Thursday, 4 August 2022

Autumn Approaching ?

 A walk up the road this week really showed how Autumn is approaching even though Summer hasn't gone......it's been in the high 20's this week and still no rain.

Zooming into the village from the top of the 'hill'.

 Not sure what the Sugar Beet harvest will be like if we don't get more rain

IF it rains there might be blackberries.

 

A Bridleway goes off this back road but it only goes to the main  A140 road, so no way to do a circular horse or bike ride.

Rose Hips appearing


Lots of small Sloes


Huge crop of Haws turning red already - a bird feast later
 

The wheat has been cut and the bales carted away

The field beans look ready for harvest - a very poor harvest I think
 

This was ahead of me hopping down onto the road and then disappearing into the hedge every time I took a step nearer, and popping out again and  despite the camera zooming in these were the 'best' photos! I think it's just a young  Yellow Hammer?




It's a good year for acorns

There are several clumps of Horseradish on a rough bit of a field entrance but I'm not going to bother to dig up the roots!


 

 I've got some busy days coming up so taking a short blogging break. I'll be back Monday or Tuesday.


Sue


33 comments:

  1. That last pic.....I've seen that a lot, didn't realise it was horseradish! Have a nice break.

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    1. I planted a root at the Smallholding because Colin liked Horseradish sauce - but we never ate Beef and I never dug it up to make any!

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  2. We said the same yesterday - at supper time it 'felt' like early September not the beginning of August.

    The blackbirds are busy stripping all the berries from my Rowan trees and around the garden some leaves are already beginning to turn colour.

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    1. Very gloomy in the evenings now once the sun has disappeared - much too soon!

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  3. I noticed a lot of leaves on the ground in the garden yesterday. Even though we've had a lot of rain here in the past few weeks, plants and trees have made their decision - prepare!

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    1. You are lucky to have rain - it's much needed here

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  4. we were always told that a heavy hedgerow harvest was a sign of a bad winter to come ...ho hum

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  5. It does seem quite autumnal, we have brown leaves falling from the Tulip tree and have raked up several buckets of them also the light is fading more quickly now in the late evenings. Enjoy your blogging break.

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  6. When out and about recently there was a big old Chestnut tree dropping its yellow leaves following that very hot spell - looked very autumnal indeed. We've had some windy days, with some rain (yay!) and that with cooler temperatures have given a nod to autumn.

    A good blackberry crop hereabouts just needing to ripen but have yet to find a Sloe bush with more than a couple of sloes on it! Hay Castle Car Park perchance . . .

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    1. Horse Chestnut trees are always early to fall here, they get a disease with big brown spots. Doesn't do any permanent damage thankfully

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  7. We’ ve had too little rain and the leaves are falling due to lack of water. It’s making everywhere really dusty and it’s been unpleasantly humid for days now. I am trying to wash all the curtains one at a time as it’s £35 at the laundry per pair and I can manage if the weather stays dry. Catriona

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    1. I know what you mean about dust - windows open wide due to the heat but so much dust blowing in

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  8. You saw some beautiful nature on your walk. I didn't realize that sloes looked so much like our huckleberries. I need to look them up for more details! We finally got some rain yesterday -- it was sorely needed. They got it at home too -- much more than here --and I'm afraid my basement is flooded to the max. We'll see.

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    1. Oh no to the flooded basement - not what you want to hear.
      Sloes are the fruit of the Blackthorn and impossible to eat - People use them to give a flavour to Gin to make a liqueur for winter

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  9. Have an enjoyable weekend, Sue!

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  10. Nice to see the vegetation around you. Lots of different farm fields too.

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    1. Yes all sorts being grown around here this year

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  11. With the nights already starting to draw in and going so much cooler it's definitely starting to feel that Summer wants to escape us. We have had almost 'April showers' here today which has been really strange. Bright, hot sunshine interspersed with heavy short showers, over and over again.

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  12. The farming and growing around you is impressive. It is great to see fields that produce a product. You are fortunate to have some cool weather. It is 100 degrees F today and humid. Most oppressive. I can't wait for Fall weather. Enjoy your long weekend.

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  13. So agree about the rather early 'turn of the year'
    Have a good few days
    Alison in Wales x

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  14. I noticed avery Autumnal evening tonight - very early methinks

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  15. We have blackberries ready to pick in a few places around here...those in the photo look parched...that old wheel is turning still isn't it. x

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  16. It does feel very Autumnal all of a sudden. Your pretty bird is a Yellowhammer. I love seeing them flitting along the hedgerows - so perky and colourful, they always make me smile!

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  17. Our Rowan tree berries are not ripe yet but other things seem to be coming to an end prematurely. The heat adversely affected the raspberry canes and there is very little fruit this year...not enough rain I think 🤔 Ditto with the runner beans. Lots of leaves, few flowers and beans.
    Have a great few days 😀

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  18. The vegetation says the season s changing.

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  19. I watched Larkrise to Candleford and one episode had after the wheat was harvested the towns people were able to go and collect any leftover bits of wheat for their families
    Cathy.

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  20. Have a lovely blogging break.

    God bless.

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  21. It is starting to feel autumnal around here too. Some of the trees are starting to shed a few leaves, poor things. xx

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  22. Lovely photos. It still looks so very dry. Things here are still so hot, but I can see the summer coming to an end. The cycle of wildflowers is moving on to late summer flowers now and the leaves on the trees are getting a darker green in colour. I can't wait for things to cool down a little!

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  23. I listened to the crickets last night and knew it too. Summer's winding down. How fast the seasons seem to be changing.

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