Thursday, 14 October 2010

Autumn colour at Thorpe Perrow.

Today a friend and I have walked round Thorpe Perrow Arboretum near Bedale. It is only a short drive from here and each time we go it gets better.

It covers 85 acres and has some of the largest and most spectacular trees in the country and the National collections of walnut, ash, lime, laburnum and cotinus. It is the home of Sir John and Lady Ropner, who live in a magnificent house at the centre of the arboretum, overlooking the lake.

After our walk we went into the cafe and had a bowl of ham, savoy cabbage and puy lentil soup with a roll each - that was delicious and two hours walking round had made us quite hungry. On the way out I bought some dwarf wallflowers, came home and put them into tubs straight away, along with some daffodil bulbs that have been in a bucket and have been shouting to be planted for the last month. Altogether a satisfying day.

The autumn colours were beautiful and there were so many different fungi. There os a fungus foray at the weekend and they will certainly have plenty to choose from.
Rather than try to describe what we saw I am putting on twelve photographs - hope you enjoy them. I am sure they will benefit from being enlarged.

## I love the way they discourage people from swimming in the lake - the crocodile
is most realistic!


The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I love the color! Just beautiful! And the cluster of mushrooms is a great shot:)

Mary Elizabeth said...

Beautiful pictures!
This is my favorite time of year, all the trees are changing, and the weather is beautiful here.
But I'm not anticipating the awful Chicago winter to come!!


Heather said...

Wonderful photos Pat - the lovely colours of the leaves in your new header are stunning. We are not far from Westonbirt Arboretum and don't go nearly often enough. The Acer Glade is spectacular at this time of year and I once took a whole 36 reel of photos there! Thankyou for allowing us to accompany you.

Rare Lesser Spotted said...

Fantastic pictures, good enough to adorn any publication... autumn is a favourite time of year for me. Thanks for sharing these.

Gerry Snape said...

wonderfiul photos ...We had fly agaric last year but none this...yet the field is coming down with all kinds of other fungi. What a year!

angryparsnip said...

Wonderful wonderful Fall pictures !
Thank You for taken us along with you on your walk !
Don't you just adore digital cameras that let you download photos right away so everyone can enjoy them !

cheers, parsnip

Reader Wil said...

The colours are fabulous! I love these red and orange leaves. It certainly looks a very beautiful park. When I saw the croc warning I first thought you were in Australia!!

Derrick said...

Wonderful sycamore leaves, Weaver and much else besides!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Lovely Weaver, an arboreal autumnal extravaganza! Thought the croc was an empty whiskey bottle. Mind you I see them everywhere.

Elizabeth said...

Loved your fall walk through the arboretum.
Your new header is splendid.
Miss your post yesterday so read it today.

Quite agree that the media is (cliche-alert) a two edged sword.
So much we need to know as per THE TIMES
and so much exploitive stuff
and celebri-gossip.
However, the internet has allowed us to find our peers
and we can blog amongst like-minded chums.
Blogs are pretty good for niche interests like books and gardening.......
I have met some very lovely people though the blogosphere.

Shirley said...

Great post today! Autumn looks beautiful there and I love the "crocodile" in the lake!

Kayla coo said...

How I love the Autumn trees,beautiful photo's.
M x

steven said...

weaver - such beautiful english autumn pictures. oak leaves!!! steven

Cloudia said...

You have brought me the only joys that Hawaii lacks: Autumn sights & smells :)

Warm Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Dave King said...

Superb. Just simply superb.

Poet in Residence said...

If I was a heron I wouldn't go near that crocodile infested lake.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you for the comments. The autumn colours are better this year than they have been for some time. I have never seen so many berries on the hawthorn and on the holly. Yesterday the fieldfares arrived - the redwings have been here a few days - soon all those berries will have gone.

jeannette said...

Wow, great pics! -this is the first time I actually see a photo of the red mushroom with the white dots on it (interesting, because that one is always depicted in children's stories!)

Golden West said...

One of your best batches of pictures ever, Weaver - thanks for sharing!