I took a short stroll just me and myself on Sunday morning, to enjoy the simple pleasure of walking and breathing in some damp woodland air.
I've lived here for seven years now, and still find it hard to believe that I can take this walk whenever I fancy it. I feel so lucky when I remember this fact.
It only takes ten minutes to reach the woodland from my door. Along the road, up the hill, past the chickens, along the lane, then down round the corner and I am there.
I walk slowly, ambling, gently scuffing my boots in drifts of leaves, looking out for patches of glorious Autumn colour to feed my soul.
And then through the wooden gate and into the woodland, the familiar scent of damp earth and leaves, the beautiful shafts of soft golden sunlight filtering through the trees.
Not many leaves left now, they are nearly all on the ground. But it means that the daylight shines through the canopy and the blue sky overhead looks wonderful.
I am not alone in the woodland, there are plenty of people (and dogs) doing the the exact same thing as me and enjoying a Sunday morning stroll. And yet it is still incredibly peaceful, still and quiet.
I linger a while beside the pond, drinking in the reflections and briefly wondering what the rest of the clan is up to back at home. I wish for just a very, very, very short while that they were with me, but truthfully I am enjoying the time alone.
I am drawn to the sound of rushing water and take a short detour to take in the waterfall. I just love to stand and stare at that weird and wonderful point where the still water tumbles over the edge, it's absolutely mesmerising!
It's almost lunch time and I decide it's time to head back towards town and treat myself to a fresh hot pasty from the bakers.
As I wander back along the footpath I smile when I spot Leo (the little pleasure boat) chugging up the beck carrying half a dozen passengers. Little B and I took a ride on that boat last Spring (when he was 3 years old) and the memory springs into my mind as if it were yesterday. Happy days.
I enjoyed taking these photographs whilst out on my walk, it's lovely to look at the pictures a few days later and remember the experience. I always carry my trusty little Point and Shoot Camera in my bag so that I can record the things that make me stop in my tracks wherever I go. Vistas and views, foliage and flowers, all in full, glorious colour. I think I'm rather liking this Autumn.