Charlotte Bronte and Gawthorpe Hall and Summer Evenings!

 Summer Walks in the local country lanes have been enjoyed, in the last week or two of this beautiful sunny warm weather, by us both and it has given me the opportunity to indulge in some photography. I was so delighted to be able to find a Woodpeckers nest hole high up in an Old Oak tree and went back daily to see how things were going .The parent birds were constantly back and forth to feed and I was able to capture them and the young as they put the head out of the hole to have a look at the big new world they would soon be emerging into. The early evening when we were on our walks was so peaceful and there was wildlife to be seen everywhere.

Local pathways

Beautiful summer scene

Loads of Nettles left as habitat for caterpillars

Chickens in their lovely field of buttercups

Hello World!
A beakful of grubs for the young

Parent woodpecker near hole

Cheeky chaffinch
 Over the weekend we took a trip out, as the weather was so nice, to Burnley.
The area from Burnley across the Moors to Haworth is so much a part of the Bronte Story that you can easily spend a lovely day out exploring places closely associated with them.
We found ourselves at Gawthorpe Hall . It was here that Charlotte Bronte spent a few days with her new husband as guests of the owners the Shuttleworth Family. Unfortunately they did not visit as we did in summer but in the dark cold and gloomy winter months and she went out walking and caught a nasty sore throat and cold which made her very ill and weak. Poor Charlotte was not to live long after this event and sadly died of ill health while she was pregnant.
As I walked in the grounds I found myself wondering if she sat on the huge stone seat, or walked in the woods or gazed at the lovely view from the house across the river. She would not have smelt the wonderful flowers as I did on that summers day. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon.
You do not have to pay to picnic in the grounds and there is a little teashop for refreshments!

Gawthorpe Hall

Stone Planters from The Early 20th Century

The smell was gorgeous

A lovely place to sit

Looking up at the house

Inside the house is a textile exibition

Rose garden, late this year

Me enjoying a rest


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