Sunday, 11 October 2020

Autumn is here

My regular walks have petered out a little, the arrival of a new kitten is very distracting, and makes staying in the house in the evenings much more attractive, and in addition, the nights are drawing in,and there has been a lot of rain, both of which also reduce the opportunities for pleasant walks! 

photo of a grass field with trees and bushes to both sides and in the distance, all under a blue sky with a few small clouds

However, when I get the chance I am still going out. During the week, when it doesn't rain I often take the opportunity to go for a short walk near the office,


photo shows a sun-lit path under green trees. The path is pale coloured sand or gravel, with dappled sunlight and shadows from the trees

There is a community park, which has some scrubland and open space, and various footpaths, so I can take half an hour of my lunch break and get some fresh air, and sometimes sunshine.

photo shows a small toadstool with a white stem, and a red cap with white spots (Fly Agaraic) against a background of bright green moss

I have been spotting different types of mushroom and toadstool, some more dramatic looking than others, and have come across some unexpected sculptures, too (unexcepted not least as this one is off the path and not visible from it, I only found it because I turned up a little muddy gap between trees to get off the path as there were some other people coming and it isn't very wide. Perhaps it is more visible from the path in winter, when the foliage dies back.

Monochrome photo of a  sculpture of a man riding a bicycle. The sculpture is flat, cut from sheet metal, and stands in front of trees and bushes

This Saturday morning, I woke up rather earlier than I consider reasonable for a weekend, and found that there was a rather nice sunrise and a beautiful bright, crisp morning, and contemplated going out for an early(ish) morning walk. However, by the time I had washed my face and cleaned my teeth the sun had gone in, so I went back to bed with a book and a couple of cats for a bit, then went for the walk after breakfast instead.

It was still a nice day. For the first half of my walk the sky remained grey and overcast, and it was definitely chilly,  but enjoyable - there was still heavy dew on the grass, and lots of mud.

photo shows a single brown oak leaf, lying on grass. There are several large drops of water on the leaf

There were also some lovely autumn colours - yellow gorse flowers, and bright red hipsand haws.

photo shows gorse bush with bright yellow flowers, againt a background of bramble bushes with dark green leaves

As I continued, the sun came out, so the second half of my walk was made in bright sunshine, under a brilliant blue sky. 

It wasn't the right time of day for foxes or badgers or deer, but I did see lots of birds, and several cheeky squirrels.

And the sun was still out when I got back home, so I was able to put some washing on the line, and to let Vashti explore the garden a bit. 

Photo shows two black and white cats on a paved path. The larger cat, on the left, is walking away from the photographer, the smaller cat is facing away but slightly turned, so her left side can be seen.

Loki came out too, whether for company, or in a purely supervisory capacity,I am unsure. I don't think Vashti approves of wet grass, although she does enjoy visiting the Outdoors, at least for short periods. I weighed her today and she is now 2.1kg so she should be able to have her op soon - the vets will put her microchip in at the same time, and I shall then be able to start teaching her the Way of The Cat-Flap. 

Two balck and white carts, smaller on the left, facing each other. The smaller cat is on a paved path, the larger standing on grass

The afternoon turned pretty grey, but it was a beautiful morning. 

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