The weather has changed this week, gone are the mild November days. We're coming towards the end of autumn now, winter will soon be taking over and the temperature has dropped accordingly. I really didn't fancy donning my coat and shoes on Monday, the first day we really noticed the colder weather, but I'm glad I did as it was beautiful once I was out there.
It really wasn't as bad as I'd feared it was going to be when we were walking in the sunshine, the golden glow lit up all the scrunchy leaves on the floor. Archie had great fun running through them making a noise and kicking them up with his back legs.
Some trees are still holding on to a few of their leaves but others are now completely bare. They seem to change day by day at this time of year when one blustery day can make all the difference.
We haven't had very much rain at all just lately so the fallen leaves are still crisp underfoot, much to Archie's delight. I'm with him on this one, I really don't like it when I'm walking in mud and squelchy leaves.
I haven't seen many holly berries this year, I've passed great swathes of holly with just a few berries dispersed here and there. I wonder if the birds have been busy filling up before winter sets in or if the plants just haven't produced many.
No berries at all on this variegated holly.
There's still pops of colour about if you look carefully.
Even the dying plant material produces such wonderful colours before they eventually die off and fall to the ground, though I fear we're coming to the end now.
The apple trees have lost their leaves but they're still hanging on to the unwanted apples.
I find it hard to motivate myself to get outdoors for a walk the minute the season looks to be changing to winter, I hate the cold weather, but I'm so glad when I make the effort. I soon warm up when I'm walking and the beauty of nature really does lift my mood.