Another Month is Nearly Over

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Tarn Hows, The Lake District, Cumbria

November is nearly over.  As it fades into the history of 2020, autumns decline into winter also reaches its conclusion.  Tarn Hows in late autumn always boost’s my spirits, either in reality or virtually by way of memories.

It has been a strange year for everyone, for some with traumatic repercussions. And we still have a month to go.

They tell us hope is on the horizon…… maybe so.

Till then…..

Please Remember ….

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

28th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Tall Trees……..

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” Everything on earth has its own time and its own season “

For the Larch Tree that has to be the end of autumn, when all the Larch Needles drop, and we are left with these tall sentinels.  

Many of you will have guessed over the years, that I do have an affinity with trees…..  and as each season changes and progresses my favourite trees come and go.  Right now it is the Larch.

Everything changes…. but the need for care in these troubled times must still be our priority, so…… 

Please Remember ….

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

26th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Autumn comes to a close…..

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The leaves fall, the trees are nearly bare.   Autumn comes to a slow close.  Enjoy every little bit of the autumn that is left otherwise it will be a long winter.

Please Remember ….

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

24th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

High Noon……The year moves on……

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High Noon and the sun struggles to rise much above the horizon.  A sure sign that the year moves along at a pace

As always…..

Please Remember ….

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

22nd November

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Perfect Early Morning….

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If we needed a reminder that the year was heading towards its close, then the low early morning sunshine did exactly that.  Long dark shadows, and a sun, where it fell, acted like searchlight…dazzling bright.  It certainly dazzled us as we walked through the village on the way to the woods.

Nor was it just the Graveyard by the village Church that was quiet.  The Village and then then Allestree Woods were also quiet.  Whilst it is nice to enjoy the peace and solitude it also seems so selfish not sharing the joys of the morning.  Thankfully a few of the familiar dogs had dragged their humans out for walkies….

The weather, from start to finish this year, has without doubt effected the seasonal changes in our trees and plants.  Spring seemed late to arrive, autumn was also slow to start and when it did the usual pattern of the autumn seemed different.  Silver Birch with their fragile leaves are normally, for us at least, the first to fall…. this season they have hung on till most of the Beech trees are bare.  The Oak have had a bumper crop of Acorns, normally slow to enter the change, they have started to turn in colour. Whatever the effect the weather has had on our climate, I can vouch for the fact that the Fly Agaric fungi has had, and still has, a successful autumn…

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Again we were proved right to ‘get out early’.  Once again, by midday, the sun did its disappearing act… as we left the Lake, cloud cover was already heading our way.   So we headed home smug in the knowledge we had enjoyed the best of the day…

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So whatever the weather tomorrow…..

Please Remember ….

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

13th November

(C) David Oakes 2020