Sunday, 1 December 2013

A Sunday river walk and the Amazon voucher winner!

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.

Fortunately not!

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...


  1. I love photos that show the same view at different times of the year. Would like to try that for my blog next year, although we don't have anywhere as high as your lovely valley view

    1. It's been great fun and the blog's a great place to record it. I look forward to a little bit of Suffolk through the seasons next year maybe!

  2. Happy to go on your walk with you again. Taking time to notice the changes makes it that much more interesting. We are a little ahead of you inr fall changes.

    1. It has made us look at things through different eyes. There are various markers we always look out for; the place where son got his welly boot stuck, the chinese lanterns, the pigs, the view but it's always interesting to see new changes each month.

  3. Thank you so much! My brother has moved to the US recently so now I can send him and his new wife a present. The postal charges were too high otherwise!

    1. Great! Thanks for sharing what you plan to do with the vouchers! Lucky brother and wife! x