Just a thought or two…..

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It has been 17 months now living with Covid 19, Lockdowns and subsequent restrictions.   I recognise it has been tough for many and easy for none of us.  It has though provided for me and many of my friends an opportunity to re-familiarise ourselves with our “Local World”.  Yep, places so close to hand became our entire world…..  and you know, I think I for one have learnt to appreciate this small part of our world even more.

Our restrictions have been greatly eased.  Caution must still be the watchword.  Like many, I do want to spread my wings once again, but reality tells me that perhaps staying close to home is the safer option….. and yes, we have much to enjoy right here, literally on our own doorstep.

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Please Remember ….

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

17th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Summer Part One comes to a Wet Conclusion

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The first Sunday in June,  our brief flirtation with summer has come to a wet end.  Rain that looks set in for a while…..how long that ‘while’ will be is anyone guess.

Stay dry and….

Please Remember ….

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

6th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

June 1st lived up to its promise….

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A real summers morning.  Blue skies and sunshine….. 5 days now and each day gets hotter.

May, was the month of Blue…. the Bluebells dominated but now faded away.  June is the month of White and Green that are the dominant colour in our countryside right now.

Hawthorn with its sweet scent aroma graced the hedgerows and Cow Parsley surrounding the Lake.  Oak have full heads of new bright green leaf, even the Ash has at long last come back to life, whilst the humble Sycamore looks sprightly.  Red Campion and Yellow Buttercups are now starting to fill the meadows.

But the best part of the day was the early morning walk, with Buster, round the Lake…. both relaxing and refreshing…. a great start to any day.

If this is Summer…..  enjoy and…..

Please Remember ….

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

1st June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Summer must be on the way !

Two days of warm sunshine….  summer must be on the way.

If you wanted proof, then our Calla Lily is now in flower… and just to make its seasonal point, our Pine Tree has now started to add its Christmas decorations 🙂

But the real proof is a late evening walk across the meadows.  A sinking sun, no breeze and a thermometer still reading 20c…. just a perfect end to rather fine day.

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Please Remember ….

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

28th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Makes a Very Welcome Change

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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..

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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.

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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