Wonderful downpour of Leaf –
When all the morning sun began to melt the frost they feel at one touch
In a few minutes the whole tree was flung of them
They lay masking and papering the ground at the feet –
Then the tree seems to be looking down on its cast self –
As blue sky on snow after a long fall, its losing its doing
White poplar leaves at this season, silver behind, olive back at front.
Birch leaves on a fading tree give three colours green, white and yellow.
Ordnance Survey Explorer 136
Pathfinder 1249 (TQ 63/73)
Time roughly 16 hours
• 0454am train from Chatham to Strood then along Medway Valley line to Paddock wood, Taxi from Paddock wood to be dropped at A21/B2162 junction before Lamberhurst.
• Footpath from church past pierce barn to footpath cross junction. Right around triangle to footbridge at path cross junction (the last section of this triangle back to the Footbridge which is not in place.
• We had to go back up to the church and then down to the footbridge. Left, follow round Little Scotney Farm, over track to Risenden Farm. Left footpath
to path junction, right to Orange Road.
• Left. Left track to footpath junction (this track was closed off, had to climb fences to rejoin footpath junction). Right footpath to A262 near hotel (34). Right. Left footpath past Crowbourne Farm onto lane.
• Right to Orange Road (A262). Left at junction (68). Right at crossroads
past pumping station. Left footpath. Left footpath to Orange Road. Right. Right footpath at Paines Farm House to Orange Road.
• Left. Right footpath around Trillinghurst Farmhouse back onto Orange
Road. Right to crossroads. Right. Right footpath across Oranges Road B2079 to Smugley Farm.
• Left footpath to footpath junction. Right past Little Glassenbury to Orange Road. Left. Right at junction to MS (A262). Right. Left footpath at Manor Farm to Harwood (right at path junction). Left to school.
• Right. Left lane past round green. Husheath Hill to junction. Right past
Susans Farm. Left footpath across Orange Road to Marden church and station. 2110pm train home
Sun hazy at times first part of the morning then brighter with fluffy clouds developing. These accumulated and obscured the sun by 1400pm. Breaking up again to give beautiful late afternoon/evening sunshine with broken cloud. Lovely gentle heat throughout morning. Reminiscent of warm September day, gentle breeze, peaceful atmosphere. From about 1200pm it grew much warmer and breeze dropped. Some barley being harvested, corn fields yellow everywhere now.
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