Last of the crops

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. ┬áThis weekend the last of the greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers have been picked. The Virginia Creeper is turning the most wonderful rich red colour.

Virginia Creeper
Virginia Creeper
Leaves are falling
Leaves are falling, wonderful shades of brown.

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.

Last of the delicious Raspberries
Last of the delicious Raspberries

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.

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Be creative

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.

Traditional fur bear
Traditional fur bear
Gingham bear
Gingham bear
Pretty floral bear
Pretty floral bear
1970s inspired bear
1970s inspired bear

Warm weekend sunshine

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.

Tomatoes, cucumbers and the last of the runner beans.
Tomatoes, cucumbers and the last of the runner beans.

The warm summer sunshine and showers have encouraged stunning flowers this year.

Chilly morning, is Autumn on it’s way!

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 ┬áto 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.

Seven floors of weaving machinery.
Seven floors of weaving machinery.

The noise must have been unbearable, not to mention the cotton fibres that filled the air.

sluice gates
sluice gates

Sluice gates control the flow of water from the river Derwent. Huge amounts were required each day to operate the machinery.

Wier, a barrier across the river.
Wier, a barrier across the river.

The noise from the weir was incredible, you could feel the power of the water as it flowed under our feet on the bridge.

Bridge over the river Derwent.
Bridge over the river Derwent.

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.

Charming little paths guide you around the gardens.
Charming little paths guide you around the gardens.
Areas of still water and wildlife.
Ponds for wildlife.

Attractive ponds busy with ducks, dragonflies and insects.

Ducks everywhere!
Ducks everywhere!
Stunning bandstand.
Stunning bandstand.

The bandstand looked amazing from the path.

Interesting paths, where does it lead?
Interesting path, where does it lead?
Beautiful bandstand.
Beautiful bandstand.

It may have been a cloudy, dull day, but the hanging baskets were colourful and bright.

Messing about on the river.
Messing about on the river.

What a lovely way to spend a morning, I shall be back to watch the river as it changes throughout the seasons.

A day at Black Rocks

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.

Stunning views, once you have got your breath back after the climb!!!
Stunning views, once you have got your breath back after the climb!!!
Black rocks
Black rocks

The black rocks are Ashover gritstone, on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. Overlooking Cromford and Matlock bath.

Footpath to the top
Footpath down