Gosh it was cold this morning! We've had mild weather for so long that it is going to take a while to acclimatise to the cooler weather. My winter coat had been washed and dried in readiness and was definitely needed this morning along with gloves, boots and hat too.
We took our usual lakeside walk at Trentham Gardens
The lake was dark and still and in small patches was frozen over.
We spotted a wagtail out on the lake walking on the ice.
There were many swans on the lake and it is always a pleasure to see them
This chaffinch sang to us as we wandered by
As well as many white swans there is a pair of black ones too. I waited ages for them to get close enough to take a photo and just at the last minute one of them plunged its head under water. Typical!
It was lovely walking by the lake and under the gradually baring autumnal trees. Tramping through the shed leaves and kicking them up as we waded through. There were many people out and about walking dogs, walking in small groups. Sporting colourful bobble hats and padded, quilted coats of many colours.
The fungi under the trees and in the dark and damp recesses of dead and decaying branches was more abundant than I have seen it for many years.
It took a while to spot the heron, keeping still and silent by the water's edge. He or she was quite content for us to take photos as long as we didn't venture too close.
Close by the heron at the base of a tree yet more fungi
and hidden under the fallen, decaying leaves a Fly Agaric once you see its bright colour you wonder how it was so hard to spot.
It has been a wonderful autumn this year and even in the colder weather it still delights.
We woke up to a frost this morning, the roofs of sheds and tops of fences along the street where white and the cat from next door but two walked gingerly along the fence towards his home. We also woke up to a pink sky 'Red sky in the morning, Shepherds' warning' is how the saying from my childhood goes and sure enough local news has just given out a warning of snow for later today and overnight. How things have changed in just one week!