Autumn Round At Our House

I thought I’d join in with the obligatory autumn colour posts even though it’s happening fairly slowly here and I was eating my lunch in the garden earlier this week in beautiful sunshine, however, I’ll have a go.

Proof – if proof were needed – and, although that is a wine glass, it contains coconut water. Honest.

I don’t have that much in way of a routine these days (hoorah!) but the dog walk every morning is obligatory come rain or shine.

I set off with my phone in my pocket this morning as I mean to do every morning in case I break an ankle or something up the hillside and have to call for help before my dogs take advantage of my prone position and do me damage.

What actually prompted me to take it this morning was I needed to send Mr. Tialys a photo of the quince we have growing on our little tree halfway up the hill.  There are only four of them but probably enough to make some quince jelly with.  I’m not sure they are ready to pick so had to ask the gardener of the family.

On our way further up the hill we spotted the rarely seen Octobericus Tabbyrean Catticus (or common moggy)  up a tree.

Then we noticed how the colours were starting to change on the hills and peaks.

A drop in temperature and some rain and there’ll be snow on those peaks before too much longer.

I finally managed to take a decent photo of a spider’s web with water droplets.  Usually they are too busy glinting in the sun and, although that looks pretty, it doesn’t photograph very easily.  I know I should have done a bit of ‘housework’ and cleared some of the fallen leaves off but that would be cheating – this is ‘au naturel’ and I’m keeping it real.

Looks a bit like frog spawn.

Back down in the main garden and the figs are still fruiting …..

…….which means the dogs are still foraging which is followed by farting. (sorry but I couldn’t resist the alliteration).  I can’t wait until the figs are all gone and my evenings become more pleasantly scented again.

A more conventional autumn colour photo

Our metal chicken – made (though not by me) using recycled oil cans – in his last bit of free-ranging before putting him in a more sheltered spot for the Winter.

Keeping it real again with the garden this time – those weeds really got the better of us this year.  I say ‘us’ but, really I mean ‘him’ as I don’t get involved too much in the gardening side of things.

Maybe next year Mr. T. will let me call for help and get a gardening service in.  Trouble is, he’s so fussy that, if they do anything that isn’t to his liking, I’ll be to blame.

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  1. #1 by Lynn on October 11, 2019 - 08:42

    The quinces should be ready….. I’ve already made my jelly do you want some?
    Lovely pics of our slow Autumn it’s going to be 25 degrees today!!!! X

    • #2 by tialys on October 11, 2019 - 08:51

      I’ll take a jar if there’s one going thank you. Who knows when ours will get made.
      Are you still coming round this afternoon?

  2. #3 by knettycraft on October 11, 2019 - 08:56

    What a wonderful surrounding… looks very much like holiday for me …

    • #4 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 14:29

      I must say, it does make it very hard for us to choose holiday accommodation when we go away. I’ve sort of got travelling to faraway places out of my system now and poor Mr. Tialys has enough of airports because he commutes so we stay here more often than not when he has time off work.

  3. #5 by thecontentedcrafter on October 11, 2019 - 09:40

    You do live in beautiful countryside! It’s supposed to be spring here but it is midwinter weather – absolutely soaked on our walks every day this week and no evening walks at all. The heating is turned up to full throttle again. So if winter is here to stay maybe you will live in a state of endless autumn …… Anything could happen!

    • #6 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 14:34

      That wouldn’t worry me too much. I love autumn – especially here where the weather is usually very nice. When the daytime temperature is in the mid-20s but the early mornings and evenings have a little nip in the air so you can snuggle up a bit and even think about firing up the log burner and it starts getting dark around 7p.m. which, for me, is a sort of natural divider between day and night – that suits me fine.

  4. #7 by katechiconi on October 11, 2019 - 14:12

    We had rain today! Much excitement, and indeed whooping and hollering. That died down a bit at 8am when I realised it had stopped again, but it worked out well, as I took advantage of a break in the weather to walk Mr I Don’t Like Wet Paws. He’ll learn… if we’re lucky. I enjoyed my puddle-paddling and the thunder that followed later in the day. Mr Mouse, not so much. He’s still leaping up every time there’s a rumble. Which is all a very long way to say I think Spring may actually and finally be on the way round here. Lilies and roses, tick. Gardenias, tick. Pineapples, tick. Riotous ankle-high lush green grass, thankfully not yet. Any day now, though…

    • #8 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 09:17

      So funny how some dogs are very particular about getting their feet wet and others like to wallow in muddy puddles and get their whole bodies wet. From a practical point of view, I prefer the former.

      • #9 by katechiconi on October 12, 2019 - 11:50

        I have the paw-drying routine down pat, and he lifts his paws on demand to be towelled off. I can’t imagine him rolling in a puddle; rolling in the bed is far more his style!

      • #10 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 14:26

        I’ve had a golden retriever in the past and they are renowned wallowers. The paw drying routine is fairly easy here but in England it was more like a hose down first to get the mud off.

      • #11 by katechiconi on October 13, 2019 - 01:32

        Weird thing is, on a hot day after a long walk he actually enjoys a cool hose down followed by a going over with a grooming mitt. I supposed he’s used to it after racing; they must do it to cool the dogs down quickly.

  5. #12 by CurlsnSkirls on October 11, 2019 - 14:18

    Lovely photos from your walk! Nothing to speak of for colour round here except dead brown leaves on trees or ground. We’re moving toward drought after a low rain summer. Love that chicken!

    • #13 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 09:16

      Oh dear, your weather forecast doesn’t sound great. I’m sure you’ll have some good days though – you’ll have to make the most of them 😎

  6. #14 by claire93 on October 11, 2019 - 14:46

    I commiserate with the canines wolfing down figs. Gibbs helps himself in our back garden and they don’t just make him fart, they actually give him the runs . . . which then means I’m woken up in the middle of the night because Gibbs has urgent business.
    As for your sorry harvest of quince . . . it’s been a terrible year for fruit trees hasn’t it? (apart from figs). We’ve got apple, pear, apricot, plum and cherry trees in the orchard. No cherries at all. No apples or apricots either. A few plums but they got eaten by wasps. And only 2 pears (we’ve got FOUR pear trees!). Husband reckons everything blossomed too early this year and the bees weren’t about when needed.

    • #15 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 09:15

      I often had to get up in the night with Taz due to the plum and fig eating that went on but he was old and didn’t have the control the other two do. Gibbs is only young though isn’t he so I expect he’s wolfing down a heady mixture!!
      The quince tree is tiny and growing halfway up the hill in poor soil so I’m surprised we get anything from it at all. This is the first time I’ve seen more than one on there actually. We didn’t plant it so I don’t know how old it is. We had cherries but the birds got to them first and the badgers got any that fell to the ground – ask me how I know!! The figs are fairly late this year but are plentiful but I think we’re quite a lot further South than you aren’t we?

      • #16 by claire93 on October 12, 2019 - 23:01

        how do you know about the badgers?
        did you find lots of badger poop full of cherry stones, that the dogs then rolled in?

      • #17 by tialys on October 13, 2019 - 09:02

        Do you remember when I said we had a badger sett on our land and there were lots of little pits everywhere gradually filling with poo – well that’s what badgers do, they dig their own little poo pits. Anyway, let’s just say it was very obvious what they had been eating. Funnily enough, the dogs don’t show much interest in the badger offerings which is odd as they are very interested in almost every other thing that comes their way.

      • #18 by claire93 on October 13, 2019 - 11:42

        oooh what clean animals badgers are . . . digging their own poo pits!

      • #19 by tialys on October 13, 2019 - 13:24

        Yeah – they don’t put a lid on them though!

  7. #20 by Laurie Graves on October 11, 2019 - 15:24

    Oh, how I liked this post. So enjoyed going for a walk with you and the dogs. You live in a place of beauty. But watch out for the fierce catticus. Looks ready to pounce.And I had a good chuckle when I read about the fig-eating dogs.

    • #21 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 09:11

      That is our fiercest catticus and he is definitely the leader of our pack of five.

  8. #22 by onecreativefamily on October 11, 2019 - 15:31

    Wonderful photos. Looks like a beautiful place.

    • #23 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 09:10

      It is and sometimes I think we take it for granted so sharing it with people reminds me of our good fortune.

  9. #25 by kathyreeves on October 11, 2019 - 17:11

    The spider web is amazing, so glad you saw and captured it for posterity. Quite the dew you had today! What does a quince taste like? I’ve never seen one or tasted one. The scenery where you live is beautiful, are the mountains snow covered while you still get nice weather, or not so much? Poor you with the dogs, ufda!

    • #26 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 09:09

      Quinces are not usually eaten raw – I think they’re too acidic. They are usually made into jams or jellies but I like it made into Membrillo which is a sort of quince cheese with a paste texture that you can slice and goes very well with cheese, paté or game – it’s commonly eaten in Spain but was more common in the U.K. in days gone by I think.
      We often have snow on those peaks with lovely sunshine especially in the Spring when it starts to get warm but not warm enough further up to melt the snow. When it happens, I’ll post a photo especially for you.

      • #27 by kathyreeves on October 12, 2019 - 21:23

        Thanks for the quince lesson! I shall look forward to a photo of those mountains!

  10. #28 by KerryCan on October 12, 2019 - 13:32

    Is that your fierce cat? One of ours insists on galumping around on the roof of our house, and looking over the eaves like a vulture. Your autumn looks mellow and lovely (lovely, aside from the fig farts, that is). I love the spiderweb photo.

    • #29 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 14:24

      Well, he’s not all that fierce really – more a bit of a bully. If he comes in the house during the evening when it’s ‘couch time’ for me and one of my dogs he flies onto the sofa and licks the poor dog from head to toe (including in her ears) which she puts up with reluctantly I think – his tongue is like sandpaper – before settling down with her for a nap. I don’t interfere as, if I do, he’ll come for me and my crochet.

  11. #30 by nanacathy2 on October 12, 2019 - 22:28

    I really enjoyed this post and seeing the beautiful scenery. Is that Mr T in the last picture?

    • #31 by tialys on October 12, 2019 - 22:47

      🤣 Well, that’s sort of what he’d look like if somebody messed with his garden – only taller.

  12. #32 by Dartmoor Yarns on October 12, 2019 - 22:59

    Lovely pics, even if there isn’t much in the way of autumn colour. We’ve no colour here either – with all the rain I think the leaves are just turning to mush before they fall and not bothering with colour this year.

    • #33 by tialys on October 13, 2019 - 09:05

      Yes, Mr. Tialys is very jealous at the moment as he’s over in the U.K. in all the rain and I’m sending him pics of me sitting in the garden having my lunch in beautiful sunshine. I know I’m going to miss this climate if I move back over but we’ll have to see what happens.

      • #34 by Dartmoor Yarns on October 13, 2019 - 17:54

        Are you thinking of moving? I didn’t know. You’ll get used to the rain quick enough. Mind if you’re anything like me you’ll still moan.

      • #35 by tialys on October 14, 2019 - 09:21

        I don’t want to move so it will only be if I have to.

      • #36 by tialys on October 14, 2019 - 09:21

        I don’t want to move so it will only be if I have to.

      • #37 by Dartmoor Yarns on October 14, 2019 - 11:41

        Oh. We’re discussing the B word!

      • #38 by tialys on October 14, 2019 - 11:50

        Well, that amongst other things.

  13. #39 by nottaholiday on October 15, 2019 - 04:39

    Lovely but sometimes poignant to watch the passage of the seasons…

    • #40 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:16

      It’s the downside of autumn but I still like it.

  14. #41 by sew2pro on October 15, 2019 - 22:22

    Wonderful, no wonder Mr Tialys has to go back and forth while you stay in paradise.
    Which of the tabbies is that?
    As for figs, they’re my favourite fruit but unless I’m in Croatia I only get to eat dried ones. It’s one of those things where you learn pretty quickly to self-regulate, ie bingeing on figs is something you only do once. This obviously doesn’t apply to dogs.

    • #42 by tialys on October 15, 2019 - 23:33

      That is Mac (brother and fellow foundling of little Miss Yuki) – he is the self appointed boss of the cats (and of me).
      I love figs and I could stand under the tree and eat loads especially when they are warm from the sun. When we used to have the chickens, I would do ‘one for me, one for the chickens, one for the dogs, one for me……’ because the other humans in the house don’t like them although Mr. T. has gathered up loads and made some chutney.

  15. #43 by dezertsuz on October 16, 2019 - 02:25

    What a love place you live, and such views. That is a beautiful web, and I was astonished at how much water it held. Common moggy? Doesn’t look common at all! LOL

    • #44 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 10:32

      Well, I have 3 tabbys, next door has 4 all from the same Mum who we managed to catch and get sterilised so hopefully that’s it for now. So common in that sense at least 😺😸😹😻🙀😽😾

  16. #45 by lovelucie1 on October 20, 2019 - 08:07

    Such a lovely post. I enjoyed the read.

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