45. How Does Your Garden Grow? (29)

Lichen & Moss
Lichen & Moss
Lichen & Moss
Lichen & Moss
Lichen
Lichen
Lichen
Lichen
How Does Your Garden Grow?
How Does Your Garden Grow?
How Does Your Garden Grow?
How Does Your Garden Grow?
The last tomato
The last tomato

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Runner beans
Runner beans
Tidying the garden
Tidying the garden

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Beefsteak mushrooms
Beefsteak mushrooms
How Does Your Garden Grow?
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Crab apples
Crab apples
Crab apples
Crab apples
Autumn colours
Autumn colours
Shelter
Shelter

As you can see, I spent time in grandads garden this week. It was cold and wet, Kitty and I mooched about. She ran ahead seeking glimmers of colour, of blooms I could photograph. Just three months ago she would run excitedly from flower to flower, but now it's getting harder to spot blooms. There was genuine surprise from us both at how much the mushrooms had grown on the tree, so big now, they'll be eaten soon. We were both taken with patches of moss and lichen growing on bricks next to the greenhouse and on trees. Lifting Kitty up to branches too tall for her to reach we enjoyed some much needed quality time together. Reminiscing over what had been growing in the vegetable plot this summer, we headed indoors to sit in front of an open fire and read a selection of books. A brief moment of calm in an otherwise incredibly busy week. She needed it and so did I - so much.

The children and I are waiting patiently for a frosty morning as I've promised them we can go on a welly-booted, hat tops, glove and warm-coated up 'crunchy frost walk' as soon as the time is right. Every morning I see Kitty run to her bedroom window, look out and sigh to herself, 'not today then'. I have a grievance with this miserable drizzle we've had, the grey skies, the cold air. There have been snatched moments, when the sun shines through the clouds and appears to light up the Autumnal hues of the forest, but these have been brief. I read rumours of snow, this excites me, my inner child.

Many thanks to everyone who continues to join in - even though there's not as much outdoors to photograph as earlier in the year. Some favourites from last weeks How Does Your Garden Grow?  include: the early morning frost, the black and whites vs colours, the glances through rain pelted windows and the colour explosion.