I had a lie-in yesterday. I'm usually an early riser but I've been waking in the night just recently with a bad back which is very tiring. Couple this with the darker mornings that autumn brings, I woke rather late, but decided to stay put and read my book for a while. Heavy rain was forecast for the whole day but, even though I'd heard the rain hammering against the window when I was awake in the early hours, it had stopped when I finally got out of bed. Not wanting to waste any bit of dry weather, we put Archie's lead on him and headed off to Lotherton.
There's no denying now that we're well and truly in to autumn. Leaves are turning colour and dropping from the trees and so is their bounty. We passed quite a few children collecting conkers, but there's plenty for everyone at Lotherton. The squirrels will be very happy too as there were lots of acorns underneath the oak trees.
We followed Archie's preferred walk, into the woods. Actually, you wouldn't know it was autumn looking at the trees here, still plenty of green around.
Usually, we turn around and retrace our steps through the woods because dogs can run free, off their leads here. Yesterday though, we decided to have a walk through the formal gardens. Archie was a bit put out having to go back on his lead but he did get to have another run before we headed for home.
I loved these little ferns growing out of an old wall.
There's still quite a bit of colour around, you don't have to look far.
They say that an abundance of berries is supposed to herald a harsh winter. Well, I think we should get our hats, scarves and gloves at the ready as there's lots of berries around at the moment.
We brought these little treasures home with us. Spider deterrents. Well, they're supposed to stop spiders from coming into the house if you lay them around doors and window frames but I'm not convinced they work. I still lay a few out each year though.
I'm so pleased that we got out when we did because the heavens opened when we got back into the car. It did stop again a while later only for the forecast rain to materialise later on in the day and it's here today too. I think we're going to have to get used to this soggy weather for a while now.