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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Sunday, 18 November 2012

Autumn missed

I have been very fortunate to have had an incredibly long Spring and Summer. Once it had ended here in London I changed hemispheres to enjoy the weather 'down under'. But that meant that I have missed out on Autumn with the leaves changing colour and the early morning mists that I used to see on my journey to work. Today I walked to my favourite park, not the closest park but one which can always lift the spirits - Greenwich Park.( I think I must be suffering from post holiday blues.) I wondered whether there would be any last remaining signs of Autumn.

This Ginkgo maidenhair tree is just turning yellow and is yet to lose its leaves.




I looked everywhere to try and find a Spanish sweet chestnut tree that still had some chestnuts on but I was too late for that. All had been picked or dropped to the ground.


I did find some fungi though.



Also found the last of the Summer roses.






The one thing I didn't expect to see was the Christmas tree cabin open for business!

 Linking to Our World Tuesday

26 comments:

  1. I love your Autumn tree, the yellows are so pretty. I have been seeing the tree stands showing here and there also. I would be afraid to buy a live tree so early. Lovely images, have a wonderful day!

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  2. There is always a period of adjustment after a vacation. I am impressed with how you managed to post during your holidays and it was fun going along with you on your journey. Today’s wind in my world has blown most of the final leaves off the trees and Christmas is definitely in the air already. :)

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  3. Ah so you are back home. It will take a week or so to come down from your high and get back into the swing of life at home. I'm glad you found a little bit of Autumn in the park. I am used to not having Autumn colours as I was so little when I left England. However, I do love visiting places when the leaves are different colours. It happens in the southern states and in the highlands .

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  4. I'm also glad you got a chance to see some fall colors (or is it colours?) before they are gone for good. That blue sky sure looks lovely! :-)

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  5. Such lovely fall captures!! Glad you got a chance to see them! I think many of us sometime suffer from post holiday blues!! Hope you have a great week!

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  6. Just the remnants of Autumn ... It's SO strange to miss a season especially Autumn with its mellow days & misty mornings.
    I have enjoyed 2 beautiful Autumn seasons this year but alas missed out on Spring and the flowering of my pretty crab apple trees.

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  7. Great fall shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. Beautiful autumn shots ~ you got some fall colors ~ glad ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  9. Beautiful shots. Yellow leaves are so beautiful.

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  10. The yellow leaves of the ginkgo are wonderful!! I think the ginkgo is a very ancient tree species...... It is a unique tree, with no close living relatives...and it is a living fossil, similar to other fossils dating back to 270 million years and is native to China, used for medicine. Thanks to Google for that. I was fascinated with the yellow tree and all the info in the world is now only a click away with our host Google. Google rules!

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  11. Nice captures! The ginkgo tree photos are stunning beautiful.

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  12. It has been an odd autumn here, some trees seems to have gone straight to winter mode and others seem to be hanging on to the very last possible moment. Glad you had a great trip.

    Mollyxxx

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  13. The last bits of autumn are truly lovely. I'm not sure I am quite ready for Christmas trees yet!

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  14. Some beautiful shots of the leaves and trees. Christmas...already...? I'm certainly not there yet! :o)

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  15. It looks like you managed to find the last few lingering glimpses of autumn.

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  16. The second shot makes me want to write poetry!

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  17. Sorry you missed the peak of color in the fall, but you did manage some great shots! It seems that Christmas decorations start showing up earlier each year!

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  18. Nature is beautiful these days don't you think. I see a lot of yellow here too and I love it. Here also it seems like Christmas is coming earlier every year :))

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  19. Home sweet home? ;o)

    That gingko is beautiful! I really miss Falls... we don't get much of the technicolour changes in this part of Spain, just the massive rainstorms! :p

    Welcome home!

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  20. If I had done your trip I would certainly get a depression when I feel the autumn air and the half naked yellow trees, I hate fall ! I could just hide in a cavern and stay there like a bear until spring ! Now it's my turn to catch some sunshine, I am off to Egypt's Red Sea for 12 days end November !
    I hope you didn't suffer too much from the jet lag !

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  21. The Ginkgo maidenhair tree is spectacular! Amazing images you captured.

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  22. I really love the gingko tree - it's a beauty.

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  23. Must be a strange feeling to be back in fall. Have you landed already, I always need some days to be back home in my mind. When I wake up I wonder where I am ha,ha.

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  24. I love that gingko tree - the leaves are simply beautiful!!
    I also love all the sculptures from Singapore!!!

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  25. You got a little fall color. I know exactly what you mean about missing seasons...the one we miss (in both senses of the word) is Spring...it doesn't happen in Florida and we don't usually get back to the Pacific Northwest until it's all over!

    Christmas season starts too early here too. I'm never ready.

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