Autumn is here

So, standing here, looking out at my garden, it looks as though autumn is indeed upon us. The rain is lashing down, and the trees are bending in the wind.

Yesterday was scorching. I cycled the 19 miles down to South Walney Nature Reserve and back, and boy was it hot. Riding down south Walney, listening to the birds on the edge of the marsh, I couldn’t imagine a better place to be…

And that’s what is is, this place we live in. Whether you are on the shores of the Walney Channel, walking with the skylarks on Birkrigg Common or at Humphrey Head, or taking a train ride round to Arnside, Silverdale and beyond, one can’t help but be struck by how amazing and amazingly changeable our area is. One day, summer is here, the next its blowing a storm!

But what do we have to look forward to now the days are shortening, and the nights drawing in? In a few weeks, it will be full moon and dark early enough for all to see and enjoy it. We will be able to see the amazing Milky Way without having to stay up late. Lack of light pollution round here makes star gazing so easy. Soon the morning sunrise will be a little but later, and it won’t just be the early birds who get to appreciate the splendour of another dawn over the Yorkshire hills, and lightening up the bay.

The first frosts will bring a quiet and cleanness to the countryside. A spiders web, caught in the frost is one of the most beautiful sights you can imagine. The summer birds will head off, and some of our winter friends will arrive in the never ending cycle of migrations.

So, am I bothered about the rain? No, not in the slightest. It’s just the start of the next chapter in the story of the Bay ?

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