It had been a while since I’d headed off on a mini adventure. With the end of summer also came the end of weekly trips to explore pretty places. Something about the autumn season had sent me into hibernation mode and there had been a distinct lack of going out to places. But that’s ok. There are seasons for a reason and sometimes it’s good to just let yourself slow down and recoup especially after a long, busy summer.
The changing of the leaves into a blaze of colour had come late where I live. Autumn had in fact been very kind to us and there had been plenty more balmy days full of warmth and sunshine with just the few odd days of rain here and there. So when the change did finally come I was eager to go somewhere to see it in all of its glory and where better than an arboretum?
I’ve been to Batsford Arboretum a good number of times now and tend to prefer it over Westonbirt Arboretum which is always so busy at this time of year. Batsford has a certain charm about it and its location only adds to its appeal. Nestled into the Cotswolds just a stone’s throw from Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh it’s in a prime spot.
The Arboretum itself is utterly charming. There is a superb collection of trees placed along meandering pathways and just to top it off there’s a spectacular looking manor house at its centre. The whole place is encompassed in stunning vistas at each of its edges.
Sadly, with the high winds the few days previously many of the leaves had been blown to the ground so the show wasn’t quite as grand as I was hoping but there was still a fantastic array of colour to behold. The weather was quite pleasant and as little snippets of sunshine made it’s way through the canopies we were blessed with that magical golden light that only Autumn brings.
We wandered slowly through the trees, savouring the sights around us and enjoying the peacefulness of this place. I hadn’t realised just how much I’d been missing getting out and taking photos and I needed this trip. It reinvigorated my spirit with a fresh injection of inspiration and good old fashioned time spent in nature and lungfuls of fresh air.