This last week has been horrendous weather.
It started raining last wednesday afternoon and it's hardly stopped since.
The wind has been mostly at gale force and it's so cold we've got the heating on! Friday was a doozy of a storm with no power and trees blown down.
Sunday we ventured out for a ride, in between the downpours it was quite pleasant at times though still very cold and windy, there were lovely little dry periods which even had a bit of sunshine managing to break through the dark clouds! DH actually complained it was hot on his arm as he was driving!
We went up into the forestry.
The leafy canopy was wet and glistening and under foot was muddy and slick with lots of fallen leaves, some of them still green where the wind had ripped them from the trees.
It was drear and gloomy under the trees, everything seemed heavy with a sense of forboding, the fallen leaves seemed gelatinous and slippery as water dripped from leaves and boughs.
We'd stopped off at a favourite spot, a little typically English wood of beech trees hidden up a loggers road. They're gradually thinning out the tall, dark pines and the native undergrowth is springing back to life as sunlight reaches the forest floor again.
Everywhere was still green, Mother Nature hasn't reached out her hand of change there yet.
It was pleasant to stroll on the mossy forest floor, the beeches were still clothed in their green foliage and the canopy stopped the rain from reaching us though the drips were cold and shocking if they hit you on the back of the neck...
The wind had swept through and there were drifts of leaves underfoot too, brown and green, all slick and slippery with their watery coating.
There were two trees down too, mature beeches blown over with the gale that had hurtled through the little copse.
The soil coated roots towered high above our heads as the forlorn tree lay, still clothed in green, across the forest floor.
Here and there were dotted little funghi in varying shapes and colours, most of them were spoiled by the rain but the occasional newly emerged one glistened in the darkness of the leaves. Here a pretty fan shape or there clusters of little brown umbrellas!
We didn't stop out long as the rain became more persistent and it began to thunder and lighten but the afternoon foray was a lovely change from sitting huddled by the fire though, of course, it was very welcome when we came back home!
A few pictures for you:
Pretty fan shaped funghi
A nice crop of little brown umbrellas
Fallen beech tree