Another busy few weeks for me, so apologies for the delay in posting. During that time, however, the mornings are certainly much more autumnal now, and the days are drawing in.
I did manage one last brief final exploration of summer a couple of weekends ago, by taking advantage of the glorious sunshine and heading out to pastures new. Well, the start of the walk was along familiar ground along the Ox Drove by Salisbury Racecourse. We then opted to turn off and walk along the top of the valley for amazing views across Fovant Wood towards the distant enormous expanse of Grovely Wood. It certainly gives you a sense of perspective - no wonder I've barely scratched the surface of walking through Grovely!
Last week during work, we held a highly-contrasting by comparison area-event down at Royal Victoria Country Park. This is the site of an old military hospital on the shores of Southampton Water, with 'delightful' views of Fawley Oil Refinery across the water and Southampton Docks. In this busy industrial landscape, it's incredible that wildlife can still find the space to live - part of the shore is Weston Shore Local Nature Reserve, and we observed oystercatchers and black-headed gulls feasting in the mud.