Saturday, 6 October 2012

Autumn is here.

Today has so far been a perfect autumn morning. After all the grey rainy weather of last week it's turned sunny and I got to enjoy the beginning of the autumnal woods.  It's starting to smell like mushrooms and the chestnuts are already starting to fall, although the contents are nowhere near big enough to eat yet.
It's also a pleasure watching the woodland grow and change.  The area has been coppiced this summer, and although it seems really harsh to cut down such a large amount of trees in one place, you can see that after a few months the chestnut retaliates by growing as many shoots as it can in the next few months before winter.  The first picture is of trees at one end of the area that were cut a few months ago, and the second lot were a few months before that.  They grow blooming fast!
Now I'm sitting down with a lovely cuppa listening to the neighbours' kids playing in the cul-de-sac. mmmmm.