Thursday, 28 November 2013

Nature walk

You can't beat a walk in the park for getting close to nature. It's ages since I last visited Normanby Park, so this morning I put on my boots and went for a stroll amongst the trees. A lot of the leaves have already fallen, but there was still enough left on the branches to add a splash of colour to the Autumn scene. As I walked amongst them the heavy mist gathered into droplets and fell all around me like rainfall.

I came across some marker posts with a notice on saying they are going to lay an all weather track through the woods. This will be good for wheelchair users who will be able to take the same route as I am walking.

The bark of this tree is so tactile, I couldn't resist running my fingers over it. It was massive, I wonder how long it has been there.

 



 
This tree was the other side of the fence in the deer park, I could see some stags with magnificent antlers grazing in the distance.

 I came across three other people, I almost had the park to myself.

 I love the mix of colours in this photo.

 
I waded through piles of multi-coloured leaves of all shapes and sizes. Looking down at the ground is as interesting as looking up.



 
Back home for lunch, which was a microwaved pot of frozen home made courgette and lentil soup, with half a tin of baked beans added, and a slice of wholemeal bread. A smashing filler after a walk in the park.

I've been busy this afternoon re arranging my furniture. The living room was a bit crowded so I've moved a sideboard, (I have two), upstairs to the spare room. I made a space for it by moving an old dressing table into the garage. I might end up chucking that as it's battered and chipped, and old. It's much better now, I've been able to insert the extending leaf into the dining room table so now I have loads of workspace for my crafty and arty hobbies. Now all I've got to do is to sort out all my stuff in the drawers and cupboards, and have a good old de clutter. I'll keep chipping away at it.
Toodle pip.  

28 comments:

  1. those are wonderful photos, so much of our color has gone from here, I enjoyed seeing them!

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  2. Stunning photos. Nature is so beautiful, especially in the Autumn months.

    Elaine from Oldham

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  3. Such beautiful, autumnal colours.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  4. What lovely photos. I love going for walks and often find I'm out and never see another person

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  5. What a fabulous post Ilona, I love trees and this was just beautiful. Thankyou
    Briony
    x

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  6. Beautiful post. I can feel the cold, crisp air just by looking at your photos.

    How did you move the sideboard? By yourself?

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  7. Hi luc, My friends hubby from across the road. I have nice neighbours who will help.

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    1. Good to hear. Nice neighbours are priceless.

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  8. A lovely post. Thank you.
    Dianne - Hereford

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  9. Love the moss on the tree bark. And I would have to ouch it, too!

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  10. Beautiful, as usual! What a lovely kind of day. I like drippy, Autumn days for a walk. It's all so fleeting.

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  11. Beautiful photos-I love the autumn color!

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  12. Thats a great park and deer as well. We have a park nearby that we used to walk round regularly when we had our dog but hardly ever go now. We've seen deer on there occasionally, i think they make their way up and down the river valley.
    Did you wear your slipper boots for your cabinet re-shuffle? I was thinking the other day that they'd be ideal for removals, H+S compliant boots that are gentle on the carpets. I reckon the laces need replacing with elastic so you can slip them on and off.
    Dave.

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    1. Hi Dave, I like your thinking, you always bring a smile to my face. Elastic would be good, sort of slip on's. I will do more experiments.

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  13. How much does it cost for Normanby Park these days. i used to take the kids all he time when it was free

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    1. Hi Kate. I'm not sure how much the Summer entrance fee is, as I only visit when it's free between October and Easter. Local people get a season ticket which allows them to visit any time and park in the main car park. I believe that is the most cost effective way if you are going to visit regularly.

      Even in the winter you need to put money in a machine to get a car park ticket, so I park in the village and walk in through a small side gate which is allowed. I can walk to it from my house, if I feel like plodding through mud along the edge of fields.

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  14. oh this is lovely--we have snow on the ground in Alaska and have had it for a week or two--cheers!

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    1. Hi laura. I am making the most of the Autumn colours before it all disappears under a blanket of snow.

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  15. Beautiful photos, such stunning colours. I really enjoy a stroll around the park and how lovely to have the park to yourselves.

    X x

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  16. wonderful contrasting natural colours, where would we be without the spectrum of autumnal hues. Great post Ilona.

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  17. Hi Ilona, really loved your piece today. The pics are wonderful, they really show all the beautilful autumn colours. I also enjoyed your furniture moving and tidying as I love doing re-organising to make things better. You have to move a few things to realise how much better it will work for you.
    Wendy (Wales)

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  18. Amazingly colourful display of autumn!!!

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  19. Lovely photos- thanks for sharing them Ilona
    Arilx

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  20. Amazing display of autumnal colours!!!

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  21. Such amazing colours! Somebody thought ahead when they planted that beautiful park at Normanby.

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  22. Miss Ilona ... You take the absolute best pictures. Love Love Love! Thank you for the beautiful stroll.

    JaG

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  23. Amazing photos Ilona, who needs tinsel and Christmas decorations when nature is putting on such a wonderful show of her own.

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