Wednesday, 26 October 2011

I Spy old friends at Old Moor

Way back in September we went to Old Moor RSPB nature reserve for the first time.  It was one of those middling weather days - bit windy but dry and seasons turning to autumn.

They might look professional, but which one was only here for their I-Spy score?
Not knowing much about the birds, what really entranced me were sounds and sights of the wonderful grasses swaying and swishing along the water's edges - wish I'd taken my SLR along for better shots, but here goes.

and our wildlife below - but sadly only one of these earned a tick in the hallowed book ...

and a lovely day was had by all in the best of company

Monday, 24 October 2011

Bradfield on a Sunny Saturday

And to think we only had to drive from our door, over Jawbone Hill and down to Oughtibridge, then up over the moors along Kirk Edge Road - spectacular views across the hills and down into Bradfield - no more than 15 minutes from home and still in the City of Sheffield - and what amazing weather for a late October day ....

memories of that once in a lifetime catch way back in the early 90s .....

and on up to High Bradfield, after a cuppa in the lovely Post Office cafe then a walk along Towngate:

one of very few remaining in the country - where family stayed to guard new burials from graverobbers!

. . . leading to the amazing St Nicholas Church - high on the hill with it's incredible graveyard - apologies for the 'grand canyon' quantity of grave pics but the en'grave'ing was just incredible ....

on a bench facing the view in previous photo

the perfect man

eat your heart out Tommy Steele!

and finally a saunter up the hill to the home of Farmers' Blonde - the Bradfield Brewery


Saturday, 1 October 2011

Circular Eating

Struck by these beautifully arranged cherry tomatoes topping the upturned mushroom, then the roast potato fairy ring a few days later  ....

and a final additon - Heston Blumenthal's Pumpkin Soup, after listening to the recipe on Radio 4 here