Well I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to Autumn. I like living in a country where the seasons are so different. I enjoyed the warm summer days we had in July and am glad that, while Autumn is on its way, there are a few of these lovely days left. What’s even better, is when you find little hidden gems to enjoy them.
We found this little hidden gem while walking around Radley Lakes in Abingdon a weekend or so ago. The weather was surprisingly warm considering it’s been such a cold August – I had to take my coat off, it was that warm! We had a lovely walk around the Lake then went off on a bit of tangent in search of the Thames path. We found this gorgeous lake, that had beautifully clear water, which Poppy paddled in, some fish, ducks and even a kingfisher! I’ve never seen one before, so was really thrilled to see it. (I like to get my nature geek on occasionally, as long as nature keeps a respectable distance!) Having lived in Abingdon for nearly five years, I’m amazed at how much of it I don’t yet know. This little gem is a definite keeper for dog walks. Love it!
Phew! The last few weeks have just been crazy, with getting the garden sorted to having lots of guests, I’ve been swamped! All good, but it does mean that I really treasure those little quiet moments, usually when I’m walking Poppy. It gives my brain a little chance to have a breather. The recent good weather has also been great. Instead of hurrying about the park, Poppy & I have just kind of sauntered along – Her sniffing squirrels, me just taking it all in. Despite being hot & bothered, sweaty & tired, I do really like the summer sun.
We’re very lucky to live near this park. Just by the entrance, in the evening as the sun starts to go down, a gap in the trees warms the path. Poppy always stops here for a wee and a sniff. The other day, after a massive cleaning and clearing session, we were making our way slowly around the park. Poppy stopped, with the lead at full extension and my hand was held out in the sun. I noticed a butterfly, that had been sitting in the sun, flying around, when all of a sudden, it landed on my hand. I couldn’t believe it! It was like something out of a film! It only stayed there for a few seconds, but it was just one of those moments that just takes your breath away. This gave me another reason to enjoy these warm summer days!
Don’t you just love nature?! Have you been enjoying the recent warm weather?