The past week has been pretty dismal, weather-wise. Dark skies, lights on by midday, and dull dog-walks in constant rain, and slippery mud. By yesterday, I was beginning to feel pretty glum. The ‘winter blues’ had come early, and I was dreading the long months ahead.
This morning didn’t start out much better, but by dog-walking time, the sun was out, and the sky was blue. I was enthused to take my camera, and set out for a longer walk than we have enjoyed recently.
All photos can be clicked on for detail.
A small Muntjac deer suddenly appeared on the path, and Ollie gave chase enthusiastically. They were both moving too fast for me to get a photo, so I had to settle for one of a panting Ollie, when he returned from the ‘hunt’.
I continued across the road to Hoe Common. This is the entrance gate, with small signs to advise local walkers of routes, and a warning about the poisonous snakes that live there. The long bamboo stick is my dog-walking stick.
In the woods, I came across this example of a Fly Agaric mushroom. Despite having hallucinogenic properties, they are also poisonous, so best avoided. This one had toppled over a little, and I had to use the flash in the dark woodland.
Sure enough, it was soon raining hard, and the passing cars were using their headlights. By the time we reached home, we had both had a good soaking, and it was back to the gloom that I had tried to escape from. At least we had enjoyed a short break from it.