With Autumn underway all our jobs on the allotment are slowing down. The summer fruiting raspberries have been pruned and next year’s fruiting branches have been tied to the supports. This weekend the last of the greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers have been picked. The Virginia Creeper is turning the most wonderful rich red colour.
There is always something lovely about the colours in the garden at this time of year. The earthy smell of fallen leaves and crisp mornings are a joy.
The composting continues on the allotment, hubby has been great. He’s made it his mission to compost absolutely everything. What a fantastic job, thanks. I shall miss the buzz of busy people tending their plots as the winter weather arrives.
The weather is starting to turn very Autumnal so it’s time to be creative. My main craft interest is bears, the small furry or fabric type. I’ve been busy making little bears for friends and family. I like to experiment with different fabrics, it’s a real treat to see the end result.
What a lovely weekend, especially after a few chilly days this week. Time in the garden, always a treat. The tomatoes keep ripening, cucumbers are slowing down but still producing. Butterflies dance and flit around the flowers, bees enjoy the last of the warm weather.
The warm summer sunshine and showers have encouraged stunning flowers this year.
The mornings have definitely cooled down and Autumn feels upon us. I do love the fresh morning air and the changing colours. It’s sad to think that we are already saying goodbye to summer. Time to get out and about, enjoy the last of the dry weather. So it’s off to Belper river gardens and Strutts historic North Mill, a cotton mill which looms dark and menacingly. I can’t help but feel a sadness for all the poor souls that spent most of their lives working six and a half days a week in that gloomy building.
The noise must have been unbearable, not to mention the cotton fibres that filled the air.
Sluice gates control the flow of water from the river Derwent. Huge amounts were required each day to operate the machinery.
The noise from the weir was incredible, you could feel the power of the water as it flowed under our feet on the bridge.
Despite the history of the mill it also has the most peaceful, pretty river gardens, impressive bandstand and if you feel like it, a spot of messing about on the river.
Attractive ponds busy with ducks, dragonflies and insects.
The bandstand looked amazing from the path.
It may have been a cloudy, dull day, but the hanging baskets were colourful and bright.
What a lovely way to spend a morning, I shall be back to watch the river as it changes throughout the seasons.
Saturday morning the sun was shinning, time for a spot of photography. Black rocks, haven’t been for a while. Wirksworth is another local place to visit. Great views, peaceful and picturesque. It’s a bit of a climb and the ground is uneven but it’s well worth it.
The black rocks are Ashover gritstone, on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. Overlooking Cromford and Matlock bath.