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The Tuesday tree: bright and cold

November 15, 2011

Our run of grey weather is continuing. Enough of such dreariness: let’s remember the best sort of autumn day, as we had about a week ago. Thick frost in the morning, crisp air holding the river mist down at the base of the hills, and the beech woods fiery in the early light. There is still a little colour hanging on in the beeches even now, eight or nine days after this photo was taken. I will miss it once it’s gone.

This time last year it was much colder, on the whole. See The Tuesday tree: frost.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Perpetua permalink
    November 15, 2011 3:54 pm

    Gorgeously atmospheric, DB. 🙂 Yes, it’s still very mild compared to this time last year and up here on the north coast we’ve escaped much of the heavy cloud you’ve had, though it’s coming our way now. Hope the sun shines for you soon.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 17, 2011 11:24 pm

      Well, here’s hoping – thank you!

  2. November 15, 2011 4:04 pm

    Oops, forgot to say, thanks for settling a point of discussion between DH and myself. He maintained the cold weather didn’t start until late November last year and I was sure it was earlier. Your link concludes the matter! 🙂

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 17, 2011 11:27 pm

      Happy to be of service, ma’am! Now that I’ve been blogging for a couple of years, I’m finding it very useful (in a geeky sort of way, I suppose) to be able to check back here to compare the seasons year by year. I can very much understand those Victorian country vicars who kept meticulous nature notes for no-one but themselves to read.

  3. November 15, 2011 10:19 pm

    Mystical view – may it hold you through the grey stretch. (like a picture frame with solid matting to focus attention, the sober weather makes sunny days all the more glorious….somehow humans seem to take things for granted and need to be given the opportunity to remember?) Snug by the fire and dream?

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 17, 2011 11:28 pm

      What a lovely take on the changing days. And here I am, sitting by the fire! 🙂

  4. hmunro permalink
    November 16, 2011 12:10 pm

    Ah … gorgeous.

    Sometimes, being aware of the fact that something — the fall colors, childhood, life — is fleeting makes it all the richer. Thank you for starting my day with this beautiful reminder.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 17, 2011 11:31 pm

      Exactly, Heather – that’s what gives all beauty its terrible poignancy. That’s what Tolkien so profoundly understood, too, and Walter de la Mare, and really all the great poets in English, I think.

  5. November 20, 2011 9:47 pm

    This week has been glorious in Orkney. I think we’ve had better weather in November than we did the whole summer! And this time last year we had snow too! I’m just treasuring these days before the real winter of gales and story seas takes hold again. But I quite like this time of year, with the run up to Christmas and the festivities of New Year. End of January and February though is hard for me.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 20, 2011 11:43 pm

      Oh, same here, Sian. Jan to March is much worse than now, I think, when we have the thought of festivities to jolly us along (or to keep us busy panicking with how much is to be organised! 🙂 ) I’m glad you’ve been having some lovely autumn weather, at least.

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