Sunday, September 27, 2015

In Autumn


 



















I've been meaning to stop by the peat bank for a long time now. It's actually been a couple of years since we last cut any peat. I think it would have been the summer of 2013. I knew there was still some down there, uncollected and I wanted to check it out.
Saturday afternoon was sunny and pleasantly warm, and James was up for an outing, but not too far, he said. A perfect opportunity for a trip down to the moor. 
There was some peat stacked up, and stray blocks lying around. James busied himself collecting them up and inspecting the bank. I guess we have enough for a few fires there, so we'll get them bagged up soon, and bring them home for the winter. 
It was such a glorious autumn afternoon and we spent ages exploring our wee bit of the moor - marvelling at all the mosses and plants growing there, and just enjoying the colours of the season.  "Why do we not come here all the time?" asked James. Indeed... I just hope he feels the same in a few years time when he's strong enough to wield that tarisker!

24 comments:

  1. You really did capture the beauty of the season, stunning.

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  2. What a gorgeous place, it looks like you could walk for miles. The smell of peat on a fire is one of my most favourite smells and winter is worth it for that aroma alone.

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  3. Beautiful pictures, as always - you have a talent and an eye for a good shot xxx

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  4. How gorgeous. Did you see any sun dew? I have never seen it on the moor, but I believe it is there. Sending you and James much love. X

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    1. Hi Christine - I never have seen any here, but it must be somewhere x

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  5. What a lovely thought - collecting peat turfs from the moor. I have had peat fires in W Ireland and remember the lovely smell. I have spent the day stacking logs. I love Autumn, the colours, the fires and stew! The photo of the landscape with your son on the gate is gorgeous. Ali x

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  6. How special. Your post reminds me of the woman you told me (in Earthlines I think?) about who wrote about her family summers on the moor, and the intimate way they knew the landscape. x

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    1. I remember that in the first Earthlines. It was Alice Starmore's recollection of the sheilings. I don't think I could come close to that article, but thanks xxx

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  7. Such a stunning place you call home, just beautiful!

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  8. Beautiful pictures, Enjoy your autumn

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  9. Ahhh such stunning colours! Thank you for posting. So often we think of leaves as the colours of autumn, but it just shows that it pays to look a little closer...

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  10. So peaceful, such beautiful photos! We chopped wood for our winter fires on Saturday -- I've read about burning peat, but I've never *met* anyone who actually did. Fascinating!
    Glad you and James enjoyed such a lovely day together. :)

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    1. Hello Lisa, and lot of people here still cut peat - it's one of those seasonal tasks xx

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  11. What a beautiful collection of colors and texture you have captured! Love your part of the world....

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  12. As I scrolled through this post, I kept sighing with wonder at the beauty of the place you share with us.

    Can you imagine that I have never actually been in the presence of a peat fire. I've read of them in fiction and non-fiction for ages, but truly do not know what the scent is like. I wonder what James would make of that?

    I send you all lots of love. xo

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    1. Hello Frances- it's not a fierce fire, but warming - it's indescribable, the smell - like earthy woodsmoke maybe. Xxx

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  13. beautiful photos and your son is getting taller!! won't be long when he's helping about :)

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  14. i wish we could make it over to your island too, it's so SO beautiful jacqui. i would love to help collect the peat!

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    1. Me too, Lori, but hopefully we will make it down. There are lots of trees on Skye, so not so much peat cutting. xxx

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  15. Sweet autumn post and beautiful pictures. How lovely to have a son that enjoys these outings with you.

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  16. Gorgeous photos, I love the ones of the gate and view, the one with your lad is very atmospheric, I always take photos of the coloured mosses when I'm out in the hills. Hope you are keeping well, I'm catching up on blog reading tonight :)

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  17. Thanks everyone, it is such a stunning place on a day like this - it's hard not to get a good shot xxx

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  18. Such beautiful photos. The last shot is absolutely brilliant and needs to be framed and up on your wall!!! : ) xoxo

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

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