Lucky September Days…..


A very warm start to the day….. 4 consecutive days now.  There was a very light mist first thing but cleared as quickly as I manged to get my eyes open and start my day.  Bright sun but a very this layer of cloud just softening the  early light….all very nice and calm by the Lake.

But the season is moving along.  My favourite Silver Birch is changing colour…..  I say favourite, mainly because of its solo location against a low wall.  It did loose one of its trunks during gales in the early part of the year, so appearance has changed just a little…..



You don’t have to venture far into Big Wood before you loose the sun.  Some days its a welcome relief to head for the shade, today we just past swiftly through….


Once we got back to Lakeside the sun had increased in intensity, both warmth and strength…… its going to be a very hot day.  Forecaster’s reckon on reaching 29c in our part of the world. 


Cannot last, so best enjoy whilst we can

Please Remember ….

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

15th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Under a Spreading Oak Tree…


The Oak tree’s this year are loaded with acorns….a great year for the Squirrels and Jays, amongst other wildlife.  Yes, it would appear to be a good crop this season with lots of plump acorns.

If one believes the Country Folk Lore, we best get ready for a severely bad winter!

Please Remember ….

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

4th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Winds of Change…… Again


Again we wake to a blue sky.  But by the time we had coffee and breakfast the first signs of a weather front started to appear….a Mackerel sky is what we call it.  But also the wind started to blow not strong but enough to shake all the leaves and bend the branches on the Silver Birch.  The Met Office has predicted storms once again with two fronts heading across the Atlantic.


The Japanese Anemone are doing their best to hide from any incoming weather ravages.  Elsewhere the Crab Apples are staring to ripen and the Elderberries swelling but not as yet changed colour.  Hover Flies seeking another meal and Honeysuckle doing its best to produce a second wave of flowers  

You could be fooled into thinking that this was to be another lovely summers day….bright sunshine and dark shadows


But a quick look up at the sky and you know that this merely a brief tease before the weather change….


On hour later the rain arrived.


Please Remember ….

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

2nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Still some Summer left to come……


September 1st…..  A New Month Begins

As September progresses we will  start to see an acceleration of autumn approach. Days start to get noticeably shorter and the evenings and nights longer.  But September can also bring us more tastes of summer.  Colours in gardens and hedgerows are still there to delight the eye.

Staying local, as we have been encouraged to do,  gives us all an opportunity to explore our gardens and  our local neighbourhood, and to discover what September has in store  this year.

Please Remember ….

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

1st September

(C) David Oakes 2020