Richard asked me if I’d like to accompany him to the post-box down the lane. He had a birthday card to post to his brother and also a notice to put on the village notice-board. The weather was fine, though cloudy and we hadn’t walked anywhere together for a few weeks. I quickly put on my coat and walking shoes and we set off.
The hedge on the opposite side of the lane was pale green and orange.
The hedges still had a few leaves left on them. This is a Field Maple (Acer campestre) hedge. Not in focus, but I liked the colours.
A gap in the hedge further along the lane gave us a sight of the tower belonging to All Saints church. It is surrounded by trees, most of which have lost their leaves now. The field has been sown with barley or wheat which has germinated and will continue to grow on milder days all through the winter.
All Saints church in the distance
Some of the more sheltered Field Maple trees still had leaves.
This fine-looking old house near us has been empty for some time.
Richard proudly demonstrates his posting technique!
We met a neighbour and chatted with her for some time. I admired the fine cherry tree in her front garden.
Our neighbour’s beautiful cherry tree.
We walked on to the notice-board and then decided to continue down the lane.
A row of Italian Alders (Alnus cordata) were planted some years ago as a wind-break along the edge of a field. The cones are much larger than our native Alder cones.
Italian Alder cones
Our local stream, The Beck, has been dry for months. We have not had enough rainfall this year.
Another pretty hedge
The Guelder-rose trees (Viburnum opulus) have been beautiful this autumn! I have never seen so much viburnum fruit before!
Here is another Guelder-rose.
This is a Spindle tree (Euonymus europaeus) in the hedgerow
Here is the pretty pink and orange spindle fruit
This is a picture of the lane along which we walked
There were a few sloes left on the Blackthorns (Prunus spinosa)
A few Common Hawthorn berries (haws) too (Crataegus monogyna)
A view over the hedge to the fields beyond. The skies were clearing.
This tree-trunk was covered with Ivy stems (Hedera helix). It attaches itself to trees, fences and walls by short roots and can completely cover tall trees. A Dog Rose (Rosa canina) stem hung in front of the tree.
Bird’s nests are easier to see now that the leaves are falling from the trees
Puddles were full of leaves and reflections
We walked through St Margaret South Elmham churchyard and Richard sat for a while to rest his back.
A late rose was blooming
The Holly (Ilex aquifolium) had a few berries on it
Our Blackberries (Bramble) (Rubus fruticosus agg.) were very poor this year because of the low rainfall. Even the mice and birds didn’t chose to eat these ones which have been left to shrivel on the vine.
I am not sure whether these fruits are Blackthorn or Bullace (a type of wild plum).
Sheep were being grazed on the common at the end of our lane
This sheep was happy to stop and stare
We soon arrived back home, having been away a lot longer than we had originally intended.
This was a walk we took a fortnight ago and after a couple of frosts and some strong wind last night most of the remaining leaves have fallen from the trees. The countryside looks ready for winter now.
My music choice today is ‘Somewhere in my Heart’ by Aztec Camera. There is no special reason for my choice except I like it and am amazed it is thirty years old!
Thanks for visiting!