November On And Over The Edge: The Changing Seasons


For  most of November it’s been rain and gloom on the weather front, and hate and smear in the mass media. When it comes to the upcoming general election it feels like a no-win situation. We’re dying for it to be done with, but horrified by the possible result. I further give my position away when I say the only bright spot this last week was when Channel 4 ‘emptied chaired’ Boris Johnson who refused to take part in the leaders’ climate crisis debate and replaced him, as they said they would do, with an ice sculpture. This served to generate the Twitter hashtag #BorisIsAMelt which in turn made me laugh out loud, and briefly lifted the spirits.

And then on Friday the sun came out so we popped over to nearby Ironbridge and turned it into a proper outing, mooching and lunching. And then yesterday, though Wenlock was again lost in murk, when we drove out of town into Corvedale there was the sun floodlighting the valley through a thin gauze of mist. Goodness! Sun – two days running. So we went to the off-season opening at Wildegoose Nursery where we had last been in August when the walled garden was alive with butterflies and all round floral brilliance. Yesterday it was transformed to muted tones, here and there lit up by plumes of ornamental grasses as they caught the sun. The place is pure magic however it comes, and especially its magnificent glasshouse. Yesterday it was hosting a special course of Christmas wreath making plus some arty works from our much loved 2020 Gallery (even though it’s moved from Wenlock to Ludlow).

And so making the most of November’s sunny intervals, the following photos are mostly from the last couple of days: first off, yesterday at Wildegoose Nursery:


Ironbridge 29th November:


And on home territory earlier in the month: fog over the garden fence and brighter vistas in and around the Linden Walk and Wenlock Priory parkland…

copyright 2019 Tish Farrell

The Changing Seasons: November 2019

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66 thoughts on “November On And Over The Edge: The Changing Seasons

  1. It seems the month of November has been wet for you and us equally. It has led to loss of lives too.
    Politically, it’s like we are always in campaign mode the minute election results are out. It’s even a wonder things get done

    1. V. sorry to hear about the loss of lives. Flash floods? As to politics and the never ending electioneering seems we’ve both been suffering from that. And of course nothing much does get done.

    1. Cheers, Trev. It has been so grim and squelchy, hasn’t it. Perishing this afternoon despite the sun Just got back from the allotment where it was too chilly to linger.

  2. Always good to have a bit of sun on your back, Tish 🙂 🙂 It’s been coming and going here of late too, but at least I don’t have to put up with the politics. Isn’t Wildgoose Nursery a lovely name? I looked for them! But I did appreciate the grasses.

  3. Love grasses in sunlight and frost on leaves. Sad to hear that those pink towers are to come down soon, a shame they weren’t listed and used to develop a further museum in the gorge. I rather fancied a coracle ride along the river to get there.

    1. This coming Friday morning is the time fixed for the towers demise. I agree. It’s a shame. And it will be an even bigger shame with 1000 houses on that flood plain.

      1. Couldn’t agree more, Jude. And yes, who is going to live there, in a bottleneck beside a river that floods. They have to remove all the toxic waste first of course.

  4. Your photos always seem to capture so much of what is beautiful and wonderful about England Tish — and these are no exception. The glasshouse images in particular are lovely and somehow feel hopeful. With family in both England and Scotland, I’m feeling anxious, so I can only imagine how it must feel to be living this frightening farce.
    Wishing you winter sun and days of peace and small contentments.

    1. Am so glad you like the photos, Su. I really enjoyed gathering them in. And thank you for all those very good wishes. I’m usually quite an optimist, but it’s hard when the forces of Mordor are on the loose! I think I need to wield an up-scaled version of Gandalf’s firework inducing stick.

  5. That is a beautiful photo of the backlighting on the grasses giving them an ethereal look. Oh dear what a mess your political system is making of the UK. Hard to imagine a good outcome. Right on Christmas too, the season of supposedly peace and goodwill. Despite the gloom I hope you have a peaceful Christmas

  6. What is it they say? It has to get worse before it gets better? Perhaps there’s some small comfort in that. Idiotic politics aside, those photos – the frost and the water (????) on the tree, beautiful.

  7. Beautiful capture of the season . . . whilst we are really missing Portugal this autumn, a little part of me is enjoying experiencing the cold and odd moments of sunshine.

  8. Politics spoils life completely. Watched Behrouz Boochani castigate Australia at a NZ writers festival yesterday, and felt no defensiveness at all. We deserved every comment he made, especially “In Australia, politics are broken.” He’s been imprisoned on Manus and Nauru for six years, and his book “No friend but the mountains” won an Australian literary award, so we’re not all blind, ignorant and uncaring.

      1. Just listened to this, after a program yesterday on Assange from an Australian perspective. Yet another shame that he’s not getting protection as an Australian citizen – and there I have to agree with two politicians I normally despise! Before the last election I heard two Coalition politicians say in so many words it’s a pity parliament gets in the way of government. The government’s busy at the moment trying to repeal the Medevac bill which was passed in March this year. So many reasons why this is bad. So parallel to what Murray says about democracy in England.

      2. It’s all v. depressing, both ends of the planet; and the partisan coverage and sharp focused smearing that’s being going on in the UK and in quarters where you’d possibly expect a smidgeon of fairness and balanced presentation (BBC). The corporate hegemony has all its claws and teeth out.

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