Yesterday I had a beautiful woodland walk at Clumber Park.
Such a drizzly day but that didn't prevent the lovely, cosy, autumnal feelings that a good outdoorsy walk brings at this time of year.Surrounded by the little droplets from the morning's mist and treading on the few open chestnut shells that littered the ground.
I love chestnut picking but unfortunately this year has been a very bad year for them; the worst I've ever known in fact. Normally each year I would have a lovely walk in the woods with my Dad and there would be hundreds and thousands of chestnuts to pick from, but this year we weren't even reaching hundred. I was wanting to possibly try incorporating smoky roasted chestnuts into a chocolate truffle this year but as the numbers have been so low then maybe that idea can wait until we have a better year for them.
Other ideas were floating round my head during my walk today and one specific one was whilst walking under a family of pine trees and treading on the blanket of pine needles... Hmmm Pine !!