Autumn what does it mean to you? As I get older I am beginning to appreciate it's beauty and bounty rather than seeing it as the start of dark and cold days.
We recently revisited Mottisfont, this time with my brother and his dog Emma. Mottisfont is a National Trust property and is well known for it's famous rose garden. Although dogs are not allowed in the walled garden there are still lovely walks within the grounds.
The water in the Test river is just so clear. This is a photograph of the weed and as we wandered along the riverbank we saw many trout swimming by.
There were still some roses in bloom and we couldn't resist taking it in turns to hold the dogs and have a look at the flowers in the walled garden and look in the potting shed......
The following day at Bridport Farmer's market I saw this fantastic display from The Flowerfield, there was just no way I couldn't come away without a bunch. Freda recently noticed that strangers smiled at her more when she had a bunch of flowers in her hands. It worked for me too!
On our journey to Bristol to see our son and his girlfriend, driving through the Somerset countryside, we passed orchards with trees heavily laden with apples. On our return we revisited East Lambrook Manor gardens to find out the name of the plant we had previously admired. (The plant was ozothamnus rosmarinfolius 'Silver Jubilee' The gardens here were also full of autumn fruit and colour.
And when the autumn sun appears we are making the most of it, by being outside in the garden or walking in the countryside or by the sea.
Finding fungus in the fields
Enjoying the still green rolling countryside and the views.......
and then down to a calm sea ....
and taking a last view of the beach huts that will soon be disappearing until next summer.
What are you doing to make the most of the season?