A sunny November morning.

1 Nov


The Sun is getting lower in the sky now casting shadows deeper into the cottage. So nice to be greeted by early morning sunshine on the table.


Strange shadow play on the conservatory wall. Seeds for next year drying on the table. Gardeners are always thinking ahead to the next season.


Still a bit misty outside.


Out into the garden. The Sun is at the south east but shortly the whole garden will light up as the Sun comes round to the south. Still lots of leaves to be collected.


Such a stunningly beautiful morning!  More like Summer than November 1st. Been a while since I walked the garden in my dressing gown at this time of year. That’s the good thing about living in the sticks…no one peering over the hedge…ever!


Back to the conservatory for more shadow play.


By December 21st the Sun should be just skimming the top of the trees in the forest behind us and casting shadow and light even deeper into the cottage.  As this is our first Winter here we are seeing all this for the first time.


Seeds to be potted on are highlighted too. Canterbury Bells and Dianthus planted in the Autumn to give a head start next year.


Lettie catching a few early morning rays…


while Freddie is needing some TLC. He had his little op a few days ago and has to wear this silly lampshade so he doesn’t go near his stitches.


28 Responses to “A sunny November morning.”

  1. Anne Wilson November 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Poor Freddie, he’s looking a bit sorry for himself but dogs are quite good at getting sympathy. Your seedlings are looking good, I have lost all my Canterbury bells, will have to see if I have more seed.

    • bridget November 2, 2013 at 9:15 am #

      I have quite a lot of seedlings so I can give you some. Freddie is just about back to normal now.

  2. Eliza Waters November 2, 2013 at 2:40 am #

    Hope Freddie is back to his ol’ self soon!

    • bridget November 2, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      It’s amazing how quick they recover…the op was on Monday and he is completely healed now.

  3. beingmeyear November 2, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Lovely pictures of your home and the early morning light 🙂

  4. willowarchway November 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi, everything is looking good at yours. Made me smile about you drying seeds as I had just collected pumpkin seeds to dry !

    • bridget November 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      We’ll have to do a seed swap in the Spring.

  5. Small House Under a Big Sky November 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Beautiful sun shining in your home, lucky you! Of all the blog I read, I feel your’s is the most like mine. I feel your love of the land shining through!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna

    • bridget November 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      Thanks Donna! Such a nice compliment.

  6. Jane November 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Poor Freddie having to wear the ‘cone of shame’. Hope he’s soon back to his self.
    Jane x

    • bridget November 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      He’s fine…healing very quickly. Just another day or so with the cone.

  7. Kevin November 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Lovely photos. How exciting to see the seasons for the first time in your new home. Each day becomes a surprise!

    • bridget November 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Yes, it is exciting getting to know a place, what you want to change, what to keep etc.

  8. June November 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    Ahhhh…how adorable is your sweet and lovely Freddie! And Lettie too, of course. 🙂 Your home looks so cozy, comfy, warn, inviting and welcoming, Bridget. A perfect sanctuary from either the hustle and bustle of city or town life, or to settle in on a chilly winter’s day or evening. I’d have loved to come home to that after a truly wet, wild and blistery day selling at the market today. Beautiful! 🙂

    • bridget November 3, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      We have been working hard to get it cosy for the Winter…nearly there. Freddie is recovered and back to his old self. Removed his lampshade today much to his delight. Have’nt a clue where one would source dried lavender. Maybe a florist could help?

      • June November 3, 2013 at 10:56 am #

        Going by these lovely photos, you and Andy’s continual hard work has clearly paid off, big time. Wanna come over to my place and do the same thing here? lol Our house (and back garden) is a continual work-in-progress, seemingly without an end in sight.

        I’m sure Freddie’s very, very pleased that he’s free of the lampshade, but more importantly, that he’s completely healed and is back to his usual lovely self once again. I don’t think my ‘boys’ would be best pleased with having to deal with that – just taking them to the vet is an adventure in total stress and panic and chaos for them as well as me, lol.

        That’s where I’ll try tomorrow, as there’s a good local florist here. I’d have gone to our local health food shop, but sadly, due to a ridiculous hike in rental price for the shop, the owners had to close it last year. I’ll try Tir na Nog in Sligo town, and maybe Ellie and Brian atTrimilawn Farm in Carrick, and see if they can help. And also the Organic Centre in Rossinver might be able to source some for me.

        Thanks, Bridget. And enjoy what’s left of the weekend…and Happy Diwali, too. 🙂

      • bridget November 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

        I’d say Trimilawn Farm could be your best bet. They seem to have everything in the herby line. There’s still so much to do here and the garden needs a complete overhaul. Busy , busy, busy for Winter too I guess!

  9. June November 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    ps – I’ve a question for you. Would you know where I can source some dried lavender – either already dried bunches flowers/flower heads or buds or in large potpourri bags?

  10. Marla aka Crazy Mom November 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    The pictures look so cozy!!

    • bridget November 3, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

      Thanks! We like things things relaxed, cozy and country style.

  11. Donna@Gardens Eye View November 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Love the scenes as you are catching the light. It was beautiful and mild here too.

  12. Mominthegarden November 4, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    What a lovely post! We really have had an amazing fall! My morning here today is what you captured in this post – gorgeous sunshine! We have frost this morning, too. Very pretty.

    Can I jump in on one of your comment conversations? How much lavender is June looking for? I have some stems & flowers left from what I harvested this and last year, and I also have just the buds off of the stems… Just curious if I could be of help. Dana

    • bridget November 4, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      Have’nt a clue how much she needs but maybe you could email her on cafeblue2008@gmail.com or reply to her on her comment here.Thanks Dana!

    • June November 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      Hi Dana – Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity about your lavender cuttings. I’m not actually sure how much I’d need. I’m making little scented sachets and greeting card fillers, but even though they’re going to be small, I’ll be making a lot of them (I hope), so I don’t really know how much I’d need. Better question for me to ask of you would be, ‘how much do you have?’ 🙂

      Are you in or near Sligo? Maybe we could meet up somewhere convenient for both of us…or, if you feel like enjoying a day out in Drumcliffe/Rathcormac, I have a stall at the craft market there every Saturday. It’d be lovely to meet you, lavender or no lavender. 🙂

      Thanks again, Dana. It’s really lovely and very kind of you to offer.

      Isn’t it brilliant the way blogs can bring people together in this way? Thanks, Bridget.

  13. wellywoman November 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    When the sun has shone recently it has felt fab but the last few days things have taken a turn for the cooler. Still no frost but there’s no mistaking it’s autumn now. I crave sunshine at this time of year but I’m less keen on how it shows up the dust in my kitchen. I guess I need to do a spot of cleaning. 😉

    • bridget November 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      The Sun made me clean the windows the other day. It came in at just the right angle to show every speck of dirt.

      • June November 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

        Don’tcha just hate when that happens? 🙂

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