We woke to a frost on Monday. The weather has got much cooler over the last week or so, though I'm not complaining when I see that my Canadian friends and some of my American friends too have snow now. It may be cold but a bright sunny crisp autumn day is preferable to a dull soggy one so as soon as I saw the sun shining, and with my back feeling a little better than it had last week, we decided on a short walk at Lotherton.
There's a marked difference now to how everything looked the last time I was there. Many trees are devoid of their leaves and there's no doubt in my mind that winter has just about arrived.
The woods look rather bright with few leaves to block out the light. It's a totally different outlook to that we see during the summer months.
Although Wildlife World is closed at present because of lockdown, the woods take us round the back of the pens and we can catch glimpses of various birds. The emus were quite inquisitive on Monday.
Our walk takes us through parts of the wood which looks stunning with all the vibrant leaf litter beneath the unclothed trees.
Archie managed to find the soggiest leaves in the woods, though it isn't as muddy at the moment as it has been.
There aren't many berries on the holly bushes we saw. Perhaps the birds have had their fill already.
Where there's holly there must be ivy, and here it is creeping up this tree.
Although my back was hurting as I walked, it wasn't as bad as it was last week and it's continued to improve throughout the week so I'm hoping it's on the mend again.