Wednesday, 29 October 2008

A confusion of seasons


Despite the weatherman's protestations to the contrary, and the snow in many parts of the UK, here in East Sussex it is definitely still Autumn. The Smalls and I have left poor Mr DC to fend for himself and come to visit my parents. They are surrounded by lovely National Trust properties and today we decided to visit Sheffield Park Gardens, along with my sister, her family, and half to population of the South East. It was heaving!



If you look closely you'll see there's a bridge on the left of that scene, and it was jampacked. No stopping! Move along down the bridge please!


When we lived in the US we used to drive miles into New England to look at the foliage, and became what was charmingly termed 'leaf peepers'. Well, you can do that here too, admittedly on a smaller scale.



See that house? People live there. Very Lucky People.

The parking was a bit of a disaster area, and we saw examples of dump-the-car-and-run that any resident of Rome would have been proud of, but it was worth it.



PS To the makers of Spooks (and look away if you haven't watched it yet): I know you don't like us to get too attached to any of the characters but re-the ending of Monday's episode - did you have to? Sob, wail.

24 comments:

  1. Such beautiful photographs!

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  2. It looks gorgeous there DC - sending you a big wave from due West!!

    I haven't seen any of the new series of Spooks....maybe I should start watching.

    xxx

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  3. what lovely pics - such gorgeous colours.

    i watched spooks and could not believe it!!!!

    xx

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  4. Hey, that's my house! And those are my gardens. It's a lovely place to live, but the heating bills are about to kill me. (Spooktacular foliage, by the way...)

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  5. Until this week I hadn't watched Spooks since the first series where Harry was locked away b/c Matthew Mcfadyen thought he had a nasty virus but this week?!?!?!? Oh! My! Stars!


    Plus 'Guy of Gisborne' without his shirt on - Phwoar!!!

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  6. oh look - you're taking pictures of my lovely country home. Pop in for tea when you're next about, won't you?

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  7. Quite spectacular photos. We "leaf peeped" our first year here, driving to Vermont and staying in an expensive hotel. Then I realised that it was really all on our doorstep - less than 10 minutes out the city. As to Spooks, I can only hazard a guess that it did not end well?

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  8. Your photos are just gorgeous -- what a beautiful part of the world you live in!
    Georganna

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  9. Spec-tac-le-ar, as Johnny would say. It seems to be a good leaf year this year.

    And I had to stop watching Spooks when they blew up the first load of characters I liked. Too distressed at the loss of Matthew McF. Or is he back in some Dallasesque falshback dream thingummy?

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  10. Stunning photos, what a beautiful place to visit.

    Another Spooks non-watcher here .... ever since someone's face melted in a deep-fat fryer .... eeeuuwwww ....

    :(

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  11. Leaf peepers....I like that! Been a good year for leaves, though we lack an abundance of trees in Cornwall. Spooks - thanks for the reminder, I've no tv, but this is worth sitting at the computer with i-player. That's my evening planned!

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  12. Fantastic fall color...what a beautiful place...That looks like home sweet home! ;o) Thanks for sharing your outing with us...Happy Day to you & yours ((HUGS))

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  13. Wonderful photos! Isn't the autumn colour glorious this year - helped to cheer us all up a bit after the summer wash-out and the dreary news stories.

    Spooks - I watched some of the early series but haven't followed the new one. Matthew Mcf... hasn't he just reincarnated back to the 1840s? Little D could be really exciting if you imagine it to me a Spooks spin-off.

    Celia

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  14. I do miss leaf peeping! It looks like you saw some lovely ones in Sheffield Park. K x

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  15. lovely pics! i like 'leaf peepers'! oh lordy, what about spooks? was it Adam?? or am I way behind? I dont' watch tv anymore .. x

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  16. So glad you made it to Sheffield Park, it is one of our favourite places to walk. We've never been there when it's heaving, even when they do their fab Easter egg hunts. Aren't those apartments in the grounds very grand.
    Kimx
    Had to bypass the last part of your post as I'm going to try and catch up with Spooks this weekend (hope it has nothing to do with Adam though!!!)

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  17. Love the photos. We have some great National Trust properties around here too, Belton House, Clumber Park.

    They don't last very long in Spooks do they?

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  18. Those are beautiful photos DC - really lovely. x

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  19. Spectacular barely begins to describe it!

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  20. Ah, you're making me homesick. I've yet to see a tree change colour here, though I can understand that they might be a little confused about it being Autumn, what with temps in the 90s STILL...

    I'm off to try and find a single bloomin' tree with red leaves if I can...

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  21. Gorgeous pictures, the colours are amazing!

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  22. OMGosh I have the very same photos of Sheffield Park gardens that I took about two weeks ago! Great minds and all that .......

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