Hello! ….to British Summer (Time)


Sunday 31st March…the clocks ‘spring’ forward one hour and it is officially British Summer Time.

But it certainly isn’t summer just yet, Spring is still just getting underway. It is true much has changed over the past few weeks in both garden, countryside and woods.  Early signs of bud burst and those early flashes of springs colours can be found.  In the woods a race is on…. the Bluebells that really do say that Spring is here are now rapidly putting out there rich green leaves trying to carpet the woodland floor, but it is a race that has to be won each year.


To flower they need the bright sunlight.  So it is a case of blossoming before the leaf cover casts its dark shadow over the woodland floor.

It is though a rather splendid time of year. This year in particular as (so far) here in our part of the UK we have not had any real winter weather. So everything seem that little bit earlier and certainly this start of Spring has been a genuine bonus.  Today it is again sunny and temperature may be down from yesterdays 17c to 15c but still fine for the end of March…

There is a Country saying:-

March Winds do Blow.

“They come in like a Lion and go out like a Lamb”

A calm Spring day that started with the rays of the sun ended with a warm glow….. not a bad end to March.

3 months of the year gone, vanished in a flash…Summer is still a little way off but the best of Spring is yet to come.   Enjoy 🙂

31st March

(C) David Oakes 2019


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Wheels


BIG wheels on the steam Train ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ contrast with the much smaller wheels of  both motor powered and pedal powered bikes….

But sometimes wheels are not so obvious. The Six Sails of this windmill keep a good number of wheels turning in the Mill…

Heage-Windmill bw

Just a few ideas for Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week on the topic of Wheels.

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30th March

(C) David Oakes 2019

Early Morning Sunshine…..



Another bright sunny Spring start to the day with the early morning sun catching the flowers on the Rosemary spikes in the Herb Garden.  Despite regular cropping over the winter of this aromatic herb, this year, it is producing more of the delicate flower fleurettes than we have enjoyed before.

Elsewhere and more predictable the bright yellow flower heads of the Celandine are now starting to burst through the heavy green foliage.


Enjoy the spring sunshine and enjoy the day

29th March

(C) David Oakes 2019

March…. nearly the end of another Month

High Peak Junction Wharf

Cromford Canal at High Peak Junction, Cromford

March has really marched along at a pace….and whilst it has thrown some pretty awful weather our way overall it has been rather a nice way into Spring.

Early morning, the trees along the canal side are starting to green-up and vegetation breaking out of the cold ground and with the promise of a day of sunshine and no wind the canal is still and mirror like.

Not a bad day for a walk along a stretch of Englands Industrial past here in Derbyshire’s, World Heritage Site.

28th March

(C) David Oakes 2019

CFFC. Roads and Tracks, etc


Into the Mountains, Borrowdale, Cumbria

” Into the Mountains” or “Over the Bridge” 

Two routes to adventure !


Two images that I hope you will like for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week – Roads, Tracks, Trails or Paths.

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27th March

(C) David Oakes 2019