Thursday 31 December 2015

The Unseasonal Season

If you look at my blog entries from exactly 12 months ago, you will see photographs of glittering snowfields and closeups of ice crystals looking like jewels.

This winter has been characterised by howling winds, driving rain, and T-Shirt temperatures. Everything is fooled. Crocuses are now appearing to go with the snowdrops, and daffodils are spearing out of the sodden ground, yellow trumpets not yet ready to unfurl.

The ground has no winter crispness about it a frost brings. Everything is muddy, thank heaven for my excellent £12 Decathlon trail runners but even they don't prevent your feet getting soaked when you suddenly find yourself in an ankle deep puddle.

The main blessing of this winter has been the fact that might cycle commutes to work have not yet been made hazardous by ice and snow.


All yext and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 31.12.15

Cemetery crocuses

Snowdrops too

Bracket fungi

Not sure what this is, but it's out!

Magnolia flowers budding

Also nettles flowering

River Devon just starting to flood

Trent nearly over at the lock

Muddy running

Even muddier running

Muddy owl land


  1. Seems like we could be back to normal tomorrow as frost is forecast here.
    Best wishes for 2016.

  2. Amazing difference between this year and last year, Simon! Here's wishing you a wonderful 2016. Cheers!

  3. So unseasonal - looking very muddy where you are. It was much colder here last night although no frost but looks milder and wetter again from now on :( Happy New Year Simon.

  4. Well, at least the photos of mud are familiar to us up here in N Yorkshire Si!
    No spring flowers yet by a long chalk and frost and dull skies today. Happy New Year.

  5. You have captured our so called Winter well Si!

    Happy New Year!

  6. Thank you all, the wind has veered to the South East so it has felt much colder today. Had a good birding day today!

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope I can keep the momentum going this year!
    I wonder if your daisy flower is Scentless Mayweed ( in December....)?

  8. Thank you Mr WArbler for dropping by. I'm getting better with flowers, bu am still terrible!