Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I go for walks around where we live... We are surrounded by beauty and I never seem to tire of the scenery. Just the other week, we went for a walk to Castle Combe, one of our postcard-pretty neighbouring villages. On the way, in another village, we walked past this house, where I think the lovely cream-coloured Bath stone marries so well with the Wisteria, and the two laurel trees, and the lavender, and... The old windows have also been beautifully framed in a matching cream colour, which I think fits this type of house so well.
Close to the house in the first photo are also older stone houses and gates that whisper "Open me, go on, come and explore what lies beyond"... Mmm, tempting, very tempting!
Now, I may not be a friend of thistles. They are, admittedly, not the friendliest of plants. But the flower must be given some credit for trying to make up for the rest of its anti-social, spikey character. Look at her little face, just wanting to belong in the Pretty Petal Club, reaching high, high up as if to try to detach herself from the thorny message below...
Oh, yes, even cows here know how to add to the scenery, showing off their shiny black coats, bending down to find the juiciest spot of grass in a perfectly synchronised manner, as symmetrical to the image as if rehearsed in advance. Now that is what I call arty animals!
As we were walking past an old mill house, the wind also decided to take part in the motif-making. Just a little puff, just enough to send these towels gently blowing to the side and tempt my lens to a summery shot. Thank you wind, spot on!
Oh, and the result of this walk? A well-deserved ice-cream at our destination, the gorgeous village of Castle Combe (more photos to come), and a bunch of what felt like perhaps the last summer flowers... picked by the side of the road and shown a new home in an old glass jar (courtesy of my father's appetite for pickled peppers), embellished by a pink ribbon and an antique Turkish coin made into a pendant (not by me).
This bunch of flowers I dedicate to all of you who take the time to
stop by The Swenglish Home on your stroll around blog land.
You make my day!