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Signs of a Hard Winter

Sunday night I heard the stags roaring for the first time this rutting season . . . very early as it was last year.

The Cairngorms have already had their first snow . . . as yet we haven't had snow on the hills.

So are the above signs that we are going to have another hard winter . . . what signs have you seen?

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Posted at 28th Sep 2010 - 01:43PM   Posted by Westerwitch   Signs of a Hard Winter Comments: 21

All the trees have massive crops of berries and fruit. The hollies in my garden are positively groaning, and the haws, sloes, wild damsons and others have been very bountiful too in the hedgerows too.

The ones I noticed the most were the wild rugosa roses, positively covered in heps, looking like miniature Chinese lanterns strung out along their branches.

I am just hoping my pears don't blossom again this Autumn, as they produced no fruit this year at all.

Quite like a proper winter though, even if it means we get snowed in again, I like the silence it brings to the world.

Posted by: Zoe on 28th Sep 2010 at 01:55PM

Fennie's Avatar Yes, large amounts of fruit. More people putting insulation in their houses. Just have to wait and see.

Posted by: Fennie on 28th Sep 2010 at 02:00PM

Fennie's Avatar Should have said a magnificent photo! Is it of the Buchaille Etive Mor?

Posted by: Fennie on 28th Sep 2010 at 02:01PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Yes it could be Fennie, I didn't name the image Embarassed

Lots of fruit on the bushes is supposed to be a sign of a hard winter to come, but does not always follow in my experience.

I have noticed that winters up here do seem to go in two year cycles and last year was year one!

Posted by: Westerwitch on 28th Sep 2010 at 02:08PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Have you had snow yet Fairy Nuff

Posted by: Westerwitch on 28th Sep 2010 at 02:09PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Not yet but I have had to put my sheepskin boots on twice this month!
It is a little warmer today so I'm wearing my sheepskin flipflops insteadVery Happy
(and noI'm not joking)

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 28th Sep 2010 at 02:15PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Shocked really sheepskin flip flops . . . go on show us a picture then.

What about frost - we have had our first frosts anyone else had frosts.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 28th Sep 2010 at 02:25PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Ta Da...

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Lovely for inbetween days in spring and autumn.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 28th Sep 2010 at 02:32PM

Angel's Avatar Wow, look at those sheepskin flip flops. I could do with a pair of them.

We've just got back from hols and couldn't believe how cold it is. Sure sign of a hard winter ahead - hubby has already lit the first fire! Unheard of in September.

My holly trees are laden with berries.

Posted by: Angel on 28th Sep 2010 at 02:38PM

Ivy's Avatar hardly any acorns and few apples would mean a mild winter but it's so b****y cold already that I'sd say we are in for a LONG winter. Starting in August ending in????

Posted by: Ivy on 28th Sep 2010 at 02:44PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Well Ivy, there was still snow on the Cairgorms in August this year so that would be August to AugustShocked

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 28th Sep 2010 at 02:50PM

Westerwitch's Avatar LURVE the flip flops can never wear them though as they irritate my toes where the bit has to go between and also you probably wouldn't lend them to me anywaySad

We had snow on Lawers up until June . . .waiting for the first snow of the Autumn. . Any day now. It was forecast over the weekend but the weather ended up dry and sunny.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 28th Sep 2010 at 03:58PM

Fennie's Avatar Yes soon be time for UGG boots, except their not real UGG boots, but Tesco equivalents. But great for keeping the frost away from your ankles.

Looked up and read your post WW: 'snow on your lawyers?' gosh - I had this momentary image of a herd of lawyers compelled to stand outside in the snow - but it's Ben Lawers isn't it?

What you really have to beware of is the autumn snow falling before the spring snow has melted. The snowfield will then just keep growing and smother you in time.

Posted by: Fennie on 28th Sep 2010 at 04:19PM

Ivy's Avatar global warming seems to have left south....

Posted by: Ivy on 28th Sep 2010 at 04:33PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar Having a second flush of roses, catmint etc. here. Local folk are muttering that it is extremely mild for this time of year. Haven't lit a fire yet....
Have been working in the garden today, and could hear the sound of leaves falling through branches.

Lawers = mountain
lawyers = mountainous billsLaughing

Where did you get those Flip-Flops Fairy Nuff...they look so cosy? I bought a pair of fleece wellie socks today...they feel fabulously warm too.

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 28th Sep 2010 at 05:09PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Embarassed yup it's Lawers. . . . . . But I was talking bout my friend Ben Lawyers he's very tall you know . . . EmbarassedArrowArrowNeutral

Posted by: Westerwitch on 28th Sep 2010 at 06:07PM

Vic's Avatar lovely photo - I have yearning to come home now.

Posted by: Vic on 28th Sep 2010 at 06:36PM

Frances's Avatar WW, your photo is a beauty.

I've enjoyed following all the comments about the possible signs of a harsh winter.

Think that global change means extremes of weather. Over here in the States, Los Angeles had temperatures over 100 degrees F. Crazy. Here in NYC we're still having summer temps, and lots of rain as various fronts assemble themselves on our Eastern Atlantic coast before heading across that wide pond towards... well, you know where.

I love a winter that contains some dramatic snow storms, just to remind us mortals that we are in the grip of a larger force.

But that bit is still a bit away ... the farmers markets still have wonderful produce.


Posted by: Frances on 29th Sep 2010 at 02:28AM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar WW, I remember you mentioning the Stags this time last year. How time flies. Here in Dublin, we are having lovely sunny weather, and like Salle mentioned great new flush of Roses, with lots of flowers still blooming away. It is a little cool in the evenings, but no need to light a fire yet. I have posted photos in my blog, and Autumn Forum. Last Saturday was like a Summer's day, and Mush topped up her tan. There are a lot of berries around, but we don't really get severe Winters here because of the Gulf Stream. Can't contemplate snow at this time of the year. England now seems to have 2 very defined climates now. I love all the seasons, and love to snuggle up in Winter.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 29th Sep 2010 at 02:59AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Salle, like the original UGGs they come from Celtic sheepskin in cornwall (actually they come from Australia but CS sells them here).
All the streets around us are named after scottish mountains so we live just off of Lawers way!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 29th Sep 2010 at 11:20AM

Camilla's Avatar Lovely pic Westerwitch, we had family who got married in the Cairngorms. Remember we had a very cold winter this year, not sure how 2011 will fair. Had lots of snow last year too, love the snow although it got so bad later with much ice that it was even too dangerous to drive in.

Posted by: Camilla on 29th Sep 2010 at 12:19PM

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