A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Isolation in the Cotswolds


2020 has brought Coronavirus which has meant that the Government has asked us to self isolate. We have been in lockdown here in the UK now for over a week.

Thankfully our government has allowed one walk a day from home so that everyone can get some exercise. Living where we do in the South Cotswolds we are very lucky with plenty of footpaths crisis crossing the countryside. Hence we have been able to walk every day and enjoy the countryside as it wakes up and Spring arrives after what has been a particularly wet winter.

This collage show the Beech woodland near Uley which yesterday was sunny and green with Wild Garlic leaves which will soon have their white flowers too.  Bluebells are starting to bloom as are Primroses, Wood anemones, Celandines, Violets and Ground Ivy

The fourth photo shows the Wild Chives which we have noticed on the edge of the roads and fields this year for the first time. We wonder if these were introduced by the Romans as it is known that they lived in this area many years ago.



Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Views of muddy fields

 Heavy rain over a long period this winter has left the ground saturated with water but mild temperatures mean that there are plenty  of signs that Spring is coming as can be seen by the wood garlic pushing up from the woodland floor.


Saturday, 15 February 2020

Valentine’s Day

Yesterday morning being Valentine’s Day we decided a trip out was in order to visit NT Newark Park a delightful little historic house near Wotton-under-Edge. 


The Snowdrops were beautiful and we enjoyed wandering in the garden and even sat in the sunshine to enjoy our cup of coffee. Don’t miss a fascinating guided visit to see the ancient kitchens if you visit.   See details here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/newark-park

Friday, 10 January 2020

Hazel Catkins




Signs of Spring are popping up all around us due we are told, to the mild winter weather. Snowdrops and catkins aren’t particularly early here though, if you compare our previous entries and years on the blog. We suspect the amount of daylight has a significant effect also.