is winter coming?

We’re having a spell of unseasonably warm and sunny weather at the moment, which means that we’ve been able to get on with some of our outdoor jobs, including planting wild garlic and bluebell bulbs, mowing the orchard area, and splitting logs.

We took a break this afternoon to go on one of our regular short walks, up the hill from the house as far as a little hamlet called Rouchon. We haven’t been that way for nearly a week, and we noticed a huge difference in the trees. The leaves are really on the turn now, and starting to look quite spectacular. I love the colours at this time of year, and it’s a treat to have the backdrop of a blue sky.

Here are some photos:

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The last one was taken on my favourite stretch of the path, where the trees on both sides are mainly beech, and they meet overhead to form a sort of tunnel. The ground underneath them is usually carpeted with rich green moss, but it’s covered with fallen leaves at this time of year. It’s a good place to spot red squirrels, although we didn’t see any today.

The best bit is that, after a fairly steep climb up, it’s downhill all the way home.

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