Hopeful Anticipation

This afternoon I went to Killerton with my family and had a lovely walk in bright sunshine – which was far from ideal for photos.  We did find this robin turning on the charm and posing for me!

Hey, up here, look at me
Hey, up here, look at me
I'll give you a twirl
I’ll give you a twirl
Aren't I gorgeous?
Aren’t I gorgeous?

And then William and Louisa agreed to share their raisins, so my son tempted Mr Robin by putting some on a branch.

Well, I'll just have a little taste
Well, I’ll just have a little taste
If there's no more, I'll be off then
If there’s no more, I’ll be off then
Oh, and thanks, please come again
Oh, and thanks, please come again

Killerton’s Autumn Flowers

Last weekend I went to Killerton in search of some autumn leaves, but summer was still there, with loads of colour.

A salvia - I think!
A salvia – I think!
Definitely a salvia, the scent was strong
Definitely a salvia, the scent was strong
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Salvia and maybe coreopsis
I love single roses, they look more like wild ones!
I love single roses, they look more like wild ones!
Penstemons
Penstemons
More roses
More roses
A cranesbill, no idea which one
A cranesbill, no idea which one
Maybe Cee knows which dahlia this is?
Maybe Cee knows which dahlia this is?
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A toad lily, a favourite of mine

There was autumn colour to be seen at Killerton of course, but that will have to wait for another day, hope you enjoyed early autumn in East Devon.

Apple Season at Killerton

This weekend coming is apple time at the National Trust’s Killerton estate, just east of Exeter.  I won’t be able to make it but I popped out last weekend for a walk and found that the orchard was being readied for visitors. orch1

There was an abundance of apples, lots of windfalls and still many to pick.

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Families were strolling around looking at the different varieties and children were given little wheelbarrows to collect the fruit. I sampled some Killerton Cider, quite dry and strong, I didn’t dare have more than a very small cup as I was driving.
The bit I enjoyed most of all was watching a dead tree being brought back to life and colour, being yarn bombed


I hope this lovely work has survived the heavy rain we’ve had all week, and tonight’s lightening storm, there are sure to be lots of visitors this weekend, to watch the pressing and learn about orchards!

Rippled by Geese

Yesterday at Killerton I walked to the lake to try to get a better reflection shot for the Weekly Photo Challenge. It didn’t work, two lovely but irritating geese put paid to that idea, gliding around rippling up the water as if they owned the place!
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I waited a while, lake2
but they weren’t going anywhere,so this is as good as it got. lake3
Oh well I needed that extra 100 metre walk through the mud 🙂

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