Getting Better…..


Big Wood,  Allestree,  Derbyshire

As another week draws to a close, a week that follows some stormy weather, it is now much calmer, and surprisingly getting much brighter, as if summer is returning.  Way past the mid point of October and we have temperatures of 18c (higher is some places) and some really bright summer sunshine.  OK it is lower in the sky, so now sneaks into parts of the woods that miss out in high summer. As to autumn….well  there are the odd sign that the change is starting, but for the most part it is still a green woodland scene.

Silver Birch are usually the first into leaf and the first to drop, this year the now dry leaves are hanging on. Likewise the Ash trees only need one touch of frost and there leaves will just drop. The seasonal success is Fungi which is starting to show.

No matter that the seasonal change isn’t exactly to time… it is still great to be out in the woods.

Perhaps it is the Lake that has accepted that autumn is on the way!


The only thing for sure is that we cannot hang on to summer forever and autumn then winter will follow 🙂

20th October

(C) David Oakes 2018