A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Catkins and Snowdrops

Winter is not over yet but Spring is round the corner and the first signs are appearing with the early snowdrops flowering and hazel catkins emerging.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Walking off Christmas

After Christmas we have had beautiful sunshine and time to get out with family to enjoy the countryside. Here walking around Uley Bury hillfort with views towards the Severn Valley and the hills of South Wales.

Sunday, 11 December 2016


Large numbers of Redwings have arrived over the past week or so and have been busy stripping the trees of their berries.
These thrushes spend the summer in the conifer forests of northern Europe and migrate to our warmer climes in the winter.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Winter Sunshine

We have enjoyed some beautiful sunny days and frosty nights recently but the sun is low in the winter sky and where it does not rise above the hill the fields remain white.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Bewick Swans Return

 Colder weather brings the return of the Bewick Swans from their summer breeding grounds of Siberia to our relatively balmy climate.
Numbers have been dropping in recent years and the WWT Flight of the Swans campaign aims to bring the attention of communities along the migration route to the plight of the Bewick Swans.
Let's hope they are successful in saving these beautiful for future generations.


Sunday, 6 November 2016

First Frost

The first frost of Winter whitened the fields this morning and will be the beginning of the end of many of our summer garden plants.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Coaley Wood in Autumn

 Autumn colours are beautiful throughout the local woodlands as we saw on our late afternoon stroll

Wednesday, 2 November 2016


We have noticed a proliferation of mole hills and runs around here this year. Wondering if it is due to the fairly dry conditions or youngsters establishing their own territory. Moles eat the equivalent of their body weight every day be it worms, insects or beetles. Hence it comes as no surprise to learn that in autumn they catch and store up earthworms to keep them going through the winter. Apparently they chew off the front end of worms to stop them crawling away so that they stay alive in the runs and remain alive so providing the mole with fresh food for several months.
Whatever gardeners probably won't be too happy to have their lawns covered in tumps of soil like these.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Parasol Mushroom

Parasol mushrooms are abundant it the pasture near our house. They are said to be edible and delicious but some very similar looking mushrooms are poisonous so we are not are not confident enough to try.
The American species which has greenish gills instead of white is poisonous and is spreading in Britain.
Even the edible species can cause gastric upsets in some people.

Sunday, 23 October 2016


 A family tradition is to visit the Uley Village Fireworks display and it never fails to delight. For a small village they put on a tremendous spectacle!