The trees changing to Autumn colours sometimes takes months, depending on the weather, with the oak trees generally last to change. When weather conditions are right sunsets are a blaze of orange, aqua and pink. A walk among the Japanese maples in Queenswood Country Park is a blaze of scarlet and gold.
On the farm the rams are running with the ewes and lambing will begin in mid-March. We have three litters of piglets from our very rare bloodline of Gloucester Old Spots due before then, and the rare breed poultry hatched on the farm this year is well grown and beginning to lay.
Redwings fly in from Scandinavia in sixes and sevens at first then flocks of hundreds fly up the valley, descending on the hawthorn trees and stripping them of berries in a few hours. Hedgehogs and newts have selected their quarters for hibernation and we’ve stepped up feeding for the 25 species of wild birds we regularly see around the farm buildings.
There are many walks to be taken around the nearby National Trust properties of Brockhampton, Berrington Hall and Croft Castle and the Black-and-White Village Trail, with its fine churches and craft galleries, is very beautiful at this time of year. Returning to a cosy barn and snuggling down in front of the woodburning stove makes for a truly Autumnal day!