At the weekend the MadGang headed south to visit my folks. I have a new great niece who I wanted to meet and an old computer to pass on to her mother who is busy setting up a new home with her "partner" and baby. We stayed on a caravan site near the 1960s built reservoir, Grafham Water. I used to cycle over to this lake as a kid when it was brand, spanking new - impressive but rather boring. Now it is a mature environment with lots of stuff going on for visitors, on and off the water.

We arrived early on Saturday afternoon and ate a late lunch at the new visitor centre cafe. Afterwards we went for a long walk along the lakeshore and then across the fields back to our caravan site. The Autumn colours in the woods and hedgerows were spectacular and much more noticeable than they are up north where the vegetation is sparser.

We spent Sunday with my family and returned home this morning in miserable, wet weather. It's nice to be home, safe and in the warm.

Bungee jumping at Grafham Water 


Coming back down to earth

Quiz and Delphi

Geese are great

Grafham Water

The colours of Autumn - on the earth and in the sky


Majestic poplar trees

Footpath through the wood

2013 is a bumper year for berries in the UK

Autumn winds create waves on the lake

In the sunshine the foliage is silver

The colours of Autumn seen on a public byway near our caravan site


Heading home

Green Noah, demon tree; evil fingers can't catch me!

Blackberries, ripe and unripe




    • These are proper, English geese, PP, so they are meticulously clean and tidy. They carry little trowels around with them with which they dig little holes when they need to do their business, making sure they fill the holes back up with soil when they are done. However, Grafham Water is also the home of a large flock of Canada geese and they are messy and noisy and destructive. I blame our government which is far too easy on immigration.

  1. Love those Poplars. They look like the ones my mother called Lombardi Poplars. Are they? And the sloes, are they for sloe gin? Oh, and Teasels! I love them, too. I have a couple in my pen cup on my desk. But of course the dogs are best! Great pictures all around, I think. Thanks.

  2. It looks very much like parts of New England and reminds me of my rambles with my collies! Enjoy
    !! The elderberries remind me of the year my mother bottled a lot of homemade wine in glass bottles with metal caps. Shortly after there was a popping sound, one after the other of the wine bottles exploded! I don’t think that the cellar ever completely lost that sharp wine smell! Mom’s schemes to save money didn’t quite work as well as they should have :>) nij

  3. Good googly-moogly ripe and unripe blackberries! (Ours ripened and vanished several months ago by now)

    Beautiful pics, MP. I especially like the Footpath one. Sloes: you can make gin from those?

    [“her “partner” and baby”: does Uncle MP wanna see this kids get hitched?

    • You don’t make gin out of sloes. You add them to gin (along with sugar), steep for a few months, strain and, hey presto, you have sloe gin. I don’t condemn those who cohabit, I just think it’s a poor option compared to marriage. I believe that whether there’s a God or not and it’s one of the main reasons why I think same gender couples should be allowed to get hitched officially.

  4. Nice Pics Mad One. I like the way there is no sign of civilisation, or the era….except for Mrs MP’s back pack.

    • Pleased to hear from you, Boaz. I was going to write you. It’s all bad news about Australia on our TVs at the moment. Are you and yours okay?