The trees were in full autumn splendour.
I was surprised that at the end of half term there were so many conkers on the ground. There were dozens of them and lots of very busy squirrels who would sit most photogenically right up until the moment I was ready to press the shutter and then they were off before you could say, "bushy tails!"
This majestic fellow was very busy searching for his tea and reminded me of Kenneth Grahame's Ducks' Ditty.
All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling.
Up tails all!
Ducks' tails, drakes' tails,
Yellow feet a-quiver,
Yellow bills all out of sight
Busy in the river!
Thinking of 'The Wind in the Willows', is anyone else following the adventures of Mole, Toad and Ratty on their Grand Tour? Well it all started with a great idea by Pom Pom, and if you want to know more then check it out here.
The boats were not being used today although I would have enjoyed a leisurely trip down the river. Just as we were about to leave at 4 o'clock, the sun suddenly burst through under the low clouds. You can just see in the photo that the street lamps were on and twinkly strings of lights were lit but the sun outshone them all. It was good to have that extra hour today from the clocks going back but it was dark by the time we got home and that is the bit I don't enjoy.