I bought myself an impromptu sandwich and ate it sitting by the car park enjoying this view, with the wind blowing in my hair.
Then I set off along the path ...
to emerge with a view across Bedfordshire.
Although very sunny, it was hazy in the shadows and I think the Travellers' Joy (aka Old Man's Beard) that smothers the hedgerows gives these bushes an almost eery appearance
It was very windy on top of the hill and there was the continual clatter of beech masts falling from these magnificent trees. It looked as if someone had been trying to improvise some shelters with fallen logs.
As well as the magnificent beeches I love ash trees. Their leaves make a beautiful tracery against the sky.
I always like to keep my eye on the ground too ...
...however unfortunately, when I was nearly back at the car and on the tarmac path, I turned my ankle on a beech mast and hit the deck. I was thankful that I had put my camera in my bag and managed to avert an expensive trip! However I did cut my hand and knee AND TROUSERS. It was a good job no one was around as I must confess to uttering a loud expletive as I landed. If any of you watched Steven Fry's Planet Word you'll understand that this was to relieve the pain. Luckily no lasting damage was done, although I was so cross with myself - I have very wobbly ankles and have to take care. I had picked my way gingerly across the rough ground, but with the car in sight I let down my guard! I have said before that I can turn my ankle on a sixpence and devoted a whole post to my tripping disasters here.
I am finding the Creative Sketchbook course with Design Matters great fun, and I am very impressed with the material and immediate feedback. I would not hesitate to recommend it (It's full at the moment) if Linda and Laura Kemshall run it again. I have finished the first module so here are a few more of my pages.
I'm moving out of the kitchen now and into colour!
My best wishes to all of you - several of you seem to be having a bit of a rough time lately, and what ever you do take care - watch out for those beech nuts - tripping hazard!!