Last weekend we ventured out in the damp and chilly weather to explore the arboretum in Oxford. It is one of my favourite places locally, and is particularly beautiful at this time of year. The Japanese Maples are the most stunning colours in autumn.
On the ground I noticed someone had gathered leaves, ferns, pebbles and pine cones and made this beautiful circular pattern.
Mia was fascinated by the mushrooms growing on old tree-stumps, and for some reason found the word fungi hilariously funny!
These small yellow leaves actually looked as if they were glowing when they caught the sunshine.
The ticket office at the arboretum…I need one of these for my garden.
Mia seems to have adopted her dad’s ‘Yorkshire hat’
Found a den in the woods
We came prepared with a hot chocolate and brioche…a very welcome, and warming, break in our walk
The Arboretum is owned by Oxford University, but open to the public all year round. It is lovely for a winter walk, and often holds activities during the school holidays. You can find out more about the Arboretum and its sister garden the Oxford Botanic Garden here.