Sunday Sunshine…. now there is a surprise


Very much against the recent run of play, the weather today surprised us.  OK. its cold, but also very sunny, the occasional wisp of passing clouds but the perfect day for a country woodland walk.

Calke Abbey woods was the selected destination, so boots on coat zipped up and off to explore.  These woods, part of a centuries old estate are a mix of majestic tall Beech, ancient and much weather beaten Oak and  with the occasional Chestnut tree for good measure.  



In one corner of the estate, on the edge of the woods, you can find the old Deer Shelter.  But it wasn’t constructed for the welfare of the Deer that roamed the estate.  It was built some centuries ago for the then Lord of the Manor .  The intention was that if the Deer could regularly find a source of food at the Shelter it would serve to keep the heard in this location and close to his Hall…..  the end objective being that he and his guest could watch the Deer in comfort from the Hall.



There are still Deer on the estate, Fallow and Red. But they now grace in an enclosed area elsewhere on the estate.  This morning the ladies of the heard can munch away with out distraction….. the rutting season has past and the Stags just plod about or snooze in the sun.


Today was a welcome bonus.  The advance forecast is difficult to fathom.  Wet, sunny and fluctuations from very cold to unseasonable warm days…..  odd and unpredictable.

Unpredictable it maybe but we must all still please………..

Remember ….

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

9th January

(C) David Oakes 2022


Silent Sunday…. Off to Church


As the weather is far from sunny and bright this Sunday, I delved into the archive to bring you some Sun.

Saint Martins Church, Martin Dale, Nr. Ullswater, Cumbria 

It is small and very rustic…. but full of charm.  Built around 1635, in this secluded Lake District Dale, it is well worth a visit.  Pass below the Bell Tower and step inside to view the immaculately cared for interior.  One room with a stone flagged floor.  Simple, yet still very welcoming.



I hope this little church basking in sunshine brought a little sunshine to your Sunday.

Wherever you are and whatever your weather…… as always….

Please Remember ….

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

9th January

(C) David Oakes 2022