Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Catching up with the season...

My daily walks with Alice in the hills near our home are easy to take for granted....until I see something like this...
 ...a gorgeous patch of Fly Agaric toadstools just sitting there...
 ...glowing like tiny sunsets through the grass...
 ..and I start to look more closely. There are crops of fungi everywhere..
 I'm almost certain that these are edible...the one below was bigger than my hand...
 ...but I'm not quite brave enough to pick them. I just leave them where they are and admire them!
 This is the view at the start of our walk...
 ...through the gate, and there are many new smells to be snuffed...
 ..this part was cleared a few years ago...before it would have been a mass of bracken and gorse at this time..
 ...although there are still some gorse bushes around, scenting the air with their coconut flowers..
 Hips and haws look more like winter than autumn...
 and yet the beeches are only just beginning to turn all shades of gold and bronze and brown...
 The wild juniper bushes are laden with berries...
 ..the blue looks frosted..and the spikey leaves are so sharp that they are well protected.
 At this stage, we start to glimpse the amazing views over the county through the gaps in the trees...
 I have always loved this particular tree...it's such a regular shape...almost like a child's drawing! How a tree should look!
 Still many interesting 'fragrances'!! And then we burst into the open and this is what we see...
 ...behind Alice in the picture below is our town...far in the distance...
 ...and then we start to go back...a different route every day (for variety - mine, not Alice's, as I don't think she cares a bit so long as she is out and about!)
 We often end up going through the woods at some point...

 Alice loves to pretend that she sees squirrels and dashes off after them (they are mostly in her head!)
 But she never goes too far! This year we had the warmest Hallowe'en since records began..the temperature here peaked at 21c (almost 70f) which is virtually unheard of! I took the photos below that day...
 ...our churchyard looked decidedly UNspooky!
 Just glorious...
 ...the ancient beech hasn't started to change colour yet, really....although it won't be long now...

...and the sky on Friday was as blue as can be!
This morning, however, was a different story...
chilly and misty...although the sun has now broken through and it's another blue - although cold - day! Time for my walk with Alice once again...I wonder what we'll spot today?

I hope you have a wonderful week! xx