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I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to let go of the blog. I am in a different place now and I need the space to work through a great many things. I intend to keep the archives up for a time, although I have removed the comment function.
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J xxx

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Seven Days


We were completely awestruck at the most incredible Aurora Borealis, viewed right from our very own front doorstep. Photographs, and adjectives can never truly capture this amazing natural wonder, so we only took a couple, and then surrendered ourselves to the moment.


I had a little potter around the garden, tidying up, getting ready for winter, and sitting dreaming and planning for next year. My sister brought me this cheery red thermal mug, and I have used it constantly.


We really enjoyed the TV show, Portrait Artist of the Year, on Sky Arts, and were sad when it finished. Now we have Landscape Artist of the Year, and it looks to be equally as good. It certainly got James inspired to follow along.


The car was in the garage for an MOT, and so I took the chance to wander in the woods nearby for a couple of hours. It was good to be among trees, and smell that autumn scent - so uplifting. 


I started cutting out the blocks for the quilts I am making to finish off James' room. I am recycling the fabric from the old window blinds. I have a plan, just need to see how it works out...



After a shopping trip to town, I stopped in at a favourite cafe, and indulged in hot chocolate, slice of cake, and a dip into my new charity shop book.



More wandering around this stunning landscape, enjoying the big skies, soaking up this golden weather, grateful for all the beauty around us.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.


31 comments:

  1. You are so fortunate to live is such a beautiful place! Can't wait to see the quilt.

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    1. Thanks Linda - I'm getting on with it today, but half term is now upon us, so it might take a week or two x

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  2. Beautiful pictures-just wanted to tell you I look forward to every one of your postings. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for that lovely comment x

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  3. You truly live in a magical place....can't wait to see how the quilt turns out for James' room.

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    1. Thanks Meggie - we do appreciate the place very much xx

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    1. I hope you got a good view yourself, Julie. More to come, I hear x

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  5. aren't the northern lights just the most spectacular thing. i know what you mean about pictures and words not quite covering it....they're some of the best natural magic.

    thank you for this wander through your beautiful world. xo

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    1. They are fantastic, Mel. It's such a privilege to see them xx

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  6. Jacqui, it's good to see this seven days post from you. Every image is a very strong one, and tells of meaningful stops made along the week.

    I would love to be able to see the beautiful northern lights. One of my brothers spent some time way up in northern Canada and has told me about his experiences seeing them.

    I've read perhaps all of Anita Brookner's novels and found them to have a certain mood, although they feature different characters and variations on plots. Although I was always rather sure of what was going to happen, or not happen, I always found her writing very fine.

    Thank you also for the photographs of the standing stones. They are wonderful.

    xo to you and yours.

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    1. Thanks Francis - it's early days with the book, so I'm still getting used to her style. xx

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  7. I would love to see the Northern Lights I don't think I would be taking picture just enjoying it. Your seven days looks wonderful hope you enjoy the next seven :)

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    1. Hello SM - we have been very lucky this year with the aurora - and this display went on for a long time - more to come too, I hear. x

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  8. Such a spectacular display with the aurora, you are truly blessed to live with such beauty. I am hoping that we will be living there soon. Take care.

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  9. Word cannot describe the beauty this world has to offer and I am thrilled that there has been so much of it in your world this week.
    Happy Sunday dear friend.

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  10. What a beautiful, unexpectedly magical place you live!. It's always been a place of marvel to me, in my lifelong imagination and longing to be there, and to LIVE there---I cannot conjure the daily felicity.

    Your photos are lush and stark and evocative of so many emotions and circumstances---the wonders of Nature, home comforts, a day of leisure with reading and chocolate, and lovely times shared with your son. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. oh that Aurora, so beautiful xxx

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  12. I would love to see the Northern Lights. I could go on a flight from Norwich airport up to Scotland but of course, you're not guaranteed to see them and it costs just as much as it would to go to Iceland for three days. Of course, I could try and persuade hubby to come up to Lewis. I know his nephew lives north of Inverness and they often see the lights. Last year, they were seen as far south as Norfolk but I missed them.

    I really do enjoy your posts and yes, you do live in a wonderful place.

    God bless
    Pat

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  13. Fantastic. I've seen some amazing photos online of the "Fir Chlis". I'm so glad you were able to see it. I've seen the Northern Lights three times in my life, and felt mesmerised by how they pulsed. Definitely a feeling as much as a sight. So glad to see you treated yourself. And that you found a woods to go for a walk in - yes...

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  14. Stunning photo of your amazing night sky... so long to see it with my own eyes (on my bucket list!). maybe when we visit our daughter and son in law in Ediburgh next summer. :) Hope the quilt turns out just how you envision it!

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  15. I think I could stare at that first photo forever!!! I can't begin to imagine how incredible it was to be able to see that for yourself!! WOW!!!! Thanks for sharing the photo!! I hope you had a beautiful weekend!! xo

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  16. I love the fabrics you have chosen for the quilt, can't wait to see it done. Beautiful photo of the sky!

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  17. Beautiful sky..I've always dreamed of seeing that in person. There are blessings everywhere, we just need to be open see them.

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  18. beautiful lovely serene views and your seven days look quite restive. May this week be even better :)

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  19. I saw the northern lights when I studied in Aberdeen back in the 80s but nothing as good as the lights you have photographed. Humbling experience. I am off to Edinburgh for work next month so maybe I will get a chance then! Never tire of your photos of the stones. I love old stones- stones and the lights all in one week! I am living in the wrong place though we have a few lovely dolmens in West Wales.

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  20. I would love to see the Aurora one day. Loving those quilt fabrics together! xx

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  21. Thank you for sharing this beautiful sight...I would love to see even more photos.... Can't imagine the view in person! This is definitely one of Nature's greatest shows! After a long absence in Blog Land, I am catching up on my faves! Glad you are still posting!

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  22. I would love to see the northern lights, its way on my list of things to experience, lovely photos and good to see you taking time and enjoying small moments x

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  23. Such beautiful photos, thank you for sharing them

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  24. over the weekend we were chuffed to watch a professional firework display from our back garden... somehow pales in comparison to the Aurora Borealis from your doorstep lol! how magical.

    and tree walks...

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