We've been lucky to have bright if cold weather recently, ideal for going for a wander in the countryside.
The trees without their leaves look totally different of course but lovely in a different way.
This cottage, sheltered by the trees and the brow of the hill, looked very cozy.
Although I noticed the holly trees were almost stripped bare of their berries, other red fruits had been left. Obviously not so tasty!
These are the fruits of Rhus typhina, or Staghorn Sumac, which I always think of as a cultivated plant, but it was here in a hedgerow. There must have been a tree nearby and these were the suckers from it.
Surprisingly there were loads of conkers lying around and left to rot. I say surprisingly because if there had been any children around, they would have been instantly gathered for playing conkers as soon as they fell.
I can so well remember the search for good sources of conkers while my sons were at primary school. We used to spend hours trying to find a tree which hadn't been stripped. Great fun!