Head out and enjoy the North Lincolnshire countryside this autumn, suggests Scunthorpe Telegraph columnist Pete Short
The blustery wind and the browning leaves are signs that autumn is now well on its way.
The Americans go completely crazy over autumn, or the "fall" as they call it, with many using their annual holidays to go out into the woods and enjoy the countryside, albeit often from the comfort of their oversized car. In the UK, however, I think many of us often let this spectacular season just pass us by.
For me it is our transatlantic cousins who have got the right idea; autumn, the fall or whatever you like to call it, is probably the best time to be out in the local fresh air.
In my humble opinion, nothing can beat a walk through an English woodland in October and November; the smells, colours and the rustle of falling leaves around you is one of pure sensory joy.
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In the best autumns the mix of reds and browns together with the smell of decaying leaves can touch your soul whatever your age.
Who can remember back to when they were a nipper, walking through a woodland deep in fallen leaves and kicking them up in the air or collecting conkers with your mates? It was just plain and simple fun.
Then there are the beautiful fungi. You don't have to be in a woodland to find fungi as they will grow anywhere, even in your back garden. Don't pick them or bother trying to eat them as many are deadly poisonous. But with the advent of modern digital cameras you can get some fantastic pictures and a lasting memory of some of the most amazing and diverse wildlife that the local area has to offer.
You don't even have to be able to name them, as to me just finding them and looking at their natural beauty is the real part of enjoying them.
The sunrises and sunsets are often at their best at this time of the year and when you get a clear night the stars, planets and moon can be just stunning.
There is also an added bonus too as you will be able to hear the song of the "northern nightingale", more commonly known as the robin.
Yes, our very own little robin redbreast has a special territorial winter song that to my ears is as beautiful and varied as that of any bird in the whole world.
You can even hear it in the centre of Scunthorpe if you listen carefully.
So don't miss out on this exciting time of nature's calendar – you don't have to travel far or spend a lot of money; you can even enjoy it in your own back garden, but whatever you decide to do, get you and the family out in the countryside this autumn and enjoy.