I always find it hard to let go of summer, but the beautiful golden light of October is one of my favourite things about autumn.
We visited the gardens on a sunny Saturday afternoon in early October “to kick up some leaves” – this was the children’s idea, which is why they made sure to put on their waterproofs before setting off.
As a matter-of-fact, the leaves had already started to turn but not enough of them had fallen to the ground to carry out their plan. Without a moment’s hesitation, they decided to roll down the grassy banks instead.
As large clouds drifted by across the blue sky, we walked on through the gardens and the children moved on to other games. Everywhere we looked, autumn showed off nature’s glorious colours – a solitary mushroom here, a timid beech nut there, a bunch of fading hydrangeas over there.
But who knew autumn leaves came in this dazzling shade of pink?
In the Japanese Garden, the inevitable game of hide-and-seek started, and the sunlight also seemed to play peek-a-boo behind the trees.
On the way to the Pepperpot Tower, the 5 year old hid (not very well, admittedly!) under the shade of a giant gunnera leaf.
Then by the time we looked for more autumn treasures in this part of the gardens and climbed up the Pepperpot Tower, which prompted a new game of castles under attack, time was running out to go and grab a hot chocolate at the Avoca Cafe. But that’ll be for another time...
Annette is a family blogger exploring Ireland’s great outdoors with four children and a camera. She is French, married to an Irish man, and they live in beautiful county Wicklow. https://www.fouracorns.ie