Monday, 9 November 2009

A November Stroll Around Tumbledown.

Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny November day at Tumbledown so I took the opportunity to take one of my usual strolls around the smallholding. I was accompanied by all four of the Tumbledown cats who were in great spirits. They love nothing better than to accompany me when I go for a walk. Leo is the most independent of the boys but yesterday he was in a particularly good mood and even let me photograph him several times.


The trees are in the last throws of providing some stunning Autumn colour. My favourite is the Acer "Flamingo" which is covered in lichcen.

Acer negundo "Flamingo"

Gleditsia triacanthus "Sunburst"

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

Titch, the alien of the family.

Even Titch came out for a bit of fresh air. Our aged Devon Rex was a present to my dad ten years ago from a parent who was grateful for dads help with her off the rails teenage son. He was not the sort of cat we would ever have thought of going out and buying but he is now one of the family even if he is something of a elderly looking Martian.

Toadstool beneath one of the willow trees.

Parts of the garden now are looking ready for bed, sleepy and done for the year. Seed heads still provide a bit of autumn interest and shelter for the ladybirds who are now trying to find somewhere to hibernate for the winter.





Ladybird on twine.

It is not quiet at Tumbledown at the moment. It is the middle of the mating season for the goats so the air is filled with the cries of our randy males and the females calling to them from afar.

Dorian the billy goat.

Parts of the garden are pushing out a last flush of colour. The Salvias are all still flowering their socks off, even though I have marched most of them into the greenhouse for the winter. The pink hebe below has only just come out and the Hollyhocks and Dahlias still look beautiful.



Hollyhock Creme de Cassis

Melianthus major, Salvia "Dyson's Orangy Pink", Salvia muelleri, Salvia patens 'Guanajuato'.

House leek


The boys were particularly playful and delighted in a game of hide and seek in the old hay store. They chased each other around and around, in and out of the shed and hid behind the hay bales.

Leo in the old hay store.

Silvi and Stilton in the old hay store.

The stand off!

Stilton; stealth stalker extraordinaire.

Catch me if you can!

So it has been more play than work this week at Tumbledown.


hiltop said...

I always enjoy your blogs, R.O.! Lovely photos!

Anna said...

I enjoyed the stroll. What a bevy of fine looking cats :)

Victoria said...

Yay..I love when you include your cats in posts!! What a fun day! Leo is so adorable! well..they all are..and Dorian melts my heart!Beautiful photos..gorgeous post with lots to enjoy..that might be my fave post!! Thanks for sharing such a fun day wtht your fabulous cats and furry folk and beautiful scenery!

Rothschild Orchid said...

Thank you :o)

Kiki, you wouldn't say that about Dorian if you could smell him! ;o)

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

Looks like a beautiful day.
Is Leo an Osci Cat?

Rothschild Orchid said...

Our Leo is rather an odd mix. His mother was a Snow Spotted Bengal and his father was an American Curl.

janerowena said...

Leo is beautiful, and I love the toadstool photo. I wish I had some in my garden, i keep on hoping some will turn up.

Kathleen said...

That was quite a lovely stroll. So many pretty things to look at ~ I love the bloom on the hebe ~ that's a new one for me. Also the artichokes & leek are beautiful. You took some great photos. I love seeing cats in the garden too. You have four very photogenic ones. :-)
Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for your nice comment.

Unknown said...

I enjoyed the stroll too. The autumn colours are beautiful and you've got some amazing shots of your lovely cats! Great captures of the blooms and seedheads. Haven't seen toadstools like that! Ours are pretty ordinary...
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Loved it!

Rob said...

Fantastic photos! Autumn seems to have carried on for quite a long time this year, which is brilliant. The shorter the winter, the better.

I like your Devon Rex. I think I'm turning into a bit of a fan after meeting Will Giles' (of exotic garden fame) Devon Rex kitten. They do look strange!

Rothschild Orchid said...

Thank you :o)

I must admit I have been enjoying the mild weather. I do hope it means we get a shorter winter and not one that drags and drags in the new year!

Devon Rex's are strange beasts aren't they. I loved the photo's of of Will Giles' kitten when you posted them on your blog Rob, he was gorgeous. There is something about them though that just makes me think of the movie Gremlins, especially when they are kittens.

RO :o)

Garden 22 said...

Lovely to see happy cats playing! Think our Terrorist would love your hay store :)

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

These pictures are outstanding! Animals, seedheads, blooms - I spent several minutes looking at each of them. Leek, hollyhock, scabious are among my favorites here, but I melt looking at the cats.Very, very good post!Thank you!

Lucy Corrander said...

I'm not really a cat picture person but some of these are so characterful, they have grabbed me.

Never see a spotty tabby before.

The last photo will stick in my mind. I'll probably go to sleep seeing it.


Deborah Elliott said...

What an entertaining blog! love your cats, and I really enjoyed your previous post on the bird who loved interior design. So glad I found this through blotanical. I'm going to add you to my faves. Thanks!

"Daffodil Planter" Charlotte Germane said...

Just saw you on Blotanical, and don't know how I missed you. Great title and concept, and this is a charming post. More!

Frugilegus said...

Lovely images, especially the first ladybird. Make me crave the country!