Thursday, 18 October 2012

Thorpe Perrow Arboretum

It is that time of year again - Autumn, with all its magnificent colours.   That can only mean one thing for friend W and me - a trip to the Arboretum for a walk round.

Very muddy underfoot as there was a lot of rain last night, but today is lovely with warm sun and only a very light breeze.   Walking round the paths through leaves which last Autumn were crisp and crackly and this Autumn are wet and soggy, we were able to soak up the lovely fungi, the beautiful colours of the acer trees and the berries here and there.

They always try to attract children for Hallowe'en and lay down a trail.   We followed parts of it and I must say it was quite scary but then, that is what children like - to be scared out of their wits when they know it is only 'pretend'.  The photograph is of a witch in the bog garden hauling a dead body out of the mud.  One the other side of the path there was a witch barbecuing feet and hands!

And after the walk round (with dog, Sophie) we had bowls of minted pea and ham soup in the cafe - the icing on the cake, so to speak.

The farmer is off to the physiotherapist as I write for a bit of manipulation on his shoulders - he will continue to heave great bales of straw around so of course his shoulders continue to give him trouble.   But then, what is a farmer to do?


Heather said...

Hope the farmer will soon be more comfortable.
Wonderful photos from your visit to Thorpe Perrow - we live not far from Westonbirt which is another beautiful arboretum with many lovely acers.
We drove through part of the Forest of Dean today and were lucky enough to see a deer run across the road right in front of us. I can no longer say I never see any deer!

angryparsnip said...

Beautiful !
I always look forward to these walks around the Arboretum.
Your photos are so lovely I can feel the air and the wonderful smells of Fall.

cheers, parsnip

George said...

Sounds like a nice little field trip, Pat. I don't know whether those are mushrooms or some sort of fungus growing on the tree, but until I enlarged the photo, I thought it was a magnificent cluster of butterflies.

Arija said...

Hallo Pat, it has been a long time between drinks but I do hope I will again be around at least half time.
Love the arboretum and witch. A little gruesomeness is certainly fun for children.

Sorry to hear of the farmer's sore shoulders. You are so right, it goes with the territory. Hope the physio helps.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Would that it were butterflies George - I don't think we get those in the UK. Thanks to everyone for visiting.