the woods are getting quite threadbare now .. soon there won’t be any leaves at all and it will all be grim and dark.


I have to console myself  with amaryllis – I have a series of them …. the first is in flower, cream petals brushed with hot amaryllis orange. the trick is to leave them outside after they have finished, then about 4 weeks before you want them to flower, bring them into the warm and feed them like mad.

the bracken has beautiful colours just before it rots down; an almost indescribable intense soft russet, with dark russet stalks.


and my golden dog is rather perfect in the russet foreground, balancing out the warm sunlit background behind the silver birch.


winter here we come.