Friday, January 22, 2016

Five on Friday

It's Friday so I'm joining in with  Amy at Love Made my Home for this week's Five on Friday.  Click on the link at the bottom of this post to find others who are joining in too.

Firstly I want to thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post, I am really grateful for them all in what has been a worrying week but no more of that so off we go for my Five on Friday.

We ventured out one morning earlier in the week and walked around the lake at Trentham Gardens.  We stopped halfway round at the Lakeside Cafe for a warm drink of hot chocolate which was much needed to lift the spirits and to warm cold fingers.  Here are five of the photos I took on the way round.

1.  Coot - walking on the ice, it reminds me of the painting by Henry Raeburn of the Skating Minister - details here.  I remember being thrilled to see it in The National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.

2.  View across the lake - the Duke of Sutherland looks down over his lake from up on Monument Hill.

3.  Picnic tables - always used in the spring, summer and autumn but empty at this time of year.
 

4. Fairy and Dandelion - I've shown you these before but the dandelion sculptures took on a different appearance in the frosty weather.


5. Cygnet - he or she spent ages preening before finally deciding it was tidy enough to be photographed.

Below is a collage of five other photos I took on the same day.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

44 comments:

  1. Lovely atmospheric photos of your walk. I smiled at the mention of 'the skating minister' - you're so right. Thank you for sharing the dandelion and the fairy sculpture. Last time my brain took in the dandelion head and not the fairy. Now that I see it as a whole it's even more beautiful to look at. Thinking of you and wishing you well.

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    1. Thanks Linda, the fairies are lovely aren't they?:)

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  2. Fabulous photos but oh my you're right that the fairy and dandelion look amazing with the weather backdrop. Drop dead gorgeous in fact. Stunning

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    1. Thanks, glad you like the fairies. They did look special in the frosty weather:)

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  3. Great photos (that really say "Winter") and Trentham Gardens looks a lovely place to visit. xx

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    1. Yes, the gardens are a lovely place to visit:)

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  4. Such beauty, you certainly took us on a wonderful walk. You seem to be having it a lot colder than here, those photos really did speak Winter. Take care.

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    1. The weather has reached double figures again today - so hard to believe how cold it was a week ago:)

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  5. Fantastic photos, I love especially the birds. The first one is adorable <3

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    1. Thank you, glad you like the photos:)

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  6. Lovely photographs - very atmospheric.
    Liz

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    1. Thanks, glad you like them, the gardens always look wonderful in frosty weather:)

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  7. Great pictures, we had a frozen pond too, love frosty days, it's wet and soggy here today.x

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    1. I like the frosty days, so much better that the warmer, grey and damp ones we've been having:)

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  8. That walk must have been chilly...your photos say it all. Bet you were glad of that cafe. Your photos are beautiful and I love the sculpture. Have a good weekend. Barbara

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    1. Thanks, Barbara, yes the warm drink halfway round the lake was much appreciated:)

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  9. Being a fan of all things fairy I really enjoyed your photos.

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    1. I can't resist taking photos of the fairies:)

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  10. I love the Cygnet posing for the camera! The photos with fairies are enchanting! Have a great weekend Rosie. x

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    1. Thanks, Simone I took loads of photos of the cygnet until I got what I wanted:)

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  11. Brrr. It looks cold out there. Gorgeous cygnet. I love the picture of the coot too. He has the right feet for it!

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    1. The coot seemed to be enjoying walking on the ice, the cygnet is very photogenic:)

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  12. I love the beautiful photos you share with us. Such an enchanting looking place with the lovely birds and surrounding area. My best to you for this weekend, Pat xx

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    1. Thanks, Pat hope you have a lovely weekend too:)

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  13. Wow - that's colder than it's been over here! We haven't had anything cold enough to freeze a lake.

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    1. I've seen the lake more frozen than that a couple of times, there was an unfrozen area where most of the birds were gathering:)

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  14. Beautiful photos! I adore the one of the Coot on the ice! That is so lovely. I hope that next week will be better for you. Sending good thoughts and hugs. Thank you for joining Five On Friday, happy weekend! xx

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    1. Bless you Amy and thanks. The Coot is cute isn't it?:)

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  15. I love Trentham Gardens they are beautiful anytime if the year. You have taken some lovely pictures but it does look very cold, I hope you had gloves. Have a lovely weekend xx

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    1. They are aren't they? Yes, I had gloves but of course kept taking them off to take photos, could do with some fingerless ones:)

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  16. Oh I just love the fairy and dandelion sculptures in the icy weather. Wonderful photos! And the ice skating coot! Yes, he's very much like the painting!

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    1. I thought of that painting as soon as I saw the coot:)

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  17. Such wonderful photos, thank you so much fro taking us on your adventure.
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks, Meredith glad you enjoyed the photos:)

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  18. hi, your photos are beautiful, so ethereal.
    Jill
    Kiln Fired Art

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    1. Thanks Jill, glad you liked the photos:)

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  19. It looks cold and beautiful, those fairy sculptures are so lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Susie, it was cold but it made everything look beautiful:)

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  20. Wonderful photos so icy and enticing :-)

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    1. Thanks, Karen the frost did make everything look wonderful:)

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  21. What a lovely walk - and the weather has made those sculptures look fab :)

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    1. Those sculptures just lend themselves to the frosty weather even though they are of dandelions:)

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