Outdoor Discoveries

It's amazing how things develop. After all, this blog started out as a news section for the rest of the website. With encouragement from readers, it has become a place for relating my countryside wanderings and musings about the world of outdoor activity. Walking, cycling and photography all are part of what I do out-of-doors and, hopefully, they will continue to inspire me to keep adding entries on here. Of course, there needs to be something of interest to you, dear reader, too and I hope that's the case. Thanks for coming.

October, a month that is not without its delights

31st October 2008

I may have not got out for a longer outing but this October has had its appealing moments. True, the deluge that derailed the OMM in Cumbria and caused the ensuing manufactured controversy may be what some remember but there where there was a lot of sun about too. In fact, while rain blighted other parts such as Scotland (various stories from those following the West Highland Way come to mind here), we in Cheshire do not seem to have done as badly at all, even with all of the rain that we did get. Of course, we are in the midst of a cold snap (if my memory doesn’t fail me, there’s always one around this time to bring us down to earth ahead of the winter) but that is having its pleasures too so long as we remain wrapped up. We may have no snow but, whenever the sun is released by the clouds, lively appearances are assured by the light that is unleashed. Today was very much a case in point even if great banks of cloud would have allowed those failing to get out a modicum of reassurance.

However, the weather does seem to have been better during the week than at the weekends, something that conspired along with my tiredness after a working week to keep me at home in place of a longer session spent sampling the outdoors. These days though, I have been getting in short lunchtime walks through some nearby woods and pastures so the autumnal colours have not passed me by; that extra exercise is a bonus too. If anything, visiting woodland as regularly as I have been doing has meant that the oranges, auburns, russets, reds and yellows have been impressed on my memory rather more than otherwise might have been the case. Having had a wet summer, it would be delusional for anyone to expect a display of the calibre of that which greets visitors to New England at this point in the year but there are plenty of delightful sights to savour nonetheless. It’s all balm to anyone being put out by the shortening of days and drops in temperature and just goes to show that there’s something to enjoy at any time of year, even those that are not as celebrated.

Autumn colour, Nether Alderley, Cheshire, England

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