We weren't sure whether they were berries or flowers.
It turns out they are flowers,
the petals are quite hard.
The weather has been quite grey,
damp and wet at times,
so the bright bush was a nice surprise.
I've had this post half prepared for a week now.
But Blogger lost some of my text
as I was editing it, so as it was late at night
I decided to put it on hold and go to bed.
Unfortunately, I didn't get back to it,
These first few photos were taken
over a week ago on one of our morning walks along the river.
We saw these grapes covered in plastic.
Most of the grapes have all been harvested now,
but these I think are being saved to make ice wine,
made once the frost has got to the grapes.
But I really must find out a bit more about it.
On Saturday (13th November) we joined our friends who were celebrating St Martin's Day.
We arrived too late to see the horse and a procession through the streets.
All the children had made lanterns,
and there was a large bonfire down by the river.
The drum on the right of the picture is evidence of a band,
though we must have missed that as well!
We were eager to try these doughy pretzels.
All the children got one each.
Our friends got some for us,
but they were quite filling,
and covered in sugar.
The photo below really belongs with the first ones as it was taken at the same time.
It's just easier to keep it where it is.
We often let Paddy and Rufus off for a run when we are down by the river.
Rufus is very obedient and doesn't stray far.
We've been working with Paddy to come back when he is called.
For this we have used treats.
He loves his food and will do anything for a treat.
In fact we only have to crackle the celophane bag and he comes.
So here he is running back to us for a treat.
What's interesting about this photo is that the day before
the path that you see was flooded over by the river.
No doubt we'll get more of that happening now.
This last photo was taken on a different day,
on a different walk above the village.
There are new views now that there are no leaves on the trees.
The funny thing is,
when I was looking through photos from last year,
I took this same view last year
but one day later.
Maybe I should look out some of the photos I took over the summer