Running in these conditions requires keeping on eye on the ground for trip hazards, muddy spots and the odd bramble. Doing so I became aware of the carpets of fresh green leaves loosened by the untimely windy weather. Sycamore, lime, birch and to my delight, what appeared to be red oak (Quercus rubra) - is this planted for forestry purposes? Must come back and see the autumn colour.
After the race, dripping with sweat, clutching my goodie bag and gobbling down a Geo bar (after running I'll eat anything!) I passed the walled garden - so near so tempting! Need to make a visit another day to this lovely old traditional garden that's been brought back to life, complete with double herbaceous borders, trained wall fruits, vegetables and a Victorian range of lean-to greenhouses. The traditional bothy and potting shed alone are worth a visit! Another day!