Despite the damp, autumnal weather we ventured out on Saturday and went to a quiet corner of Cumbria to avoid the day trippers. With no real plan for the day, we stumbled on some unexpected treats.
|At Abi and Tom's Plant Centre the striking Dahlias were putting on a good show
|The rain had made a little pool on each curved petal
|This hungry aphid was drawn to the bright yellow flower
|A spiky 'Cactus Dahlia'
|As we left Abi and Tom's we noticed a sign 'Halecat Pottery Open' and spent an interesting half hour chatting to the potter, Lara Clahane, before buying a couple of items
|In the grounds of Halecat House there was a sculpture trail which we followed for about a mile through the woods, admiring the many wood and stone sculptures created by local artists
|This ambitious snail seemed to have lost his way
|We're looking forward to some blackberrying this year
|Halecat and the entire Lyth Valley area have plenty of apple trees - it looks like this year will be a bumper crop
|After lunch at Yew Tree Barn we stopped off at Grange-over-Sands where we watched the heavy storm clouds gathering over Morecambe Bay
|Despite the weather we could clearly see the buildings of Morecambe on the horizon, about 10 miles away