This is Thursday, the 2nd of November, and we are in the middle of a fierce thunderstorm and now it's hail stoning. It didn't last long, but it has rained continuously for a month now, but when I looked through the kitchen window I could see that the leaves of the trees were a beautiful shade of red and I couldn't resist the temptation of going outside, as by this time the rain had eased off a little, so I donned my waterproof coat and took a few photos around the driveway even though I knew it could start raining heavily at any minute. I then went into the garden to see what I could find. As it happened the heavy rain held off until I returned home but just in time before there was another downpour. I couldn't have been outside more than fifteen to twenty minutes but in that time managed to take quite a few photos.
View from my Kitchen window of the Liquidamber Tree.
A closer look, of course on a sunny day the leaves are more vibrant.
Another colourful tree.
The Sweet Gum tree looks like it has Christmas tree decorations.
More Autumn leaves covering the ground.
Empty Chestnut case.
Moss covered stones were everywhere.
Steps with moss, are slippy and should not be climbed.
The colourful Ivy leaves looked very attractive.
Another tree of great beauty.
Folios lichen growing on the balustrade stone.
Puffball Mushroom growing between the paved stones
Same tree that I see from the kitchen window.
Bottom of the tree.....
.....and the top. All the trees are extremely tall as the branches haven't been pruned for several years.
Whenever I saw red or orange leaves I took a photograph. These two where only a few cm tall.
The Tradescantia plant.
An Acer tree.
A nibbled Field Mushroom.
Buds of an Azalea shrub
This stone container only had a little soil inside it and I didn't plant anything, but just look at it now! Nature filled it with plants, two kinds of fern and I'm not sure what the other leaves are.
Coal-tit trying to reach the unopened chestnut.
Very bad action shot.
From a distance I wasn't quite sure what I was looking at, or where it was, so I just pointed my camera in the general direction, and only later discovered it was a Mistle Thrush. I'm including the next shot, for although the head isn't visible.it's underside is clearly seen.
I have included these shots taken through my bedroom window, but they were taken yesterday the 6th of November before the sky clouded over again.
This is probably the Mistle Thrush.
Back in my bedroom
Just in time, and look who was waiting for me
European Robin Red breast. I pulled the plate with the stone nearer the door so the bird food wouldn't get wet.
Whilst outside I tried to go into the orchard, but the ground was too wet, so instead of showing tangerines on the trees, here are a few tangerines on a Portuguese hand painted plate.