Hello lovely Buttoneers! I am clinging on to the last of the beautiful Autumn today before we nosedive into the frosty winter months, with an Autumn adventure for you! A few weeks ago, I was having a bit of an off day at the weekend. I felt a bit restless, nothing was going right with my work (which is why by general rule, I try not to work at the weekends!) so when my Fiancé had finished watching the football, he suggested we wrapped up warm and went on a picnic to get some fresh air, some perspective and to walk away from any oncoming melt down that may have been about to occur! It was the best idea with the most perfect timing – He’s a keeper!
So we threw a pizza in the oven, made a flask of hot coffee (yes, like old people…don’t judge me and my coffee on a cold day in the countryside!) grabbed out coats and scarves and headed out on an adventure to Dovers Hill, a national trust area of outstanding beauty (and luckily only 14 minutes from our house!) Hurray!
I have been to Dovers Hill a hundred times before, growing up, but I was taken aback by the breathtaking beauty of Dovers Hill in the Autumn.
The drive up the hill, looking back over to where I live is phenomenal too – My fave! 😍 It looks like it goes on and on forever!
Fun Fact: Dover’s Hill was in fact the site of the original English Olympic Games, which began there over 400 years ago in 1612! Blimey!
The natural and historical amphitheatre continues the tradition with an ‘Cotswold Olimpicks’ every year!
I felt like a big kid, crunching along in the fallen leaves and kicking them around so that they fly and flurry in blurs or orange, brown, orange and yellow…definitely good for the soul!
The end-of-November sun was setting and it was like the sun dripped liquid gold and bronze onto each individual leaf…I was in love…
I can’t find enough adjectives to describe the beauty that surrounded me – thankfully the photographs can show you a glimpse of the Autumnal magic!
I love this house in its creamy, golden Cotswold stone, hidden away behind the russet and auburn tones and melts away into the Autumn mist that rolls towards the hills…like something from a fairy tale…
We perched our bums on the bench and ate our picnic lunch and sipped our hot coffee to keep us warm in the crisp, cold air that reddened our cheeks and nipped at our toes. We sat for a long while, gazing out at the world around us, mesmerised by the colours, the clear blue sky and the land that spread out for miles and miles. It was perfect.
Dovers Hill had the most perfect Autumn colour palette – warm reds and burnt oranges, sun-dripped yellows and golden hues, deep emerald greens and hazy blues, light lavender and smoky grey mists…
…and when the sun dipped it was like an explosion of copper hit everything in sight and it was just heavenly.
I had such a lovely time and it is amazing how much a walk and a picnic in beautiful countryside surroundings can blow the cobwebs away and make you feel alive. I felt so grateful to be able to experience Autumn in its most beautiful form and I think we may have found a new annual tradition of our own!
Do you have any Autumn traditions? What is your favourite thing about the season? Did you take any photographs of the beautiful colours this year? I would love to hear all about it!
Don’t forget – you can still hang on to Autumn a little longer if you like with my past Autumn blog posts here. You can also explore my love of Autumn on my Autumn Pinterest board. I can’t wait to hear what you think!