On Sunday the sun shone on our final visitors of the season as they strolled around the gardens and woodland walks enjoying the autumn colour and filling their pots with blackberries.

We have been absolutely thrilled with the visitor numbers over the summer. Families seemed to really enjoy our programme of summer activities and the feedback has been fantastic. With such a variety of events, I had thought that there would be a clear 'winner' but in fact they all seemed to be popular. I have to admit to abandoning Ed on a few occasions and sneaking off to join in the fun in the gazebo. I am so grateful to the wonderful team who ran the events, worked in the tea room and volunteered in ticket office - all worth their weight in gold!

After so much activity, Riverhill seems strangely quiet but we are already hard at work making plans for next season. I will keep you up to date with our progress as we go through the winter. It is always sad when summer draws to a close but I'm sure the Yeti will welcome the cooler air - it has certainly had quite a sweaty summer!