Has Summer Returned ?


We were promised some sunshine and weather much more like summer.  It did arrive, but took till late morning to be called anything like summer.  It was though great to wander round the Lake and across the fields, without a waterproof, fleece or sweater.


It was also great to dine out on the patio, the first time for over 5 weeks.  So nice to just relax in the warmth….20c. neither to hot, nor to cold and just a little breeze.


Travel is not that inspiring right now because of all the difficulties.  So nice to be able to explore locally and  then just relax at home.


Not sure how long this summer is going to last, but it is nice whilst its here…

Please Remember ….

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

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Sometimes you don’t get what you wanted….. some might call it a surprise!


This spring we planted a new Clematis, a later summer flowering variety.  The first of the buds have burst and one of the flowers has now revealed itself.

Well we did want a late summer flowering Clematis, but we also wanted a dark rich Red flower…..  This is what we actually bought…


The bloom we have got is still nice bloom, so I guess we will have to try again next spring, find a different location in the garden, and may be we will get lucky.

Sunday has been rather sunny.  Not all day but for the most part blue skies and warm sunshine.  This morning we headed for Big Wood.  It is just over a week since we were last there. In that week the already thick woodland canopy has increased dramatically in density…….  dark, with just the occasional gap in the canopy to let the odd shaft of sunlight reach the woodland floor.

The sun also brought our the Golfers.  It would seem that all restrictions on numbers and time of play have been lifted, all foursomes and all chasing each others tails…  still they are having fun…   not sure they are really playing safe


One last surprise of the day.   I bet you know that feeling when you suddenly feel as if someone or something is silently  watching you.  Well I was sat on the bench at the bottom of our garden, and that feeling came on.  I turned to my right, at first I couldn’t see anything, then a little flicker of wings.  I was being stalked by a Damselfly.  I didn’t dare move, but carefully swung the camera round and click.  No chance to get nearer and he had had enough and was off…


The end of June and so far this July the weather has been rather damp at best and distinctly wet at worst.  So lets hope we have turned another weather corner and  some consistent sunshine is heading our way.  Then we can continue to enjoy all the colours of summer


Whatever the weather…..

Please Remember ….

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

5th July

(C) David Oakes 2020




A Wet Note……


June ended on a rather damp note and July has started in the same frame of mind.  But we did get a small window of dry weather.  Not to miss the opportunity for a ‘dry’ walk, the Lakeside was the destination point.  Might be grey and damp but the sun did try ….. just a little sparkle here and there!

Nice to see that the Willowherb is now beginning to flower, so if we do get some real sunshine, they will add colour to the shady areas and hedgerows for a few weeks.


But someone’s mummy is going to be rather annoyed when they get home….some toddler has left their jelly sandals, all alone,  on the edge of the boardwalk.


But the break in the weather was short-lived and normal wet service was resumed.


No matter Rain or Shine…..

Please Remember ….

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

2nd  July

(C) David Oakes 2020



Not the perfect day for Day Lilies.  High winds have swept through the garden in short but very powerful gust….  no real damage apart the broken stem on  one of the lily heads.

No real rescue possible but a record for the files.  Despite the strength of the wind it hadn’t dislodged any of the pollen that the Bees so love….


Early this morning it was a different day.  The sun looked promising and the lake, with a rippled surface still basked in the dawns sunshine…..



Then the wind woke up and started to exercise its powers.  Only consolation is that it would move the clouds along, so whilst showers are forecast. they shouldn’t last for too long.

What ever the weather, where ever you are….

Please Remember ….

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

28th June

(C) David Oakes 2020