There is still wonder to be found behind these 400 year old walls which have enveloped East Riddlesden Hall in seasons gone by. The light of the day tends to have a beautiful mellowness which compliments the more intense colours of asters, deep purples and blue dance with russets and oranges with the occasional pink.
The trees are a flame with reds, crimson and orange all varying in depth. Beech trees are at their best, with a final farewell to the season being displayed in rich gold.
The doors to the wild garden beckon you in, where the reward is hardy cyclamen with its grand show of pink.
The scents are fading and more earthy damp smells push through to the surface. Late flowering lavender breaks the mould with its lingering heady perfume, whisking us back to summer one last time.
Wander a little further and be met by fruit trees, the branches weighted down with apples, pears, figs and cherries. The explosion of taste from these organically grown fruits is there for the picking, with baskets dotted around the property to encourage you to sample traditional English fruit at its best.
Flower heads are just begging for seeds to be collected for scattering into the far reaches of the property. Shinny clusters of berries fuel the migrating birds to help them with their long journey ahead.
The meadows and river are still a natural delight. Vibrant greens fade into softer warmer yellows and the wild flowers have gone to seed. The native hogweed heads invite flocks of finches and tit to come and feed. As the vegetation dies down the river becomes visible once more. The Sand Martin’s have departed for warmer climates, leaving a variety of garden birds to feast on autumn berries. Butterflies and dragonflies can still be seen in early autumn and our warmer climates welcome fieldfare and redwing. As the robin starts to sing its’ song, the time is perfect to pause in this wild area and marvel at the white chested dippers dive into the river looking for the perfect meal.
This ever changing agricultural estate has something to offer, not matter what the weather or season. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.