On this sunlit December morning Irene and Richard were walking to SIzergh'to buy a pint of milk!' We had met in June, sharing a find of fly orchid on Scout Scar. I suggested they look out for Sorbus Vilmorinii with its splendid crop of berries.
An Arctic front brings a heavy overnight frost and freezing temperatures. But the day is still and the sun shines so there are wonderful frost-effects at Sizergh gardens.
Once again we hear bullfinch somewhere about the rowan whose pink berries begin to fade to white as Irene had reminded me they would. The lakeside spindle is now bare of leaves and fruit but close by is a Red Cascade spindle I've photographed through autumn. Its pink fruit-capsules have burst open and shed almost all their orange seeds and the capsules shrivel at the onset of winter. The sun doesn't yet reach the shrub so its withered fruits are back-lit but if I return later in the morning sunlight should warm them. The December sun sparkles on frost and the icy lake gleams brilliant.