Hot, Cold, Colour, a Thief…. and a Surprise


It  has been overall a very hot weekend.

The surprise on Sunday was a sudden change in the weather.  We went to bed having said goodnight to a rich sky after a very, very hot day.  We then woke to an easterly wind and a damp grey mist.  We live in Derby, well away from the coast….so I cannot really describe it as a  “sea fret”….  but that is what it felt like.  A temperature hovering around 15c., it was quite some change.

Normal service resumed after lunch with temperatures reaching  only 26c, so cooler than yesterday.

The morning cool and mist was another reminder that the seasons are moving along towards autumn.  Some plants fading, others producing new growth, but stunted , some berries forming and others just bursting with colour making the most of the warmth and the sunshine….

As for the thief….. this young Blackbird was certainly feasting on our Blackberries..


As for the surprise…..  well the sun brought a surprise visit from Great Granddaughter Margo who remembered to bring her daddy Martin along for company.  A fir cone proved much more interesting than any of our supply of toys..


As evening approaches, the temperature is starting to fall.   A lone vapour trail cuts across a sky, that has been clear blue all afternoon, now starting to show clouds that may be signalling a weather change.


Please Remember ….

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

9th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday….. Off to Church


Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire

The Abbey Church of St. Mary the Virgin is the buildings  official name today……  but will always be known as Tewkesbury Abbey. It was once a Benedictine Monastery, dating back to the 12th century.   Like so many of our old religious buildings it was built on a even earlier site of religious worship.

Tewkesbury Abbey is a fine example of Norman Architecture, in particular the Cross Transept Tower is claimed  to be the biggest in Europe.   With Tewkesbury standing  on the flood plain of Severn and Avon, its tall tower is a clear landmark for many miles.

Like all our old religious buildings Tewkesbury Abbey has seen some violent and testing times over the centuries.  During the “War of The Roses” ( 1455 -1487) witnessed this violent period of English history at close hand.  After the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 the Abbey provided sanctuary for the Lancastrian forces.  Then it had to overcome the challenges of the Dissolution of the Monasteries  that occurred by Royal Order between 1536 & 41.  It was at this time that the Abbey became the Parish Church.

Apart from being the Parish Church, Tewkesbury Abbey is also a major tourist attraction, the centre of a equally attractive Town in an equally attractive location. Tewkesbury nestles below the  higher ground of the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire’s rather fabulous countryside.

Please Remember ….

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

9th August

(C) David Oakes 2020