Autumn Harvesting

Beautiful Berries along an autumn walk

Beautiful Berries along an autumn walk

Sometimes you just have to leave technology to one-side as you attend to priorities in life. And Harvesting, clearing veggie beds and looking after our own well-being has to come first.

So I deliberately went off line for a week to get to grips with some of the jobs I had been promising myself I would catch up on..  

Including some self indulgence of one of my favourite pastimes, Walking. 

But before there was time for walking I had some Harvesting to do. Hubby dug up the potatoes, Not a very large crop this year.. We only planted 6 rows this year instead of our usual 10, 2 early and 4 rows of main crop..  It was my job to bend down and sort through them. And wouldn’t you know the big ones always get the fork going through them 🙂 

Potatoes ready for sorting and bagging to store in the shed

Potatoes ready for sorting and bagging to store in the shed

Next the onions had to be gone through, they had been lifted some weeks ago and were drying in the shed, I looked like some one who had come up from the Coal mines after rubbing off the soily skins of what would be 2 barrows of onions and shallots.. The onions haven’t done as well, many rotted before lifting, but the shallots are fine. 

One box of shallots, ( we have 3 such boxes .

One box of shallots, ( we have 3 such boxes)

Then there was the Sweetcorn to harvest and freeze.

Just some of the sweetcorn..

Just some of the sweetcorn..

Sunflowers, view from the bottom of the allotments

Sunflowers, view from the bottom of the allotments

Garden

In between there was some time to relax in the late afternoon Sun in the back garden at home.

Listening to the wind-chimes and fountain in the fish pond

Listening to the wind-chimes and running water of the fish pond

Caterpillars in abundance means butterflies for next year.

Caterpillars in abundance means butterflies for next year.

Above you see just some of the caterpillars off of one cabbage. We usually plant plenty of crops, enough for us and the caterpillars, As we do not use any kind of sprays on our crops..  I put these onto the nasturtiums to munch to their hearts content. 

Munching on the nasturtiums

Munching on the nasturtiums

Wallflowers grown from seed

Wallflowers grown from seed

 

 

 These wallflowers are in the allotments at the moment, Grown from seeds, I will plant out late September, October where they are to flower, along with sweet-Williams. 

I also got 3 pots ready, for the autumn, these contain Cyclamen and Winter Pansies.

 

Preparing the Pots

Preparing the Pots I put some crockery in the bottom along with a brick. This will help weight it down if we get high winds.

I then planted all 3 with cyclamen and winter pansies.

I then planted all 3 pots with cyclamen and winter pansies. These pots are frost proof.

I couldn’t leave out the Kitchen in this post, and also had time to make some Apple and Blackberry Chutney. The recipe for any would be chutney makers is Here on my Recipe pages. 

Apple and Blackberry Chutney

Apple and Blackberry Chutney

Oh and in between all of that I did a little upholstery as I recovered a chair for the bedroom, and did a little dress alterations for my Daughter. 

But I did find time to go walking, And drove some miles to Carsington Water  with my Hubby to walk around the Reservoir which is also a wonderful Nature reserve.  We had a wonderful day. 

Carsington Water

Carsington Water Reservoir and Nature reserve.

Well that was my week.. I hope you all had a wonderful week too. And I wish you all a great weekend.. I hope to be back to visiting you all very soon.. In the mean time..

Take care of each other and enjoy the New Moon.

I hope it heralds in New Beginnings and brings us to be less critical of each other and I hope it brings in  more compassion for our fellow Human beings..

Take Care and Many Blessings

See you All Soon..

~Sue~  

 

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  1. seaangel4444
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 19:08:54

    How absolutely lovely your photos are, dear Sue! Blessings to you, Cher xo

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  2. Writing to Freedom
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 19:13:27

    Such a beautiful and bountiful harvest Sue. I could learn a lot about gardening from you, but seem to want to do less and less. Mostly flowers and perennials!
    I’m glad you take time to go offline and nurture yourself. Many of us could learn from your example!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:00:34

      Its always so nice Brad to log back in though and see such wonderful comments, and you are always amongst the first with your greetings, which I so appreciate 🙂 I am sure you could plant some Chard among the flowers, the various coloured stalks look good as well as being deliciously edible :-D.. 🙂

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  3. nonsmokingladybug
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 19:20:46

    I have so much to do in my yard, I might send you a ticket 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:04:04

      Haha….. 🙂 well that would be so nice LOL. but as you can see, I do have a lot going on in my own back yard :-).. I do so thank you for the gesture..And thank you so much for leaving me your ladybug footprints 🙂

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  4. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 19:29:09

    You really got a lot done! Your pictures are beautiful. Congratulations on such a bountiful harvest.

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  5. irenedesign2011
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 19:47:26

    Your harvest looks good and delicious Sue 😀
    Nice to hear that you used time for walking too. Beautiful photos. Love, Irene

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  6. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 19:54:09

    Danke. Das sind eigene Fotos. Die sind gut. Natur-Eigenes- Wolfgang

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:11:32

      Ja das sind meine eigenen Fotos von der Kleingarten und heimischen Garten .. Und eine Reise eines Tages ..
      Schön, dich zu lieben Wolfgang sehen. Und wünschen Ihnen eine ruhige Wochenende
      Sue 🙂

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  7. Karin
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 20:14:27

    Wonderful pictures , Sue. It looks as if you can cover a large part of your food by self-supply.
    I wish you many butterflies in the next year. It must be wonderful to be able to see them hatching.
    Blessings,
    Karin

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:15:48

      Hi Karin, yes we store and freeze our food and it keeps us going through winter.. I was reluctant to get rid of a large nettle patch we had last year due to the Peacock butterflies that love to lay their eggs on the nettles.. I asked hubby to wait until the caterpillars had gone before we dug them up.. We planted the courgettes and squashes there in the Spring which was an old compost heap. which had overgrown with nettles.. Many climb to the roof of the shed to pupate.. If the spiders do not get to them many survive 🙂
      Lovely to have your most welcome comment Karin xx

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  8. Barbara Franken
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 21:12:56

    How wonderful your garden is sue… And carsington water… You could of stopped for a cup of tea with my mum who lives in hulland ward… and not being so mobile doesn’t see many people… Enjoy your harvest time… Love barbara and good new beginnings to you…

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  9. prenin
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 21:15:36

    Looks like you had a good week! 🙂

    I envy you your garden – I live in a first floor flat so I have only what the Council plants: Grass and trees! 🙂

    Unfortunately the young trees often die because the gardeners use strimmers which strip the bark off! 😦

    Love and hugs my friend! 🙂

    Prenin.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:22:02

      Yes I know How lucky we are Prenin living where we do.. I do not think I could stand being in a block of flats.. But if I were, I hope I could perhaps grow on a balcony if there was one, in pots.. There are still many things we can grow on window sills to bring nature indoors..
      Many thanks dear Prenin for all your love and support xx

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  10. Kentucky Angel
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 21:22:39

    I think we both had event filled weeks Sue. While you had an enjoyable one, mine was move-in week to my newly renovated apartment, down the hall. I’m enjoying most of the new space, but at the moment the fire alarm is malfunctioning and is extremely loud. I’m going to have to find a way to muffle the noise, because it is loud enough to wake the dead, and when I’m dead I sure don’t want to be awakened!
    I love your garden, and your harvest is wonderful. Oh, to have a veggie garden again, although reality tells me I can no longer bend down to harvest, or stand long enough to freeze or can. But it takes no effort at all to dream.
    Have a wonderful weekend Sue. Hugs across the pond. Angie

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:25:51

      So nice to know ‘Finally’ you have moved back in.. It’s been ages I know.. I hope they iron out those wrinkles so that you can enjoy your rest periods without being woken from the ‘dead’.. In the mean time its so lovely to have you visit..and so pleased you enjoyed the photo’s Big Hugs returned xx

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  11. Sue Dreamwalker
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 21:39:38

    Reblogged this on Dreamwalker's Garden and commented:

    I hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful Autumn Harvest..
    Happy Gardening.. Love ~Sue xxx

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  12. europasicewolf
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 22:25:09

    Wow! You have been a busy bee! Lovely to have your own homegrown food to eat though 🙂 Don’t know how you can leave all the tech alone for a week at a time I must admit but always good to get your priorities right! lol 🙂 xx

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  13. litebeing
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 00:58:03

    Wow have you been productive Sue! I am very impressed by all the amazing fruits of your labor. Very Taurus earthy pursuits and I think you have accomplished so much in just one week.

    wishing you a relaxing weekend,
    love, Linda

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:36:51

      Hi my lovely friend.. Yes Typical Taurean traits 🙂 in many respects.. 🙂 And I got more done than I thought I would accomplish.. One thing I did promise myself I didn’t get around to doing was to paint.. I have a pastel half finished, I may well dedicate tomorrow to finishing.
      I hope all is well with you dear Linda.. sending you lots of love and I hope you too enjoy a perfect New Moon weekend 🙂 xx

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  14. balroop2013
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 03:24:19

    What a refreshing post! Love those pictures Sue and it is such a blessing to share such moments with your loved one! Having the same hobby brings such a relaxing and productive week! Thanks for sharing your wonderful hours with us.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:39:17

      Awww thank you my friend, it’s wonderful to enjoy these simple pleasures.. Connecting with Nature be it gardening or walking and sharing them adds to my pleasure.. I am so pleased you stopped by to leave me your valuable comment xx Hugs Sue

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  15. Paul Handover
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 05:36:28

    Golly, what a bountiful harvest. You must have wonderful soil quality to produce such good crops.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:43:01

      The soil around us started out life as quite sandy in places.. ( its amazing to think we were once on the bottom of a seabed ) lol.. Its been over the years of adding good manure and digging it in that gives it better quality.. And learning how to rotate crops and what to leave in till they die back so that nutrients go back into the earth..
      Many thanks dear Paul

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  16. jacksjottings
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 07:17:39

    A wonderful example of how to live.
    The world is wonderful when we stop to appreciate it.
    You and your husband show the way. Thank you both. _/\_

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:45:39

      Bless you Jack.. Yes I have been very appreciative of all that we have, and have enjoyed sharing it with my Fellow friends.. I read out your comment.. And he says thank you Sir.. 🙂 Blessings to you my friend _/\_..

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  17. sara
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 08:23:33

    What a wonderfully productive garden, Sue! Is there anything better than freshly dug potatoes???

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  18. New Bloggy Cat
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 08:26:41

    Wish we were neighbours so I could invite myself to your home for dinner….LOL. Have a blessed weekend! (ノ◓‿◓)ノ

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  19. dilip
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 11:48:05

    Fascinating pictures of your lovely garden Sue. I can imagine how fulfilling and rejuvenating it must be for you.

    Some flowers for you 💐💐

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  20. Hariod Brawn
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 12:05:52

    Well, your week has certainly been a busy one Sue, and what a wonderful bounty for all your efforts! Your self-sufficiency is truly admirable. H ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:56:03

      Thank you dear Hariod, yes almost self sufficient,the veggies go along way to helping out in winter. Thank you for your encouragement, its good to see the rewards from seed to harvest.. And even better to sit at the table with a plate full of tasty veggies 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful rest of the weekend dear Hariod.. Love Sue ❤

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  21. Eddie Two Hawks
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 13:19:44

    Hard work pays off with satisfaction for mind, body, and soul. What a beautiful and abundant garden, ready to enjoy for a long time to come. sending love and blessings, Eddie

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 16:58:55

      Yes that’s the beauty Eddie.. the Peas, Beans, and sweetcorn all in the freezer, and still lots to pull out of the ground such as cabbages, Brussels sprouts, kale, chard, beetroot, parsnips, Leeks, swedes.. Thank you for your kind love and Blessings dear Eddie, we are indeed blessed in so many ways 🙂 xxx

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  22. Genie
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 18:28:44

    It’s essential to unplug from the gadgets and live life in the real world, this is evident in your beautiful garden, Angel. 🌺 🌹 🌻

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 14, 2015 @ 12:06:04

      Bless you Genie, so nice to see you here, and so pleased to have you share in our harvest 🙂 Yes its good to unplug from our gadgets and the world at times.. as we connect back to the Earth and all that she gives.. Many Blessings your way dear Genie xxx

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  23. suzicate
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 19:20:11

    You have been busy, what a beautiful and bountiful harvest!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 14, 2015 @ 12:03:46

      Hi Suzi… Thank you, It seems as If I have been absent for such a long time here, and I have missed my catch ups with everyone.. wishing you a wonderful week also 🙂 xx Its raining heavily here today ..

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  24. stillsearching2
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 19:37:44

    What a bounty! I just have to grow potatoes next year. Enjoy your week-end!

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  25. Tom Merriman
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 19:45:14

    Sounds like you’ve had a good break, Sue… a busy one all the same!

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  26. Jo Bryant
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 23:16:39

    Wow Sue…I am tired just reading this post.

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  27. lindamartha
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 01:02:04

    You have such a rich life Sue! I love the way you covered your chutney tops with that pretty paper (or is it fabric?) and will try that for some of the jars I hope to sell too now. Its lovely! And your garden is amazing! I too have to make time to put the garden to sleep for the fall-I have to plant some daffodils and tulips and then transplant some iris and lift gladiolas but I am not feeling like its actually fall yet for some reason. Your post reminds me that I have to get moving.
    Have a great day.
    Linda

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:54:26

      Thank you Linda, the pretty tops are made from paper, I save gift wrapping paper, and often find my granddaughter has many uses for this as we cut out flowers and butterflies for her sticky pictures too 🙂
      It sounds as if you have lots of plans also for your garden.. We too have to lift the Gladioli’s I have had a wonderful blooms for my cut flowers off of them..
      sending thoughts your way… Sue xx

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      • lindamartha
        Sep 14, 2015 @ 13:09:23

        Well you certainly know how to put together a gorgeous presentation. I am making jams for a garage sale and Christmas season fair so I was very inspired by your work:) We are very busy but love being in that garden. We wanted cut flowers this year to help save money on our floral habit and it worked. I’m going to give forcing tulips a try this year for mid winter blooms indoors as well.
        So very nice to talk to you Sue! Have a gorgeous day!

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  28. lorriebowden
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 04:51:47

    I just love the earth you share withbus, Sue!! A wonderful harvest…glad you took time for yourself ♡

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:49:32

      So was I Lorrie… sometimes we need to switch off a little from the world and concentrate on our own inner world, its always a refreshing break. I am so pleased to have you share in my harvest Lorrie.. Sending Big hugs your way xx ❤

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      • lorriebowden
        Sep 14, 2015 @ 17:54:28

        Received …and they feel so good! 😉 Yes…that time that we turn inward and really listen…that time that we spend alone in our thought…alone with ourselves…beautiful, beautiful time!! Many blessings, Sue!!

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  29. maskednative
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 08:21:03

    Gosh you have been busy, and in such a satisfying way. The harvest reaped from all your hard work, wonderful photos and a well deserved walk. A great way to finish the summer with a store of food for the winter and a full and happy soul. Blessings to you Sue x

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:47:49

      Yes our winter store is always appreciated, I love making home-made soups etc, And we still have parsnips, leeks and cabbages and sprouts, All good.. Thank you Teri for catching up, its greatly appreciated 🙂 ❤ Blessings right back xxx

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  30. beverley
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 08:22:52

    What an amazing week. I really need to make some jam and take some to my dad xxx

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  31. pommepal
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 10:33:19

    What a busy week so much lovely produce and what a delightful place your back garden is to relax in.

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  32. marina kanavaki
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 12:52:44

    All your love pays off! Just wonderful, my dear Sue! 🙂

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  33. aussieian2011
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 13:28:56

    A very productive week all round Sue, each day has to be a wonderful adventure for you Sue, I love your relaxing spot at the back of the house, so calming and peaceful, wind chimes and the trickle of water.
    Great post, even relaxes the reader.
    Best wishes for a beaut week.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:10:38

      Yes we learn Ian to make the most of fine days here in Britain.. Today we sit under a low pressure and the jet stream has moved yet again, bringing wet and windy weather in, and much much cooler, as your Spring hots up no doubt.. I am pleased this post brought some relaxation energy into your being Ian
      You too enjoy, now you are ‘Plaster free’ 🙂

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  34. Dewin Nefol
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 17:39:44

    Hey Sue,

    Arriving a little late to this bountiful Blog one imagines the Sunday dinner has all but gone and the fresh vegetables served with it little more than a smear of butter at the bottom of the serving dish. Darn, and I was so looking forward to a tasty banquet lol 🙂

    Remembering an earlier post you made in the year, we shared a comment or two regards the quality of the soil and the toil that had gone into it to make it ‘just so’. Deservedly, all that hard work paid off as I am certain you knew it would. It does seem a shame that our UK summer was rather soggy (again! lol) and as a result there was a little loss of produce. However, judging from the photos you’ve included here, there seems adequate to keep you healthy for a few months yet. The potatoes and sweet corn in particular look rather good and the chutney no doubt a veritable banquet potted and sealed with care. I was also trying to identify the burst of berries heading the post, they look delightfully inviting, though I ‘assume’ they’re not for human consumption, but I could be wrong?

    Your delightful garden is just that, a charming haven of light and life filled with the melodies of chiming bells and trickling water and the timeless song of nature. Am I right in thinking that the garden proper separates itself from the house and patio by the leafy archway or would we be looking through it towards a garage, out-building or neighbouring house? If the former, then I adore the nature of your secret place, and imagine you find quiet contemplation and peaceful solitude readily within its relaxing green interior. It is a space that I would find similar delight to sit in: regrettably there is no such opportunity whilst in a block of flats, and whilst I have endeavoured with a hanging ivy plant in an ‘upside down planter’ to bring a little outdoors indoors, it is not a wholly immersive experience as I am sure you can imagine. But still, a little green performs its own miracle and I delight in its presence here.

    I have as yet to visit Carsington Water, which looks to be a wonderful place to spend a few hours, and evidently you thoroughly enjoyed your time there. Whilst living in Macclesfield (which seems an age ago now) I would mainly confine my trekking and happy wanderings to areas on the other side of the Peak District National Park mostly between Thorncliffe, Buxton, High Peak and Macclesfield…distances that always permitted returning on foot to base camp within the day. If you have never headed that side of the National Park, then I’d thoroughly recommend it, including a visit to The Cat and Fiddle pub on the A537 should time allow. It is said to be the second highest elevated pub in the UK, 515 metres, 1,689 ft above sea level, and affords breath-taking views out across the Cheshire plains (http://www.catandfiddleinn.com/).

    Many thanks for your wonderful post, and opening up a small memory to the past. I always find it peaceful and energising spending a little time here and always look forward to returning. I trust all is going swimmingly well now that you’ve settled into the balmy ease of retirement. Certainly, you seem to occupying yourself and finding more opportunity than ever before to spend time with loving family and grandchildren…the photo you shared on a previous Blog post of your granddaughter I thought most charming. She is an absolute treasure and you must be very proud indeed 🙂

    Have a wonderfully lazy, late Sunday afternoon and evening. Take care.

    Namaste

    DN – 13/09/2015

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:03:15

      Dear Dewin, why does it not surprise me you know of Buxton, and the High Peak.. And yes I know of the Cat and Fiddle Pub and have been past it many times. 🙂 I grew up in Stoney Middleton next to Eyam the Plague village, of which I am certain you will be familiar with. And some relatives still live there.. I visit regularly. I would commute to Bakewell for school and my first job was there.
      Do you also know of another High Peak Pub.. The Barrel Inn.. 🙂 I can recommend the excellent food 🙂

      The berries I had to look up and should have provided a title with the picture they are called in the common name a guelder-rose, The latin name is Viburnum opulus.. And although it says these berries can be eaten in small quantises and a jelly can be made out of them. I wouldn’t recommend eating them.. As reading about them it says they are TOXIC and can cause vomiting .. 🙂

      Yes Dewin, I have at last slipped into that ‘balmy ease of retirement’ as you say 🙂 although it has taken a year to settle into the idea of not working for a living.. 🙂 And the bonus is spending time with my granddaughter and walking in nature.. And yes she is our treasure and we are extremely proud of her..
      Thank you for taking time to browse my posts Dewin and leave me your most welcome comment 🙂
      Blessings Sue

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      • Dewin Nefol
        Sep 16, 2015 @ 18:36:41

        Hey Sue,

        Well indeed it is a small world! J I had no idea you grew up within the beauty of the Peak District National Park Sue. How wonderful to be a child and have that huge playground on your very doorstep in which to adventure and explore. You must have so many happy memories! Is it little wonder you retain such a deep connection to Nature as a result? 🙂 I imagine the daily trip to-and-from Bakewell to attend school must have been either a bothersome routine or a delight. I used to travel a similar distance each day to attend school when living in Hertfordshire, albeit on a school coach, and recall it being quite a bit of fun 😉

        Stoney Middleton is a town I’ve only ever seen through the windscreen of a mini-bus – I worked for a Hotel chain for a few years with sites in both Pott Shrigley, (Bollington), and in Buxton and on occasion journeyed with the bus drivers to outlying townships and rural villages to collect and return staff. It was a free and simple means of getting to know more of my immediate surroundings and thoroughly enjoyable. Stoney Middleton was one such town, as was Eyam as well. My memory of them both has faded a little over the years, yet I remember the timeless character of soft beige stone and granite rock houses with their slate roofs, and whitewashed cottages lining the roads, and of course, the stunning views across rugged moors and sculpted hills towards the quarries. Beautiful. Is there not an approach road into Stony Middleton that feels like it carves a nook between cliffs? Or am I thinking of somewhere altogether different…I’ve moved so often that my memories seem to blend a little more these days.

        Thank you for the link to the Barrel Inn. The details and images they provide are quite charming, and by all accounts it retains every facet of its rustic appeal. You knew it would ‘peak’ my interest as it lays ‘claim to being the highest pub in Derbyshire’. Having never visited, I feel I missed out somehow, and perhaps will return one day to sip a flagon or two and gaze out upon the rolling countryside 🙂 Thank you so much for its mention here.

        Thank you also for the information on the splash berries heading your post. I enjoyed reading the Wiki entry and learnt so much, thank you…including it’s cultural and folklore meaning, which I thought I’d snippet here as it seems somehow significant at this time of natural shift and change. ‘This bush’s symbolic roots can be traced to the Slavic paganism of millennia ago. According to a legend Kalyna was associated with the birth of the Universe, the so-called Fire Trinity: the Sun, the Moon, and the Star.’ Were you aware of this symbolism when you included the photograph Sue? 😉

        I was delighted to hear that you are now happily settled into reitirement and passionatley enjoying a more relaxed way of life. One can imagine how difficult it can be slowing everything down to walking pace having worked so hard and diligently for many years. I understand it’s quite common for many retirees to spend a period adjusting, and even for those that plan carefully for it, the transition and change in routine can still take a while. Personally, I am very much looking forward to filling my days and evenings with creative endeavours, and simply cannot wait to lose the wrist-watch! Ah, the equisite joy of living and enjoying life again in (almost) the same way as we once did as a child would be close to perfection! lol 🙂

        Many thanks Sue for your reply and for providing a leafy path or two back to happy memories, breathtaking scenery, and the joy of childhood days.

        Have a delightful evening 🙂

        Namaste

        DN – 16/09/2015

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Sep 20, 2015 @ 19:45:45

          My trip backwards and forwards to my secondary school from age 11, at first was an ordeal, mainly as the school bus was that full of outlying village children I often never got a seat on the way to school . And being severely travel sick it took me ages to adjust to this routine.

          You are not mistaken to thinking of the approach road the only one in and through Stoney Middleton, which takes you between which would have been two Lime Stone Quarries.
          The village was often covered in dust after blasting days, and the main road would rumble with lorries carrying the stone back and forth..

          Thank you also for that wonderful information upon the Berries and that could be traced back into Slavic Paganism. And No I did not realise this when I posted.. Again maybe there are reasons why we are inspired to capture such images and the dates we post, all by the design of the Universe 🙂 No doubts.

          Yes I am now more settled within my retirement routine, and I enjoy the darker cosy evenings to pursue my crafts.. As the garden winds down for winter..

          I smiled when you said about losing the wristwatch.. 🙂 I have hardly had the occasion to wear it … And you would be surprised at how accurate your internal clock is at predicting the time..

          I often for a bit of fun, when out walking for the day, tell my husband the time as I guess it, as he looks at his watch.. I am only usually around 10 or 15 mins out, and have often been almost spot on.. It even made me gasp as how if we tune in, we can judge time..

          But really there is no time.. Just dawn and dusk and all that goes in-between..

          Many thanks for your wonderful responses dear Dewin, I so appreciate all that you contribute to this blog..

          Blessings your way and have and enjoyable new week

          Sue 🙂

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          • Dewin Nefol
            Sep 20, 2015 @ 23:42:52

            Hey Sue,

            Thank you for such a wonderful reply and a fabulous walk back in time down memory lane. The images you leave, from stuffy rides on crowded school buses to the rumbling of rock laden wagons and the dusting of village life, somehow brings the past alive and fills me with such delight 🙂 The history that is contained within each of us continues to amaze me, and I will never tire of reading more of other people’s wonderful lives! 🙂 You know Sue, I think you and I could sit and talk for contented hours and never become weary of the company or enjoyment of sharing tales and swapping yarns…what a pleasure that would be. If ever I am heading north again, I’ll be sure to let you know and maybe we could all sit a while and share a drink or two in Bretton…or perhaps sip a couple of cold ones at The Moon Inn, in Stony Middleton? 🙂

            How pleased I was to hear you’d lost the wristwatch and returned to a more natural, bio-rhythmic way of life. I am fascinated to know how you keep such accurate time keeping; your awareness and connection to nature must go far deeper than I could ever have imagined Sue, and I am slightly in awe of it! I was born an Earth sign, and adore any occasion that connects me with the great outdoors and find tremendous peace and serenity in doing so, often losing myself in the magnificence of it all, and always returning home feeling invigorated and refreshed. Perhaps when I retire and finally cast away the shroud of a working life and ease back into the balm of endless days and timeless hours, I too will have chance to enjoy its bounty more often. I look forward to those days tremendously and take heart in hearing of the deep sense of freedom it has always brought to you. It is wonderful to hear you speak with such happiness and joy and to know of your heart-felt contentment.

            On which note…I thought your line: ‘just dawn and dusk and all that goes in-between’ wonderfully succinct: words that spoke of antiquity, of a time before time, and the immensity of all that we behold. Beautifully illuminating words Sue emanating from your heart, and as always, spoken in rhythmic time to the beat of a Galactic drum 🙂

            Thank you for always extending me a warm and generous welcome and replying with such enthusiasm and interest. I do enjoy sharing your company and friendship here and always find interest in your delightful Blog 🙂

            Take care and have an enchanted week ahead.

            Namaste

            DN – 20/09/2015

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Sep 21, 2015 @ 11:05:47

              Thank you again Dewin, and to ponder over life over a Pint in the Moon Inn of which I have been in many many times.. Would be a pleasure.. 🙂 The Moon Inn now being the only pub left in Stoney’M there was once 3.. We could talk about Lover’s Leap where, in 1762 the jilted Hannah Baddaley flung herself off the clifftop. Or we could discuss the Murder at the Moon Inn itself! as we hear the tale of the Scottish Pedlar 🙂 Maybe we should make that Two Pints 🙂 LOL..

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            • Dewin Nefol
              Sep 23, 2015 @ 18:32:02

              Hey Sue,

              😀 Oooh how morbidly fascinating! Spooky tales and harrowing yarns told beneath the shivering timbers and rattling rafters of The Moon Inn…sounds just perfect for a cold mid-winters’ eve 🙂

              I shall look forward to hearing more of the grim as we sit and sup in the warmth of an open fire one day 🙂

              Until then…

              Namaste

              DN – 23/09/2015

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Sep 23, 2015 @ 19:55:12

              Until then Dewin 🙂

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  35. DG MARYOGA
    Sep 14, 2015 @ 12:35:29

    Good morning dearest Sue!I have carefully read your rich post and have also enjoyed all the photos from your garden!To be honest with you,I was really astonished when I saw all these activities that took place just in a week’s time.
    Only one week away from High-tech,but so enjoyable and creative!All of your crops look fine and so do your Wallflowers and the newly planted cyclamens.I loved the fact that you cared even for the Caterpillars that they’re now happily munching on the nasturtium leaves.I can also imagine you basking in the warm afternoon sun and listening to the wind-chimes and the running water in the fish pond.Your walks with your hubby up to Carsington sound interesting and relaxing,especially after all this garden work.Wonderful week my lovely one!Hope you & yours have a splendid week ahead!Love & Blessings to you too 🙂 ❤ Doda xxx
    PS:I'll pop up to your recipe page to read how you made Chutney.xxx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 14, 2015 @ 12:53:57

      Dearest Doda..You can not imagine the delight I feel as your magical descriptive words of my week away from technology tinkles like the chimes on my tree in the ripple of smiles on my face as I always relish your beautiful comments within my posts.. The pleasure is all mine in having your walk among my garden 🙂 xx ❤

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      • DG MARYOGA
        Sep 14, 2015 @ 19:04:50

        I so much love your work my lovely friend!It’s either steeped in spirituality or in natural beauty,and when these two elements are both involved,then,we are talking about sublime,about divine work!Thank you for being beyond appreciative and kind!I really feel lucky to have you in my life 🙂 ♡ x♡

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  36. Maria Wind Talker
    Sep 14, 2015 @ 14:34:47

    You have been busy. Beautifyl bounty 🙂 ❤ x

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  37. Maria F.
    Sep 15, 2015 @ 03:42:24

    I love the detail of the caterpillars Sue, you’re an angel to let them live!!!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 15, 2015 @ 14:03:48

      I may be an angel to let them live dear Maria, lol, but you should here me curse when my cabbages are bare LOL.. 😀 chuckle xxx

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      • Maria F.
        Sep 15, 2015 @ 14:47:25

        I know Sue, that is why I don’t know if I can harvest my own food, I guess I could do it like you do it

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Sep 15, 2015 @ 19:15:39

          Today Maria I spotted a Bee upon my path it was lathargic and not moving, too tired to do anything, I was rushing off to fetch my granddaughter from school.. It was still there upon my return.. So I got some honey upon a teaspoon and with my granddaughter encouraged it to drink.. She was amazed at seeing his long black tongue reach out to drink the honey.. He sat for about 10 minutes drinking, and I left it upon a leaf we could observe from indoors.. after about another 5 minutes it was strong enough to fly off..
          It felt good to have helped a bee along, and it gave my granddaughter the right opportunity to view a bee close up without being afraid of it.. She couldn’t wait to tell her Dad when we took her back after tea/dinner 🙂 Precious moments when we work with Nature, and I am sure you would be great at growing your own food even if its only tomatoes 🙂 And.. Look at the Pigeon you saved xxx

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  38. valentinelogar
    Sep 15, 2015 @ 11:06:45

    What wonderful pictures, especially that you plant enough for the caterpillars and next years crop of butterflies. You are so busy, I must learn from you! I sat on my butt and read last weekend in between housework (does that count?).

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  39. insearchofitall
    Sep 15, 2015 @ 13:57:03

    Sometimes I think we spend entirely too much time here on the computer when there is this whole lovely world out there waiting for us to experience it. You have made good use of your week away. I’m anxious to see the pastel when it’s done. Does the heart good to see things accomplished and then to start again. Going to get sutures out today then I can get back to outdoor work. Maybe even indoor work. We have rain!! Have a wonderful week again. 🙂

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  40. D.G.Kaye
    Sep 16, 2015 @ 01:22:38

    The garden is wonderful Sue. No doubts you’ve taken a time out to enjoy. Clever to have a place for caterpillars to munch to save the other plants. I hope your mind has had a relaxing week. 🙂 xo

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  41. silentlyheardonce
    Sep 16, 2015 @ 14:53:30

    What a wonderful life Sue. To spend your summer tending to you gardens, harvesting then reaping the benefits all winter. Thanks for sharing this beautiful experience with us. Hugs my love.

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  42. natswans
    Sep 16, 2015 @ 16:19:16

    Lovely post Sue you achieve so much , with wonderful results. The onions sorry to hear waterlogged maybe . Shallots are great for Hotpots. Sunflowers oh I just love those, from seed I must try this. What a wonderful Summer we have had your post is really lovely and up lifting.
    Hugs Sue enjoy your weekend xx
    Sheila

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  43. BeanzBeBloggin'
    Sep 17, 2015 @ 15:33:20

    Hi 🙂
    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award for the inspiring and radiant posts that you share with us all. Further details on https://beanzbeblogging.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/the-sunshine-blogger-award. Happy Blogging 🙂 !!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 19, 2015 @ 15:01:43

      Many thanks for your nomination, I am flattered that my Blog is among your list of inspiring blogs and posts.. I really appreciate you thinking of me.. Many thanks, I became an award free zone in January of this year. And no longer accept awards, although I do accept the odd challenge from time to time :-). I hope you are not offended… I am very grateful for the thoughtfulness of you including me within your list.. Many thanks and wishing you a Perfect weekend.. Sue ❤

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  44. lavendermoongirlblog
    Sep 24, 2015 @ 19:40:23

    Apologies Sue. I haven’t been online for a while. I think your crops look wonderful and you’ll enjoy them even though for a shorter time. Your chutney looks delicious! I’m still picking wild blackberries, apples, hazelnuts and walnuts.
    Happy harvesting and cooking. 🙂 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 25, 2015 @ 18:18:28

      No need at all to apologise dear LG.. Life takes over, And has to come first.. Many thanks for your encouragement.. I may be quieter myself this next week, I will see how things go 🙂 Lovely to see you, and Many thanks.. 😀 xxx Hugs

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 28, 2015 @ 19:25:59

      No worries at all LG.. I too have been very hit and miss of late.. so no need to apologise.. just good to see you when you are able to arrive.. I will have to make more chutney, only two jars left.. and relations are coming back for more LOL. 🙂 I have missed the Hazelnuts.. it was one thing my Dad and I would often do together, go and collect them.. along with mushrooms too.. 🙂 Love and Hugs.. and thank you so much.. ❤ Sue

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  45. Emma Sarah Tennant
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 11:23:22

    Your autumn garden is wonderful! My favourite season – I always feel the time of year is filled with magic and your post has proved it. Enjoy your harvest! xxx

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  46. Karuna
    Oct 01, 2015 @ 16:29:55

    Thanks for sharing your garden and harvesting with me. I did sweet corn in the 70’s, once. On the day they were ready to pick I went to the garden and discovered the raccoons had felt the same. In one night they were all gone!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2015 @ 14:27:38

      Such a shame.. Nothing worse than having a looked forward crop vanish .. I felt the same this year, I gave my Redcurrents a couple of more days to ripen, and when we next went they were gone.. I don’t know if they were two legged birds or two legged humans who had felt they needed them more.. After my first huffing and puffing, I figured they must have needed them more!.. 🙂 that’s how it goes sometimes.. 😀

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