Strange feeling of isolation….


The new and much expected Government Restricts were announced last night. Going to be tough…. but for the time being I am lucky and allowed out for one period of exercise each day.  Its a solitary walk for Buster and me.  But usually we do see folk out and about, running, cycling, walking and of course many with their dogs…. I am not saying it was a social event, but the occasional smile and greeting and even a brief chat was all part of the fun.

Not today,  the Park was like the Mary Celest, abandoned, empty, only bird song for company.

Allestree Hall which for years has been abandoned by the Council was looking forward to a big and expensive restoration and conversion programme by a company in the Hospitality Industry.  It was due to start this September…. I wonder if that will now go ahead.

With not a soul insight it looked even more desolate than usual…

 Spring is unaware of the current CV-19 threat so spring continues to make its cheerful colourful progress

Warm colours do not seem to have reached the Lake, it still has a cold wintery look..


All too soon the morning walk was over and it was back to the isolation of home.  At the moment a daily walk is a bonus, thankfully the warm spring sun is helping…not sure I will feel as positive when and if the wet weather returns.

P.S.   Doesn’t seem like it but tomorrow it will be 3 months since Christmas.  A lot has happened since then.

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other


24th March

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wishing things were different……


Bedruthan Steps, North Coast of Cornwall

No chance at the moment….  it would be so nice to have a walk along a smooth sandy beach, the sea rolling in on one side and tall cliffs the other, cliffs full of seabirds nesting.  It is something to dream about…. but a dream for along time in the future.

We live in the middle of the country so no chance of a quick stroll along a beach.  So for the time being,   and whilst we are still allowed,  it is a short walk with Buster in our local countryside.  I will have to dig out images of a few more locations we have enjoyed over the past few years.  Will cheer me up and maybe a few more folk as well.

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

24th March

(C) David Oakes 2020