I go a bit 'stir crazy' this time of year. Short days and precious little sunlight even then. The English autumn and winter is like living in a damp cave.....
The weather forecast announced "no rain all day!" It seems it's been wet everyday for weeks now, so I was determined to make the most of it. The grubby bike desperately needs a wash... it'll have to wait.
I don't know why I've got the old faithful GPS attached to the handlebars because I know the area like the back of my hand.
After a few miles of traversing the heaths and woods it was definitely time for coffee and sandwiches... any excuse to loll around in one of my many hammocks!
The hideously wet summer has at least left an autumn legacy of bronzed trees contrasting with the still lush grass.
I love to watch the goods trains thunder under the bridges. As kids we used to put coins on the track and collect them after they had been squished into sausage shapes by the mighty weight of the locomotives.
The shadows lengthened as I looked out across the fields from a hilltop.
The days are very short now, but at least the sun departs with a warm glow.
The horses were enjoying the warm day and were playing 'silly buggers' with the exasperated lady trying to get them to the stables for the night.
They are building yet another taller TV transmitter, 30 meters taller than the one next to it that had a near miss with a passenger jet only last year!
I couldn't figure out what all these men were trying to do at first. It turns out they were attempting to plug a giant cable into the bottom of the transmitter, and I thought the ariel in the back of my TV was fiddly!...
With my tummy rumbling yet again, I headed for home. The local cats were waiting for me, wondering where I'd been all day, and why hadn't I been playing with them on such a pleasant day.
The evening drew to a close with a fantastic sunset. "Red sky at night, shepherds delight. Red sky in morning, global warming!"...
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