There’s no better time of year for some creative down time and colour palette inspiration than Autumn. The days maybe getting shorter and cold winter nights are just around the corner but that is more than compensated by cool crisp mornings, roaring fires and of course the kaleidoscope of colour that is its trademark. I love all seasons and I don’t want to show any favoritism but there is something wonderful about welcoming in the autumnal change. Mother nature is bedding down for the winter but before she does, she is going to put on one hell of a technicolor show.
Out and about in the wonderful Hambledon Valley. The dramatic Chiltern escarpment and picturesque villages make it a popular destination for film crews with some of our best loved TV programmes and period dramas shot on location here. But I know some footpaths off the beaten track where you can walk for hours and not come across anyone else – sorry not sure I want to share that little secret just yet.
Ruby reds, glorious golds, rich yellows and copper – the rustic tonal palette has gone into overdrive!
Crunching through fallen leaves and discarded acorn shells.
So Peaceful! No sound apart from the red kites calling to each other above and a faint muffle of the M40 way in the distance.
Quickening the pace to get to the pub for a well earned pint – not for me! Mine’s a delicious hot chocolate. And as for Biba, she’s looking forward to some pork scratchings.
OK so a bit of blatant product placement but when in Oxfordshire then it has to be Brakspear – apparently
My old faithful Hunter Wellies – they are almost as old as Biba and still going strong
We have been visiting The Chequers Pub, an old c1800s Coaching Inn, since I was child. It has changed hands a few times but we always get the same warm welcome. Great food by a roaring fire or a welcome pitstop for some refreshments in the pub garden if the weather is being kind
Of course no post would be complete without one of my signature mood boards. This one is more muted than normal but I love the subtle tones punched out with a burst of gold and orange.