Spring is coming…. a Carpet of Hopeful Signs

_1020860qqq Wood Anemone

The Wood Anemone have now started to carpet the woodland floor.  It is a shame that they do not remain with us for that long.  But whilst they are here, the white star shaped petals with delicate yellow centre, balanced on a thin stem, atop its fern like foliage is one of those important markers of Spring…

Out on the meadows, the late afternoon sun, has started to make a late appearance.

And dare I say it,  there are signs of new buds on the Ash Trees.


Not sure if I can believe it, but the weather forecast for this weekend is for warm sunny weather…..just what we need to bring on the new spring growth 🙂

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

3rd April

(C) David Oakes 2020


A Wet Day in Luneburg………


Even a very wet June day could not put us off enjoying an exploration of the narrow streets of old Luneburg.

Luneburg is one of the original Hanseatic Ports, not the largest but still important.  Located in the District of Saxony, Germany, it lies on the River Limenau, a tributary of the River Elbe.

Now we have known for years that brick is a great construction material, but in Luneburg the architects and bricklayers have pushed their skills to the limits of their generation.  Perhaps not surprising as the area that surrounds Luneburg was rich in clay, so I guess no shortage of bricks.

The old town is a mix of dwellings but mainly buildings  that were for multi use, Offices, Warehouses, Workshops…  for many it was also where the owner and family all lived on the premisies.


The rain never eased but somehow it didn’t detract from the our visit.  The cobble stone streets glistened and those multi colour bricks had an added glow.


I also guess that the rain ensured we had the street pretty much to ourselves!

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

3rd April

(C) David Oakes 2020