Goodbye November…… But it finishes with a flourish


A Golden Carpet in Shipley Woods, Derbyshire

November… a month of very very heavy rains and floods is nearly over. It did though have a rather pleasant farewell for us.  We woke to near clear blue skies and sunshine to warm the soul. Too good a morning not to enjoy the woods.  Last night we also had our first frost, not a heavy, but enough to bring down the last of the Beech leaves that had been hanging on defiantly ignoring the approach of winter.

The next magical phenomena of our woodlands was now unveiled….   majestic skeletons of twist thrusting branches, easy to visualise and imagine even more magical shapes from Tolkien’s writings.



It may well be the end of November with winter knocking at the door, but the benefit of all the months rains and the relatively mild weather, has meant that the countryside has managed to retain it is lush green look.  Now even more noticeable as the trees and hedgerows are bare and brown…still a green and pleasant land…


Warm as the sun appeared there were no takers for the bench..


Even though it would have been nice to pause and taking in the view..


November will soon disappear but thankfully the weather gods relented and gave us an autumn treat on which to end the month..

30th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

Abandoned on the Moor…


Abandoned Derbyshire Millstone on Hathersage Moor, Derbyshire….. just one of many that were just left in situ when French imports hit the market.  Once they were hand quarried in there thousands, out here in the open, often in extreme moorland weather… it must have been a tough life

29th November

(C) David Oakes 2019


Win Some… Loose some


I always look forward to finding the Red Deer Stags at the time of the Rut.   This year time, the weather and the Stags failed to match up…. 

So here is a proud, handsome Stag  from a previous year.  Mud and sweat over his chest, bellowing away whilst both eating some Oak leaves but at the same time rubbing his antlers across the branches ‘scent marking’ his territory. 

 A Majestic Stag

28th November

(C) David Oakes 2019