A different autumn walk at Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt Arboretum is one of my favourite places to be. Regular readers of my blog will see that it features frequently in my posts. I always think it is best around my birthday, so it has become a bit of a tradition to visit around my birthday. This year my birthday fell on one of my days off from work. Brilliant! I could go when it was quieter AND without the girls because they would be at school. Obviously I do love going with the girls, but going without them means I can go into the Silk Wood. This is usually a complete no-no for us, as this it the part of the arboretum where dogs are allowed, and the girls are too scared of them to cope with a walk around here. This part of the arboretum is home to their Japanese Maple collection, so it is THE place to visit during the autumn.
Rich still had some holiday to take, so we went together. It promised to be a wonderful day. We could spend some time together, just the two of us, in some beautiful surroundings.
The weather hadn’t been great, but on my birthday, it was dry. It was a very different day to my normal birthday visits to the arboretum. It was damp and misty. There were no bright blue skies to contrast with the autumnal reds, oranges and yellows. And the lack of sun, didn’t show off the colours in the full glory.
However, there was a different kind of beauty in this visit. Dew droplets shone like jewels on branches and in spider webs.
The muted colours still contrasted with the remaining greens.
And of course, there is more than just plant life to enjoy at this time of year – fungi and lichens are often forgotten, can be just as fascinating.
Although I was initially a little disappointed that it wasn’t a bright, sunny day, there was a very different sort of beauty. Definitely worth visiting, and, for me, the perfect way to celebrate my birthday.