A perfect autumn day for a visit to an arboretum.
Thorp Perrow Arboretum was a popular destination for many people yesterday. A father kindly moved his pushchair so that this view was unobstructed -
The leaf colours glowed in the sunshine.
There were plenty of places to sit and admire the colours.
The light through the trees was magic; piles of dry leaves positively insisted we kick them up; berries and other stranger fruit were attracting much insect attention; there were fungi to see as well as next year's buds already waiting for the longer days to return; the lake had a swan and at least one 2-foot trout - perhaps the metal heron in the shallows kept the real ones away.
One area is devoted to trees with interesting bark. This is a plane tree (requested a few days ago) -
And DH's favourite Acer Griseum -
There was a Hallowe'en Trail, ghouls, ghosts, witches, skeletons, and this chap in the lake -
The tea room provided us with coffee and lunch. As we returned to the car, we spotted something different -
A 1929 REO (American?); the sign in the window asked that the vehicle be treated like somebody else's wife - look but don't touch.
Back home for tea and cake - a brilliant day out.