A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Saturday 5 December 2020

Dexter Cattle in the Winter Sun

Winter sunshine with the sun low in the sky picks out these Dexter cattle still grazing  outside when most of the other breeds are inside for the winter

Friday 13 November 2020


The days are getting shorter but the hedges are still laden with haws and sloes as Redwings migrate in   from Scandinavia to take advantage of the feast

Friday 11 September 2020

Hay Making

 Summer is fading fast and autumn is here and farmers are taking advantage of the dry spell to make hay ready for the winter ahead.

Tuesday 21 July 2020

Cotswold Lavender Farm

Yesterday we took a trip to the northern end of the Cotswolds to visit the Cotswold Lavender Farm near Broadway. It was most enjoyable a photographers dream!

Tuesday 7 July 2020

Mid Summer sunsets

Yesterday evening we enjoyed another beautiful sunset with long shadows as the sun set in the west.

Sunday 5 July 2020

Beautiful Meadows

Yesterday being National Meadows Day as we wandered along the wood this meadow looked beautiful in the stormy weather. The grassland is species rich and popular with many Butterflies including the Meadow Brown. We are lucky to have this on our doorstep.

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Red Kite

 The Red Kite has been reintroduced in Mid Wales and Oxfordshire but has been only an occasional visitor to our area so we were delighted when the silage was cut near our home to see the arrival of four Red Kites scanning the field for prey.
Let's hope we will see more of these impressive birds in future.

Friday 10 April 2020

Bluebell Woods

It's that lovely time of year when bluebells start to carpet the woodland floor and we are lucky to be able to take a short walk from home to see them when corona virus restrictions  are preventing many from seeing them.

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.