Welcome to Melanie’s November Monthly News. It has been a busy month, in fact the last 4 weeks have literally flown and it seems only a few days ago I sat down to write our October post. The winter is drawing nearer and the colder weather is arriving gradually. The crisp, misty and frosty days are my favourite kind of days for the winter, although we are having our share of the rainy days, which are not so fun.
Along with the winter, comes the winter berries and I took a photo of some holly berries in my fathers hedgerow. You would not believe how windy it was when taking the photo, it was moving around everywhere. I got mostly blurry images, but this one isn’t too bad. I wanted to include it to bring cheer and joy with the vibrant and cheerful red berries.
Melanie’s November Monthly News Early Morning Jaunt…
Lily and I got up early one morning to watch the sunrise from a good viewpoint near our cottage. It’s a fair walk over some styles and gateways along a public footpath, shared with inquisitive sheep. The views are spectacular and I took a number of photos as the sky changed colour.
The sky was an incredible colour and none of the photos have been altered or enhanced form taking them.
A number of people commented on the photos from my last blog post. I took them and the ones here using my iPhone 11 Pro Max. It would be nice to take a proper DSLR camera out and about, and I do often wonder how the photos would differ. However by the time you are carrying it, have a dog lead in one hand, lifting Lily over gates, climbing over gates myself… along with stopping lily wanting to sniff the sheep, taking a phone tends to be a lot easier if I am on my own.
The photos above and below were taken at the same time, just moving up and down allowing more light in the camera lens. I wasn’t sure which to add here as I took quite a few photos, however both of these two photos seemed each to have merit so they both made it to the final cut of the post! Which I wonder is your favourite?!
And finally as the sun started to come up, it was time to head back for breakfast!
Melanie’s November Monthly News – Chickens
If any of our readers saw last months blog post they would know we incubated some Warren chickens eggs. We 4 hatched early last month. If you would like to see photos of the chicks a few hours old, read our October blog – Chicks. The old hen and the chicks are now fully integrated without any issues at all. I think our old hen was a little shocked to start with, as the chicks were flying around having fun in their new space. However I believe she I happy now to have company.
We spent a morning adding some felt over the wired areas so that it was warmer and more shelter. This in turn made it darker. So my bright idea was to add some fairy lights inside on a timer that would turn on and off during the day and night. This means they always have light to see to eat their food and roost. They love it… and it looks very pretty too!
The little rascals are 6 weeks old now and are just like tearaway teens! When I bend down to check their food and water in their house, they jump on my back and climb up standing on my head! I once had a chick I reared myself, do this when I was a child. She used to sit on my shoulder, they can be such friendly and inquisitive creatures.
Truffle, the last little hen to hatch and who was slightly behind the others. She has caught up really well, pictured below.
Preparing for my next 10k
The photos below were taken on a track run a few miles from home just outside our largest village. I am running the 2020 Cambrian News Virtual Aberystwyth Charity 10K on this coming Saturday. I haven’t done as much running in recent weeks as we have been busy with work. You can’t beat a lovely misty morning run.
Beach Fun in Aberporth
Nicholas and myself headed out at the weekend for some beach fun and took lots of photos while we were there. We actually went to two beaches along the west Wales coast. The first below was Aberporth and Lily enjoyed racing around as you can imagine.
She tends to run more if I run with her and we do love a bit of exploring.
The photo below shows the headland looking right up to north Wales.
I took a video of the bay below, only a short few seconds, but it gives a lovely overview of Aberporth and what it is like. I hope you enjoy viewing it!
Beach Fun in Llangrannog
We then headed up the coast to Llangrannog and ran Lily along the beach there. The weather being so clear and crisp. We had a takeaway lunch, all done very safely too.
The lighting was perfect and this is looking down the coastline and if you look you can just about see a group of canoeists behind the rocks.
Finally we took a photo of all three of us especially for our Melanie’s November Monthly News blog post….!
Meanderings along the Track
Early morning walks are great for Lily and I as we can spot all sorts of wildlife and early morning sunrises. The photo below shows the field and trees to the right of the track we walk, looking down into the valley below and where the sun is just peeping up above the hill.
Lily actually looking at the camera for once!!
I also happened upon the most tiny of fungi and you can see how small they are by looking at the green moss. It was on an old branch and just had to be photographed.
Melanie’s November Monthly News – The Oil Painting of Finn
Nicholas painted Finn last month at 14 x 11 size and it is now all framed with a plaque and ready to send off to our clients in the USA. Arron and his family sadly lost Finn so wanted a portrait to remember him by. Finn loved a particular slipper which Nicholas cleverly included in the painting too. We will be adding Finn to our website dog portraits gallery soon. Aaron and his family were thrilled and you can read Aaron’s email below.
Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
The painting looks great! I love how it captures his eyes and the contours of his fur. The frame goes wonderfully with the portrait. We are excited to hang it in our home.
The engraved plaque was a mirrored bronze plaque with detail edging. Matching beautifully with the gold edge of the frame.
We hope that you have enjoyed this months Melanie’s November Monthly News. I will endeavour to take more photos for our December news along with some more video clips too. Keep safe everyone!!
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