Melanie’s Monthly News in October

Welcome to Melanie’s Monthly News in October. Well, it’s definitely autumn! The leaves are falling fast and we took Lily to our favourite woodland walk in the forestry near us. It was full of fallen leaves for Lily to have fun in. The rivers were flowing fast and its definitely a time for wrapping up warm. The photos below were all taken on our little trip and as you can imagine Lily enjoyed herself immensely.

Melanies Monthly News in October

We love the little bridges along the paths which swoop over the rivers, Lily loves running over them too. This time of year there are always amazing fungi growing. The lighting was perfect bringing out the beautiful greens in the moss covered forrest floor.

Melanies Monthly News in October

Nicholas with his trusty binoculars always on the lookout for a rare bird on his travels!

Melanies Monthly News in October

The forrest have lots of paths around depending on how far you would like to walk. The paths are surrounded by steep banks of trees with very bouncy moss covered floors. It’s incredibly quiet when you are in amongst the trees. I took this photo looking down at Lily and Nicholas when standing next to the fungi!

Melanies Monthly News in October

Anyone living in wales will know all about Storm Callum that hit our shores a few weeks ago. It hit hard and we took two days off from work and stayed up at the cottage for the duration. It rained solidly for 72 hours. We aren’t so much worried about the rain here as we are fairly high up, however the winds that go alongside can cause issues for us. Our studio is nestled in amongst many old trees and although we look after them well, there could be a branch or two that might dislodge or fall in high winds. Thankfully everything was fine.

Our surrounding villages and towns were a little worse for wear. All of the major rivers here rose very high and flooded. They overflowed so fast, within 20 minutes, many homes and businesses were engulfed in water. Our local town where we walk Lily, the park was underwater, 9 foot in places. Cars were floating! In other villages, peoples homes were flooded, water pouring through letterboxes. Our thoughts go out to all of the family and businesses effected by it and we know that it will be a very lengthy clear up for many.

I have added a couple of photos a friend took below when she was in our local town about half an hour drive from us. The river is usually only a quarter of the size. If you can see the white line just above the water, this is a beautiful footbridge that goes quite high over the water. It’s almost touching the water as you can see. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this is the last storm for a while!

 

Melanies Monthly News in October

On a happier note, this little fellow was just sitting in one of the trees outside my studio window. I thought I would see if I could photograph him. Amazingly this photo was taken through the window at full zoom. How cute is he!! Look at his little paws! I love that fact that although we have an influx of grey squirrels the red still shows through and his little one has a lovely orange coloured face. Beautiful!!

Of course it is October and this means its Halloween soon! My father has grown pumpkins again this year, he has also grown some giant ones! Look out for our next post all about them and see some fantastic photos too!

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4 Comments

  • Kathleen Stanton November 2, 2018 at 4:00 am

    So glad you are safe! We had a wet 8″ snow here a couple of days ago, but it brought a blessing: One of our cottonwoods dropped a big branch that was full of just the right size branches to take cuttings, bringing them from 80 ft in the air to the ground at my feet. I’ve been busy all day collecting “poles” to transplant.

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    • petportraitartist November 3, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Kathleen,
      Wow it sounds though you have had some extreme weather too. I looked up Cottonwood and found it is similar to Willow! Wonderful to take cuttings and plant from. I’m sure it has kept you busy! It is pouring with rain outside again here, the winter has definitely arrived. Sending very best wishes to you! Melanie x

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  • Kathleen Stanton November 8, 2018 at 6:29 am

    I’m watching Keeping Faith these days and the view behind her house is breathtaking with plants that seem subtropical, so I looked up the film location – and it’s Carmarthan, overlooking the mouth of the River Taf! Is it a mild climate? Parts of Cornwall are like that, I’ve heard. Such beautiful countryside!

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    • petportraitartist November 8, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Kathleen,

      Keeping Faith! It’s a fantastic program! Yes it was filmed just over half an hour from our home. It was filmed in and around Laugharne which is beautiful and of course as is Llansteffan which is one of our favourite beaches to walk Lily. Apparently friends of ours went to Llansteffan a few months ago and saw them filming season 2!

      The weather is always better on the coast than where we live, so yes they can have more tropical plants. Cornwall is the best place for those kinds of plants though, especially down the bottom and the Isle of Scilly. If you look up Tresco Abbey Gardens online you will be able to see photos. I was so lucky to be able to visit Tresco and the gardens are exquisite. My first helicopter flight and it was amazing! Unforgettable!

      Enjoy Keeping Faith! 🙂 Melanie x

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