I'm always happy to get out and about when the sun's shining, not so much so on dreary days like we've been having just lately. I decided that I just had to bite the bullet and make an effort, especially as Archie was starting to feel badly done to as he hasn't been having many interesting walks, so we spent a little time at Temple Newsam yesterday.
I don't think I'm the only one who feels this way as there weren't many people about, I think they must have been hunkering down at home rather than taking a stroll around the grounds.
I think the weather affects my moods to some extent. I don't have full blown seasonal affective disorder (SAD) but I'm certainly much happier in the summer months. I could happily hibernate during winter and only resurface in the spring. I hate cold weather too.
Getting out does improve my mood though, I'm always glad when I've made the effort. I think having a dog gives me the motivation sometimes, I know how much he enjoys a good walk so it makes me get out there, I don't think I'd bother so much if he wasn't here.
There wasn't much colour about at all, so different to how this place looks in summer. It was a still day too, there wasn't any movement on the lake apart from when the ducks were swimming by.
The willow trees looked rather sad without their leaves, they're absolute beauties in summer. It's nice that there's so many evergreens planted though, at least there's still plenty of greenery around.
Archie came home happy and contented after his walk and I felt much better too.