Monday, October 31, 2005

An Autumn Scene

Some forest ponies graze by the stream. It was much cooler today as we walked. A reminder that this is the last day of October. We saw plenty of deer again and we enjoyed walking in the woods. Tonight is Halloween and a steady stream of little witches and ghosts have been knocking on the door. The heavy rain of early evening has gone and I guess there will not be too many left over treats.
The dogs willl take a long time to settle with so many knocks on the door and sounds of fireworks. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The day after the clocks went back.

Last night we put the clocks backan hour as we prepare for winter. I would rather we stayed on BST through the winter. I hate it when it starts to get dark early and would rather have darker mornings.
This morning it was raining and John took the dogs for a morning walk, but shortly after lunch the rain cleared and we went for an afternoon walk at Canadian Cross. The paths are very muddy from recent rain. The leaves will soon have fallen from the trees......they seem to have been reluctant to fall this year but all of a sudden down they are coming. As we got towards the end of our walk we met Bob, Gill and Dora so we went round again.
By the time we got back to the carpark we could see the sun setting on the horizon.

Missy is ready to go as we start walking near the Canadian cross. Posted by Picasa

The leaves are falling off the trees now. Posted by Picasa

The paths are becoming muddier. Posted by Picasa

John caught on camera Posted by Picasa

Dora in the stream Posted by Picasa

The last of the sun disappears behind the clouds. Posted by Picasa

At the end of the walk the sun was already setting. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Colour at Exbury

Today we went back to Exbury Gardens to see the autumn colours. When we went in May they gave us free tickets to return in October.We had a lovely walk around the gardens with the dogs.The sun peeped out occasionally.The colours were really beautiful, lots of reds and golds.

Because it is Halloween weekend there were lots of little witches and ghosts running around. The little steam train was taking the children on a Halloween trip around the gardens and we met some strange looking characters along the railway track.

Tonight we put the clocks back an hour so tomorrow it will be getting dark by Five O clock. Posted by Picasa

Walking at Exbury Posted by Picasa

Exbury Posted by Picasa

Coleus leaves in the Rose Garden Posted by Picasa

Leaves Posted by Picasa

Mary and the dogs against a beautiful orange background Posted by Picasa

Missy watches the ducks Posted by Picasa

Reds and Golds Posted by Picasa

Beautiful colours Posted by Picasa

Its halloween Posted by Picasa

A chirpy Robin watches us go by. Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 28, 2005

Autumn leaves are falling

After a few wet and windy days the forest floors are covered in autumn leaves. When the leaves are wet the colours are more intense. The little stream here is called Highland water and now it is flowing well as it fills up for the winter. There were several places where the dogs could swim.
As we walked up the hill away from the river we saw a beautiful herd of fallow deer skipping away in the distance.

The autumn leaves are everywhere. Posted by Picasa

A pony appears from in the bracken Posted by Picasa

Along the bank of the stream at canadian cross Posted by Picasa

Missy on the bank Posted by Picasa

Missy and Dora with the autumn leaves Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Snow Geese on the move!

The Snow Geese on the move!
Originally uploaded by Rick Leche.
I found this picture on Flickr...if you have time click on Rick Leche's name and see some more of his wonderful pictures.

A Golden Autumn day

It is so warm and sunny today. This morning I walked amongst the beech trees at busketts, the leaves are now a beautiful golden colour. Unfortunately I forgot to check the batteries in the camera so I could only take a few pictures.
This afternoon we had a long walk at Slufters Pond. The Heave rain of recent days meant that the water level has risen just enough for Missy to have a swim, but it still has a long way to go before the pond is full again. It was so warm we didn't need our coats and we enjoyed the sun. This weekend we put the clocks back and with darker evenings we will begin to feel that winter is here.

beech leaves by the stream at Busketts Posted by Picasa