Golden Leaves & Falling Trees: Part Two

Last Friday I shared some photos of the beautiful Workington Hall wearing its autumnal colours and I took so many photos that morning that I wanted to split them into two posts, as I had quite a few favourites, so here is the second part of my autumn photos of Workington Hall. 


The main entrance to the park in spring was lined with fallen petals from the blossoms on the trees, so it was interesting to come back and see them replaced with orange and russet coloured leaves this time around instead. I only saw one other person walking their dog, so I had a moment where I kicked up some of the leaves as I wandered through!

It was also a beautifully sunny day, so that all of the fallen leaves were highlighted by the sunshine. It was a little chilly and there was a slight breeze in the air so whenever I found myself standing in the path of the sun there was instant warmth.

I could have easily spent several hours just sitting underneath this particular horse chestnut tree. 

I also wanted to share another shot of the lovely rowan trees which were very heavy with berries. They were framed beautifully by the blue sky too.

This horse chestnut was definitely a highlight for me though, this lovely golden shade of the leaves was just beautiful to see, especially with the sunlight filtering down through them and of course I took many photos!

When I did manage to find an area of the canopy that had opened up along some of the paths that lead out of the park, there were beautiful blue skies and fluffy clouds overhead. I watched a couple of seagulls soaring on the breeze and because there was no one else around it was incredibly relaxing. 

Some of the other horse chestnut trees' leaves had only just begun to change and the trees that surrounded the ruins at Workington Hall were also in that halfway stage. Some of them hadn't changed much since spring, while others already looked very bare. I particularly liked the tree in the middle photo as it's position in regards to the sun meant it cast a wide shadow across the grass.

It's always interesting to see the subtle changes and differences between these places as the seasons change. In spring these steps were surrounded by wild flowers and overgrown hedges. When I visited it last weekend, there was already noticeably less growing and the only hint of a flower were the few himalayan balsam blooms (big thank you to Louise for ID-ing those for me - which are sadly an invasive species!) which were poking out of the hedges

One of my favourite sights while I was here last weekend, were the vast hedgerows glowing in the morning sunshine. While there aren't any flowers here anymore, the sun framed these beautifully.

Last but not least this horse chestnuts' roots were covered in a lovely deep green moss and on top of that was a carpet of autumn leaves. There is a large holly bush growing next to this particular tree and I'm hoping to come back here several times as we move into winter so I can get some nice photos of the holly bush in it's full winter colours!

I'm linking up with Jen for Photo Friday today.

Have a lovely weekend!



The Pumpkin King

I can't go a whole October without taking some photos of pumpkins; they just make me smile! There's something lovely about them, not to mention the fact that they make some lovely soups too, which I am looking forward to come Halloween. This year Mum got a few small ones to put on the windowsill as decorations (one of them was being sold for just 25p as it was starting to turn, so we rescued it!) and their lovely, warm orange shade is just the thing I need to see on a cold morning. Once they start to turn they'll be carved up and the insides will most likely become some yummy pumpkin soup.

Yay for pumpkins!

I'm linking up with Sue for (Almost) Wordless Wednesday today.

Hope you've all had a lovely day!



A Trio of Halloween Crafts!

Back at the beginning of October I sat down with a big list of things I wanted to make throughout the month, and beforehand, to decorate my room with come Halloween. With it now being just over halfway through the month, I've managed to tick off most of what I wanted to do; the majority being a long list of cute origami pieces, and I am still making more of them, so I'll have an origami centred post coming up for next Tuesday!

In the meantime, I wanted to share 3 very quick and simple crafts, which I'm sure you've soon other iterations of around the internet, if you're looking for some extra Halloween themed decor or ideas for a party.

1. The Mummified Mason Jar

This is a very simple, quick and fun craft and it's probably my favourite from everything I've done this Halloween. 

All you need is:

  •  A clean, empty mason / jam jar (whichever size you like)
  • Some old cloth / gauze (I used some leftover medical gauze from the first aid kit)
  • And some googly eyes (I got a big pack from the pound shop, but most craft shops will sell these.)
  • PVA glue (Though any craft glue will do!)

Then all I did was simply cut the strips of fabric / cloth to suit the size I wanted before applying a generous layer of glue to the jar and the fabric, and then sticking into place. The PVA dried nice and quickly which meant I didn't need to hold onto the strips for long, and once all of them were in place, I added a few touches over some of the pieces that weren't quite set in place. I then added two googly eyes towards the top, and voila! 

2. The Jack Skellington Rose

Inspired in part by the creepy eyeball flowers I've seen on Pinterest, as well the famous talking and singing flowers from Alice in Wonderland, I wanted to create something which didn't leave out a favourite of mine each Halloween; Jack Skellington. This was something I did on a whim as I had a half-piece of a styrofoam ball left from a previous craft I did, and I found this large fake black rose at ASDA the other day for £1.00 so the two went together perfectly. 

The styrofoam balls can be found at any craft shop, and this would work with any large fake flower; I just went with this rose as it was the only one I had which was a good size, but you could do the same with a red / blue rose and make a Sally one as well!

Simply cut the styrofoam ball in half and using either paint or, as I did, marker pens draw on your design. Once happy, place inside the head of the flower and position as wanted, then add some glue to the back of the ball (I used super glue to make sure it stuck) and you're done. 

3. Recycled Pumpkin Jar

This final craft is something that took me all of 2 minutes to do and uses recycled materials so is a good way to use up any leftovers.

I simply too this empty old coffee jar and drew on a pumpkin face in black marker pen, and left to dry. Then, taking a space piece of orange card from my origami pumpkin I curled it slightly to fit into the jar and just pushed it into place around the inside of the jar, and that's it! It gives the illusion of  a coloured jar without having to use paint or glue anything in, but still looks effective and cute for Halloween.

I hope these are useful for anyone looking for some last minute, quick and easy DIY'S to use up some leftover craft pieces, and if you've got any similar ideas or have some quick and easy crafts for Halloween, I'd love to know, as I'm still looking for more things to do, especially on Halloween eve as I love to make things while watching horror films!

I'm linking up with both Stella and Sarah for Two Uses Tuesday today.

Hope you all have a lovely day!



Golden Trees & Falling Leaves

Workington Hall is my favourite place to go at the moment as the resident plants, bushes and trees finally start to show off their stunning autumn colours. 

Orange and brown leaves that have curled up into different shapes and patterns as they've dried, littered the pathways at the entrance to the park and the telltale crunching sound as I walked inside was so satisfying. 

The horse chestnut trees had turned from green to gold and their bark was a beautiful dark brown against their brightly coloured leaves. I could have quite easily stayed here for several hours, just watching the branches wave elegantly in the early autumn breeze.

There are several, what I believe, are red currant bushes which line the pathways here and in the autumn sunshine their fruits were glittering beneath their leaves. My Mum had a small red currant bush which she planted in our old garden and come the chillier months the birds would feast on the berries, meaning we would go outside to find skeleton branches where berries should have been!

At least the birds were being fed. ;) 

The rowan trees on the grounds were starting to turn a lovely reddy/brown and their telltale clusters of red berries were looking lovely and bright in the sun.

I also found several of what I thought were vetches of some kind (possibly common?) or even a variety of wild orchid (because of the shape?) along the hedgerows. I'm not too sure what these are though, as I've never spotted them before, so if there are any brilliant botanists out there who know what this is, then I'd love to know!

Whilst I was walking through the park the sun was on my back and it was gorgeous. There was a definite chill in the air but it was still nice enough to walk around in a cardigan so I was thankful for that.

Sitting here and enjoying the shade from this huge horse chestnut tree was a welcome respite and I was able to take in the views of Workington Hall from the comfort of this tree. The ruins were framed beautifully by the other trees, and this carpet of red leaves was lovely to see. 

I was also in awe of the same horse chestnut tree's bark; these rings and patterns in the bark were just lovely to see! 

The canopy above was beautiful, and the majority of the leaves on this horse chestnut were only just starting to turn gold.

Next year I'd like to come back here in spring, summer, autumn and winter consecutively to see how different the changes are throughout the year, as I've only come here in spring and then now in autumn so far, but I think a proper wander around the grounds would be fun. What I am loving the most about Workington Hall in autumn though are scenes like those above. When I first came here in spring, the canopy was just beginning to form so there was a lot more light on the ground, but now with it being more closed up, it's created some beautiful shadows. 

One of my favourite sights come autumn; a leaf littered ground! 

And some of that beautiful autumnal sunshine to finish off my walk with; nothing is better. 

I'm linking up with Jen for Photo Friday today.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



Autumn Colour

The spiraea japonica bush has finally started to turn into it's colourful autumnal shade for the colder seasons. I love the bursts of maroon and burgundy in amongst the green foliage, and while the pretty, pink flowers of summertime have long since faded, these colourful leaves are a welcome change.

Linking up with Sue for (Almost) Wordless Wednesday today.

Hope you've all had a lovely day!