On the Road and In Your Backyard

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On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

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Have a great weekend, everybody. I can’t believe it’s been a year, but I’m also relieved in a way that I’m now past the “first ‘X’ without”. As I’ve been telling loved ones for a couple of months now, I’m looking more forward than back and now that’s even more so. Life does go on, as it must. I can’t wait to get through the holidays, New Year, and my birthday so that I’m solidly looking through 2019, into 2020.


And no, we’re not in Africa, now are we? We’ll address that Monday – I’m trying to get back into more normal life after a few weeks of reliving a year ago.

Today, pictures from valued commenter Litlebritdifrnt.

“The Trough” as it is known around here is particularly beautiful right now. The bracken that grows wild there (a type of fern) turns gold then bronze, the heather then blooms and so it is a landscape of purple and gold. Unfortunately we missed the brief window of heather and it had all turned white this weekend. However, the trees were in their Autumn glory and the bracken swathed the fells with bronze.

Taken on 2018-10-20 00:00:00

Brilliant colour on this one. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, the leaves were a brilliant red, and the carpet of leaves below it really shone.

Taken on 2018-10-20 00:00:00

It is hard to describe, you have the bronze of the Bracken covered fells juxtaposed with the neat farmers green fields, and the purple fells beyond. It is almost a psychedelic pallet.

Taken on 2018-10-20 00:00:00

Gold Bracken (a type of fern), as it matures during the Autumn it turns bronze.

Taken on 2018-10-20 00:00:00

Here you can see the golden and bronze Bracken by a Beck (or a creek as my DH calls it)

Taken on 2018-10-20 00:00:00

Much to my disappointment the heather had already turned white. It turns really quickly. Only recently when we were up there it was brilliant purple but the Bracken was still green, so there is a finite moment when you can catch the purple of the heather and the gold of the Bracken at the same time, seems like this year I missed it!


Thank you so much Litlebritdifrnt, do send us more when you can.


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8 replies
  1. 1
    HinTN says:

    Gorgeous countryside. Thanks for showing me a part of this beautiful world that I’ll now have to visit. If only I knew where to go…

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    @HinTN: Trough of Bowland, Lancashire, England.

  3. 3
    debbie says:

    Beautiful photos of beautiful land. Is that Heathcliff in the distance?!?

  4. 4
    arrieve says:

    Beautiful photos!

  5. 5
    Miss Bianca says:

    I miss England so much…

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    J R in WV says:

    Nice photos, LittleBrit, thanks for sharing. It’s nice to see the natural beauty of the old country. I’m glad England has had the past few years to treasure the natural countryside and hope they can keep up the national treasures in the bumpy looking future.

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    Origuy says:

    O to be in England, now that November is here….
    It’s a beautiful part of the country and Lancaster is one of my favorite towns. I’m hoping to get back to Britain next year, but it will probably be in the area around Perth in Scotland. Maybe I’ll get to the south of England, too. I’ve never been outside of London in the South.

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    Eljai says:

    How gorgeous!

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