A Jewelled Carpet…..

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Well we really cannot complain, the prediction is that winter will arrive from our friends in Europe later today. But right now we can continue to enjoy the autumnal colours.  They were late in arriving but have been a real visual feast since.

Nor has it just been the woods that have been enhanced by the colours, the lakeside too has been magnificent and an added pleasure to the Pike Fishermen.

So I guess its out with the fleeces and thermals and wait to see what nature actually delivers over the next few months…..and without any doubts we do need some rain. At least over the darker winter months we have the memories of a record breaking summer and a fabulous late autumn…

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20th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

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Weekend Gold……..

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From dawn till dusk it has been a fantastic weekend. The rich glow of the autumn leaves is everywhere.  Nor is it at the moment cold, we have an unseasonable warm spell, which makes tramping through the woods even more enjoyable…and the smell as you crunch your way over the golden carpet is stimulating even though you realise that it is the signal that winter is on the way.

The low angle of the sun remains with us all day which only adds to the golden glow of autumn.  Clear skies meant a swift temperature drop at days end and with it a mist start to form. Swans on the lake basked in late afternoon sun and the shadows once again extended adding there own character to the day.

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As dusk fell, the shorter days suggested we should reluctantly make our way home.  But the setting sun made sure we waited till it faded away…perfect

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19th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

One Week on…..

The Beech Trees lost all there leaves during this week. Last Sunday my favourite Silver Birch was still in leaf…this Sunday whilst most have gone it stubbornly hangs on to a few.  For a tree that normally drops first…that ain’t bad.

18th November

(C) David Oakes 2018