Sometimes I have a post all mapped out in my head but it doesn’t materialise because I haven’t downloaded the photos or because I am just too busy with other things. This week I am trying to catch up with myself.
I wanted to write about how late autumn was this year and how topsy turvy things have been. I had several of my late winter flowering plants that flowered in October. This photo is of some that I picked.
Forsythia and winter flowering jasmine in October!
To make sure I really enjoyed the autumn a good friend and I decided to go ‘away’ for the weekend. I don’t do this often because I am usually with the children. They were off sailing with their father for the weekend so I was FREE. We decided late on Friday night where we would go that was cheap and rural and happened through the magic of the internet. on the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire. What and amazing place. I had been there many years ago but it has really changed. They have 50 acres of grounds and some basic, cheap and really pleasant accomodation as well as a wonderful cafe.
We arrived at lunchtime having stopped briefly for tea from a flask at Oakham Common and interesting plantation that has a special beauty in the autumn
We had lunch in the cafe at the Sustainability Centre (near East Meon) and then went walking in the grounds and further afield. In the warmer months they have tipi’s and a yurt that guests can stay in.
Autumn at the Sustainability Centre
The Centre also runs bushcraft weekends where you build and stay in your own shelter.
As we walked down a country track we came across a field full of cars and the sky full of paragliders. We went back the next morning as it had been too dark to photograph them and there were far fewer people but I could really see why they do it.
Paragliding above the Hampshire Countryside
We left the Centre on Sunday afternoon feeling like we had been away for ages and decided to go down to the sea. Someone at the Centre recommended going to Bosham which it a very old town near Chichester where several roads flood with the tide. Ironically we had afternoon tea/picnic overlooking a sailing competition. Sailing has been a theme of my summer since the children decided to enter competitions all over S.E. England over the summer and autumn. I enjoy it but it’s nice to do something for me.
The edge of Bosham and its' much photographed swans.