A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Monday, 25 April 2016

Wood Garlic


Wood Garlic is out in the woods right now and we have found many culinary uses including these delicious Cheese and Wild Garlic scones. 




The flowers are very pretty and useful to flavour and decoration recipes.
Make the most of it as the season is quite short.




Sunday, 17 April 2016

Swallows arriving

They say one swallow does not make a summer but there is far more than one around.
Large numbers are arriving or migrating through at the moment.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Passing migrants

Spring is migration season and this year brought some different species to our bird feeders.
We have very much enjoyed seeing a flock of Redpoll and Siskin from our kitchen window




Sunday, 10 April 2016

Cotswold Bluebell Woods

 Coaley Wood is looking good as the bluebells and wood anemones are carpeting the woodland floor.
Its a great time to get out and enjoy the springtime spectacle.







Sunday, 27 March 2016

Happy Easter


Happy Easter.
There are plenty of young lambs out in the fields
to let us know spring is here.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Cotswold Calgary

It is a local tradition on Good Friday for local churches to come together and carry a wooden cross to the top of Cam Peak, a prominent local hill, to commemorate the crucifixion of Christ.
The Procession of Witness pauses at various points for readings, hymns and prayers before the cross is erected on the summit on the hill.
A particularly nice sunny spring day brought hundreds of people out today to follow the cross to the peak.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Early Bluebells

The first bluebells are starting to flower in Coaley Wood.
Spring must be here!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Larks singing in Spring sunshine

A lovely sunny spring day for a walk on Selsley Common this morning where the song of the skylarks filled the air. There was an abundance of larks today on the common .
In the past they were killed for food and there are reports of 40,000 a day being sold for food in London's Leadenhall market, but now they are a protected species.






Monday, 29 February 2016

Badgers and apples.

We had a good apple harvest last autumn and left some of the bruised and damaged fruit beneath the tree.
Badgers have found this a useful source of food and make regular nocturnal visits to our garden.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Sunshine and Primroses

 We have had some lovely sunny days this week when it has felt like spring with the banks covered in primroses.
A great time to get out and walk in the countryside.