Sunlight and frost in Northumberland

It might seem from my blog posts this year that I am never at home. This is not entirely true, but I do have to admit to having been away this weekend. Away for a long weekend, indeed, leaving Friday morning and returning late Monday afternoon. I can confirm, however, that between those two times I spent many hours stitching, for this trip was to join the twice-a-year stitching retreat of our quilt group in Northumberland. I have been working on a colourful single-bed quilt which is like a tiled Italian terraza; photos and a quilt pattern will follow soon, as the piece is almost finished.

Saturday and Sunday were cold, clear autumn days and there was a hard frost on Saturday night, as you can see from the frost patterns on fallen leaves on Sunday morning.

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The grasses glittered with frost.

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The colours all around were quite simply stunning; here are glimpses of nature in the beautiful county of Northumberland in the North-East of England.

A walk through the woods as a prelude to a day stitching was a privilege. The beech trees have shed most of their leaves and the paths were thick with fallen leaves.

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The blue sky was a perfect backdrop to the remaining green and copper leaves.

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Out on the water, boats moved gently on the calm surface.

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An anchored boat was moored just beyond the jetty.

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There were pink tones in the sky, even in the morning.

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The air was bright and clear and the shadows deep.

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This morning we had to leave, but it’s always fun to take an interesting route home, with a few stops, so I need to mention here the best scones I have ever tasted. This is no small matter as I am a real aficionado of the British scone and in each place I have tasted one, I feel compelled to issue a (private) rating out of ten. These beauties were definitely, without question, 10 out of 10 scones and I’m not ashamed to say so publicly!

 

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They are obtainable from the emporium pictured below: The Duck House Restaurant in Corbridge. Go there, try them and tell me I’m wrong!

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