How Does Your Garden Grow? – Nov 21st

Life has finally started to return to normal in our house.  After two weeks of sickness, chest infections and throat infections, we seem to be on the way up again.  My immunity must be really dreadful at the moment as I seldom pick up bugs from others, but this time I was just about wiped out, so I apologise for disappearing off the internet radar and off Annies lovely linky for a couple of weeks.

This week has been a real mixed bag on the weather front.  We have had very strong winds and rain and then got our first proper frost of the season.  It was delightful to open the door and see that winter sunshine along with the smell of winter frost.  Even though I was feeling lousy, it really did lift my spirits to hear that lovely crispy crunch under foot.

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I am still amazed at just how many leaves are still clinging on, even though we are rapidly approaching the end of November.   The Yellow Acer is still full of bright leaves.  The Oak tree has started to turn brown and there are still a few Acorns to be found.  My Beech trees are a mixture of brown and gold, but still full of leaves and my beloved Corkscrew Hazel has really only started to turn now.  I envisage a very soggy garden in the coming weeks, as they all drop off and get soaked by rain and snow.

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Speaking of snow – yes, this week we have had our first snowfall, albeit not very significant and by lunchtime it had pretty much all melted away, but if the predictions from The Met Office are correct, we will see many snowy days throughout this winter.

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For now though, rain has returned, hanging off the branches like thousands of little diamonds.

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I am delighted to be back on form and linking with lovely Annie from Mammasaurus for her beautiful How Does Your Garden Grow linky once again. It is a real treat for the eyes and I have truly missed not joining in and not being online to enjoy it.

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The North Wind Doth Blow # One Week

As this is the last day of #OneWeek – winter linky hosted by the lovely Sarah of Older Mum (in a muddle), I decided to change the original post I had planned and opt for this one instead.  The weather suddenly decided to change from murmurings of spring, back into winter again.  It seemed fitting that I therefore end my contribution to One Week with some wintry pictures.

After being full of the joys of spring, this morning we awoke to everything being crisp and frosty, a sharp reminder that winter hasn’t disappeared just yet.  We ended up having to bundle up in snowsuits again!

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Todays outside wanderings were crunchy, frost coated ones.  We decided to collect frosty leaves, we I say we, what I actually mean is,  the girls decided to collect little piles of frosty leaves.  They even managed to find a frozen leftover windfall apple in our orchard.  They rolled around on the frost coated grass and even though their little noses were bright red, I had a battle on my hands getting them back indoors.  As the day wore on the North wind began to pick up and it turned really bitterly cold.  It felt like we were in the depths of winter all over again, winter at its harshest.  By the time I had bribed them inside with promises of hot chocolate and marshmallows, my feet were numb!

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I’m hoping that the North wind subsides quickly and doesn’t bring any snow.  It’s time for the new shoots to flourish, it’s time for the anticipation of bright sunny days, an explosion of baby birds, the return of the swallows.  It’s time to smell the freshly cut grass, it’s time for spring.

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