December the 1st….and Winter is officially here !


Winter Silhouettes….

Meteorologically the 1st of December is the first day* of winter. The past week has seen a marked change in the weather, dull damp and windy.

So it was rather a surprise to wake to a fresh sunny morning.  The big change of course is in the woods.  The low sun is casting long shadows of the trees, trees that are now dramatic skeletons,  with the autumn leaves carpeting the floor it is all rather different.  Nature dressing up in just another of her ever changing coats.


Even without cloths on…. trees always have that special appeal.

  • *IF today really is the 1st Day of winter…..and the winter solstice is on the 21st of December….does that mean winter only last 42 days in total?

 1st December

(C) David Oakes 2018


We will be back…..

Winter Coats On

Ready for Winter…

The storms that were promised have passed us bye, no rain to speak of, but just sufficient wind to strip the leaves from the most exposed of the trees in the woods.

This morning they were bravely waving in the remaining breeze… if saying “we will be back in the spring….we will even put on a bright new coat for you”.

Real seasonal change is now underway.

5th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

Just another Autumn day….


Our first frost of the season…  it was though only a very light dusting and soon evaporated into what was another ‘Bonus’ autumn day.  More colour is now apparent but the green of summer, whilst fading, is still a dominant phenomena. It has, and is, an Autumn that has not been following the usual pattern… the oddity of some trees just striped bare,  others bright green and heavy in leaf whilst others are now changing to the familiar autumn gold, brown and reds. Autumn is late and I am even more convinced that we will probably move straight into winter…


30th October

(C) David Oakes 2018