This was November where I live.
I am so in wonder at all of the beauty around me, even during a month of the year I never found that interesting... and instead, this year, November brought along wonderful dry and sunny days, not-so-bad temperatures (even if a few days of frost), gorgeous colors, feelings and ideas, and fantastic walks and nature observations.
I'm always so amazed at how you can live following the rhythm of the seasons in the English countryside. It's just so natural here.
And because of my choice of living naturally and quietely, and not in a town or village, of course when you have the everyday basics to do, you find yourself driving along narrow country roads and across quaint tiny villages you totally ignored the existence of (often made up of 4 houses and a crossroads).
It's not a mere "off-for-a-walk-I-go", but it's just part of everyday life here.
And, if you really savor and pay attention, and not rush-rush pressing the speed pedal as many do, taking all of this for granted, you can really go back home enriched every single day.
While taking the scenic route I feel such deep joy, see so much beauty... I take it all in. I meet friends, that make my heart flutter each and every time I spot them! It is not usual at all in Italy, at least in the areas where I come from (I think I've never ever seen a pheasant so close by in my whole life before coming here!).
These scenes fill my heart with wonder and gratitude... I wish they could stay and chat with me for a while.
November showed off amazing yellows, oranges and browns...
|I always feel like I'm in the Dolomites, here! The landscape is so similar and so familiar. Warms my heart...|
|There's something so fascinating in moss covered stones and roofs and everything, for me.|
The familiar roads acquired a magical atmosphere thanks to the magic wand of Autumn!
And plentiful of abandoned fruits were still on the trees...
... so I decided to go and pick some! There's no traffic along most of these roads, so you can safely pick fruit and enjoy it.
|Preserved apples for the winter. Preserves taste different from a pretty jar, don't you think so? :)|