So, the clocks have gone back and the evenings are starting noticeably earlier every day. And, after a slightly rainy start to the autumn here in Ireland, the sun finally showed his face – fortunately at a time when Explorer Beastie and I were away in the countryside for a couple of days!
The bright sunshine made for some great photos… although the slight nip in the air was a reminder that winter is very much on the way! Care to join us on our stroll?
Oh, but we’ll just have to wait while Explorer Beastie climbs a couple of trees first…
Amazingly, there are still some flowers out brightening up the garden at this time of the year…
…Even if everywhere else is starting to look a little less colourful.
But when the leaves fall, they sometimes reveal hidden treasure among the branches – like this cosy, mossy bird’s nest!
You need to be careful where you perch though… I think you’ve picked up some extra accessories on your hat there, Explorer Beastie!
Further down the lane, we found some natural treats – sloes, blackberries and rosehips!
In fact, the whole hedgerow had become one beautiful natural tapestry, dancing in the sunlight.
But despite the bright sunshine, it was starting to get a little chilly out here! So after a quick pitstop in a sheltered spot…
…It was time to head for home!
How is winter arriving where you are? Or are you somewhere that’s already looking forward to long, lazy summer days? Let us know in the comments!
We’ll be back on Tuesday, when I’m hoping to have a preview of next year’s Beastie Calendar to share with you all! See you then!