The Sun Returns… but warnings of Thunder and of course more rain!


After days of rain, the sun came out.  It was hot and very humid with thunder being promised.  It was great to take the opportunity to get out and walk with out the waterproofs.

I thought we would head for the wildflower meadows.  They had been doing well and I did wonder if the rains would have caused any damage.  The Daisies are thriving as are the Buttercups….  but now it is the foliage of the next generation of herbs that are starting to swamp them.   Rather nice to potter through the meadows, feeling both the reflected heat and the rising moisture from the ground.

I mentioned yesterday that the  wild Foxglove season had started. I also commented that they did seem rather stunted this season….I think thus was confirmed again today with many spikes being rather compact and not appearing as if they will fully extend…


The rain has made a small difference to Burleigh Brook,   After running at a trickle and threatening to dry up, the rains have given it some refreshing new life.


It might only be a tiddler of a stream but soon it will join the mighty Derwent.

Nice to welcome the sun back…lets hope we get some more before too long

Meantime ……

Please Remember ….

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

13th June

(C) David Oakes 2020


Time for another Grand Day Out


Historic Dartmouth, Devon

The Quay above is known as Bayards Cove.  It is right in the heart of Dartmouth and once a very busy harbour for Clipper Ships.  Some of you may remember the Period TV Series ‘Onedin Line‘ …  well this was the setting for  much of the filming.

For centuries Dartmouth, located at the narrow entrance to the River Dart from Start Bay, has been an important Naval and Civil Harbour for centuries.  Well protected by  twin Castles on either side of the Dart Estuary ….  which apart from Cannons with which to defend the entrance, a chain from one castle to the other could be raised to hinder passage of unwelcome vessels.  The Naval connection continues today being the home of Dartmouth’s  Royal Naval College.

But a visit to Dartmouth is also a visit to Kingswear, the town directly across the Dart and linked by a continuous stream of ferries to Dartmouth….


Over the Dart to Kingswear.

Any trip to Dartmouth will be busy.  It is a popular centre and the population swells significantly during the summer. The marina’s ,of which there are several, popular with local sailors and those from abroad.  Busy as the town will undoubtedly be, it is also fun. Lots to see, from gardens, to narrow streets, marinas and old quayside,  take a trip round the Bay, or take ferry to Kingswear,  our just rest awhile on the promenade with great active views.  Then of course you also have the Castle to add to the list.  So lets take a short visual tour….

It is a great cosmopolitan mix of modern with the historical.

So after all the trauma of todays problems, it may well be a tonic to enjoy,

It will be nice to get back to normal (even the new normal) but

Please Remember ….

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

13th June

(C) David Oakes 2020