Catherine Knight’s Amble 2020 – Week 29-32

By | November 12, 2020
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Week 29    (5th to 11th October)

Monday to Saturday inclusive – No walks

Sunday – Nothing much seemed to have changed in my absence!

Week 30   (12th to 18th October)

Monday

    • Leaves on poplar tree now gorgeous golden yellow
    • Beautiful sunlight shining on golden leaves on trees across valley on Cleeve Hill.

Wednesday

    • Hedges and verges on both sides of road up to Church cut, courgette gone.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday – No walks.

Sunday

    • Large flock of long-tailed tits in hedge between 2 gates from St Decuman’s Road to farm
    • Leaves turning brown and falling off, without turning yellow and gold first
    • Many diseased horse chestnut leaves totally brown and fallen, littering path

Week 31   (19th to 25th October)

Monday

    • Ivy-flowers fully open, very pungent smell.

Tuesday

    • Went round opposite way
    • Path slippery in places because of wet leaves from overnight rain.

Wednesday

    • Very wet and misty walk; couldn’t see far
    • Path even more slippery in places; must remember to go round the other way, as it’s easier to walk uphill than downhill on wet leaves
    • Ivy-flowers even more pungent, no air movement.

Thursday

    • Rooks on sentry-duty on power lines at top of St Decuman’s Road
    • Cloud in valley below Brendons; could see top of Brendons above clouds – very atmospheric

Friday

    • Rooks on sentry-duty on power lines again
    • Beautiful sky looking to the east; band of brilliantly sunny, cloudless sky on top of Quantocks with light grey fluffy clouds infused with shades of pink above
    • Blackbirds and robins singing

Saturday – No walk

Clocks went back

Sunday

    • What a difference an hour makes!
    • Went out usual time, brilliant blue sky and bright sunshine to the east instead of sun just coming up over the Quantocks, but dark grey clouds and rainbow to west.
    • Lots of leaves down – brown, yellow, and green, most of green leaves were ash – very slippery
    • Sycamore leaves starting to turn yellow

Week 32    (26th October to 1st November)

Monday

    • Went round opposite way
    • Glad I did; caught in heavy shower just as I got to bottom of slippery hill
    • Old-man’s-beard looking very bedraggled

Tuesday

    • Drizzle and windy, not very pleasant
    • Big flock of little birds chirping loudly in blackthorn bushes, light too poor to identify them

Wednesday

    • Small group of goldfinches in blackthorn bushes; were they what I heard yesterday?

Thursday

    • Tulip tree a magnificent golden yellow dome
    • Rooks back in rookery making a lot of noise

Friday

    • Some sycamore leaves turning red; gorgeous sight amongst the yellow
    • Surprisingly, all oak leaves still green
    • Chirping coming from ash tree; still couldn’t see birds well enough to identify them

Saturday

    • No early morning walk.  Set out but turned back, due to strong wind blowing heavy rain horizontally.
    • Did walk after lunch, surprising how different the light was.

Sunday

    • Loud chirping coming from blackthorn bushes.  Could clearly identify the chirpers as goldfinches.  I’m sure they sounded different when they sang to me from the telephone wire in week 4.

Any pictures that accompany this have been taken, at different times and in different places, by Cherrie Temple.  Thank you, Cherrie.  See the full gallery here and read the full account of Catherine’s ambles here

Catherine Knight

 

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