Chatsworth house.
A picture by Emma Connolly.

The misty autumn days have finally settled in and we will be turning the clocks back soon.
The smell of chimneys conjures up images of families sitting snug and cosy away from the chill that is starting to creep slowly in.
The children are getting excited about Halloween and bonfire night, and in the distance I can hear the odd firework going off which makes the hound frown.
The leaves are turning their familiar colours of raw sienna, burnt umber and flames of red. They fall tumbling down onto the path on which I am walking through the woods, chasing each other and dancing in the wind. The simple pleasures of kicking them up into the air.
The chestnuts are ready and they are lining up along the stove, a couple of minutes carefully timed and expertly handled there is something soul satisfying about eating chestnuts by the fire!
The faint sound of Debussy cleansing the mind from the hectic day and a good glass of red.
Now relax and enjoy the weekend ahead.

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