Sunshine and Wet Leaves…..


November days…..  sometimes sunny, often damp and always a carpet of leaves.  Doesn’t sound that appealing but somehow that makes November rather special.




Even when the sun goes into hiding, the golden coloured Beech leaves glisten over the Lake…….  soon they all will be gone and just skeletons to mark their passing.

Please Remember ….

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

16th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

This is what a November Day should be like….. Frost, Mist and Golden Sunshine


A Golden Glow in Shipley Woods……  but a lingering mist across the fields..


The early Frost cleared and that late autumnal sunshine was just the encouragement that some folk needed to pause and enjoy…

The Beech Trees gave us colour, the Chestnuts gave us strange skeletons reaching for the sky.  Long shadows from the low sun adds to the woodland mystery… so join us on a leisurely walk through the woods….on a day like today there is no need to for haste….

There was a bonus to the morning.  The Lodge Tea Rooms were open.  In these Lockdown days, it was of course ‘take away” only…. so two coffee’s to go please.

_DSC9403_00035qqq  So a pause to enjoy the view over this placid area of Derbyshire countryside.  Shipley Woods is part of the much larger Shipley Country Park.  The woods have been there for years, part of a one time private estate.  The Country Park was created over the last 50 year.  The land you see in these two views would once have been over Pit Heads for Coal Mines and the industries that coal supported.  In more recent times after the collieries closed, Open Cast Mining took over.  Now, along with the Park that is built upon reclaimed ground,  the Open Cast areas are returning to nature, it presents a very different view….if you didn’t know better you would have thought it was always like this…


    The Mist lingered long into the day, a perfect backdrop to the Oak that has yet to agree that autumn is on the way…


But we will let the autumn colours complete our walk…


By the time we returned home, the weather front that we could see creeping over the horizon, now started to look like a real winter evenings sky.  Hope you enjoyed the walk….it could be the last of the real autumn walks…. so not a bad one to complete the season…


As always in these troubled times…

Please Remember ….

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

6th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge…… Autumn Scenes


Autumn Gold…

Cee’s Topic for this weeks Fun Foto Challenge is Autumn Scenes…. use the archives is the suggestion.  Well as we are now in a wet, dark rather miserable and wintery February, the archives it is.  A rather nice excuse to remember those golden days of autumn…. so here are a few more….



So why not join in the fun…The Link to Cee’s Blog is here :-



4th February

(C) David Oakes 2020

Goodbye November…… But it finishes with a flourish


A Golden Carpet in Shipley Woods, Derbyshire

November… a month of very very heavy rains and floods is nearly over. It did though have a rather pleasant farewell for us.  We woke to near clear blue skies and sunshine to warm the soul. Too good a morning not to enjoy the woods.  Last night we also had our first frost, not a heavy, but enough to bring down the last of the Beech leaves that had been hanging on defiantly ignoring the approach of winter.

The next magical phenomena of our woodlands was now unveiled….   majestic skeletons of twist thrusting branches, easy to visualise and imagine even more magical shapes from Tolkien’s writings.



It may well be the end of November with winter knocking at the door, but the benefit of all the months rains and the relatively mild weather, has meant that the countryside has managed to retain it is lush green look.  Now even more noticeable as the trees and hedgerows are bare and brown…still a green and pleasant land…


Warm as the sun appeared there were no takers for the bench..


Even though it would have been nice to pause and taking in the view..


November will soon disappear but thankfully the weather gods relented and gave us an autumn treat on which to end the month..

30th November

(C) David Oakes 2019