The winter Solstice was yesterday, so we now enter a new seasonal year. With the forecasters telling us that we (here in our corner of the UK) will not have a white Christmas…. we can now look forward to Spring. During the long winter nights still to come and maybe there will be some snow, it might at times, seem a long way off….but it will not be too long before the new growth of Spring arrives. Something worth waiting for.
After a week of dull, damp (though no rain) and cold days we woke on Monday to a glorious sunny morning. The sun of course remained low casting long shadows but it also found its way into the Willow Coppices. They need thinning now but have been providing great cover for the ferns thriving in the damp grass…
It was also surprisingly warm, only a light fleece for a walk round the lake. Despite the leaf drop of last week there are still some clinging on… and this bright sun continued to bring out the last of the autumnal colours….
Bright as the sun was it lacked that richness of a few weeks ago. Nor was it to last. By Lunch time the dull grey sky was back and a thicker fleece called for. Nor is the forward forecast encouraging. The much needed rain is due and with it will be some gales.
As for Monday morning it was far from moody and I guess a bonus to enjoy… 🙂
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…