It was a most beautiful day yesterday, in our little area anyway. We drove the few miles to the town of Leek where all was looking lovely in the bright sunshine. The antiques and bric a brac market was in the market square with a few food stalls and a display of birds of prey. Sorry no photos as there were too many people around.
We wandered into Getliffe's Yard after taking a couple of bags of books and clothing to the Staffordshire Wildlife Charity Shop nearby.
There are some lovely shops in the yard and they were all decorated, very tastefully for Autumn.
It felt like time for coffee and a toasted teacake. So we went into 'Tea-Cake'
We were the first people in although others soon followed.
Coffee was served using such pretty china which had been designed by the owner of the gift shop and cafe. Here is a link to her website so you can see more. Fully refreshed we had a look at the market stalls both inside and out before returning home.
The afternoon was spent washing and getting things dry outside including winter dressing gowns which are now clean and ready for when it gets colder. More work was done on the tedious job of getting the weeds out of the pebble path.
The garden was full of bees and butterflies. There were at least five Red Admirals.
They were all over the Sedum flowers.
Whilst Commas, Tortoiseshells and whites
seemed to prefer the Verbena Bonarensis.
We spotted a little frog on a lily leaf in the pond.
He or she had popped up out of the water to enjoy the warm sunshine.
It was nice to see the frog as we've had hardly any in the pond this year.
The Golden Hop has developed hop flowers.
The Clematis we thought was lost has flowered
Dahlias and Japanese Anemones are adding colour to the garden at the moment.
Giving the impression that it is still summer in their hearts.
Even though by the end of the day the lawn was covered in the first large leaf fall and silken spider webs were trailing across paths and adding a delicate glitter to the heather.
We've been thrilled that over the last few days the long tailed tits have returned to the feeders joining their blue tit and great tit cousins.
What a difference a day makes this morning we were woken by the sounds of heavy rain and thunder. I'm so glad we made the most of yesterday.