I went to Marks Hall which is about a 30 min drive from here through beautiful north Essex lanes.
Marks Hall (and yes I've checked and double checked that there shouldn't be an apostrophe there!) is 200 acres of gardens and arboretum.
The reflections in the lake were wonderful.
Along one side of the lake is the Millennium Walk which was planted specifically for autumn, winter and spring interest - there was certainly lots of contrasting colour!
On the opposite side of the lake are the walled gardens, which were sadly shut, but the view through the (locked) gate in the wall revealed that they're still full of structure and interest.
I walked further, through some of the mixed woodland
and came across some pigs munching their way through the undergrowth!
I passed another gate to the walled gardens, also locked, with tantalising views of the lake though it,
and back to the lake, with more reflections (and water birds).
I got my fresh air and sunshine
and I got my autumn colour.
I walked for much further than this but my camera battery ran out and the photos I took on my phone aren't as good.
Here's hoping for a brighter week, in every sense of the meaning :-)