Goodbye September….and Hello October


Doctors Wood, Allestree

September has gone out with a bit of a blow but overall it has been a great month for sunshine, blue skies and some days with record high temperature. We have had the Meteorological Office start of autumn followed by the Autumn Equinox….but as yet no real autumn.  In fact the woodlands and wild meadows still have a summer look and in places a spring hint to them.

So I guess it will all come to an end in October….it could be a slow move thru golds and browns to bare branches….or if the weather gods decide a quick gale or two with a hard frost and snap – all is gone.  Perhaps it will all happen on the 29th/30th October that is when we reset our clocks back one hour to GMT….a time when you do start to notice the darker nights of the coming winter.

So whilst we can we will make the most of October and its mild September legacy.  Sweet Chestnuts are plumping up, fungi is starting to appear on the woodland floor, winds prune the weaker leaves and branches, shadows lengthen and there has been the occasional shower…and the woodland still retains much of its summer leaf..


So let’s say “Three Cheers” for September thanks for a great month…and welcome October with hope that it has learnt some lessons from September.

1st October

(C) David Oakes 2016