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  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    English isnt the easiest language, most of us struggle if we are honest! My spelling has got really bad! image
  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    Edd, I'm envious that you've climbed in Glencoe. I've done most of the peaks in the Lake District but Glencoe was long before I ventured into hiking/fell walking. I'm not sure I've been to the visitor centre but I can remember going to the museum they had in the village. Lots of stuffed animals,wildcats,pine matrens etc. I do recall a mobile chip van would be in town some nights,very nice chips indeed or maybe it was just eating them in such an inspiring location.

    I love all of Scotland,the highlands contain the last true wildernesses in these islands. Pulling over by the side of a lonely loch on a deserted road,not another vehicle for miles and miles and total silence except for the haunting 'pruk pruk' of a Raven.

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    Pine Matrens?? image

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,537
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275
    Pansyface - love that link!! No lightning over UK but Europe has plenty especially in the Alps.

    More to the point though,sincere apologies for going off at a tangent to your original post topic. When do summer days end? I suppose when we first begin to feel that chill in the morning air. I'm not sure there's a specific plant for me that signals summer's passing. Perhaps my Buddlejas going over and when all the foliage begins to have a tired look about it. Even now its noticeable to see the evenings drawing back in slightly now we are a month past the summer solstice. I find the approach of shorter days a sad time though in some ways its comforting to think that spring will be back and nature's endless cycle continues.In light of that,this is a short poem I wrote...

    A Cottage Autumn

    Blackberry foregrounds

    clutter my vision,

    a holly bush of

    green leather leaves,

    scarlet drops of

    blood-rich berries,

    where the blackbird

    feasts his quick bright eye.

    Spider lace web,

    her dewy veils

    spun over bramble,

    sticky with fruit mayhem,

    on fat flies she feeds,

    ingesting their startled buzz.

    My thoughts,

    impaled on thorns,

    now drawn away

    to the thatched eaves,

    and the chimney

    red brick stacked,

    evening's sudden fall,

    woodsmoke scent,

    snaking up up,

    toward shrouded

    purple hills.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,537

    Wow! That's really beautiful. image Do you do this sort of thing for a living? It's very good.  I definitely get a sense of melancholy in it. I have mixed feelings about late summer. It can catch you either way, can't it?

    It's definitely getting darker earlier though.  Still, a friend up in the north of Scotland says he can still see a small patch of snow on one of the hills.Ha!image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275
    Thank you pansyface that's very kind of you to say. I'm afraid I don't make a living from it,poetry doesn't interest publishers generally. A short perusal of your supermarket book aisle will reveal novels,biographies etc but precious little poetry books if any at all.

    Yes I know what you mean about the mixed feelings.Autumn can be melancholy but there are certain compensations. Warm fires,stew and dumplings,no more mowing the lawn? image
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 6,959

    crysanthemums with dew on them

    the smell of a newly varnished wooden floor (Im back in infants school after summer hols)

    Smell of sharpened pencils (again infants school)

    Smell of damp leaves

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,537

    Ooh cedar pencils. I'd forgotten about them.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    When the beech hedge turns colour. image

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