A mix of summer and autumn weather for the middle weekend of September


Saturday was just fabulous, warm, no breeze and sunny.  The low sun shedding shadows that get longer each passing day.  The woodland canopy just a little thinner than last week.  The Ferns and bracken now drying and soon will turn to a crisp brown that will rustle in the winds to come.

Whilst Saturday was perfect all day, Sunday alternated in virtually a blink of the eye, from sun  to dull grey,  in a cycle that continued till nightfall (then it rained).  Overall a relaxing weekend,  it was good to get out and about observing the small changes in the countryside and garden.

In the garden Tortoiseshell Butterflies are having a feeding frenzy on the Sedum sharing the nectar and pollen with Bees and Hover Flies…its a busy spot.


  Now we all know the saying ‘here today gone tomorrow’ ..well how about ‘here yesterday gone today’ ….  Both the Rose and the Blue sky!

At least Sunday finished with what looked like the making of a nice evening, bright and encouraging as it was… it didn’t last.


I wonder what the weather has instore for this coming week…will it be more of the same or the start of a real shift into autumn…..who knows, not me.

16th September

(C) David Oakes 2019



Slowly, slowly Autumn approaches…..


Whilst in places the colours that are more at home in Autumn are starting to make an appearance, Green is still the dominant colour.

Ferns and bracken are now at the full height, full and now turning brittle with the odd tip turning brown, but still retaining that distinctive bright green….

The fruits of the Sweet Chestnuts seem to be very abundant, so we can look forward to a good crop and a few tasty additions to a meal….

Early September is a real bonus for exploring the woodland areas, the bright low sunlight, certainly casting long shadows, but giving those green leaves a vibrant green hue much like that of spring.

 We made the most of the weekends sun…not sure this clement weather will last the week.

9th September

(C) David Oakes 2019

Sunny Start to September……


The first week of September has given us some fabulous sunny mornings… perfect for Golf lovers to get their rounds in whilst its quiet.

In the woods the shadows are longer as the sun sinks lower in its axis.  The canopy is also starting to thin allowing this autumnal sun to reach those parts that have been so shady across the summer.


Berries are ripening, seeds are setting, petals dropping yet still Summer teases us.

The truth that the seasons are on the move comes towards the end of the day when those longer shadows and a bright evening sun, give the garden an ‘evening look’ long before the sun vanishes for the day….   and the temperatures make a marked drop


Yep…not a bad start to September, OK we did get the odd shower but perhaps that was much needed.

We should of course  think of those caught in the dreadful and very tragic weather conditions that have struck the Bahamas.  Hurricane Dorian now continues northwards up the coast of North America reeking even more destruction.  A reminder that none of us are in control of our own destinies.

7th September

(C) David Oakes 2019

A Bright Start to September….


Whilst Autumn has yet to show is full hand there are one or two small signs of change.

The most noticeable are the mornings, mornings that are later to start. Then we find that the sun is much lower in the sky casting longer shadows across the woods.  But the warmth and recent rains have ensured that the understore is still full, rich and lush.


As for some other small signs of the progressing season….well Fungi is exploding in places, berries are in multitude and Butterflies are feeding on the fading Buddleia…




And as Buster would agree….. not a bad September morning to be leisurely mooching through the woods…. as for that sun, well its still nice and warm…


3rd September

(C) David Oakes 2019