As suggested by Cee’s FOTD Challenge – Leaves


Blowing in the Wind

Another picture of autumn leaves for Cee’s FOTD challenge

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29th October

(C) David Oakes 2018

Two days to go……


Two days to go… to Halloween that is.

But it is not too late to get your magic potions and spells…. or maybe a new pointy hat or why not upgrade your Crystal Ball.  Maybe a super charged Broom Stick but you have to provide your own Black Cat.  Currently out of stock of Toads and Newts.

Cash, Cards and Mystical Money Transfers accepted

29th October

(C) David Oakes 2018


It might well be colder…but summer is still here !


Shipley Woods, Derbyshire

Sunday October 28th…the clocks were adjusted backwards last night, so this is the first of the shortest days. Yep, we are going to have to get used to less daylight as this year progresses into winter. Cold as the morning was, it was just great to get, out stretch the legs.. and of course walk Buster.  Nor were we alone as lots of folk were out and about taking advantage of what has to be some ‘bonus’ weather. Crunching through dry leaves and breathing in those distinctive autumn smells.

I say Bonus weather for over the last few weeks it has been much more like summer than autumn. True there are more signs in the woods that autumn is here, but there are also lots of trees that are still not prepared to give up on summer….a great blend of Green, Red and brown…



The storm that past thru thankfully did little damage.  In this part of the Beech wood this broken bow the only real casualty.


A very mixed picture of autumn and very selective in its arrival. One Beech tree can drop all its leaves overnight, others are still green.  No matter it is a great time of year to be able to get out and enjoy these lovely sunny days….it is an inescapable fact that soon all will be bare, probably damp, certainly dark and maybe at times even white…well it does feel cold enough to snow!  Meantime lets just enjoy what we have…


29th October

(C) David Oakes 2018