Sunshine and Wet Leaves…..

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November days…..  sometimes sunny, often damp and always a carpet of leaves.  Doesn’t sound that appealing but somehow that makes November rather special.

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Even when the sun goes into hiding, the golden coloured Beech leaves glisten over the Lake…….  soon they all will be gone and just skeletons to mark their passing.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

16th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

A November Evening……

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November days get shorter and the nights longer.  Some days wild, other much more placid.  When the sun does grace us with its presence the evenings can be rather magical.

The winds and rain have taken their toll and many trees are now skeletons, whilst the Oak still hangs on, reluctant to acknowledge the approach of winter.  Now, I know the Sheep do have thick wooly coats, but I still feel rather sorry for them.  Out overnight in the open and not knowing what the weather has in store for them next.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

12th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Changes……

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November dew on Copper Beech.  The season is moving on at increasing pace.  The Silver Birch has lost all its leaves, just fine wispy branches where just a few days ago yellow leaves cascaded….

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But in the garden Rudbeckia still hang on, yellow petals now frail and starting to drop leaving their hard seed case for the birds…. 

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Just coming to life is the Winter Flowering Chrysanthemum.   Small tight Pink flower cushions to light up a dark corner.   The blooms do seem to survive the frosts but hard continuous rain and damp can shorten their life….

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Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

11th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Bonfire Night…. November 5th.

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Autumn in the Gardens of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

November the 5th, a date always associated in England with  Guy Fawkes and the failed Gunpowder Plot.

It is also know as Bonfire Night.  Let me say that although Fireworks have long been associated with the day, I have always rather associated it, from boyhood,  with the act of having a garden bonfire….  an autumnal clear out

Bonfires are now rather infradig, composting is far better for autumnal leaves and prunings.  November 5th still tiggers that moment in time, when my mind says….autumn is over.  OK., don’t shout, I know we have a few more days of autumns colours to enjoy before the darker winter days.  But symbolically, that’s autumn gone for this year.

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As for Chatsworth in the autumn….  its a rather good place to enjoy the autumns colours in their fine mature woodlands.  But not this year for us.  True the House* and Gardens are still open, but visitor numbers limited and you have to pre-book.  Pre-booked, I just find that a turnoff, I prefer to seize the moment.  May be next autumn…. if life is more back to normal  🙂

* Lockdown has now been reintroduced to England.  So the House is not open for this period….   but the gardens remain open

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Murphy’s Law……

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An Early Start, as the Sun came up, Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

We had our first frost last night.  Only a light frost which soon vanished as the sun broke the horizon.  The outlook was for a day of blue skies and bright autumnal sunshine.  But Murphy’s Law dictated that after so many dark days, that the first perfect autumn day came with an agenda that prevented us taking advantage of this fantastic weather break.

So maybe a very quick  walk round the Lake could be squeezed in.   The Lake,  still much in shadow as the sun broke the treeline was looking dark and mysterious.

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It didn’t come as a complete surprise as yesterday evening the skies started to clear banishing the clouds and welcoming the stars.

_DSC9293_00001qqq  So on with the fleece and off for a short, brisk and invigorating walk to set one up for tackling the days diary..

There were also two sides to the Lake this morning.   One for the Mallards who were still just enjoying a quiet lazy start….

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On the opposite bank, the Black Headed Gulls were in a feeding frenzy for the first morsels of the morning…

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So with a last look and a deep breath of fresh air it was off to do battle with the rest of the day.

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Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

4th November

(C) David Oakes 2020