Yesterday saw the end of the Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks for another year. And what a glorious winter’s day it was too! Bright sunshine, blue sky and crisp & frosty underfoot. We’ve had a leisurely stroll through Etsy to look at the various representations of this simple pleasure – snow, woodland and dogs feature prominently – our idea of the perfect winter walk!
It’s been a long time since our last Out & about post – we even missed the whole of summer!
Flower-filled fields feel a distant memory…
…the flowers gave way to autumn leaves…
For the first couple of weeks of autumn we had the best of both worlds – sunshine as well as amazing seasonal colour.
We were seeing butterflies until quite late in the year…
…but there was no doubting that summer was over, as the winter-visiting geese were beginning to arrive.
Even the autumn sunshine is now a thing of the past – it seems to have been raining non-stop for almost a month. But now we’re into December, this rain will hopefully turn to snow which will mean a magical white Christmas!
We’ve got some lovely winter scenes to share with you this month.
December saw the first of the winter frost…
…followed closely by the first winter snowfall.
Fudge loves it when it snows!
He’s not the only one – we find going for walks in scenery like this quite magical!
On clear days the low winter sun gives a beautiful light…
…and some memorable sunsets…
We took these next photos at the annual Christmas Market in Manchester city centre.
So many tempting things on offer…
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas… best wishes for 2009!
November saw the last of the autumn leaves…
…and their stunning show of colour.
Seed heads are also at their best at this time of year.
There are still some wonderful mushrooms to be found.
This crimson red variety was hard to miss against the bright green grass.
We often walk in the hills & fields that surround our house.
We share them with the local livestock – sheep, goats, cows, horses, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese…
The mile upon mile of hand-built dry stone walls keep the animals from straying too far- so it’s bad news when a hole appears!
Here a quick, temporary fix is made using an old wooden ladder.
Farmers are masters of ‘make do and mend’…
..here an ingenious use of an old tyre as a gate hinge – it’s obviously done the job for many years as the layer of green lichen attests!
Whilst there’s plenty of open land in the hills & fields, the valley bottom’s much more crowded – buildings, railway, roads, canal and river all jostle for space.
November’s been all sunshine & showers…
…there’s been no shortage of puddles…
…it seems to change by the hour, but it does lead to wonderful sights like these.
The recent cold, blustery weather are signs that winter’s around the corner… and we’ll be back next month with December views.
Each day starts with a long walk with the dog. It’s normally a case of put the boots on, grab the lead and go. Our camera is quite cumbersome so it doesn’t get out much. However, last month we decided that we were going to make the effort to take it with us more often on these daily walks.
We’re going to start sharing with you some of the photos that we take when we’re out & about – things that we find beautiful, striking, interesting or fleeting – posting a collection of our favourites each month. This first batch were all taken in & around Todmorden this October.
October heralds the start of autumn with its stunning foliage, fruit, berries & fungi.
We stumbled across this beautiful orange mushroom beside a stream. It must have sprung up overnight – it was so pristine.
We didn’t have to walk far to get this image. These cute, little white-capped mushrooms were growing in a cluster on an old tree stump at the end of our garden.
These amethyst deceivers are plentiful in the local beech woods…
…we picked a few – they’re great in an omelette or salad.
Tempting berries – some edible, some not…
…these juicy elderberries most definitely are – and will soon be turned into jam & jelly.
Todmorden lies in a tree-lined valley, so we get a glorious leaf display around this time of year.
Will one of these grow into a giant oak tree?
After a wet summer, we’ve had much better weather this month. We captured this bee making the most of some lovely autumn sunshine.
This patch of orange crocosmia was growing wild. It looks stunning against the bright blue sky…
…as does this lone, windswept hawthorn tree.
These lovely stone walls criss-cross the fields & hills of the Pennines.
Other fields are divided by wooden fences – they can produce wonderful shadows.
The farms of the area concentrate on hardy livestock – beef & dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens.
October hasn’t all been sunshine. These photos of electricity pylons and a local wind farm were taken under more threatening skies.
And not forgetting a photo of our regular walking companion taking in a view.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this first Out & about post – it’ll be back with more photos next month!