Tick Tuck…the Seasonal Time Clock Ticks!


Holly Berries on the Turn…

Nearly the end of August and the sobering fact that Christmas is only about 124 days away. Still it does seem a tad early for the Holly Berries to turn to there characteristic red. Maybe it is a lot to do with the topsy-turvy weather we have had so far this year.  Record high temperatures, then record rain fall whilst each day appears to bring a different climate.

Today it is sunny…well that is the way it started with the Beech woods still casting long shadows but also a vibrant green…


In the garden we still have some hot spots.  Honeysuckle is in its final flush of flower..


You know autumn is on the way when the delicate flowers share the bush with their new seed and berry heads…..

Elsewhere despite the colours there is a distinctive warm pre-autumn look to the garden…. encouraging us to enjoy the warmth and colour whilst we can…


The woods also present signs of our year moving to autumn.  Sweet Chestnut seem abundant this year…

Not sure that is an encouraging forecast for the winter.  Berries are very prolific as are the seasonal fruit crops and of course the Rowan.


There is a country saying that suggested in a year of heavy berry crops that the winter will be severe!

The flower meadow has now turned and awaiting hay making…IF the weather allows…


As for todays weather…well the afternoon turned wet and grey but did have the decency to allow a very short blast of sunshine thru the rain…


24th August

(C) David Oakes 2017