Has Summer Returned ?…….



Darley Mill Complex  on the River Derwent, Derby

After a yet another night of frost… frost much deeper than we have had all winter, this morning is much more Spring like, maybe even comparable with a summers day.  All looks quiet this morning very much different from when these mills were enjoying there Hay days.

The Derwent which for many months this year was a raging torrent is also rather quiet, tranquil even.  OK some noise at the Fish Ladder and small weir  but nothing  compared to the days of the floods….


But beauty isn’t everywhere.  One of the buildings in the Mill complex is the  old Cotton Works.  It has been refurbished and  become a rather nice Bistro and Coffee House.  Much loved by the owners and well cared for.  Sadly in these troubled times,  like many places (and indeed some folk) is looking rather sorry for itself.


A New Normal is on the horizon, at the moment it all seems so far away.

Till then……    Lets Smile 😊🙌 and…

Please Remember ….


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

14th May

(C) David Oakes 2020


6 thoughts on “Has Summer Returned ?…….

  1. Spring is like that in the Pacific Northwest, Washington too. The summer solstice is June 20, this is May 14-15. I’d say we’re exiting late spring and entering early summer. Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Lilacs are blooming here. Daffodils are done and tulips fading fast!

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