'Fall Day' by Phil Morin
We're off to our new house and garden and I wont have my internet connection for another week, so I wanted to say cheerio for now. I'll miss you all and have a good week everyone! :)
|This little nettle is one of my favourite wildflowers in the garden. Growing at the base of a birch tree, it produces a neat bushy plant and the flowers provide early food for bees. I think it looks very pretty, especially intermingled with the Geranium Johnson's Blue.|
|Seeing the garden like this in its full glory reminds me of all the happy days spent in it, or just watching the wildlife from behind the windows - the frogs, mice and all the different birds and insects. The house we're moving into is smaller and will be more economical to run, but it has a garden to three sides of it and I know that we'll spend many happy years there too. It's only a few minutes walk from this house so I'm hoping that we'll get the same birds visit us at our new garden. I'm not sure what distances they travel to feed but I'm hoping it's within their boundary. We have really appreciated the pleasure that the garden and its inhabitants have given us - I hope that the next people who come to live here respect and care for it.|
The old railway station at HunwickThis building used to be the railway station serving Hunwick, and is now somebody's lovely home. It doesn't appear to have changed that much though, and it's quite easy to imagine travellers waiting on the platform for the train to arrive. My dad and his brothers would have boarded the train here on their trips to Durham and Bishop Auckland, as his family belonged to Hunwick after moving from Ireshopeburn in Weardale.
The Oak Tree at Rough Lea Farm, HunwickJust off the railway line is Rough Lea Farm. My dad's best friend lived here when he was a child and it was a working farm then. They used to climb this tree which is hundreds of years old. Rough Lea Farm no longer belongs to that family as they have all passed on and it's since been transformed into a very posh residence, but it's lovely to see the big oak tree still there. Children are seemingly still enjoying it as there's a rope ladder hanging from one of its branches.