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Into The Wide Blue Yonder on a Perfect October Morning

I have a sudden desire to escape, to head off into the wide blue yonder
and never return.


A perfect October morning.

Bright sunshine. Strong breeze. Blue sky. Walking boots and windproof jacket. Camera in hand. Tussocks of wet grass. Nettles waist high. Wandering down the hill.

Into the wide blue yonder.

Wide open spaces; fields, trees and hedgerows. Silence, but for the whispering of the wind in the trees; no traffic, no people. Alone. Peace. Tranquility. Not a cloud in the sky. Stepping carefully. Avoiding cowpats. Fluttering red admiral butterfly; the last of the season. Flock of pigeons bursting from the trees in a flurry of feathers. Hedgerows gleaming with red of hips and haws. Cawing of  crows. Squirrel running along the fence line, quickly disappearing. Five bullocks contentedly chewing the cud in the long grassed field behind the abandoned farm. Clambering over stiles. A strenuous climb back up the hill. Breathing heavily. Heat thumping wildly. Sweat trickling down my back. Boots muddy and soaked through. I return home.
 
A perfect October morning.
In the wide blue yonder.

 
 
 

 
 



'Til next time, I leave you with my favourite autumn flowers.
 
Elaine





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  1. Isn't it a beautiful time of the year Elaine ? ..... the leaves are looking spectacular here in Hertfordshire.
    I love the way that all four seasons have a beauty all of their own ....... even Winter !!!
    Enjoy the Autumn Elaine .... and, you can sit in the warm in the Winter and order things from the seed catalogues and look forward to Spring !! XXXX

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    1. Yes, it is Jackie - the leaves seem to be hanging on longer this year, I checked my photo archive and they had all dropped by this time last year. And I agree, each season brings its own rewards. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I have the same urge today. The builders have just left. Now we must redecorate. How is your decorating coming along?

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    1. Oh dear, I know the feeling. We have finished the decorating now - whew! It was a long drawn out job but we finally got there - good luck with yours.

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  3. Autumn amazes us every time, doesn't it? You've captured the colours so well here! I love the last two shots.

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    1. Yes it does Sandra - every year I seem to forget just how lovely autumn is - this year has been exceptional so far.

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  4. Lovely, and all the more so on this dull wet morning. Flighty xx

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    1. Yes, dull and wettish here too - I don't suppose we could expect the bright, fine weather to last forever - it was lovely though.

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  5. Robert Browning longed to return to England in the spring time. I am thinking that I'd like to see Englqnd in Autumn.

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    1. I don't think you would be disappointed Ann.

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  6. I love your quiet descriptions of autumn in your world as the plants and fields prepare to enter a wintery repose.
    (it's nikkipolani, no thanks to blogger...)

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to drop by Anne - I wonder what Blogger has against you?

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  7. It's a bit gray here today but yesterday was unexpectedly beautiful in the afternoon the light in the woods was magic, shame I left my camera at home :(. Lovely colours.

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    1. Same here - I must visit the woods soon before the colourful autumn spectacle finishes. I never leave home without my camera (one of my rules) - ha!

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  8. Elaine, your fall has to be the best around. Love that you see it all. I noticed the crows were fighting a lot in groups yesterday. Don't know what that was about.

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    1. It has been lovely this year I have to say - I am sure I have become more aware of the seasons since I started blogging.

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  9. What a wonderful post!!! And the photo of the spider's web is just incredible!!! WoW!!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks Cathy - you have a good weekend too.

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  10. Oh so it was a perfect October morning. So glad you let me come along. Hugs!

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Yes it was - so glad I made the effort to go out and enjoy it - shame you couldn't join me in person.

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  11. Glad you did decide to return Elaine! Love how evenly the sheep are dotted on the field..

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    1. I did worry whilst I was out that if I fell or something - no one would be able to find me - so, yes, glad I returned too.

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  12. Lovely shots Elaine. I always feel alive walking during the Autumn. I love the damp chill in the air.
    My wellies have a leak so looks like I will have to buy a new pair.

    Thanks for taking us on such a picturesque walk.........beautiful

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. It was an invigorating walk and most enjoyable - since I took the walk it hasn't stopped raining here, very miserable and damp. Oh well, it is nearly November after all.

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  13. Now that looks like a glorious October day Elaine bringing to mind Dylan Thomas's 'Poem In October'. Hope that you have a good weekend.

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    1. I don't know this poem - will look it up. Thanks Anna.

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  14. A perfect morning indeed! Lovely images!

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    1. Thank you Jandi - and for taking the time to drop by.

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  15. If you wander into the blue yonder never to return please continue your blog wherever you are. I know that sort of feeling - invigorating and tranquil at the same time. I love the photographs of the farm, so different to the farms around here which are all on the flat. I do love your blog Elaine.

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    1. Thank you kindly Rachel. That farm is in a lovely secluded spot - heaven knows why they abandoned it. Thanks for visiting my friend. p.s. It seems we are linked by email - every email I get through has your name at the top - don't know how that happened - does my name appear on yours?

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    2. No, nothing has changed here. Strange. If it wasn't you it would worry me but as it is you it doesn't.

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  16. So beautiful, how lucky you are to live in such a place that you can wander in the green and the wide blue.

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    1. Thanks Sarah - I do try to make the most of where I live and appreciate it all, just as you do - we are so lucky.

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  17. Such gorgeous descriptions and imagery. I feel as if I'm walking with you. Happy sigh :) Wishing you a restful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Suzy Mae - that effect is what I was hoping for. :) Have a lovely weekend yourself.

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    1. I agree - a spectacular autumn this year.

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  19. Thoroughly enjoyed your walk into the wild blue yonder ~ you've filled the senses with autumnal splendour :)

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  20. It would be great if after autumn we just had a month of winter and them jumped straight into spring

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    1. Now that would be just perfect Sue.

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  21. Beautiful and such wonderful words as always. It is such a lovely season when it is mild and dry and the seasonal countryside calls, no wonder you feel you could walk forever:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie - there have been good weather days and bad weather days this last week - luckily I chose one of the good weather days for my walk - and it was simply perfect.

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  22. Dear Elaine, you caught the perfect Octobre day! So beautiful - and the spider web with dew: wow! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Britta - I have to say I was rather pleased the spider web shot - they don't always turn out well.

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  23. Reading your post was as if I'd just opened up a new novel. The words were so beautiful... and just like a story that I'm fully enjoying, I didn't want it to end. Do you know what was even better? The lovely pictures you added... :)

    I'm glad I found your blog today. I really enjoyed the visit. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Why thank you Dee - very kind of you to say so - thanks for visiting.

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  24. oh my goodness....such beauty it took my breath away. It is 1 November as I type and a grey day.

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    1. Thanks Kara. It started out that way here today then turned out to be a beautiful day.

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  25. Quite, quite glorious. November has begun with mists and damp grey skies here, this post lifted my heart.

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    1. Thanks Annie. We have been lucky with the weather here even when the start of the day has been not too good the days have always turned into perfect autumn weather. Glad the post lifted your spirits.

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  26. A wonderful post! Such perfect mornings are rare treasures for a long memorie in cold time...
    By the way: I know your desire -
    Have a nice new week

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    1. Thank you Mascha - yes, I am sure I will remember it during the cold winter months.

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  27. How I would have enjoyed walking with you on your perfect October morning, into your wide blue yonder. You have such beautiful scenery, it positively glows in autumn! What a fantastic spider's web! Another marvelous post.xxx

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    1. Thanks Dina. It was one of those mornings that I just wanted to get out, breathe it all in with no distractions. Of course all the time making mental notes for a blog post - I think I will have to invest in some sort of dictating machine to take with me - lol :) Have a good week my friend.

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    2. You and me both re the dictating machine....what a smashin' idea! I often think it would be lovely to get out without distractions, sometimes it's so liberating to just walk alone! xxx

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  28. Hi, it's nice to meet you. I came over from Sandra's blog. Your shots of Autumn are beautiful....This year our fall colors have been spectacular.....

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    1. Hi Nancy - lovely to see you here. Yes I agree, the colours this autumn have been wonderful.

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  30. Yet again, another wonderful set of photographs to illustrate autumn at its best. That spider web looks so fragile and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks CD - glad you enjoyed the photographs. November has begun very foggy every morning which shows the spiders webs up beautifully heavy with dew.

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  31. Beautiful autumn photos of your walk, love the tranquility of nature and the wonderful views.
    I could not help laughing about last photo of the Chrysanthemums. I hate Chrysanthemums in winter, spring and summer, but I love them in autumn, for a few months they are my favorites too.

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    1. Thanks Janneke. Since I took these photos the weather has taken a turn for the worst. Nothing but fog and mist and rain although still not too cold. November is not my favourite month! It is raining again this morning :(

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