Autumnal leaves-Honest MumYesterday was the most picture perfect Autumnal day at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate and my husband, Peter captured the changing season as we revelled in the late afternoon sun…

With the trees turning red, gold and russet too, it was a stirring beauty to behold. Autumn is here!

I think it might just be my favourite season of all-a time of change, when nature matures becoming an aged beauty, the air still warm yet fresh and where, Yorkshire, my friends is simply at its finest.

Far from feeling melachonic, Autumn soothes and uplifts me, its warm hues invigorates and makes me to want to get my oils out and paint again (which I must)- and nothing quite captures the season like William Blake, Shakespeare’s tribute to Autumn, from Poetical Sketches, 1783 shared here:

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain’d
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

“The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust’ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather’d clouds strew flowers round her head.

“The spirits of the air live in the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.”
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat,
Then rose, girded himself, and o’er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.

Come relive our day in pictures…

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This photo below truly captures the joy we felt at Harlow Carr-what a wonderful day!


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47 Responses

  1. Ninjacat

    All the smiles and colours of Autumn ~ you bring the season to me x
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  2. Iona@redpeffer

    Lovely images. I love Autumn when it’s bright and sunny and allows nature to show off its glory. I’m less keen on the damp and windy Autumn of the past week though!
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  3. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Stunning shots and looked like a glorious day! I love Autumn, the colours are so magnificent, its just a beautiful time of year. Glad you all had a lovely day! Xx #countrykids
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  4. dean of Little Steps

    The photos are just stunning! This is why I love autumn and why I don’t think it isn’t so bad, even though there are days when I hate it too. You know those grey, dark endless days… But beautiful days like in your photos – priceless!
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  5. Karen (@karenjwhitlock)

    Autumn is my favourite time of the year.
    As always, your photos are amazing!

  6. Coombemill

    What a wonderful place to have fun with a camera and I must say your photos are wonderful. I love the focus, the angles and of course your lovely boys. Thank you for sharing your beautiful autumn day on Country Kids.
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  7. Potty Mouthed Mummy

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. It’s inspiring me to take a walk at the weekend with the camera (rain dependent) and capture some of it xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much, husband was behind the lens is a flipping genius, love this time of year, bet you will take fab pictures x

  8. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Autumn is my favourite season, I absolutely love it. The trees have very suddenly started to change here and I’ve become obsessed (again!) with taking photos of leaves 🙂 These are stunning images, and the last photo is beautiful x #WhatstheStory
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  9. Sophie Lovett

    Such gorgeous colours! Autumn always takes a bit longer to arrive down here, but things are definitely on the turn… X
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  10. bettyl - NZ

    I love autumn colors so much! When I was in the States, I seemed to always live where there was great color, but I do so miss it here in New Zealand!
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  11. Louise

    Those photos are gorgeous – what stunning colours and your boys look like they are having a wonderful day 🙂
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  12. Jane

    What amazing photos, so much colour and detail. It looks like you have a great afternoon. I must admit I love the cooler weather x
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  13. Liska @NewMumOnline

    I’ve been quite vocal about not wanting Summer to end, and the extended Summer we’ve had, helped with my denial of the increasing signs of Autumn. I can’t deny it anymore, we had the heating on last night. THIS post could convert me to the beauty that is Autumn though xx
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    • honestmum

      Aw Liska I know how you feel and I love summer but Autumn really is pretty and curling up on the sofa, hot chocolate in hand under a blanket (even if the heating’s on) is rather lovely x

  14. Funky Wellies

    Gorgeous photos and amazing colours! Autumn is such a great season for taking photos. xx
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  15. mummyofboygirltwins

    Beautiful photographs! I love the colours too. Very pretty. Not just browns and oranges! I am going to miss summer but love the new season and all it’s new things! 🙂 Jess x x


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  17. ghostwritermummy

    Autumn is absolutely my favourite season, after Winter! More stunning photos- beautiful! x x x
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