A Good Start…. Not a Half Bad Day in the making

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Riverside Walk, Darley Abbey, Derby

Well the day started full of promise.  Better than the forecast.  Sunshine and some clouds.  Busy day ahead so we decided to stay local.   I was though, rather surprised to find, at mid morning, that we had the Park virtually to ourselves. I also have to keep reminding myself just how lucky we are, we have so many open spaces on our doorstep.  Open spaces, wooded hillsides and here at Darley the River Derwent.  Over lockdown they proved there worth to a great many of us.

Still strange that so few folk were about….still there loss – our gain

Being so quiet did mean that Buster got a riverside bench with a view… all to himself

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Whilst at Darley, I did pop into the Hydrangea Collection.  Blooming has been a slow process this season.  At least today there are some very hopeful signs that they may yet give us another specular display….so I will keep my eyes open.

But for now here are the days best blooms…

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As always we still need to be vigilant…. so

Please Remember ….

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

23rd July

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Dreek afternoon on Deeside

Deeside in Rain

Dreek is a Scottish word that ideally sums up those days when the rain and dark skies conspire to make the weather, so the day,  rather miserable.  But just occasionally it is worth braving the rain, to  maybe capture one of those fleeting moments, when the sun does try to break through.  I say try,  more often than not it fails.

But occasionally you get a moment as this one at Braemar on the banks of the River Dee.

Our viewpoint is Arderg, we are looking to the west along the upper Dee valley towards the Forest of Mar, in the shadow of the Cairngorms.

Another memory, even though it was wet, was well worth the experience.  Till another time….

Please Remember ….

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

23rd July

(C) David Oakes 2020