Sunday, 7 October 2012


When I think of Autumn (and the changing seasons in general) I always think of Jill Barklem and the utterly enchanting Primrose and Brambly Hedge. If you are unfamiliar with these children's stories, here is an excerpt from the Brambly Hedge website : 
Brambly Hedge is on the other side of the stream, across the field. If you can find it, and if you look very hard amongst the tangled roots and stems, you may even see a wisp of smoke from a small chimney, or through an open door, a steep flight of stairs deep within the trunk of a tree. For this is the home of the mice of Brambly Hedge.

The mice of Brambly Hedge live together in a close-knit community making best use of what each season has to offer.

The images are absolutely delightful and the morning walk I took last week with the Little Sweetpeas is very reminiscent of the pages from Autumn Story.

Do you remember this post?
We visited our local woods in early summer and now it is time for an early autumn visit.

Beautiful blues skies and glorious sunshine greeted us today but there was a definite nip in the air.  Not much floral colour left and the leaves are turning yellow before autumn really takes a hold.

The odd blackberry still clinging to the bushes and rosy red rose hips provide the only burst of colour.

The grasses are still heavy with dew.


Gorgeous sunlight streaming through the trees

 I do so LoVe this time of year!




  1. These are such sweet images. I haven't read this book but looks like something the grandkids would like. Happy Autumn!

  2. I love autumn colours.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. oh my gosh! The real life Brambly Hedge- gorgeous! :) Such fabulous autumn photos!

  4. Bramley hedge, I know the book but never read it. I like the beautiful drawings but also your autumn photos are lovely, autumn colours and light are so nice.

  5. I loved Bramley Hedge when I was younger! Thank you so much for sharing this link and reminding me of these wonderful stories, it's so nice to be reminded of them!
    Emma x

  6. I loved those books as a child. Really enjoyed that extract x

  7. The woods look beautiful on such a pretty autumn day as the one on your photographs! The books by Jill Barklem are lovely. I used to read them to my daughter when they were young and still enjoy having a peak in them now and then :-)

    Happy new week,

    Madelief x

  8. hi Vanessa,I loved reading the tales of Brambley hedge with My children when they were young,lovely piccies,xxxx

  9. Delightful to see the pretty Jill Barklem illustrations again! They still look charming and are so good at capturing the season. Your walk looks lovely too, what perfect weather for an autumn walk.
    Helen x

  10. gorgeous pictures Victoria

  11. It's your very own Brambly Hedge! Autumn is well and truly here! Ada :)

  12. Awww, I love childrens's books. I haven't seen yet but it looks very sweet!
    Your photos are soooo beautiful. I to love this time of the year!

    note: my blog is changing if you haven't seen. Come visit if you have time!

  13. I love Brambly Hedge!
    As a child I used to make drawings inspired by these books;
    there's a whole new world in there , isn't it?
    Beautiful autumn pictures; the light is perfect and warm.....
    Love, Mirjam.

  14. Dear Victoria
    What beautiful photos. I love the Brambly Hedge stories - the illustrations are crammed full of intricate little details.
    Best wishes

  15. I used to love Brambly Hedge and still have a mug and tea plate that my mum bought me when I was little. M x

  16. My daughter and I used to love the Brambly Hedge stories - and still do! When she was little we used to walk across the fields to a track with old oak trees with little "homes" at the base of the trees, and that was brambly Hedge to us - all those years later we still call it BH!
    Your walk looked beuatiful, a perfect BH walk too, on a lovely autumn day - thanks for sharing your lovely photos! and bringing back happy memories.
    Gill xx

  17. Hello, i've just found your lovely blog and become a follower, I LOVED those stories as a child, and still have all of my old books which I love to read to the children now and just sometimes look at the beautiful illustrations - i agree, perfect for this time of year :)Marina xx

  18. You have a lovely blog, I have to agree with Marina and I loved your photos... xx

  19. I have to tell you a sweet Brambly Hedge story...when I immigrated to Holland 26 years ago, I wanted to learn to speak Dutch as quick as I could. I decided that I would learn Dutch as little children learn there language. I bought the Brambly Hedge series which was new then in Dutch. I practiced by reading them over and over. :-)

    Happy belated anniversary!

    Hugs from Holland ~

  20. I hunted this book out for the girls at the weekend and we snuggled down and had a lovely read. It's one of my favourites.

    Nina x

  21. I love your beautiful autumn photos.

    Hope that you are well and that your new niece is a good baby for her mummy!

    Sorry I haven't been around much but am happy that I had time to pop in and say hello to you today.

    Hope that you are having a good week and that your family are well.

    x Fiona

  22. Beautiful photos! I love lanes with trees arching over them to make tunnels - magical! I too think of Brambly Hedge when the seasons change. I have the books and a collection of the china. Best wishes, Pj x