In terms of leaf fall, it's been a brief and tough spell at work. Usually the clearing up continues into January, as oak trees tend to hold on to their leaves steadfastly. This year however, all will be down by the end of November (breathes a huge sigh of relief). We have cleared 48.3 tons of the wonderful things in all their myriad hues so far, not counting what we have managed to get into the few compost areas dotted about the various properties. We are ready for the winter break.
We have every Monday off, and so yesterday was spent very restfully. Only about a half hour drive away is a secret little treasure that we have only recently discovered. 'Sculpture by the Lakes' is a wonderful collection of artwork, mostly bronze, all for sale, but exhibited in a beautiful and natural setting.
'Search for Enlightenment'
'Le Banc des Pecheurs'
As well as glass, smooth bronze work is one of my favourite textures, and the pieces lent themselves so perfectly to their surroundings.
It was bitterly cold out there, but the atmosphere was such that one could not rush. The sound of the fast running river was so settling.
They had cleverly used particular planting to highlight various pieces and areas, choosing single varieties instead of mixed shrubs. Clumps of Phormium, Cornus, Eleagnus and Sambucus, each in a display of their own, and a fitting artwork in their own right.
The piece above wasn't one of my favourites, but it did seem to blend well in a strange sort of way.
An almost missed message, in small stainless steel letters, supported on fine wires under the surface.
Quite an extraordinary place, and it was a few hours later that we made our way home to a hearty roast dinner.