Makes a Very Welcome Change


Allestree Lake , an Early Morning Start

A very rare occurrence this May, we woke to a clear blue sky and a sun that was actually warming… the air was still, so an early start was indicated.  After all, with our dismal May weather record, it was best to be safe rather than sorry and possibly miss out.

The banks around the lake are flourishing with an abundance of new growth, it all augers well for the insects and birds that will feed here through the summer. Even our Swans were taking advantage of the warm sunshine to preen and relax before the days activities..


It was also great to see that our venerable Furlong Oak has made it through another winter.  Nice to see all the new healthy leaf growth which once again enhance this near skeleton of an Oak.


It is also a great place to sit and take stock of the day ahead. Thankfully a well placed bench is available, much appreciated by those of us of senior years…… and a viewpoint from which the world looks a very much better place  🙂

Maybe summer will arrive with June…we wait and see.

Please Remember ….

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

27th May

(C) David Oakes 2021



Chirk Aqueduct, Llangollen Canal, Wales

A Thomas Telford construction, built to carry the Llangollen Canal over the River Ceiriog.  It stands some 70ft above the river and carries the canal over the river and valley for some 710ft (220meters).  The canal was built in 1801 and was a vital link between the many coal mines in this part of Wales, with the Industrial Midlands of England.

As you can see, there is another equally spectacular viaduct alongside Chirk aqueduct.  Its completion was around 1850 and was built to carry the newer faster steam railway.  More cargo could be shipped, much quicker, than by canal barge.  Of course this ‘progress’ occurred all over the UK.  The “Age of Steam” had arrived and the canals that had played such a vital role in the industrial expansions of the time, gradually fell into decline.  A  reminder that progress at times can be short lived.


Today the canal network is leisure orientated.  The majority of the original canal network still exists and navigable.  The Llangollen Canal is particularly popular.  Spectacular scenery that straddles the English and Welch borders, travels through a World Heritage Site, and the chance to navigate the narrow high aqueduct here at Chirk, but also an even longer construction at Pontycysylite, are magnets for canal cruisers in the distinctive Narrowboats.

Progress is being made in our troubled times……. but please

 Remember ….

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

27th May

(C) David Oakes 2021