Changing Seasons: This Was October

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The turn of the year: light and shadow; one summer gone, another planned for:

In Townsend Meadow…

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Around the town: winter wheat sprouting, highland cattle lounging…

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At the allotment: October morning glories on the pea sticks and in the polytunnel, bucket planting of endive and chicory for winter salad, summer squash and the last sweetcorn eaten, a sudden blooming of nasturtiums…

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Final floral fling in the home garden:

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Over the garden fence (sunshine and lots of rain)…

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On the Linden Walk:

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The Changing Seasons: October 2021  Please join hosts Ju-Lyn at Touring My Back yard and Brian at Bushboys World for this monthly challenge

44 thoughts on “Changing Seasons: This Was October

  1. I did lots of ooh and aah sounds throughout this post, especially over on your allotment. November has come in with the flood and is making October seem more golden than ever.
    p.s. how far is your allotment from you? walkable or car – I only ask as motivation can be a problem!

    1. Hello, Laura. We too have had a load of rain, though suddenly fine today. I’m lucky that I can walk out the back garden gate and across the field to my plot – just a few minutes’s walk, though a bit slithery after the deluge.

  2. If everyone was as successful as you at raising vegetables I think there’d be a lot more gardeners, Tish. It all looks so healthy! Time to snuggle up for winter?

    1. The gardener thanks you for that ringing endorsement, Jo. The sweet corn did turn out brilliantly this year, which I think was largely due to a good dose of farm manure delivered to the allotment by the Young Farmers as a fund-raising exercise.

      But not snuggling yet. In fact the last few days I’ve been gardening in the almost-dark! Had a really good crop of butter beans to pick. G. says he needs to get me a miner’s helmet.

  3. A spectacular selection of pictures this month, but I really love your top two pictures — the flying birds in the meadow. is it getting cold there? it’s getting pretty chilly around here. in fact, I think we are getting our first freeze tonight. Summer went by so quickly and fall even faster. I can feel the icy fingers of winter coming and I’m so unready.

    Keep your fires burning!

    1. Thanks, Pauline. Wild winter we can do without. It’s supposedly fairly mild for the next week. Some things are still growing – broad beans, leek seedlings, cabbages etc.

  4. Lovely set MissT. Your weather still looks fairly warm and cheerful. WE are baking out here. Inside and outside the kitchen!
    32c aujourd hui. Hit me like an open oven door when I stepped outside to greet a client a short while ago.

    1. Ah, heat! We did have a bit back in late September. But yes, not too cold at the mo’ on the whole. Sunshine even as it starts going dark at flipping 4’o clock. No good at all for this late-day gardener. Enjoy your basking and baking.

      1. Bit too warm to do much outside during the heat of the day, but the cool of the evening is okay. But you know all this of course!

      2. Well, my crew had a delivery to Soweto for an icon of South African music yesterday afternoon – I’ll post a photo of the cake later – quite stunning, so I was on kitchen duty. Dinner was served outside and the sundowner was a nice bottle of Shiraz!

  5. What a beautiful seasonal post, filled with everything that is good about this time of year – and the rain, which I’m less a fan of although I know it’s necessary 🙂 I do love your Linden Walk in particular – gorgeous colours!

  6. Such a satisfying walk, Tish – through places familiar (through your posts) and new. Those birds in Townsend Meadow are awesome – they look white, and I want to say look like seagulls, but they can’t be, right?

    Your allotment is bursting still with colour and textures! My mom just coloured coconut rice with pea flowers – I love that colour. Younger Daughter made tea with them.

    And I always love views of Linden Walk … I imagine myself walking though …. thank you for transporting me this morning.

    1. You’re absolutely right about the seagulls, Ju-Lyn. They appear en masse at ploughing time. I’m not sure whether they actually fly in from the coast, which is 100 miles away, or if they are inland residents from council garbage dumps.

      Coconut rice with pea flowers – how lovely! And thank you for joining me on the Linden Walk.

      1. I thought it couldn’t be seagulls – but that’s amazing that you have so many of them despite being so far away from the coast. I didn’t realise that there are inland seagulls as well.

      2. The other mystery is where they all disperse to so quickly after the ploughing is done. Or how they congregate so fast in the first place. Many farmers aren’t ploughing these days, but drilling into the ground after the previous crop has been harvested. There must be some kind of bird alert system!

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