It would appear that things are beginning to turn somewhat autumnal. The leaves on the trees are turning russet before our eyes and soon we will have to admit that summer is over. So, to bring back some cheery summery-ness, I thought I'd share with you something that I've been collecting photos of over the last few months...bunting!
Oh, how I love bunting!
It just goes to show that bunting really can be made out of anything...including book covers! We saw these ones in Hay-on-Wye when we popped there during the Hay Festival.
More bunting in Hay-on-Wye, this time made from Tibetan prayer flags.
We found our selves in Carnaby Street on the weekend of a 'Swinging Sixties' celebration. There were Union Jacks in every direction.
Happy Birthday, Marks and Spencer!
We arrived in the small village of Salbris in the Loire Valley (for our summer holiday) right in the middle of a festival of bands. Music, merriment and, of course, bunting were in plentiful supply!
More French bunting, in another Loire Valley town.
A reminder of sunny afternoons sitting under the vines in our back garden.
This last picture was taken just a few hours ago outside Ledbury Artplace (the studio of textile artist, Angie Hughes). It's Herefordshire Art Week (h.Art) at the moment and there are lots of places to visit, this being just one of them. This 'bunting' is made of dyed fabric, hung on a line to dry. Such gorgeous colours!
Here's to hanging up bunting for every occasion, whatever the season!
It should be said that the turning of the season from summer to autumn is far from being a bad thing. It's not all cold days and long nights, but a time for steaming mugs of hot chocolate, birthday celebrations, warm jumpers and...conkers! Childhood memories came flooding back to me as Mum and I went collecting some in the shadows of the Malvern Hills this afternoon. You're never too old for foraging for conkers, but we did have method in our slight madness, I promise. Apparently, if you put them in your house, they keep the spiders away!