Not a Bad Morning…..

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Another sunny start to a September morning.  Forecasters say it will not last past lunchtime…. so best make the most of the mornings walk.

There is a change in the weather.  It is cooler, we have a very strong breeze which appears to be rising but overall it is a bright fresh invigorating morning.  It is also more apparent that autumn is on the way. So join me on a mornings walkies with Buster…

The blues skies started to turn grey, the River looked darker and there was indeed a damp feel by the time we headed for home, that morning glow had gone..

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As for home…well Buster was pleased to be heading for a comfier chair than the this resting place..

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and the forecasters were right…… it rained, but by then we were home

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Working hard, relaxing whatever you are doing… as always….

Please Remember ….

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

28th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Heading for home….

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Heading South… Heading to their winter Home

Bird migration time.  Most have already fled our isles heading south to warmer climates, avoiding our winter weather that will arrive in the months ahead.

Usually at this time of the year we are on one of our northerly coasts. The last of the Terns will be joining this procession south,  a great sight to see .  Delicate birds, yet they have a long distance flight ahead of them, to the south of Africa and even beyond into the Antarctic…. What energy, but also what navigational skills they have…. then after a short rest its a return flight to our breeding colonies for another productive summer. 

No matter where you are heading…..

Please Remember ….

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

28th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

It is Changing….. but slowly

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Chinese Lanterns….

It is that time in the seasons when the fade of Summer and the arrival of Autumn quickens. Various plants are indicators of the change and one of my favourites is the arrival of the Chinese Lanterns.

Now to save you the trouble of Googling the botanical name, I did that for you. It is Physalis Alkekengi, they also have other common names such as Winter Cherry, Strawberry Ground Cherry and of course Japanese Lanterns. They are part of the Nightshade family.

I also have to own up. These are in a neighbours garden and do well, sadly they don’t flourish in our patch.

The Rudbeckia flowers are now starting to droop and fall…. still only a slow change but a change none the less leaving some seeds for insects and birds in the tougher autumn months to come. Till they vanish they are still a yellow beacon in a dark corner.

The heavy rains that were forecast were not as sever as predicted, still heavy enough to make the Dahlia flop and look rather sad.

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The weather is bound to be less predictable over the coming weeks, at times it will bring some extremes. Just how sever will determine the strength and length of the coming autumn. We will have to wait and see.

Seasons and weather change….. but we still need to…

Please Remember ….

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

27th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday….. Ominous signs

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Storm clouds head to Bedruthan Beach, Cornwall

Late September….. usually the time for a significant weather change and this year looks no different.  More dire weather warnings from our Met Office….  maybe this time they will have predicted correctly.

As always, we will get what we get given.

Seasons and weather change….. but we still need to…

Please Remember ….

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

27th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday…… Off to Church

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St. Peter’s, The Parish Church of Alstonefield, Staffordshire

High on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands, close to the border with Derbyshire, is the village of Alstonefield and its 12 century Parish Church.  Built in the mid 1100’s, like so many of our ancient Churches it stands on a much earlier religious site. Alstonefield was a large and rather prosperous country Parish.  I am told there are over 700 marked graves which span 5 centuries of Alstonefield’s history, an indicator to the onetime size of this Parish… I also understand that there are many more graves lost to time.

For over 1000 years St. Peter’s has served the Parish. During those times it has endured the many perils of Plaque, Religious unrest and Civil Wars, yet it still stands firm.  The dark interior is simple, yet at the same time mysterious, not spooky but with an unreal fee hard to describe but very much felt…. maybe its the spirits of the those gone before. 

Its Grade 1 Listed Building status should ensure that St. Peter’s it will stand for many centuries more.  

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We should never ignore our old Churches, they have seen much in their lifetimes and can tell us much about our past.

As always on this Sunday and everyday of the week….

Please Remember ….

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

26th September

(C) David Oakes 2021