Monday, 28 September 2015

I had a lovely walk up at the community orchard near here with teenage boy, we took a picnic and went collecting conkers.  We made friends with two very barky dogs that adopted us and then their owner came along and wanted to know what we were doing, we were hunting for conkers and she decided to help;  later an elderly man who was watching the world go by on a nearby bench joined in the hunt and we all collected conkers together - so my bag was quite full!  It's funny how sometimes random people sort of tag along when you are doing something fun!  The conkers are to deter house spiders.

I might have shown you this before - it's my favourite picnic spot -




Here's a little snap of me with my back to brown hair colour - it feels quite nice to be natural again as blonde was hard work to maintain and I was longing for a change.. no doubt the grey will creep in and spoil things but for now I like it a lot!



We have been turning to warmer meals - this is a vegetarian (quorn mince) curry.



I have collected lots of lovely leaves and berries in colours to inspire a painting perhaps.


I'm sitting out here a lot lately, it's so lovely in the early mornings and late afternoons.
I was very lucky to be out here in the small hours this morning as I couldn't sleep and was rewarded with a view of the super moon, beautiful copper coloured, partial eclipse! what luck - so glad to have seen it.

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I don't have a camera that could capture as well as this picture.
Lovely to chat, thanks for stopping by - back soon.  :D



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  1. Hi Betty! How fun to gather conkers AND people!
    Your sitting spot looks very snug!
    I like your hair a lot.

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  2. I got up at 3.08am for a loo break and looked out the window to see the Blood Moon but it was so far away I decided to go back to my cosy bed instead of faffing around with the zoom lens on my camera to try and take a pic. Love your autumnal hair colour. It really suits you. I didn't know that about conkers. I must gather some. It's like Spider City around here. How lovely that you had a little Conker Club going in the woods. Glad you had company too. I worry about you wandering those woods by yourself.Speak soon. xxx

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    1. don't worry about woodland wanders, it's literally behind my back fence and people are around dog walking :D

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  3. Is the prickly one a conker? Or is that a generic term for tree nuts in general? (Because they conk you on the head when they fall, I presume?)It sounds like a fun outing with all the strangers joining in. :)
    The curry looks very exotic. I've never eaten any, so I would find it intriguing!

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    1. Lisa conkers are from the horse chestnut tree, not to be confused with chestnuts though as they aren't edible. the skins are not as prickly as the chestnut, conkers are a lot bigger than chestnuts too and have been a fun game for kids in the UK throughout time as they thread them on string and try to strike their oponents conker until it smashes. They look very pretty in decorations and really do seem to keep the spiders away. I do hope you try a curry, you don't know what you're missing!

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  4. Just beautiful Betty - love the colours in your hair, very natural looking. I do not know if we have conkers in New Zealand & did not know they kept the spiders away. Must investigate further. Your moon photo is stunning.

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    1. I will do a post about conkers soon Julie = I hope you do have them in NZ but suspect you might not. They are so much a part of Autumn traditions in the UK they are almost ignored!

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  5. I have no idea what a conker is! How does it deter spiders? I hate spiders---ewwwww!

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    1. I will do a post about conkers over the weekend Rose as they are so pretty and make wonderful Autumnal home decorations, how they deter spiders I don't know but they are definitely working here as we have a few biggies in the conservatory that have been making a mess with their food parcels and droppings that have ceased immediately the conkers went out there! I think they give off a smell that isn't liked.

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  6. Loving the dark hair, really suits you.
    Does the conker thing really work? We're inundated - I even had one on me last week, crawling across my back. I've dreaded that happening my entire life. I'm surprised I didn't faint! xxx

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    1. seems to work - you put them in corners of the room, the story is that the spiders don't like a smell that they give off.

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  7. Ohhh, your blog just did a hick-up. And I lost my comment. Or my computer caused the hick-up. Either way, it is gone. -pout-

    Must look up conkers.... Love your hair.... think we would call that lovely room, a 3 season room.

    now quick, to publish. :-))))

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    1. thanks for stopping by Tessa, a 3 season room?! well our conservatory is very cold in Winter but we heat it so manage to get four seasons out of it! it's the best room in the house but expensive to heat lol!

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  8. I love the colour of your hair und your gorgeous foto of the Blood Moon!

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    1. Hi Ute, the moon isn't my own picture, I got it off the UK tv channel, ITV - but it is what we were all seeing over the UK that night, the most beautiful sight but my camera isn't up to capturing. I was so lucky to come downstairs and look out when I did or would have slept through and missed!

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  9. Hi, Betty. Looks so pretty there, very seasonal. As is your pretty hair color.

    Fun that you got all the onlookers involved in your gathering project.

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  10. Ooh conkers! I might take a walk down the lane tomorrow and see whether I can find any - although they seem scarce around these parts. Your hair looks lovely and natural. I had to get up at 5.15am for work, so set my alarm for 2.00ish and had a quick look outside but at that point it just looked like a normal moon so I went back to bed and by 5.15 I had missed the main event.

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  11. Betty-- beautiful autumn photo... The leaves are already changing so beautifully there. I love your sun room-- what a lovely place to sit and enjoy what's outside your window. You captured an amazing photo of the blood moon...
    Vicki

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