Birthday Greetings to Our Queen


Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Scotland

Today is the 90th Birthday

of Queen Elizabeth II.

Lots of celebrations are planned and I guess that after the next few days of festivities and Royal engagements that the Queen may we be secretly wishing she was able to enjoy some quiet down time in her favourite summer retreat of Balmoral Castle.

But I rather suspect that it will be business as usual for this busy Monarch who’s duties never seems to stop.

Happy Birthday

21st April

(C) David Oakes 2016

Bluebells…. in Spring Wood


Bluebells in the aptly named Spring Wood

The Bluebells are now starting to spread their Blue carpet over the woodland floor.  Here at Spring Wood (named Spring for its water source rather than any season) it is a race against time…that time being when the tree canopy cuts off light to the ground below. Once that happens it is goodbye Bluebells till next spring


And as a Bonus we have some Wild Primroses hiding in the hedgerow


21st April

(C) David Oakes 2016