The Sun Swings into view…….


Morning, and the sun wakes us up.  Whilst it is still very wet underfoot it is great to get out and enjoy the warmth and glow of a winter sun.   I have to be honest and tell you that it wasn’t ‘wall to wall’ sunshine all day.  Just enough bright spells to put a spring in the step and a smile on the face.  As for that smile…. well sunshine on my favourite Silver Birch makes me pause and smile..


Sunshine or not, the Lake still looked grey and cold, but the bankside vegetation still retaining some of its autumnal greens and browns…..


In the Garden the Twisted Hazel is anticipating the Spring.  Fresh Catkins and new buds swelling on the distinctive twisted branches.

The Mahonia is starting to adopt its winter colours…. a shrub that for most of the year sports a somber green coat, but come December  – out comes a rich mix of gold, red and ambre…


It is surprisingly refreshing how such a brief spell of sunshine can be…… guaranteed to lift the spirits.   Not that the Golfers needed much encouragement for a round of Socially Distanced Golf in the winter sun….


We just wait, once again, to see what the weather will deliver tomorrow, could it possibly be another sunny day?

Please Remember ….

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

19th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

Once a Quarry……


Padley Gorge, Grindleford, Derbyshire

When  walking round our county of Derbyshire, you are always walking through our industrial history.  Here at Padley Gorge, in what is now a Nature Reserve, surrounded by high Beech Trees, spralling Oak and spindly Silver Birch, it is hard to visualise that this was once a busy quarry.

Millstone Grit was rough cut on site, a major center for mill wheels and grinding stones. Often called an open air factory, it must have been a place of endless activity.  Then dramatically the market collapsed, as progress and an improved method of manufacture was developed.   But even then the Gorge was restless,  quarrying was resumed for Gritstone Blocks used in the construction of the nearby Derwent Reservoir Dams.


Most signs of the Quarry workings have vanished beneath the undergrowth. Today its a tranquil gorge, in spring is full of birds, the woodlands providing acres of great nesting sites.

Please Remember ….

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

19th December

(C) David Oakes 2020