blog hopping today and I am so glad I did. What *gorgeous* words.

PS That evening you described sounds divine.

Mary Lou said...

amazing pictures, it really love fall for this reason, that nature shows us all her beauty!

jill said...

Hi, lovely photos,its great to get out and about at this time of year in all the lovely colours.Love Jill xx

Sylvia said...

Sounds like a wonderful walk, gorgeous pictures, nature can be so beautiful !
Lovely Christmas cards too !
Wish you a nice evening,

*Maristella* said...

Hi Marina.
Vedo che lì da voi è arrivato il sole, sono contenta per voi! Anche mio marito adora le castagne!! Che luoghi meravigliosi...io vorrei essere lì...Un caro saluto, *Maristella*.

Elegancemaison said...

What an evocative and poetic title. Your beautiful photographs do it justice. Just what I needed to look at tonight.Cx

Anonymous said...

Hi Marine,

This is really a very lovely post. I love your photos and you have HUGE chestnuts! Bigger than the ones over here. LOL LOL

Sounds like a lovely evening by the fire...making Christmas cards...

What are roots?


Jen said...

So beautiful...And I love the cards.

greenthumb said...

Sounds like you had fun. Great photos love the card.

Alix said...

What a lovely way to cast the worries away. I loved the photos of your walk, and the words are beautiful. Hope this week is better!

My Spotty Pony said...

Nothing lifts the spirits more than a walk in the countryside, especially when the sun is out :)
A lovely post. xx

Minnie said...

It is wonderful to read, and I really love the photos... was Mr striding out towards the momument?? Minnie