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