The weekend at last!

Good morning

Another frosty morning today! Rain is forecast for later on so any outside work needs to be done soon.

My order from Thompson & Morgan’s seeds came today. Lots of packets of little seeds of colour and happiness. I can’t wait to get back into my greenhouse to start planting.

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Busy days

This week has been such a fantastic week of sunrises and colours! I also found out that I’m going to be Showcasing my work in June at No3 again! So, this morning I’ve been making a few Cyanotype cards. I’ve made a short video of me making them.

Cold weekend

The past few day days have been so cold but it has been lovely to get out and about! The image left is a composite of two images layered over the top. It was so cold when I was taking these that I couldn’t feet my fingers! Kate Bush Instrumental

Beautiful mornings

This week has been such a fantastic week of sunrises and colours! It makes getting out of bed so much easier when you know you’re going to be met by stunning Mother Nature! I hope next week will be just as stunning. Anyone else noticed the lighter mornings and lengthing days?

Racing towards Christmas!

Here we are. Another weekend. Another week nearer to Christmas.

I keep coming home from work and adding a few more decorations to the house. At the moment Z cat does not seem very interested in the tree and I have kept tinsel to a minimum this year!

I don’t think that the weather can make it’s mind up this week. It’s either wet & mild or cold and frosty. I don’t know about you but i would love a white Christmas (as long as I don’t have leave the house!)

J cat admiring the Christmas tree – SJ Butler Photography

I will honor Christmas in my heart,

and try to keep it all the year.”

Charles Dickens
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Christmas Day

Lake District Memories IX

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! The Lakes are steeped in history and mystery with some stunning caves, stones and more. This week the Lakes a few of the beautiful water falls – enjoy and have a great Sunday.

Moss Force (top right, bottom middle & right) can be found in Newlands Pass, above Buttermere village. Access to Moss Force is fairly easy as the waterfall is roughly 220 yards from the road between Keswick and Buttermere.

The falls are an impressive sight after rain as torrents of water plunge 100 meters below.

Aira Force

Aira Force is a beautiful waterfall located just off the banks of Ullswater. Park at the National Trust car park and follow the Gowbarrow Trail through the forest, passing Aira Force to reach the summit of Gowbarrow.

This famous waterfall has been a popular attraction for over 300 years, and has even been written about by the likes of William Wordsworth in his poem Airey-Force Valley

Rydal

Rydal Falls is situated just off the A591 between Ambleside and Grasmere. It is a ten minute walk from Rydal Mount, once home to the poet William Wordsworth.


Lake District Memories VIII

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! The Lakes are steeped in history and mystery with some stunning caves, stones and more. This week we are having a look at some of the beautiful wild life that I have seen on my many visits to the Lakes.

Perhaps the most iconic of all of the wildlife that has found a sanctuary in the Lake District is the Red Squirrel. Native to the UK, its numbers have reduced significantly since the introduction of its cousin the Grey Squirrel.

The Lake District is one of the last remaining places in England where you can see the Red Squirrel with the largest population in England surviving here. You may also spot road signs alerting you to the possible presence of Red Squirrels, encouraging you to slow down!

Also, Herdwick Sheep can be found roaming freely throughout the Cumbrian fells. This iconic breed is native to Cumbria and it’s thought that 99% of the population live in within the county’s border.

All photographs are taken by SJ Butler Photography & must not be copied or reproduced without permission from SJ Butler – thank you

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Lake District Memories VII

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! The Lakes are steeped in history and mystery with some stunning caves, stones and more. This week the Lakes in pastel – enjoy and have a great Sunday.

All images by Sue Butler Photography

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Dull November

Dull November brings the blast;

Then the leaves are whirling fast.

Sarah Coleridge
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Christmas Fair

A change of weather

Well since November has started it’s been cold, damp and miserable. I can’t wait until shops start putting up their decorations in the run up to the festive season. There is nothing better than being out on a miserable day to see the twinkling of fairy lights. Does anybody else like seeing that?

Baubles – SJ Butler

November 5 is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 56 days remain until the end of the year!

Also, 5th November will soon be upon us. For those of you not in the UK 5th November means Bonfire night with lots of fireworks and noise! I’m not a huge fan although I do love to see fireworks sparkling across the dark sky.

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot

“Remember, remember the Fifth of November” or “Please to Remember” are variations of a rhyme that commemorates the day in 1605 when a group of Roman Catholics including Guy Fawkes, were caught in the act of trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

When news of the plot got out, Londoners were so relieved that the conspirators had been caught that they lit bonfires throughout the city as a celebration. Over the centuries thet celebrations have become more elaborate and now fabulous firework displays are a feature throughout England on the night of November 5th. A week or so prior to that, children make effigies of Guy Fawkes which they take door to door asking for ‘A penny for the Guy’.’ On Bonfire Night these Guys are traditionally burnt on top of a bonfire.

Festive York – SJ Butler
Festive lights
SJ Butler

Goodbye October, Hello November

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”

J.K. Rowling
Short video looking at October as we say hello to November.
SJ Butler Photography

Happy Halloween

Hope you all have a good Halloween. I’ll be sitting in front of a roaring fire watching something spooky on television with my pumpkin curry!

Gorgeous homegrown mini pumpkins and gourds by SJ Butler Photography

Lake District Memories VI

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! The Lakes are steeped in history and mystery with some stunning caves, stones and more.

Castlerigg Stone Circle or the the Keswick Circle in the older historical sources, and its exact purpose still remains unclear, but researchers believe that it was used for ceremonial or religious purposes.

Castlerigg Stone Circle was built around 4,500 years ago in the Neolithic times.

The circle, probably once had 42 stones, now consists of 38 granite stones arranged in a circle, approximately 32.6 x 29.5 m in diameter. Within the ring is a rectangle of a further 10 standing stones. The tallest stone is 2.3 meters high. It was probably built around 3000 BC – the beginning of the later Neolithic Period.

Probably built around 3000 BC, the beginning of the later Neolithic Period,
Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the earliest stone circles in Britain.
It is important in terms of megalithic astronomy and geometry, as the construction contains significant astronomical alignments.
Rydal caves are a must if you visit the Lakes.
Situated above Rydal Water near Buttermere
Inside Rydal Caves are stunning patterns on the rocks. Unfortunately, the caves are manmade.
Rydal Cave used to be called Loughrigg Quarry.
The Lake District is famous for its slate and, in the 19th century,
Loughrigg Fell was a Slate Mine where it would be sourced from.

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