A Woodland Walk to mark the Passing of April


The last day of April.  The coldest, driest and sunniest on record (at least in our part of the world).  The sun shone again, so off to Shipley Woods to see if Spring has really arrived.

Since our last visit 2 weeks ago, when the Beech trees were bare, they are now coming into full leaf.  Their ‘spring’ green leaves starting to form a thick woodland canopy.  It is a place of long shadows and intense spotlights of sunshine…… and that unique woodland aroma of spring. The perfect day and just right for a gentle potter.


The woodland Daffodil of the last visit have now all but vanished.  Instead the Bluebells have started to make their presence felt.  Not the full blue carpet yet, but not that far off.  They have to be quick,  once the woodland canopy casts it shadow, they will also vanish till next spring…. such a short life.


One surprise was the first sighting, this season, of a Rhododendron Bloom…..  OK. only small blooms – but the first of the season.


As we headed for home, passed the gate and started to glimpse the meadows beyond where the sun shone even brighter..

It is May tomorrow.  Spring is here….  but the sun on the meadows seem to say that summer will not be far behind


A green and pleasant land…. that’s Derbyshire

Goodbye April… hello May….. but do…

Please Remember ….

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

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday…. What Mother Said


Washing Day at Loch Carron, North West Scotland

It is funny how past generations, their way of life and traditions, still impact on our everyday lives.  It may not inspire us to actions but does provoke a thought or a memory.

So, what has washing hanging out on a Scottish Loch shore, got to do with what my Mother used to say.

Well, today is the last day of the April, another month comes to an end.  Let me say at this point that my Mum was Scottish, though I am not suggesting that this was/is necessarily a Scottish custom.  But Mum would always insist on ensuring that the household washing was done on the last day of the month… “we must start the new month clean” she would say.

Let me also add two further points for clarification.  One: The same reasoning applied to Christmas , New Year and Easter.  Two:  Yes she did wash, as her generation did… every Monday as well. We must have been a very clean house!

April comes to an end.  We might well be pondering just where April vanished to, indeed where has the past year gone.

Strange times continue, no doubt in the years to come, we may well be recalling strange and quirky habits, learnt through CV lockdowns and restrictions.   Till then…..

Please Remember ….

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

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

April is nearly Over…..


The Weeping Willow weeps.    This April it is the exception as far as weeping goes.  The old rhyme “April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers” was in reality, this Spring, missing the showers.  True, we have had plenty of welcome sunshine,  we have also experienced the coldest April on record for over 40 years.  One Official Weather Presenter said that Aprils weather has been bonkers….. I think that is a technical term.

Despite or perhaps because of all that ‘weather’, April has provide a month of colour and variety.  Bulbs, wild flowers and trees have tried to react as if Spring is here….  yes, a colourful month…

Buster is just hoping that May will bring some equally good ‘walkies’


It has been un-seasonably dry.  Nice whilst it lasted……  but I guess May,  may well make up for that.  We do needs some water. What ever the weather…

Please Remember ….

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

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…. A Favourite Place


Location:-  Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island, Northumberland

As always….

Please Remember ….

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

28th April

(C) David Oakes 2021


For those who love Lighthouses…

Disc One

Dunnet Head Lighthouse, High above the Pentland Firth, Scotland

Looks rather idyllic on this visit, but I have not often enjoy such good weather, here at the top of mainland Scotland.  Not far from John o’Groats, Dunnet Head lighthouse is just one along this rugged northern coastline.

On the misty horizon can be glimpsed the Orkney Isles.

Just in case your approach to the lighthouse is via the land, rather than passing on the sea’s, 

there is a ‘welcome’ sign for Visitors…..  if you have travelled this far, you should know where you are 🙂  

But just in case….

Disc One

If you travel by land or sea, please….

Remember ….

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

27th April

(C) David Oakes 2021