A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Goldfinch Fledged

We are starting to see young birds around the garden as they fledge and leave the nest. These lovely two Goldfinch chicks were begging for food this morning.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Roe Deer in the grass

In the springtime we often spot Roe deer in the long grass in this field during early morning, usually two but this morning three, a male and two females.
Roe deer usually live in woodland. They also venture into fields to graze young tender grass and apparently prefer "clean" grass, freshly washed by rain or in fields without livestock.
This field has been left to grow for silage by the farmer and the grass is now quite long making the deer better camouflaged.

Saturday, 14 May 2016


The hedgerows are now starting to be white with hawthorn blossom temperatures increase. The blossom also called May is associated with springtime celebrations but traditionally not brought into the home as it is said to smell of death and bring bad luck.

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!