Firstly many thanks to all of you who joined in the Amazon voucher giveaway. There were 30 commenters, and all eligible entries were allocated a number according to the order in which they commented. Number 15 was drawn, which we had allocated to Jibber Jabber. Congratulations! If you could drop me an email with your email address that would be great Jibber Jabber. I will forward you the voucher codes as soon as I have them from the Agency who are handling the deal.
Another winner in our house is always the river walk. We've been walking the same local walk each month and taking photos to record the changes that we see over the seasons. The walk is about 3-4 miles around a small part of the Bybrook Valley in north Wiltshire, between Ford and Castle Combe.
We had intended to get out in the October half term when we were expecting to see a more spectacular show of autumnal colour than we had seen on our September walk. However last weekend was the first chance we'd had to get out for a longer expedition for a while and we wondered if we would have missed the boat.
There were plenty of leaves to scrunch in beneath our feet and stunning hues of orange and yellow above us.
In fact the leaves and the colours were the most remarkable feature of this month's adventure. There was a definite sense of nature quietening down for the winter and fewer other spectacular sights and sounds.
|Beech trees 24 November 2013|
|Beech trees not so long ago in September.|
The Chinese Lanterns are still flowering. This time we thought we would give you a wider perspective. Their special spot lies nestled in a narrow bed between the wall and the fence. I wonder if there are any on the other side of the fence for the owner of the garden to enjoy? The postbox in the wall was providing a vibrant scarlet splash on this grey Sunday.
We found some evidence of storm damage from the big storms in October - this tree looked as if it had uprooted in the wind and with a hungry woodburner to feed at home we drooled over the size of those logs.
As for our favourite view looking up the Bybrook Valley? We just caught it before a full cycle of the year and the bleak midwinter returns.
Remember what it looked like earlier in the year...