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.

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….

Lunchtime Walks

As you probably know by now, I am becoming a big fan of walking at lunch time to get my step count up, energize me for the afternoons work load, lift the fug that has descended and calm my mood.  Today I am going to share some photos from my walk around where I work.  I’m lucky to work in such a lovely place with lots of grass land and trees which make me feel like I have escaped for half an hour each day but I think regardless of where I work I would go for a walk around the area anyhow, even 5 minutes of walking has an impact on your mood, energy levels and can aid concentration.  Here are some photos of the walks I take at lunchtime.

Do you go out walking at lunchtimes, where do you go?

And now, yesterdays stats…Did I hit 10,000 steps?

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I didn’t 😦  I was not very well after my flu jab on friday so had a day off.

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!

Things I Have Found On My Walks

Today I am going to share with you some images of things I have found on my walks in the last month (14th Sept – 13th Oct) as I am often finding interesting things on my walks which don’t seem to fit anywhere in this blog but that I would like to share with you.  So, here is the first installment of “Things I Have Found on My Walks”.  All images have been taken by myself on my iPhone (unless otherwise stated.)

I found lots and lots of different types of mushrooms this month, the climate – warm and damp, has helped enable the growth of them!  Conkers are in season now and I have found so many on my walks, apparently they are good for placing in the home to keep spiders away.  Lots of autumn leaves, as the season is changing the leaves on the trees are starting to change color and drift down to the ground. The tree bark, branches and roots were really interesting, the tree branches are all entwined and the bark and roots add texture to my walks.  And my favorite find – the really long pine cone, there were lots of them under one of the trees in work!

And now…did I hit my target 10,000 steps yesterday?

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I didn’t.  But I’m not too disappointed, I went to see my parents in the evening which was really nice.