As the autumnal months get decidedly cooler, we've been making use of what sunny weather there is left and exploring the Great British countryside.
One of the places we visited recently was Kingsclere. we parked up and were soon working out coordinates from a grave that led us to a nearby stream. There we were met by a cocophony of ducks that had decided it was feeding time and they would happily tuck into any bread we had about our person. Sadly for them we had none this time.
As we left the ducks behind to chase each other on the water, we happened across another geocache. Usually the geocaches have a coordinating GC code but this one had none that we could locate on it and a look at the map once we got home didn't reveal any clues as to which one it may have been. Perhaps it was one that had been archived on the map but abandoned in situ.
We discovered lots of conkers strewn across the path too. I overheard one mother call out for her daughter to stop picking them up and look for acorns instead. I looked for some myself on the way round the series we did but there were very few. Perhaps the squirrels have made good progress on their winter store cupboards this year and that’s why I couldn't see very many.
On our walk we also encountered blackberry bushes. My eldest daughter on discovering that she liked this delicacy decided that she’d eat all the ones she could find including the ones near stinging nettles! Fortunately, doc leaves are great for remedying the situation as are wet wipes apparently. So I'm afraid there’s not many left till the red ones turn black. She is also partial to the fruit that’s been growing in our garden and hasn't left us one single berry!
As for the youngest she slept through the majority of the walk, even when we were walking down a footpath with racing traffic passing us by. She also very nearly got licked by a dog whose owner called out to us that the dog was trying to protect her. I think my hubby’s suggestion of the dog clearly just being nosy makes more sense.
Where have your feet taken you recently?