Sunday, 13 November 2011

Pendle in September

Yes I know that it is November right now but life and the dark clouds have got in the way a little bit recently.  There were some good bits along the way and I would like to share them with you.

Had a lovely trip up Pendle Hill while Nick was working. Just us girls. We packed a picnic and the girls took their own little packs with drinks and biccies for those got to stop and nibble moments.  It was a surprisingly nice day despite rubbish forecasts and although a bit cloudy now and then, overall it was rather splendid.

We parked at the Nick of Pendle and set off up the mushy path

The good weather seemed to have brought out lots of people so when we got a little way up we decided to veer off the usual path and explore a bit.  It was great if a bit boggy at times.

There were lots and lots of big hairy caterpillars which I think may be Garden Tiger Moths. In fact, they were all over the place. Don't think I've ever seen so many caterpillars all in the same area like that before.
Then after a nice picnic stop we headed back down and came across a group of brightly coloured paragliders.  So we stopped to watch them get ready to fly off and both the girls decided that this was something they definitely want to try when they are bigger!
There's something about the way the colours look at this time of year that is so lovely.  It's not pretty and green like Spring.   It's intense.  Grey skies really setting off the colours of the fading heather and grasses.  Gorgeous. You just have to stop and take it all in sometimes.
This is my favourite picture at the moment.  It was a moment in  time that happened quite naturally - not posed at all.

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