Today Eldest and I went for a walk in the late Autumn sunshine. What a gift such a day seems, especially when I would normally be at work and he would be home alone ( no college on Mondays for him)
It was chilly, especially at the waters edge, but the reflections there were gorgeous. There's something special about the light when the sun is so low in the sky in the middle of the day. How I loved the stillness and spotting many of my favourite birds. I was especially happy to get a photo for a Wren (even if it was only a rear view)
We had a simple picnic of homemade cake (tea loaf) and shared some hot chocolate from a flask. I'm all about hot food and hot drinks at this time of year. they really do keep me warm. I loved sitting under the branches of an old oak tree to enjoy our snack, their colour is at it's best right now I think...and the leaves must surely fall very soon.
This is our third visit to the National trust's Calke Abbey...and they have all been in the closed season (no access to the house or gardens) . I must try to remedy that one day. Though to be honest, I'm happiest walking the grounds, and the nearby Staunton Harold reservoir .
The stable block is open year round...and it has excellent toilets, with pretty flowers (or greenery) picked from the gardens. What more could you ask :0)