That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away…
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
Sonnet 73

We may be surrounded by trees, but nothing gives greater pleasure than a walk at Culzean (pronounced Cullane) Country Park. It was busy with many visitors causing my OH to remark that in the past we could have walked around the park and met very few people. Many of the great beeches that lined the roads have been felled to make way for new plantings as the estate continues to make improvement. We always head off into the woods, hoping to stumble upon the ‘Cat Gates’ and the beech avenue. We found them devoid of ivy and looking every bit as regal as usual, the scrubby undergrowth cleared from the surroundings but somehow losing something of their charm also.

October, flutters away with the falling leaves as November carpets the ground in a riot of autumn colours; the fungi wreath decaying branches. Fairy rings inscribed in the mossy ground. Curious Goldfinch settle on the nearby tree to observe the humans encroaching on their territory. Blackbird startles, the coal tits and chaffinch forage at the leaf axils for insects. A whistle calls a roving dog to heel and from the woods peels of laughter ring through the trees; a family enjoying the woodlands. Seems everyone is out enjoying a walk in the woods, watching the colours change and fall before winter consumes all…

Thanks for stopping by today – enjoy the changing season and a new month!

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