Featured Photos – 30 November 2021

Featured Photos – 30 November 2021

We’ve had some glorious sunny spells recently, and the sunlight has really shown off the colours of the autumn foliage.

Of course, this being England, we’ve also had some wintry showers and cold blasts of air. Storm Arwen was the latest, but we escaped unscathed, unlike the poor folks who went without power for several days. I have heard that in places, the poles supporting the power lines were snapped clean in two, so we have cause to be thankful that we live in a sheltered corner of the UK.

I hope you like the pictures. I made sure to include a few of my faithful companion, Lottie.

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Featured Photos – 25 November 2021

Featured Photos – 25 November 2021

We went to Cheltenham for our son’s graduation, and the next day we went for a bracing walk on Crickley Hill, which is owned and run by the National Trust.

The wind was bitterly cold and the hilltop exposed, but the views were wonderful, and we could make out the hills of Wales.

I love this hill because it is the site of ancient settlements going back to the Neolithic period, and if you’ve read my Darkeningstone books, you’ll know that I’m fascinated by these things.

I’m sure people built on this spot at least partly for the unrivalled views over the surrounding countryside, but there may have been other reasons too, such as the view of the setting and rising sun.

There’s not much to see in terms of evidence of settlement on the hill. Sadly, people fought over the spot, and the settlements were destroyed several times. There was even an Iron Age fort, but it was attacked and over 400 arrowheads were found near the place where its entrance stood. The site was finally abandoned, but there are some small concrete circles set into the ground to give you an idea of where the buildings stood.

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Featured Photos – 8 November 2021

Featured Photos – 8 November 2021

Thank you to the person who emailed to say that they enjoy the photos in terms of travel photography. I hadn’t thought of my pictures in that way, but I found it very encouraging.

The Devon hills and lanes are being slowly decorated with golden leaves.

The scenes may give you an idea of the sense of peace people can experience here.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Featured Photos – 4 November 2021

Featured Photos – 4 November 2021

Losing my marbles.

While waiting for our car to go through its annual MOT (a Ministry of Transport test for safety), I wandered over to a local tourist attraction, the House of Marbles.

In truth, there wasn’t much choice. The garage is outside the small town of Bovey Tracey and the House of Marbles is pretty much the only thing nearby. But I enjoyed my visit. We used to take the kids there when they were little, and they always had fun watching the marble runs, waiting patiently for their turn to press the button and start the contraptions rolling.

The pictures provide a bit of local colour, and I hope you enjoy them.

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Featured Photos – 30 October 2021

Featured Photos – 30 October 2021

After last week’s photographs, one reader emailed to ask about the appearance of autumn colours, so I thought I’d go out and find some.

Devon is a mild corner of the UK, but even taking that into account, the weather has been warmer than usual, and the trees have held onto their green leaves with a certain degree of determination this year.

Finally though, the leaves are changing and drifting downwards in lazy spirals.

Another reader commented on the site to say that the featured photos inspire thoughts of tea and toast, so as the weather gets greyer and colder and wetter (in the UK at least), what better way to spend the time than a brisk walk in the fresh air, followed by a steaming mug of tea and a slice of toast or a hot, buttered crumpet, all heaped with strawberry jam to remind us of the sweetness of summer.

I hope that you enjoy the photos.

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