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Harvested Field

august field

Last year this field was set with barley, this year with wheat.  Before it was harvested, round the edge of the wheat were a few stalks of barley, left over from last year’s crop. After a long hot summer the days now are cooler, with flashes of heavy rain.  Almost all the fields have now been cropped, except for some of the barley. Along the edge of a barley field I came across a man gathering blackberries, he eulogised apple and blackberry pie (d’accord, monsieur). The year is on the wane. If I wasn’t out taking photographs, maybe  would probably be lost in my own thoughts, instead of looking outwards at the fields of the Borders. The fireweed is beginning to fray. The skies are banked with clouds. There are red berries in the hedges. The Scottish children are back at school.



August 23, 2014 - Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. Cara always nice to come back and see the beauty around you great photos. Hope you are well have a super weekend 🙂 xx


    Comment by doronart | August 23, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks, Doron, and I wish you a great weekend also. I have been clearing out a cupboard that had descended into chaos of unsustainable proportions, and walking in the Borders countryside, when it is pouring with late summer rain. Jus finished quite a bit of work, so feel fine.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | August 24, 2014 | Reply

      • That sound great Cara, when you have a spare second or two come and sort few cupboards here… it is so hard to get rid of those collection.. but we need too.. have a great week xx


        Comment by doronart | August 25, 2014

      • Cupboard is now cleared, much to my relief. I might post before and after pictures. It is really a lot of boxes, but the boxes were loverlain with layers of chaos, so I had to really burrow around to find anything at all…. lovely to hear from you, Doron. Hope you had a wonderful time in the Lake District.


        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | August 26, 2014

      • Well done Cara you made it. I had great time thank you. I love that part of the world and the outdoors activities around. of-course not the commercial side of it… 🙂


        Comment by doronart | August 31, 2014

  2. Beauty, in your photographs and writing…


    Comment by clinock | August 26, 2014 | Reply

  3. Never surprised by the beauty of your photographs Cara – that cloud structure is quite the shot as its shadow lies over the beaten land.


    Comment by Mary | August 26, 2014 | Reply

  4. stunning – love these


    Comment by debiriley | May 8, 2015 | Reply

    • Lovely that you enjoyed the photographs, it is nice to share my walks and good when some feeling gets across to someone else. Thanks you.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | May 8, 2015 | Reply

      • its great that you share…. that way I get to see Scotland! and not in the ‘touristy’ way from travel photos 🙂


        Comment by debiriley | May 9, 2015

      • Hi Debi. We’re only just in Scotland, Coldstream is on the very border (there is an old Marriage House on the bridge, as in Gretna Green). We have just had a general election quite unlike any other, where the Scots Nats won every Scottish seat except 3 – and the Conservatives won an overall majority in England when every opinion poll said otherwise. Commentators said it was the most astonishing election within memory! I am happy that you enjoy my photographs, I feel I am lucky to live in the Borders, I would not want to live anywhere else, that I know of anyway.

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        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | May 9, 2015

      • just looked on the map Fascinating historical sites around there! I love history, travel. I noticed your middle name being Lockhart 1 of my gr.grandmothers family was Lockhart. but from USA. I’d wondered about your election and who was going to prevail! Coldstream is a lovely area, I’ll keep looking at your photos 🙂


        Comment by debiriley | May 9, 2015

      • Yes, Debi, it is a fascinating place, the history of the Borders is drenched in conflicts of the past, and this place is so peaceful now, let’s hope it stays that way. My father’s family name is Lockhart, Scottish farmers from the West Coast going way back, the Smith was added in early 20th Century I think. There are Jardines in the family as well. My mother’s family is also Scottish (though my grandmother came from Newfoundland): Macphersons and Cambells. My grandfather was from Edinburgh, his name was Young, he was my grandmother’s second husband, her first having died in WW1, my mother was their only child. So plenty of Scots in the family. However, like everyone else, plenty of other nationalities, and the gene pool getting wider every generation. Anyway, nice to talk to another Lockhart.

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        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | May 11, 2015

      • Very intriguing family history you have there! Campbells have quite a history too (have some of those too) I’ve only fairly recently discovered my ‘Scots’ side, so now of course I’m very into all things Scots 🙂


        Comment by debiriley | May 13, 2015

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