October Landscape: Alwinton to Biddlestone

We’re well into autumn now, and it’s amazing how quickly the landscape is changing. I went on one of my favourite walks earlier this week, and it looked completely different from my last visit a couple of weeks ago. I love the rich golds, reds, oranges, and bronzes that dominate at this time of year, … Continue reading October Landscape: Alwinton to Biddlestone

August Landscape: Clouds and Sheep

Finally it’s September. August seems to have lasted for much longer than a month! I’m not really a huge fan of late summer, and I’ve already started to pine for crisp frosty mornings, falling leaves, woolly cardigans, and a fire in the woodburner. That being said, August this year has been notable for some very … Continue reading August Landscape: Clouds and Sheep

Flowers and Friends

It’s hard to believe it today, as the rain pours down, but we’ve had some really hot, sunny days over the summer. The weather seems to have suited both flowers and their friends the insects. It’s been heartening to see so many over the past couple of months, both in gardens, and on wild flowers. … Continue reading Flowers and Friends

The Cheviot and Simonside

I love walking in the countryside, and I usually try to fit in at least one ramble of a reasonable distance each week. This can be more difficult in summer than winter, partly because I spend more time at work, partly because there are a lot of cows about, and they can be very feisty … Continue reading The Cheviot and Simonside

Flowers at Floors

We have some very wet weather heading towards us from the south, so we decided to hit the north today, and visit the gardens at Floors Castle, Kelso, in the Scottish Borders. We had only occasional glimpses of the sun, but it stayed dry, so I call that a result. I love the gardens at … Continue reading Flowers at Floors

Spring Landscapes

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here. No particular reason, just life getting in the way. Anyway, I’ve resolved to Do Better, and I’m starting with some of the photographs I’ve taken this spring. It’s been a mixed season, with some sunshine, quite a lot of rain, and even some hail and sleet. … Continue reading Spring Landscapes

February Landscape: in like a lion…

According to the proverb, it is March that is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but this year it could apply equally well to February. The first of February brought the first serious snow of the winter, yet by the end of the month, we we having a … Continue reading February Landscape: in like a lion…

January Landscape: Frost

January has brought with it the first really cold, frosty days of the winter. Sometimes this has meant sunshine, but we’ve also had grey leaden skies. There has been a lot of luminous afternoon light, and a couple of stunning sunrises. It is definitely staying lighter for longer in the evenings now, and despite the … Continue reading January Landscape: Frost

December Landscape: Winter Light

For me, December has been a month of short days, beautiful low afternoon light, and spectacular sunsets. I find the days of late autumn can be quite gloomy and oppressive, especially here in the north of England, where it starts to go dark in early afternoon on overcast days. This year, however, we’ve been lucky … Continue reading December Landscape: Winter Light