Leaves Underfoot…

I cannot get enough of autumn. Ever year, it rolls around and I think for a brief second that I’m not done with summer, and then I remember how happy it makes me – the colours of the trees, the feel of a chill in the air, fresh mornings and cold nights, burnt oranges and fiery reds everywhere, pumpkins, bonfires, conkers, long walks and rosy cheeks.

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Being near Westonbirt Arboretum allows us the opportunity to indulge in the autumn colours even more, and I find myself returning again and again during October and November to kick through the leaves and marvel at the fact that sometimes, nature looks most beautiful  when it’s dying. There’s a certain savage beauty to it.

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As always, it’s a perfect thing to do with Munchkin, who loves the opportunity to run unhindered, hiding amongst the leaves, exploring the ‘caves’ created by low hanging branches and collecting leafy souvenirs.

I have also been grateful to have the time to do this with her, as my working weeks seem to be getting busier and busier, I am so lucky that I still have one or two days a week when we can do things just us.

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She’s at an age now, where she is really great company – someone to chat to on a walk, someone to share tea and cake with (her favourite thing), someone to enjoy showing the world to.

Looking back at pictures of how different she was each Autumn has become a happy habit now, and a lovely reminder of the slow and steady turning of the seasons.

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Everything else in our world might be rather uncertain at the moment, but autumn coming after summer is still one of the dead certs. And thank goodness for that.

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The colours should last until early in November, and you can find out more here.

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