A Family Walk in Westonbirt
In the run up to my birthday, I always like to get to Westonbirt Arboretum. It is such a beautiful place, but the autumn colours really are spectacular. This particular weekend not only had the promise of some decent weather, but Rich’s parents were also staying with us. The girls were really excited to be able to have their Nana and Grandpa joining us for a walk.
There was still quite a bit of green throughout the Old Arboretum. However, around every corner, there were flashes of red, orange and yellow.
The girls loved showing Nana and Grandpa around the arboretum. They were also pretty useful when it came to measuring the sizes of trees. This one had a circumference of “5 Whitlocks”.
It really was a glorious day. The blue skies really did form the perfect backdrop for the autumn colours.
The masses of reds on the Acer trees were stunning. However, there was something equally beautiful about solitary red leaves, from those desperately hanging on to a branch to those that had recently fallen to the floor. It isn’t just the leaf colours though. Occasionally there would be a blast of orange or red from ripe berries.
Another great thing about having your grandparents around on a woodland walk, is an extra hand when it comes to tree climbing. The girls are always keen to have a go at climbing a tree. They never go particularly high though. This time, however, Emily had Grandpa to help her, whilst Freyja had Daddy.
One of the other highlights of the day for Freyja was managing to collect a handful of conkers. There is a horse chestnut tree on our route to school, but the conkers on it seemed to come and go very quickly, and Freyja was disappointed to have missed them. The first few horse chestnuts we came across were devoid of conkers, so we were expecting to be disappointed once again. I think this expectation to not find any conkers, made it even better when we found some.