OCTOBER 1st….The in-between Season?



Another sunny day to welcome in October.  We recognise four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  However I do have a friend who always proclaimed that there was a fifth season….the in-between season.  The argument was that all seasons merged slowly into the next except for the last two weeks in September and possibly up to 3 weeks in October, at least 5 weeks that were distinctive in there character. The chilly days despite bright sunshine, the occasional shower make it different to late summer yet the rush of autumn colour and die back has not yet got a hold.

As the years progress and seasonal climates don’t follow the ‘old’ pattern, I guess, he may well be right…



The First of October, Allestree, Derbyshire

1st October

(C) David Oakes 2018


Almeria….Spanish with a Moroccan Flavour


Ancient and modern in both architecture and culture.  North Africa mixes well here in a truly Spanish style.


The City is dominated by the ruins of the Cathedral Fortress, Alcazaba built as a defence against Barbary Pirate Raids (sadly it was barricaded off for our visit to allow Filming of Wonder Woman!) but still an impressive statement about Almeria.

Almeria is truly a city that has embraced modern culture yet has retained its historical past. A Spanish Beach resort blends into a vibrant Commercial City that has retained all the essential elements of its culture, a culture that has been influenced by all religions and peoples from across Europe, North Africa and further afield. Busy, yet relaxed in approach… a welcoming City. So lets take a tour….

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A spotless City where even the graffiti  is smart…

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1st October

(C) David Oakes 2018