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Autumn Gathering

by Clare Mansell
Autumn Gathering

We spent the afternoon today helping with maintenance work on our local community woodland. The weather was far warmer than anyone could have anticipated and the gazebo which had been arranged to provide shelter from autumn downpours instead gave volunteers a welcome break from the sunshine. Alongside the strimming, weeding and pruning there were impromptu games of cricket, tractor rides and homemade cakes.

We laboured away alongside people of different ages and different occupations all working happily together on a project that is important to the people here. New faces passed through the woodland as we worked and many stopped to chat and share a slice of cake. People were as keen to welcome new neighbours and build friendships as much as they were to reward hard work.



Theo mingled with the older kids and cast admiring glances at the vintage tractor whilst Jim and I helped with the work party and I thought about all the jobs in our own garden that always seem to get forgotten. It was a lovely way to pass the afternoon and it felt like an appropriate way to welcome the new season. I walk through this area most days but rarely notice the changes, today they were everywhere. Berries on bushes, leaves changing colour.  

As a family we are still relatively new to this place and I find myself using words like “remarkable” and “exceptional” to describe the people here, there seems to be cohesion and a common sense of purpose to the community. We are lucky I think.

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Isisjem October 7, 2013 - 9:25 am

Looks like Theo had lots of fun. It’s good the community is welcoming to newcomers as so many areas are resistant to change and new people.

Would Like To Be a Yummy Mummy October 7, 2013 - 10:14 am

Sounds like a lovely area and beautiful pictures as always. Tho looks very happy & so grown up now x

moira October 7, 2013 - 8:37 pm

so good to hear that you’ve found a great place to live. love following your country life x

Pinkoddy October 8, 2013 - 3:06 am

How great that everyone worked together – I love community spirit. fantastic photos you’ve really captured some great colours.

Coombe Mill October 8, 2013 - 8:59 pm

It sounds like you are part of a wonderful community which takes pride in it’s surroundings! These are such lovely photos and Theo looks very at home on the tractor. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

Claire October 10, 2013 - 6:54 am

Gorgeous colours, cute photos and delicious looking cakes! Quite fancy a piece of the blackberry one 😉 Thanks so much for linking up to #SavouringtheSeason hope to see you back this week! Claire xx

TheBoyandMe October 10, 2013 - 11:15 pm

What an absolutely enchanting selection of photographs and he looks like he’s having such fun!


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