Silent Sunday…..So Off to Church

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The church of Saint John in the village of Horningsham, Wiltshire on the edge of the Longleat Estate and adjacent to the appropriately named Heavens Gate.

Saint John’s is the idyllic English Church, set on a hill overlooking a very peaceful rural scene that has changed little since the church was built in the 12th century. Like most churches of its age it has passed thru phases of renovation, modification, extension and rebuilding, the last rebuild being in 1843.

20th August

(C) David Oakes 2017

 

Cees Which Way Photo Challenge – Up or Down

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Up or Down…The choice is yours

Well it has to be one way or the other if you are using this old Victorian Wrought Iron stairway.

 Just an idea for this Weeks Which Way Photo Challenge. See what others have suggested on this link:- https://ceenphotography.com/2017/08/18/cees-which-way-photo-challenge-august-18-2017/

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19th August

(C) David Oakes 2017

You can smell the change……

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The Silver Birch Woods

Many of you will know that woodland is one of my favourite places to walk and relax, in all seasons and in all weathers.  You may even have guessed that Silver Birch is one of my favourite trees.  All though they are in tree terms, short lived, they provide immense pleasure with the silver bark, thin trunks that sway with the wind and small delicate leaves that rustle in the slightest breeze.

But they also have an aroma.  In the spring the aroma is light and citrusy which fades away over the summer….the come autumn a deeper more musky but sweet smell is created.  When that happens I know that autumn is not too far behind….. and I can detect that perfume  now as it mingles with the harsher aroma of the bracken.

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Acorns are forming on the Oak, this year they seem plentiful. So just so long as we get no strong winds we should have a bumper crop.

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But a wind is what the Rosebay Willowherb is hoping for to distribute its seeds far and wide, the seed heads now sprouting white whiskers that may just get caught in a birds feathers and taken on a more substantial journey.

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Down by the Lake it is a different world…all calm and summer like

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Not bad for mid – August

19th August

(C) David Oakes 2017

Flippant Friday……… Going for a Paddle

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High Water……

It is the holiday season, so if you are off to the Beach for a paddle in the sea, you best be prepared.  Do you know the time when high tide is due?

Thank fully this Guest House is thoughtful enough to care….

18th August

(C) David Oakes 2017