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