This Autumn is for you, Dad
Autumn has arrived
I always feel sad and emotional after visiting Dad in the nursing home, so it was a lovely heartwarming sight when I spotted this shrub while returning to my car. As always, I never go anywhere without a camera so I stopped to take a few photos.
Looking around at the colourful scene surrounding me, my mood lightened, I decided to put on my walking boots and go for a walk with my camera.
A heartbreaking decision
The decision to put Dad in a nursing home was a heartbreaking one, but after several strokes we were no longer able to care for him ourselves.
We finally chose this one for it’s location near Stroud, in the beautiful countryside of Gloucestershire.
He always said he wanted to live in an elevated position and had looked at properties in this area many times, but they were always too expensive.
We had originally imagined taking Dad out in the wheelchair so he could enjoy the wonderful views, but unfortunately he isn’t well enough to leave his bed.
I would like to dedicate this hub to my Dad.
I will be transferring my digital photos to a memory stick to use in a digital photo frame, to enable him to view autumn from his bed.
Stroud in Gloucestershire is located in wonderful countryside on the north slopes of the River Frome where five valleys meet.
Rivers flow through the area and sheep are raised on the hillsides and commons above the town.
The five valleys of Stroud
The valleys are known as:
Frome Valley also known as the Golden Valley
The River Frome joins here with the River Severn.
Queen Victoria took a train through this area and called it the "Golden Valley".
The Nailsworth Stream runs through this valley from Stroud to Nailsworth.
There are many beautiful small villages in this valley.
There are old cloth mills in this small steep valley.
This valley follows the Slad Brook that runs from Stroud to Slad and beyond.
Laurie Lee, the author of "Cider With Rosie" lived in Slad and his book is set in this area.
It was published in 1959 and published in the U.S. as “Edge of Day - Boyhood in the West of England” in 1960.
It has sold over six million copies worldwide.
Cider With Rosie is a charming memoir of Laurie Lee's childhood in this remote Cotswold village, a world that is tangibly real and yet reminiscent of a now distant past.
I always try to remember the tips and advice Dad gave me over the years for taking a good photograph.
I don’t think I got any unsightly waste paper bins in the background or fingers in front of the lens!
I have enjoyed bringing a little of the outside world and the beauty and colour of Autumn to you Dad, in this beautiful area you have always loved so much.