WOW… Three near perfect days


Another bright start to the day…. Autumn is fading fast, but with winter mornings like this we will not be complaining.  After several weeks of dark damp days it has been a real bonus to enjoy these rather chilly sunny days and witness the autumnal decline.

The leaves are nearly all down but what a colourful carpet they make….


21st November

(C) David Oakes 2019


A Change…. something on the bright side!


A glowing Sycamore

I think I have mentioned before that this autumn is again late in coming and again different in hue.  Sycamore (a much maligned tree in our part of the world), whilst not the first to shed its leaves is usually an early faller.  But not this year.  Those golden leaves of autumn are hanging on in there, radiating a glow across any dark woodland glade.

It is the gold of the Beech that is the usual staple of autumnal colour in our woods, not  this year, apart from the occasional star, they seem just content to drop everything.  Some brave younger Beech are still doing there best to put on a show…


Even the Oak is adding an extra bounce to its autumn colour with some big bold statements of intent…


 All this was yesterday, Friday a day that turned out to be a bonus day of sunshine after days of heavy rain, rain so heavy that some are enduring the trauma of floods.

I guess this is a pause before more winter weather arrives and with it frosts, frosts that will make a big impression on the woods.

So with that very much in mind it was best to take advantage of the day and enjoy some time in the startling autumnal sunshine….

Sycamore - Copy

9th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

Not a fan of Halloween……


 I am not a fan of Halloween…  most definitely not since the Retail Band Wagon took charge.  OK.  I am an old grumpy, but I can still remember those ‘good old days’ when carving the Pumpkin was the treat….. followed of course by delicious homemade Pumpkin Soup

But I am pleased with the increasingly popular trend of putting the old Pumpkin heads outside for the wild animals. The squirrels, mice and birds in our local woods are in for a real feast… all the more important at this time of the year when they are busy building up their food and fat reserves for the winter.


As the saying goes…. “Waste not Want not”

5th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

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