Sunday, 16 November 2014

Weekend Walkies

The kids wish they could walk our dog on the lead, but she pulls too much. They enjoy having a go in a field, where it doesn't matter too much if they need to let go of the lead.
They decided to help anchor eachother.

Which is very sensible, as it's very likely this will happen to anyone who tries to walk our dog:
I was excited to take them all the the avenue of trees I had found the other week

and they liked walking down the aisle.

This was " the best walk ever" according to my girl, who was keen on the high mud factor.

It was messy, good, fun.

Nice, muddy and wet walk with a stop for scones, mac and cheese and canal boat watching before wandering home.
Perfect weekend day.

Photos by Handy Hubby

Thursday, 13 November 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Gosh it feels like it's been a while.
And these shots are a bit dated now, but nevermind.
We'll call it a photo dump and make no excuses about the absence.
Because that would take too long.
But it's all good here.
How about you? 
Just before Halloween, the lovely colours kicked in on the Acers. 
I think I used the wrong settings, because these shots do not do the tree any justice.
I rearranged the whole downstairs furniture layout because of this tree, placing the sofa in the best viewing spot for this tree in all it's glory.
(Don't tell the husband that though. He thinks the whole rearrangement hassle was something about a bookcase issue.)

We popped into Oxford to explore and stopped in at the Botanical Gardens. We thought there would be some good shots there for the Scary (ish) movie that we were making.

I was so upset to find that my favourite tree in Oxford has come to an end of it's long life. 

One on of the happiest days in my life, spent beneath the tree.

When it fell, it also took out another lovely tree that had formed a backdrop of my happy memory.
It sounds as though they are going to try to make the most of it, by turning the leftover bit into a sculpture, and sending the logs to local artists to be used.
I know, because I asked. Thinking that it might be nice to at least make/have some part of the tree with us in another way, before it's turned into something else. 
But I haven't yet.
And although I am sad, I swear that I am not one of the emailers mentioned in this article:

The kids took over the camera from here on.
Unfortunately, it looks like the lens shade thingy got shifted on handover and now all of the shots have a vignette effect.

Here the boys are planning a walk past the guys on the bench; hoping to freak them out with their skeleton hands.

Back to my cam- I was looking forward to seeing the shots they had taken. I love the kids' photography.

We pottered back along the best lane in town.
Perfect setting for getting spooky feelings.

Our scary (ish) movie:

Simple Wanderlust
I really have been neglecting the internets! Not only is there a lovely new button for Annie's weekly garden link up, but also a new blog name?
It's all looking so beautiful over there and I'm looking forward to catching up with the gardeners on the weekend with my coffee in bed!