Dull getting Darker…. Cold and very Windy. What a change


Overnight, as promised by the Met Office our weather changed. Yesterday it was shorts and T-shirt and searching for shade. Today its several layers and the winter fleece as essential clothing for this cold ‘snap’…well we hope it is only a snap.

So Sunday is far from a sun– day.  It started dull, got duller and now you have to say dark. Not only that… its cold.  The thermometer is at 6c but we also have a strong Arctic wind so wind-chill is a factor.

So on todays walk I have still tried to bring you some hints of spring brightness.  I guess it is a matter of contrast.  In todays dull weather the spring greens on the Beech (as on the one above) do appear to emit light.

I also spotted this bracket fungi in the shade.  I must have walked past this sulphur yellow fungi several times during the week and not been aware of it…


The winds though are not just a cutting cold but strong enough for damage.  A friend of mine used to describe winds at this time of the year as “God’s Pruners”….. just like a keen gardener, these winds find the weak leaves and branches and remove them.  The woodland floor is littered with the product of its labours….    seems a shame but there has to be a purpose behind it all.


The only other real colour I could find to brighten the days walk was this Rhododendron with Cow parsley intertwined…


So there we have it.  A very dull day after, what we had hoped, was the start of spring. Yep, the day just got darker…. I guess on such a day there is no need to tell folk to ‘Stay at Home’ in lockdown….. no one about.


Post Script

I was reminded of a fellow Dog Walker who also enjoyed this little piece of Derbyshire.  He past away last year at the age of 93.  He was known to a great many in the Park, we all called him the Colonel –  few knew his full name.  We all agreed he was a real gentleman. 

At the end of last year a seat was installed in memory of the Colonel.  It is though the message on the plaque that seem very relevant in todays world… it is a message he often expressed…..  appropriate I think.

www_1030360qqq I  think Colonel Hind would have endorsed my message of

Please Remember ….

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

10th May

(C) David Oakes 2020


Silent Sunday…….. Off to Church


Derby Cathedral

Just one image this Sundays visit to a Church.  It is the most fantastic, maybe, dramatic wrought Iron Chancel Screen.  Erected in 1725 it is the work of local Blacksmith Robert Bakewell.  Derby Cathedral is, in Cathedral terms, a new Cathedral.  It received Cathedral status in 1927.  Prior to that it was know as ‘All Saints Church’.

There was a religious building on this site as long ago as 943ad.  More substantial building occurred in the 11th and 14th century.  But in the late 1500’s the church went through a very ‘bloody’ period during a period of the persecution of Protestant’s.

Many rebuilds and extensions have occurred since and today you are greeted with a very contemporary feel to a very old church…. all rather special with the added touch of a unique Screen, a tribute in it own right to the skill of the craftsman.

As always….

Please Remember ….

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

10th May

(C) David Oakes 2020