and so it continues…… Hot and Humid


Lakeside, one spot we can usually rely upon for a breath of cool air.  Not today.  We certainly had the shade, but it was just as hot and the humidity now becoming stifling.  Here in the UK , whilst not noted for its hot summer days (there are in fact many more than folk give us credit for),  it is the  high humidity which is the most taxing aspect of this current mini heatwave.  I say mini as it cannot last for that long.  So we don’t have AC as standard in our homes.

So we make the most of shade in the woods and down along the lake….. hot, humid but still not a bad place to be….

Taking advantage of the shade ,Buster found some friends and a chance to socialise, owners of course at a safe distance, dogs not so !


It appeared as if it was also too hot for this Goose to even go for a swim.  Standing with a sorry look upon its face, not moving ….. but there is a sad story to tell…


This Goose came to my attention in October last year.  For some reason it became attached to two Canada Geese.  All winter they were a threesome, what ever the weather you would find the 3 happily swimming, sheltering, sliding on the ice, or just simply as they say “hanging out” together.  Then The Canada’s started nesting,  and I though that would be that.  But no, as the female sat on eggs, the male Canada and the White Goose kept guard, no one dared venture near.  Then the eggs hatched and for many weeks, six goslings , mum and dad Canada’s and the White Goose cruised the waters. Again the Goose played its part in protecting and  rounding up the chicks.  The chicks grew as they do, then last week this troop of Canada’s have flown…  leaving the Goose on its own.   There are a few other White Geese on the Lake, but this one has kept itself to itself, and looking rather lost and sad.

It has been a strange year in so many ways for wildlife, flora and habitat.  The Lilly pond has taken  up until now to produce anything like real Lilies.  Buds have formed, but never matured into a flower….  this week we see some progress…


Who knows what else this strange year will have instore for us all….  So….

Please Remember ….

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

12th August

(C) David Oakes 2020


Wordless Wednesday…. Another Favourite Place


Location:-  Charles V Palace, The Palaces of Alhambra,  Granada of the Moors, Spain

Sometimes a Favourite place remains in ones memory even if the chances of a return visit are perhaps slim.  Alhambra is one such place.  It is perhaps the complexity of Alhambra as well as is beauty that makes it a special memory.  The reality is that Alhambra is not just one ‘place’ but a collection of Palaces of different ages from the days when the Moors where the dominant power.  Many of the Palaces follow a styled theme, each different, but still a recognisable style.

On most tours of the vast estate of  Palaces, The Palace of Charles V is one of the first you enter.  It is very deferent to all the other you will experience on your tour.  Although different it sets a scene of the size and detail of things to come.  It will also give you a taste of the crowds of visitors who you will share these special places with.  Enjoy and be prepared to be overwhelmed by the experience.


CV19 is going to be with us for  a long time, so if we ever want to explore once again…

Please Remember ….

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


12th August

(C) David Oakes 2020