“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”
Oh, there is that Autumn feel here in Stratford, the days are cooler and I am enjoying a fire in the evening but as yet there is not much show of the richness of Autumn, however last week I went across to Napier to visit my sister Joan and Denis and we went in search of Autumn's lovely glow.
We left Napier and drove north to Gisborne, the first day was quite damp but on the way up we managed to dodge the showers and stop for a walk in Holts Forrest. I had not known that the forest was there and we had a delightful walk through the tall trees.
By the time we reached Gisborne the showers had cleared and although it was late in the day I could not resist a photo of Captain Cook's statue, the light was all wrong (and I knew I would not get back again) however he makes a great silhouette
The second day we were blessed with fine mild weather and most of the day was spent at Eastwood Hills the National Arboretum which was the reason for our trip- to visit there in search of autumn colours. As we walked round the paths there was truly the feel of Autumn
And although everyone told us the colours would peak in about a week we found plenty to enjoy as these photos can testify .
and I really did enjoy finding the little cyclamen growing in the grass under the trees. I have two large groups of these in my garden, they hold special memories for me of visits to the Christchurch Botanical Gardens with my mother and finding them growing in the rock gardens there. A holiday in Christchurch always meant a visit together to this part of the gardens. They are such tiny blooms compared with the larger house cyclamen we had in the florist shop where I worked. At Home here they are still in bloom.
The sun is shining this morning and I am off to enjoy its warmth. Have a happy Day