Another Hot Day Forecast…. so best make an early(ish) start

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Darley Park, Derby

It is going to be hot today…maybe 27 or 28c.  Last night we thought we were going to witness a  rather good sunset, sadly after a promising start the clouds cleared and there was no afterglow……  still what we had wasn’t that bad.   We also had the consolation of both a good forecast for today and the old saying “red sky at night, shepherds delight”

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So that early start enabled Buster and I, to enjoy a good part of the day before it got too hot.  The bonus of course is that we had the Park almost to ourselves.  Although it a very familiar location we  never tire of  observing all the changes through the seasons and indeed changes influenced by the weather.

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Last week it was wet, since Sunday it has been hot and  the foliage be it meadow, tree or hedge have just had another green growing spell.  Everything is lush.  Soon there were some more early birds sharing the splendour of the morning.  Like Buster and me they were more content to stretch their legs, rather than stretch out on the various benches, benches that on a day like today will soon be much sort after….

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The return leg of the walk would be along the riverside.  The River Derwent is running smoothly…   much lower than last week, all calm and inviting.  Hard to think that the river was responsible for so much flooding earlier this year. Too early in the day for Sculler’s to be out.  The rowing clubs eerily quiet

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The fish weir, still noisy, though running much lower than a week ago adding a cooling feel at the end of our  mornings walk..

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Today they are announcing more relaxation of the Lockdown and social distancing rules.  Not that you would believe that there were still restrictions in place.   There has been too many folk out and about.  I don’t blame them for that, after all that is what we have been doing.  It has though been more noticeable, and worrying, that a significant number have no regard for others well being, no respect for space…… so

Please Remember ….

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

23rd June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Take a closer look….someone is watching you

DERBYSHIRE

Dove Dale, walking on the Derbyshire side of the River Dove

Walk with care below these rocks…if you haven’t spotted it yet watch out for the Lion.

The River Dove, immortalised by Isaak Walton in his book the Complete Angler, a trout river still a magnet for Fly Fisherfolk.  Runs south to join the River Trent, its head waters in the Derbyshire Peak District.  Here is runs through a steep sided Limestone Dale and is the boundary between Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

As for the Limestone Cliff above, well you have guessed right….. it is called Lion Rock.

Please Remember ….

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

23rd June

(C) David Oakes 2020