Thursday, 24 October 2013

Autumnal Splendour at Westonbirt

Up this morning to see dawn breaking over the mist in the valley at the front of the house…
… and also at the back. 
The sky was tinged all around. 
Went out and did some chores before heading off for Westonbirt - saw their new visitor centre taking shape on the way in to park.
Lots of people about, but the place is large enough to absorb them and to display the beauty of the autumn colours. Most of these pictures need no commentary…

This tree drew a lot of attention from men with big camera lenses - I made do with my little iPhone…
 Fungi abounded

 Great patterns on the forest floor.
Lovely combinations of shapes and colours. 

More fungi. 

The 2000 year old lime was coppiced recently and this structure was constructed with the trunks.
To put it into scale, the green shoots shown here are growing from the stumps of the coppiced tree. 
More unusual fungi. 
 What fevered imagination dreamed up this child's toy?
 The same car sported this sticker…
 Westonbirt was very busy.
Came home via coffee and cake in Marshfield. Saw this big miltary transport plane from our back window as we came into the house.
This day last year, I admired the bark on our silver birch at the bottom of the garden.
When We Were Young(er), we spent three weeks in 1990 camping on Greek beaches with only a child's tent for shelter. Su managed to maintain her standards despite the challenges.
Su's news story of the day (BBC website - click on the title for the full story):

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