Its raining conkers!

Are you feeling autumnal yet?  Have you smelt that wonderful smell that tells you that Autumn is on its way, as the weather starts to change and the leaves begin to fall.  I sometimes wonder if it's just me, or do other people  'smell'  the arrival of this wonderfully colourful season. In autumn last year…

Autumn thoughts

There's a bite in the air, and morning fields silently lay, beneath a blanket of silver dust. I open the window,   and let the cool,fresh autumn scent   into a sleepy room. The world  is changing. The soothing green landscape is fading, as nature lets go of her summer attire. Its a time for…

Rosettes and Waggy Tails!

It was so lovely to wake up to a glorious, sunny Peak District day yesterday as The 'Lord of the Manor' and I, with Jess in tow, were off to the Hartington Country Show.  Well I guess having been here for 7 months now, a country show was a must to make us feel like…

And then there was one!

Many of you have enjoyed the blogs I have written about my two girls.  Having grown tired of city life, they journeyed to the Peak District with me in a box on the back seat of my beetle,  and have been living the chicken 'life of riley' ever since. Sadly, after a bout of illness which had…

A Perfect Peak District Day.

Today is a perfect Peak District Day.  The Sun is shining, and the sky is a clear silent blue with just the occasional humble cloud gently passing by.  There is just enough breeze to make the mid-day heat a joy, and being pretty sure that we may not have many more days as beautiful as…

A Sunday walk with ‘Emily D’ and Jess.

A short while ago I posted a blog with the title Hope.  It included a poem by Emily Dickinson and I mentioned that I would love a book of her poems.  It was my birthday shortly after and I couldn't have been more thrilled than when I opened a present from my daughter and there it…

The countryside sleeps.

As the golden sun sets, over green velvet fields, stitched neatly together with grey stone walled thread, the countryside gently settles down to sleep. The evocative voice of the curlew slowly begins to fade as cattle seek shelter, from the nighttime breeze. A faint whisper of leaves is all that is heard, as a blanket…

Bird table Babies.

There is nothing sweeter than watching a mother bird feeding its fledgling.  I could so easily have missed these moments as both the blue tit and goldfinch babies came down to the bird table for the first time, but I'm so glad I didn't.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. "Hey Mum,…

Peak District nighttime production

I hope the feeling of anticipation I have as I climb the stairs to our cottage loft room at night is one I will never loose.  It's not as you may have thought the 'anticipation of passion', although the Lord of the Manor has just had a restyle with a hint of  'George Clooney' about…

Wild beauty in the Peaks.

It's been raining ... A LOT!!  Not just in the Peak District but in Derbyshire and England in general.  I'm sure we are all longing to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces, and the general feeling of well being that a warm sunny day brings.  Hopefully, better weather is ahead, but I…

Lambs in the Peaks.

The days are getting lighter and longer, and row upon row of daffodils, like long-legged ladies in bonnets are swaying from side to side in the easterly wind. However,  nothing says 'Spring is coming' more to me than the arrival of adorable fluffy white lambs in the fields.  I've always got my camera at the…

Peacock in the Peaks.

Don't you just love those unexpected moments in life when something, well, totally unexpected happens?  This morning was one of those moments.  Having just watched a buzzard swooping and gliding through the sky and loving the new experience, a loud hooting was heard coming from the garden so off I dashed camera in hand. I…

Teapot in the Peaks.

You may remember a post I wrote a while ago entitled. Who sacked the Teapot?  I loved writing it but didn't have any really good photos to share along with the post.  That same teapot, (as it reminds me of days gone by) made the journey safely to the Peak District with me and is hanging…

A Valentines to remember.

I've been longing to get the time to write this post.  You may remember that when I first started my blog I wrote a post entitled Cottage life.  Looking back at that post, I am in total disbelief about the changes that have happened in my life since that day, as sitting on my swing seat…