Nick joined Sue, freshly recovered from jet lag and the excitement of Singapore's F1 circus, and me for our regular stroll around Alderley Edge from the Drum and Monkey. This walk features on earlier postings from 7 October 2007 and 28 October 2007, since when my entries seem to have become increasingly verbose and picture-laden.
I offer no excuses, I'm afraid, but I'll try not to repeat the content of those early postings.
Here are Nick and Sue at the entrance to the National Trust owned woods of Alderley Edge.
Near the wizard's well, a rock is inscribed:
"Drink of this and take thy fill from the waterfall by the wizard's well"
There was early mist and the first signs of autumn, but still a good tree canopy for numerous tits and scurrying squirrels.
After passing the site of the Armada Beacon and the cliff top mine entrances, we dropped down to the edge of the woods and this mine entrance.
Lots of fungi were on display. I think this one may be the inedible Common Ink Cap (Coprinus altramentarius).
As the cloud cleared, the sun began to beam down through the mature woodland.
The picture below is more or less the site of a hamlet that was demolished in the 1950s, so the trees here are relatively young.
Jodrell Bank's radio telescope appeared on the horizon across sunlit fields. Three circling buzzards mewed in the distance. They are very common hereabouts.
The wild flowers are fading, though herb robert is still flourishing.
Most of the gardens hereabouts, in this area inhabited by millionaire footballers, are well out of sight to casual meanderers like us. But here's an exception.
We paused to collect some luscious blackberries below ivy clad garden walls that are changing colour.
As are the maple trees.
Other trees are laden with berries.
Here's a Red Admiral. Just for you, Darren, but not up to your standard, I'm afraid.
Thanks go to Nick for providing footwear, hastily grabbed from Nike on his last day there. Best wishes, Nick, we hope you enjoy your Shanghai challenge with Columbia - we will of course be happy to carry out any testing you may require in UK conditions - our 'year of constant summer' must end sometime!
Here's the route - it's about 8 km (5 miles) with 290 metres of ascent, and takes 2 to 2½ hours to stroll.