Autumn…its just around the Corner!



Someone said yesterday, that Autumn was just around the corner. It is an inevitable fact that Autumn will arrive. However I do hope that round this corner there is a long straight road of late summer for us to enjoy first.

The rains of last week, whilst not that intense, have revitalised the trees which for the most part are once again showing a spring like green..

Ash Keys are now plumping up with new seeds ready to be dispersed in the wind when they fall in the autumn.  What is worrying is the trend of recent years for the Horse Chestnut Trees to display brown rust spots on there leaves…very noticeable this year..


Late August the days have cooled…. but still the early morning glow, with a lower sun, does light up the browns and the odd leaf that has started to turn indicating that whilst hopefully it is some way off, autumn is on the way….


30th August

(C) David Oakes 2018


Early Morning…and the sun shone



Early Morning in Big Wood, Allestree

The forecast is again one of mixed weather so it was obvious that we had to take advantage of the mornings sunshine for an invigorating and relax walk in the woods.

As we know the sun is rising later each day, lower in the sky and casting long dark shadows which all creates a different mood each day, as the year progresses inevitably towards autumn…but thankfully, and hopefully, a few more week of late summer weather will be very welcome. Meantime lets just enjoy those ever changing shadows and the refreshed rich greens.



And just to remind you that summer is nearing its end….. the Elderberries are now just about right for harvesting.


26th August

(C) David Oakes 2018