A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Afternoon Sun

When the morning fog clears we are still getting some bright autumn sunshine with long shadows as the sun gets low in the sky.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Bewick Swans

The weather is still relatively mild but winter is approaching. A sure sign is the arrival of Bewick Swans from Siberia. They are later than normal this year but around 20 were present at Slimbridge today.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Oaks by the Severn

Most deciduous trees have shed their leaves by now but the oak always hangs on to them a bit longer as shown by these lovely trees reflected in the Severn near Haw Bridge.

Sunday, 9 November 2014


 Our cornfield poppies were with us in June and are now long gone but poppies are always associated with November and Remembrance Sunday particularly this year with the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World war.
This week however we visited a stunning and very moving display of ceramic poppies in London commemorating those killed in the Great War.

Monday, 3 November 2014


The setting sun and a quick shower produced a spectacular rainbow this evening.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Dursley Beech Woods

  • Beech trees are showing their autumn colours as the leaves start to fall. There were a few sunny intervals today as we walked through the woods above Dursley and they are well worth a visit.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Autumn in Coaley Wood

Leaves are falling fast now but there is still plenty of autumn colour in  Coaley Wood.
It's a lovely time to get out for a walk in the woods.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Colours in the autumn evening sunshine.

After a stormy afternoon, just before dark we were treated to an amazing effect in the south Cotswolds.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Beech Mast

There appears to be a very high quantity of beech nuts on the ground this autumn known as mast.
Beech does not always produce ripe nuts but in mast years such as this year trees bear thousands of ripe nuts which provide a feast for wildlife.
We seem to be crunching over nuts everywhere on our woodland walks and even in the garden. It is not clear why mast years occur but weather may be a factor

Tuesday, 7 October 2014


 Teasels were used in textile processing many years ago. The seed heads made a natural comb for woollen cloth where they were used to raise the nap. Nowadays teasels have been replaced by metal cards but seeing them growing in the countryside reminds us of years gone by. Today they provide a useful source of food for small birds like the Goldfinch.