Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Shifting seasons

July 30, 2014
blackberries

blackberries

We are used to seeing spring arrive earlier and earlier, but autumn?

From mid-July, changes I would not have expected to see until late August or early September, are happening now.

Mid-July leaves turning brown on horse chestnuts.

Mid-July hazelnuts ready. In the last few days hazelnuts falling off the bushes, and the last day or so, the squirrels stripping the bushes. I would not usually expect until September, unfortunately then the squirrels get in first and strip the bushes. Last couple of years I have managed to get a few, as they start falling off the bushes early, catching the squirrels unaware.

Last week or so blackberries ripe and ready to eat. As a child, blackberries would be ripening and ready to eat last two weeks of August.

Plums have been available for over a week. Plums usually in August.

Nature teaches us more than philosophical books

June 15, 2014
Nature teaches us more than philosophical books

Nature teaches us more than philosophical books

Nature teaches us more than philosophical books. — Paulo Coelho

What I know of the divine sciences and Holy Scripture, I learnt in the woods and fields. I have had no other masters than the beaches and the oaks. — Saint Bernard

Unrecorded Beam

December 29, 2013
Unrecorded Beam

Unrecorded Beam

Poetry of Henry David Thoreau set to music performed by Billy Bottle & The Multiple.

Avant-garde jazz.

Unrecorded Beam is expected to be released sometime around 24 February 2014.

Bluebells

May 25, 2013
bluebell

bluebell

A spring flower, found in woodlands.

An indicator species for ancient woodlands.

Cat meets snow

January 21, 2013

Cat meets snow for the first time.

Excellent video considering filmed on a mobile phone, HTC One X.

A walk in a Siberian wilderness

January 16, 2013

A walk in a Siberian wilderness or at least that is what it felt like. The trees were white, but not white with snow they were white with frost from the freezing fog, the fields white with fallen snow.

I took the same walk as yesterday, only this time I went to the end of the country lane. could have carried on as the muddy tracks no frozen or will be with a few more days of subzero temperature, but I was feeling tired, it was late afternoon and the light was fading I decided to turn around and head back.

Snowy day

January 14, 2013
snow mid-morning

snow mid-morning

Sunday there was a sprinkling of snow. By lunchtime it had gone.

4am this morning, everywhere white. By around mid-morning, roads clear, but everywhere else a thick covering of snow.

Lunchtime a second wave of snow swept in which lasted until dusk. Big snowflakes came fluttering down.

I decided not to venture out, temperature barely above freezing.

Afternoon walk near Washingborough

January 9, 2013
afternoon walk along country lane

afternoon walk along country lane

low sun shimmering on cobwebs in ploughed field

low sun shimmering on cobwebs in ploughed field

An afternoon walk along a country lane that goes nowhere.

Up Church Hill past Washingborough Hall, to the top, cross the main road, then along the lane opposite.

Well not strictly true, does not go anywhere. At the end of the lane tracks heading off in three directions, but too muddy to follow. After a hard frost yes.

Before Christmas the fields were flooded, what had looked like standing pools of water were flowing.

In nearby Heighington, springs appeared.

The field has now been ploughed. The sun was reflecting off the field, not as as I first thought off the ploughed soil, the field was covered in cobwebs, as was the grass edges. A path of light, as would get with the setting sun across the sea.

Coming back, by the time Washingborough Hall reached, my legs had turned to lead.

With a little help from my friend

December 26, 2012
with a little help from my friend

with a little help from my friend

We all now and then need a helping hand.

Cold wintry morning

December 5, 2012
light sprinkling of snow in the garden

light sprinkling of snow in the garden

light sprinkling of snow in the garden

light sprinkling of snow in the garden

light sprinkling of snow in the garden

light sprinkling of snow in the garden

End of November, beginning of December, cold hard frost in the morning.

Yesterday at the farmers market in Guildford it was very cold, with a cold wind blowing. I was glad to be indoors as it was getting dark. It turned very cold during the night.

This morning it was white. I thought frost but no, a light sprinkling of snow. The first snow of the winter.

Not far away, heavy snow, airports and roads closed.