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07/11/2021

Sunday rambles

Autumn can be fiery, filled with colours of reds and golds in magical contrast to an icy blue sky. When she is like that - the air feels charged and filled with a melancholy buoyancy - a heady mix of decay and beauty where frost sparkles on seed heads and the air has a metallic tang herelding winter.

However, she can also be sepia shades of sadness with limp damp foliage and leaden skies. The heavy greys of persistent rain alongside muted shades of mud and fallen leaves.

Here in the lea of the Pennines, we err on the side of damp dreary soft autumns with low cloud screening the sun and the sky. So when there is a day which seems to have escaped the doldrums we have to make the most of it and get out. 

We're so lucky to be able to step out of our house and stumble on to a path within moments and although we already knew that, it never seemed more important than ever during lockdown. Now, when we do a local from home walk - those feelings we had when our world shrank to our homes and immediate surroundings return in a flash, we were never more grateful for our pathways around the village. 

And I am still.


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11 comments:

  1. Wise words! We are so lucky to live where we to live and be able to get out of your houses and into the countryside. Yes it it quite damp here but I like it. I'd not like to live where it is all flat and no hills. x

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    1. I agree with not wanting to live somewhere flat and featureless, I would just like a little less driech grey skies and more simple sunny days with clear skies!

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  2. I too like what you've written and there is no way I could live in city suburbia and not have green spaces, farms, animals, orchards & bushland within a five kilometre radius so we could feel free, even though we weren't. The thing I missed most was the seaside, but we can go at the moment. My other saving grace was my garden, although fairly neglected at the moment due to the abominable weather & my craft. Not flat here either, by any stretch of the imagination & the hills are so green due to an enormous amount of rain. Thanks Kate, take care & huggles.

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    1. Apart from walking, gardening too has kept my head clear - but my garden still looks like a wayward jungle😁

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  3. Isn't a joy to be happy where we live? There's nothing better than blooming where we're planted.
    I hope Moss is happier after all those horrid whizz-bangs. Our neighbourhood celebrates Diwali and Guy Fawkes and we've had fireworks non-stop for the last week. xxx

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    1. I thought I already loved my home and my village but it took the lockdown for me to re-discover and re-love the area - I suppose we all saw what we had and were we were with 'new' eyes - it made some folk want to change and others to appreciate!

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  4. I think we all learned to appreciate whatever was available- nature or even patches of parks or grassy areas. Your setting is truly special.

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    1. Thanks Sam - I agree - you have to make the most of what you have!

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  5. Throughout my childhood and teens I lived in a terraced house with a back yard and when I left home I moved into a very similar property in a built up area. When I moved here 40 years ago I got a semi with front and back gardens - there's a field at the end of the street, a ten minute walk north, east or west takes me into parkland, countryside or moorland and there are at least nine different walks I can do right from my own front door. I love living in this semi rural area and no matter how many times I do a certain walk with the dogs there's always something different to appreciate :)

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    1. I would struggle in a build up environment having spent all my life in some sort of rural setting or other. I find even just going into a town or a city rather stressful and that was before the pandemic! Happy that we are so nicely situated right alongside 'the great out doors'

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  6. We are definitely lucky where we live. ❤️ xx

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