October comes to and end….yet Autumn has just arrived


A Sweet Chestnut Tree, Derbyshire

(we have known this tree for well over 30 years and it has always been as this jaunty angle -despite many gales)

You might think that autumn has arrived….. well it has in some ways.  The seasonal change to autumnal gold and browns was very late starting this year.  I suppose we shouldn’t be that surprised,  for the past few years autumn has been slipping further into October and overlapping into November.  There was a time when I would confidently book trips to autumn ‘hot spots’ but that is no longer possible, one has to play the ‘wait and see’ game.

So here we are the last day of October.  Certainly there is more golden colours showing across the woods but the prevalent colour is still green, all be it a much lighter bright green than earlier in the month.  So lets take a stroll together…


On a sunny day like this it just makes our woodland walk all the more beautiful…something to remember over the coming winter months.


31st October

(C) David Oakes 2019


Weekend Gold……..


From dawn till dusk it has been a fantastic weekend. The rich glow of the autumn leaves is everywhere.  Nor is it at the moment cold, we have an unseasonable warm spell, which makes tramping through the woods even more enjoyable…and the smell as you crunch your way over the golden carpet is stimulating even though you realise that it is the signal that winter is on the way.

The low angle of the sun remains with us all day which only adds to the golden glow of autumn.  Clear skies meant a swift temperature drop at days end and with it a mist start to form. Swans on the lake basked in late afternoon sun and the shadows once again extended adding there own character to the day.





As dusk fell, the shorter days suggested we should reluctantly make our way home.  But the setting sun made sure we waited till it faded away…perfect


19th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

And all about…… there were Leaves



Autumn in Derbyshire

A magic carpet of Autumn leaves, it may not be too long before that carpet changes to white with snow…..winter is on the way.

I think we may well get a few more bonus days before the worst of the weather arrives.

6th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

Golden Sunday…….


All a Glow…..  

The sky never quite cleared but left us with a hazy sun that in turn was filtered by the golden leaves of the Beech woods.

Within the woods it really was a golden glow…who needs sunshine!

 But not all leaves have yet adopted the autumn gold.. not even the Beech


Elsewhere the Oak is hanging on to its late summer clothes with more than just a hint of green…  not bad when one considers that we have passed the halfway point of November


19th November

(C) David Oakes 2017