Leaf Peeping in Old England
This might sound strange, but I love the month of October. Where most people will start getting gloomy and grumpy, my mood starts to lift. I love that it's getting colder and darker. I love the rain and the wind. I love swapping my summer dresses and flip-flops for the cardigans and UGG boots. I love getting home from work and putting on the heat. But most of all I love the colours of this month. The colours of the leafs on the trees, that is.
I've seen some pretty intense colours around the world and most of them were in Canada and New England. I actually hopped on a plane to Boston once to travel around Massachusetts just to do some leaf peeping. However you don't need to reach for the credit card and hop on a transatlantic flight to America just yet as there are plenty of places here in Old England where the beeches, maples, silver birches change into colours just as vivid.
During the month of October you'll find me in city parks, along river banks and woodlands. In places like Kew Gardens, Winkworth Arboretum and even the Thames path which are excellent places for leaf peeping.The National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Sheffield Park Garden and the New Forest are also good places to go. All those bright oranges, yellows and reds really make me smile.
Until that moment when the leaves turn brown and float to the ground, leaving the tree branches empty and bare. Till the moment it's actually dark when I have to get up in the morning to go to work and I feel the cold of the air outside of my warm duvet. That's when I start to get gloomy and moody. That's when I start longing for my summer dress and flip-flops.