If like us you love this time of year you’ll agree that there is something magical about the onset of Autumn.
For us it is the crisp seasonal winds, the muted light of the fading summer sunshine, the softly falling leaves and the smell and sound of the cosy crackling of a log fire. In North East Wales we are so lucky to be surrounded by trees on every mountain, vale and valley with leaf colours ranging from pure gold to rich burgundy and everything in between. We don’t know if it is just us, or is there nothing more satisfying than a walk through some crispy leaves whilst enjoying all the surrounding changes in colour? The hedgerows are bursting with blackberries and sloes and the trees are ripe with rosy hazelnuts but you will have to beat the squirrels to them. It’s the time for misty morning foraging for wild mushrooms- which we will hear more about that next week with an interview with a fungi fanatic. Gardeners finally get to enjoy the fruits of their labours with a glut of fruit and veg for the kitchen table.
Despite this being a time where the nights draw in and we tend to naturally retreat into our homes it is also a time of year of celebrations too from the traditional harvest thanksgiving to the excitement of getting dressed up in spooky costumes and trick or treating in your neighbourhood, to the smell of gun powder from various firework displays across the country. Halloween is an excellent time to fire up your spooky imaginations with a ghost walk or visit to some spooky buildings.
Castles and properties managed by Cadw with their colourful and often bloody histories often have reports of strange and unexplained happenings so lend themselves well as the perfect background setting for a truly chilling Halloween. Search on their events page for details in your area.
Plas Teg is a magnificent Grade 2 listed 17th century Jacobean mansion in Pontblyddyn, Flintshire brought back to its former glory by the current owner and full of beautiful furnishings and over 400 years of history. The house is reputedly one of the most haunted houses in Wales and is open to the public for ghost hunting, will you be brave enough to visit?
Hawarden Farm Shop also usually host pumpkin picking and Halloween events so sign up for their newsletter here to find out more.
We’d love you to see your autumn pictures or your spooky adventures with so please use the #northeastwales on social media. Whether the supernatural is your thing or not there is still plenty to enjoy about the changing of the season. So happy Autumn Adventures from us!