Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy is an artist who has been working with land based, site specific works in natural and urban areas.  He has created some really lovely works using leaves in woodland settings, collecting leaves of similar colours and placing them together to highlight and accent certain features of the landscape around him.  Two of my favorite images are shown below

(images from google image search)

I really love the yellow leaves placed around the base of the tree, there is something magical in this, like the ground where it meets the tree is alive and glowing.  And the leaves placed so precisely in the water make for a very striking image.

If you are out in the woods with children, you could collect leaves and other items from the ground and create patterns with them, leaving them behind for others to find.

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Walks In Pictures

I don’t have any pictures for you for this month as the weather has been really bad and I haven’t wanted to take my camera out with me – that and it has still been dark when I’m heading out with Roxy in the evenings so finding things to take photos of has been a bit difficult.  The good news though is that it is getting lighter and lighter of an evening and soon, by the time I am home from work and heading out for my evening walks it will be lighter and more suitable to take photos!

This month I am going to share with you some of my favorite images that I took from last years walks just as a look back and remember what I have seen….

Things to Look for on Your Walks

This is another series I am hoping to make a regular feature on my blog.  In this series I will be letting you know of things to keep an eye out for when you are out and about!

I’m sure you will have seen my photos of mushrooms that I have found on my walks and Im pleased to say that the mushroom season seems to be continuing.  I have lost count

ount of different types of mushroom or fungi that I have seen on my walks but its a lot!  I think that the mushroom season is continuing thanks to the warm, damp weather we have been experiencing and from the weather forecasts, though the temperature is starting to drop, in terms of temperature, its still warm for mushrooms to thrive.  The appearance of mist in the mornings has also helped by keeping the ground moist and damp, perfect for a mushroom to form.

The leaves on the trees are continuously changing color and falling at this time of the year, and they are all different shapes, sizes and tones.  Why not keep an eye out for both the biggest and smallest leaves?

Other things to look out for are seeds and nuts falling from trees, from hazelnuts and beech seeds to conkers and helicopter seeds (from the maple tree family!)  I have already found a sizeable collection of conkers and have placed them around my home – apparently they keep spiders away!

Here are some photos I took of things I have found this month on my walks!

And now for yesterdays stats…how did I do?

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I didn’t do too bad for a Saturday!

Today is my Birthday and each year we go somewhere for it.  This year I chose to go to Westonbirt Arboretum with my partner, best friend and her son which we visited yesterday.

Westonbirt Arboretum is located near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, which is about a 45 minute drive from where I live and costs £9 per adult and £6 per child for autumn admittance.  (It is worth checking their website for the correct pricing before you visit as prices vary depending on the season.)

We got to the Arboretum around 10:30am and the car park was already filling up, it was fairly busy at the entrance however the crowds dissipated as you walked further around.  We chose to go on the Tree Top walk in the newer “Silk Wood” part of the Arboretum.  This walk has lots to look at and see and several interactive educational sections along the way, a “crows nest” in one of the trees which you can go up for a better view and interactive look outs for children to use.  Just off the Tree Top walk was a wood carving of dogs and I fully expected to see more carvings and “arts and crafts” things dotted around – I didn’t which was a slight disappointment, but what I did see fully made up for that!  There was a place for you to attempt to build a den where the Forestry Commission had left cut branches out for the activity which we tried.  And the trees, well, the pictures should do the talking from here….

If you want to find out more about Westonbirt Arboretum then visit their page!

So, what a fantastic pace to visit and get some steps in…Did I manage to hit my 10,000 step target on this visit?

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Of course!  I was exploring and having an amazing time which made it a breeze to hit my step target!