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Yellow fields

Breamish Valley yellow fields

Mid-spring and there is yellow everywhere along the Breamish Valley.

Patchworks of bright-yellow rapeseed can be seen on the surrounding hills and lower-lying ground.

Grown in this country predominantly for as an animal feed or to produce edible vegetable oils, it’s also known as oil seed rape or, simply, rape. For me, it’s one of the joys of the spring season.

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Views from above

Views from above Powburn

[All photos © Ian Glendinning 2016 – used with permission]

As mentioned in Cheviot Views Issue 28 (Dec 2016), we had a few more of Ian Glendinning’s aerial photographs of Powburn and the surrounding area to share with you. And here they are! Can you spot any obvious landmarks? Or even where you live? It pretty much goes without saying that views from above give a totally new perspective on where many of us live.

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First snow (Autumn 2016)

First snow!

Well, the last few days has seen a fairly dramatic change in temperature along Breamish Valley. After some quite balmy, sunny spells just a few weeks ago, the night time temperatures have dropped to such a low that we’ve seen the first substantial lay of snow on the Cheviots.

A trip along the valley, from Powburn to Linhope, is a great way to take in different views of the snow-topped hills.

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To Autumn

To Autumn

John Keats (1795-1821)

[First published in 1820, this poem is in the public domain.]

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

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