Saturday, 9 October 2010

Autumnal wandering

Finally I made it back to blog land! I have had a very successful if tiring week, so today I've had a little bit of fresh air and some craft time. First of all my card.
I used distress inks and a range of Elusive images stamps, oh and hero arts old French writing. I also embossed the tree with mirror gold embossing powder. The challenge this fortnight at the Stampman is Autumn, so I thought I'd enter it.
We had a lovely walk on the Robin Hood Way  (a great footpath through Sherwood Forest) this afternoon, with my Dad.There were some fabulous fungi specimens.

 Lots of Fly Agaric from tiny ones like this to some the size of dinner plates.
 Not sure what this one is but there were lots.
This one was quite big - you could pull up a chair and rest your cup on it!

We walked through an area where the only dry land was the footpath. Both sides of the path were waterlogged and swampy. Looking at the trees it has been like this for a while. A little eerie at first, but we saw woodpeckers, ducks, a pair of Buzzards and some warblers too. Further along the rivers Meden and Maun meet and part again, and the view down the Maun from a little footbridge was very tranquil.
I'm sure if we had had a little more time to stand and watch we would've seen a kingfisher or a water vole. Thanks for looking and I hope you get some tranquil moments this weekend. If you manage an Autumnal creation you could add buttons and a bow and enter it into the sir stampalot challenge too!


chris said...

Hi Sally this is perfect, so love the autumn colours, we are really into them now we have got started!!

love the fungi pictures, I didn't know we had red fungi in our country I have certainly never seen it here in lincolnshire, I thought the red ones were in fairytales, oh well you learn something new every day.
back soon love chris xx

Mayjasper said...

Hi, I am blown away by the simplicity and beauty of your card.
Kind regards

brenda said...

Morning Sally

What awesom photos, I had to look twice at the orange one with spots, it looks surreal.

A super card as well. Nice to see Hero H2365 doing it's stuff - I know I am so sad.

B x

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Hi Sally,

Your card is beautiful, I love the border along the edge.
Great photographs too!
Clare x

Cath Wilson said...

Lovely photos - what a serene location. I have a 'thing' for fungi so I really appreciate seeing those. Think I may be tempted to leave the essay work and go out to walk myself today - the birds are calling, lol - although Port Sunny was fun yesterday, I must admit. Great card, too, Sally.

Lynne K said...

Gorgeous card! I just love the autumn colours.

We had a walk in Sherwood Pines yesterday and found lots of fungi. There seem to be more of the red ones (Fly Agaric) this year then I ever remember seeing before. Didn't spot any fairies sitting on top, though! xx

Teri said...

Ah, gorgeous card hun. Thanks for those funghi pics. Never seen those spotted ones in the wild before. Any fairies to go with it?? LOL
Glad you had a lovely walk.

Jules said...

Hi Sal

Your card is gorgeous. All those gorgeous leaves and the embossed tree is brilliant. Love the French writing set at an angle .. great touch.

Your walk photographs are great too. So many interesting things to see in nature if we take the time to look.

I hope you have a more relaxed week this week.

Love Jules xx

Kay Carley said...

Just love your card Sally. Thanks so much for entering it into The Stamp Man's Autumn Challenge!

Wouldn't it have been lovely to have seen a Kingfisher! I would have been SO jealous of you if you had! Such a beautiful spot.


Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful card, the colours are so pretty. Love your walk through the woods. I was at our local lake yesterday with my kayak and the colours are just stunning, love this time of year.


pinky said...

Lovely card Sally, you've captured the essence of autumn beautifully. Love the photos. I thought the red and white one was an ornament!! Never seen anything like that in real life!!

lisa said...

Hi Sally. Glad you had a good week and are back amongst us again.
Your Autumn card is just gorgeous. Who can resist tress!!
I love your mushroom photos. It must be a really good year for them. We went for a walk in the woods on Saturday and took loads of photos too. There was an amazing purpley one. I'll try and post it later!!
Hugs Lisax

Von said...

Love your card Sally and your photos :) I just love fungi Oh now there's an idea lol
Von x

Vixykins said...

What fab pictures Sally, im looking for the fairies!

great little autumn card too, beautiful colours :)

Thank You for playing The Stampman Autumn challenge x

craftimamma said...

My OH and I went for a walk round Rufford Park the weekend before last and saw loads of different fungi. As usual I had forgotten my camera and took some pics on my phone but I've never downloaded them from my phone before so need my son to show his old Mum how to do it, Haha!

Your photos are wonderful Sally. Thanks for sharing them and I love your card too. Really lovely colours.

Lesley Xx