Photo Sunday: Autumn colours

It happens every year. November arrives, and I assume that just because I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet, nobody else has either. And then I pop out to Bluewater, the shopping centre close to where I live, and find it heaving with people, all getting in each other’s way as they try to get their shopping done early. It seems to get a bit earlier each Christmas – soon we’ll all be buying our presents in June.

Fortunately, Bluewater also has a sanctuary from the chaos and noise; at the back of the centre there’s a pretty lake area, with a path to walk round the perimeter, and benches to sit and relax for a while before heading back into the scrum. I headed out there earlier this afternoon, partly to escape from the madness indoors, but also to try and get some good autumnal photos. The moment I turned away from the road, it was like all the noise had been turned off, and I found myself alone but for a handful of other people enjoying the surroundings.

On the photo front, I think I missed the best of the colours, but there are still a few trees that catch the eye – and it’s a lovely area at any time of year, a great place to pause and collect your thoughts before another week begins. Hopefully a little of that tranquility comes through in the photos.

Happy Sunday!

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Photo Sunday: On the doorstep

After a busy few weeks (yep, I know I keep saying it, but it has been totally manic) I decided to stay close to home for this week’s Photo Sunday, and take the camera for a brief riverside walk in Greenhithe. On a lovely sunny day, and with autumn well underway, the views were pretty amazing; I’m officially jealous of the people who get to live along the river and enjoy it every day.

All these photos were taken on the short stretch of riverside walk close to Ingress Park, Greenhithe, about 15 minutes away from where I live. What great views do you have on your doorstep?