Wednesday, 2 November 2016

An Autumn Ramble by the River Lerryn

October has been such a wonderful month regarding the weather - sunshine and blue skies almost every day and with little or no rain; I can't remember when I last had to water my garden containers regularly throughout this autumn month.  And even now, in November, I'm still having to mow the lawns!
On one such day, I visited Lerryn, a picturesque village with its stepping stones across the river and beautiful woodland walks on both sides; this time my walk was along the nearside bank and up through the woods. It's a shame the tide was low, revealing the mud-flats, because the best views of Lerryn are probably when the tidal river is running high, but all the beautiful Autumn colours are definitely looking good right now.



This huge hedge intrigued me - so high and thick, it must take real dedication to keep it so closely trimmed.

Just one of the pretty cottages with a small but equally pretty garden. 


Zooming in on the trees on the opposite bank.



The exposed mud at low tide offers tasty titbits for the wading birds; here a gull and a Little Egret forage for food.


 Just as the entrance to a private property appears, a sharp turn left takes us up through the woods.




At the end of a rather steep climb, the path split - one way curved enticingly round and upwards to the left but I had no idea where it led, or to the right the path started dropping slowly towards the riverside again. Hmmmmm . . I chose to take the easier path downwards - until the gentle slope changed to a steep descent which I decided would be too much of a challenge for my knees!
So I retraced my steps and walked back into the heart of the village where the famous stepping stones were exposed by the low state of the river. However, I resisted the somewhat childish urge to skip gaily across to the other bank, because I just knew that I would slip on the wet mud and end up on my backside in the water!

 And so on to the adjoining little hamlet of Couch's Mill - what a very pretty place it is, too.



 And finally - Caspar, my son and daughter-in-law's cat, who has settled very well into retirement in Cornwall! They are moving from Warwickshire to Cornwall and he is here with me while their new home is found.
This little patch of garden, in the sunlight, is his current snoozing spot!


If he looks a bit cross in this last photo, it's because he was sleeping peacefully until I called him for his photo-shoot.  Sorry, Caspar!


16 comments:

  1. What beautiful photos, what a lovely ramble x

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  2. When it has been so mild and sunny, Autumn this year has to be my favourite season because of the gorgeous colours.

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  3. What an interesting place you have allowed us to visit with you. Both the natural beauty and the charming buildings certainly look wonderful at this time of the year. You will catch the tide next time!

    Those hedges and decorative clippings are fun to see, too. Good that Caspar is having an opportunity to settle somewhere while house-hunting is underway. Garden napping in warming sun would be a pleasure. xo

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    1. So good to take you along, Frances and that you appreciate the lovely scenery.x

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  4. What a lovely tour up hill and down dale you took us on.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it - it was a good work-out but it gave me the feel-good factor afterwards.

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  5. You do keep introducing me to 'new' places in my home county!

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    1. I hope you are feeling better now, Barbara and able soon to have Malcolm home with you. But if you can't come to see this area, I shall just have to keep on taking photos as I get out and about, shan't I?

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  6. Ohhh, I love Lerryn! There used to be a village store (is it still there??) close to the car park and the "village green". We used to have lovely picnics down there. Up the road to Lostwihtiel is a beautiful Manor House where we stayed during our holidays. Many, many sweet memories <3

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    1. Yes, the village store is still there and serves wonderful Cream Teas which are served on the green area in front of the river, where wooden tables and benches are set out. It's a popular place and the car park is always pretty full.

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  7. What a charming place - it looks lovely in the sunshine.

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    1. So many picture-postcard places in this beautiful county of Cornwall - and it was good to enjoy a walk there when it was quiet; in the summer, it attracts lots of tourists from all over the world.

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  8. I love this time of year, the Autumn colours look great.
    I've never visited, but Lerryn, really does look a most picturesque village. I loved seeing all of your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Jan - it's good to know that people like looking at my photos of this area.
      I think this Autumn has been one of the best for a long time, probably due to the wet summer and dry beginning to Autumn.

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  9. Poor Casper, he obviously believes that you should let sleeping cats lie. I wouldn't have been able to resist those stepping stones. It's the same when I see an inviting tree. I'm raring to go scrambling to the top, until my Hubby reminds me that at my age (71) it wouldn't be very ladylike. Not that I care about that, but I must admit the thought of broken limbs tend to quench my enthusiasm for such tempting adventures. Oh for the folly of youth. (I wish I still had it).Thank you for the pics of your beautiful part of the country. My scenery here in Norfolk, is completely different, but beautiful in its own way. Blessings

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  10. Yes, Caspar loves his sleep - and food! I'm the same age as you, so I know what you mean about the head thinking you can still do the same things as in our youth, but the body saying "No! No! No!"
    Norfolk is beautiful too - I love the huge skies because it's so flat and the east coast has a beauty of its own, very different to Cornwall's coast but still lovely. I visited Norfolk regularly before I moved to Cornwall 30 years ago, as I lived in Leicestershire; Skeggy was our nearest seaside and Wells-next-the Sea was also a popular caravanning destination.
    Thank you for commenting on my blog - I love comments!

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