A lovely walk this morning on a new route for us. Dogs so excited about new paths to explore that even the oldest one is dashing around with the youngsters, ahead of us, instead of bringing up the rear. It was a bit grey to begin with but the sun began to break through the clouds and the day had really brightened up by the time we were home again. The route wasn’t all as level as it looks on this bit of the track and we climbed up and down quite steeply at times. Feeling remarkably fit at the moment but the knees were complaining coming down the very steep part of the route!
There were lots of fungi, of all shapes, colours and sizes, but with only my ‘every day’ camera with me the scope for photography was limited. These large red ones attracted the dogs and us and there is are an amazing amount of things on this little “Autumn landscape”. The bracken is turning the most wonderful variation of colours and it was magical in the sunlight as the birch leaves ‘rained’ down on us in the gentle wind. Lots of beech mast on the ground and acorns too. So many sweet chestnut trees in this area, with their fruit yet to fall. We can’t remember when we saw so many of these trees anywhere. There are some massive ones, obviously very old, even lining the roadside in places. The area has such a wide variation of woodland types that it gives walking an extra pleasure not to be amongst conifers all the time.