A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Sunday 30 November 2014

Winter Trees

Now most of the trees have lost their leaves the delicate tracery of their shape is revealed dramatically on foggy days when they are silhouetted  against the mist.

Saturday 29 November 2014

Cattle in the Mud

Late autumn in the Uley valley and this hardy herd of black cattle are still living out in the fields. These cattle do well in the open countryside with their tough coats but do need supplementary feeding as the grass grows only very slowly in the winter which results in some mud around their feed creeps. These young cattle seemed happy enough in the sunshine as we passed by on our walk.

Thursday 27 November 2014

Misty Days

We have had a few damp foggy days lately but today was brighter and the sun broke through giving some fine views at times.

Monday 24 November 2014

First frost

A wintry feel to the weather this morning as the first frost turns the fields white and freezing fog forms in the Severn Vale.

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.