Beauty….. is in the eye of the Beholder !

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The Blasted Oak

The crystal clear blue skies are acting as a great backdrop to familiar sights.  This old Oak, not as big as it once was, is the victim of a lightening strike a couple of decades ago. It struggled on for a few years then fungus took hold and it has been in decline ever since. But it is still standing a dramatically different tree scape on this hillside ridge.

So there I was taking this shot when a passer-by, shouted….“what an eyesore….. should be knocked down”.  I felt like questioning his judgement but thought it would be a waste of time.  He would never understand that Oak trees, even when dying,  continue to support an enormous amount of life, a food source, a vital part of the habitat.  Oak trees are reported to support more wildlife than any other tree….. it is said that an Oak grows for 300 year, lives for 300 years and then dies for 300 years… and we know some even older.  So I guess Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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The sun took a little time to clear the morning haze, but when it did you could feel that heat.  Just a little breeze in exposed places to cool you, but this could be summer not spring.  The reminders of springs progress are changing each day.  Lilac is now in flower, new growth on the Pine trees ( I call these pine candles), Bluebells are fading and Cherry Blossom still fights on….

By midday that sun was scorching (I guess 26c) so some shade by the Lake was very welcome.

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High Noon, Allestree Lake

Tomorrow is the start of a decline in our weather, well that is what we are told!  With luck it will be back to a normal spring, at the worst winter!!!

Please Remember ….

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

25th April

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

 

 

 

To the Manor Born……

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Lower Brockhampton Manor House 

Now part of a much larger Brockhampton Estate, this rather fabulous 14th century Timber Framed Manor House, complete with Moat and Gatehouse is quintessential English.  It is open to visitors.  The original Dinning Room (maybe called Banqueting Room) complete with a Minstrels Gallery is much as it must have been in the 1300’s. But then you can trace how the interior adjust to changes over the centuries.  If you are touring in Hereford this is a must on any itinerary.  Enjoy.

Add it to your plans for the time when life becomes normal once more….

Please Remember ….

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

25th April

(C) David Oakes 2020