Thursday, 16 October 2014

mid - October

Already mid-October, things have been busy here but I have made time to walk and notice the slow changes in the countryside as autumn approaches.

The leaves are beginning to turn

splashes of red

and yellow in the hedgerows.

There are plenty of rosehips

and it has been a particularly good year for blackberries though the flavour of the remaining ones is beginning to deteriorate. I have some in the freezer to make blackberry and apple crumble or for baked blackberry oatmeal and I've made a few pots of blackberry jelly.

Amidst all the business, and in between the rainstorms, I have been appreciating the gentle quietness of the season.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

View from the Shard and the poppies

A couple of weeks ago eldest son and I took a trip to London to visit the Shard. I've been wanting to go since it opened and it was amazing, maybe even better than we expected.

It was a bright sunny day, the horizon was a little misty but we could see all the immediate sights of London.

The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament,

St Paul's Cathedral

Tower Bridge and the Thames snaking down past Canary Wharf. The red colour surrounding the Tower of London is the poppies

 - here is a closer shot. Thousands of poppies, this was two weeks ago and since more will be added right up until the eleventh of November, the area will be even greater now.

I took many many photographs in every direction, looking down at the Thames

and up at the sky. We were on floor 72 which is the highest floor open to the public but we weren't near to the top.

There was artificial grass on the floor and deck chairs, not sure if this is just for the summer or a permanent fixture.

This is one of my favourite shots, I like the way there are buildings built over centuries all tucked together between railways and roads - so interesting to look down at all the different styles of architecture.

Back down to earth we walked over Tower Bridge

pausing to look back at the Shard

and then to the Tower of London to take a closer look at the poppies.

By the eleventh of November there will be 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British or Colonial military fatality during the First World War.

A stunning and sobering display.