Mid November…. has been rather kind


Mid November on Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

November has been rather kind to us weather wise, a welcome relief after a very wet October.  Not that the weather has been perfect….. its been a little like the Curates Egg – Good in Parts. Those good parts have mainly been in the mornings.  Plenty of blue skies and sunshine, even the thermometer has been at respectable levels.  Come lunchtime the weather changes back to cloud and drab grey.

But the mornings have been just great to get out and about so this week we headed to Stanton Moor. The definition of a ‘moor’ brings to mind somewhere rather bleak and windswept.  Indeed Stanton Moor can be wild in parts and at time fits that description well, but it also has a softer side.

Stanton Moor isn’t unique, but there are few moors that are surrounded by ancient Oak and then play host to Silver Birch glades…  all of course surrounded by Heather and Bracken.  In autumn the Heather and Bracken have lost their colour and now brown. 


At a time when we are encouraged to take more exercise and enjoy the outdoors there are few place that are much better, so enjoy a tramp across and around the moor with me…



A moor of contrasting vista’s..


The day ran to the current weather pattern.  Early afternoon the clouds had arrived, and the mood and character of the moor changed again….


So back to home fully refreshed a little leg weary but otherwise the batteries had been recharged.

Resting or recharging  – as always….

Please Remember ….

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

23rd November

(C) David Oakes 2021

Winter Sun through the Larch…..

Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

Bland for most of the year, the Larch come into their own as autumn comes to a conclusion….. 

rich red golden brown glisten in the low sun along the Upper Derwent valley, Derbyshire.

Wherever you are……

Please Remember ….

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

20th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

Maybe the last Glimpse of the Real Autumnal Colours…


Sunshine…. that was a surprise, a real bonus November day.  That sun added autumnal colour to many of our trees in one of our local Parks….. in fact with the help of some early mist the morning had a real autumn feel about it, the first this season..



The forward forecast isn’t that promising… so may be this could be one of the few autumnal days of the season.

Still great to be out and about…. a true bonus day…. but we all still need to..

Remember ….

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

17th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place


Location:-  A Favourite Time of the Year, Autumn in Calke Woods, Derbyshire

If you are at home, away, or in your favourite place….

Please Remember ….

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

17th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

October ……in November


After several days of milky grey skies we woke to fabulous sunshine.  Yes, a blistering bright sun in a near clear blue sky…. I say blistering as there really was some heat in that sunshine.  If I was to describe the type of day I would have said it was an autumnal October day….. but here we are nearing the mid point of November and the autumnal colour only really starting.  On the down side I do suspect that we will loose the leaves and their colour very quickly this season.



But the early start was well worth it for long walk in what can only be describe a genuinely ‘fresh air’…. so it was a case of stride out and breath in deeply.  We may not get many more days like this November.


I hope you have also enjoyed some great autumnal weather…  and.

Please Remember ….

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

13th November

(C) David Oakes 2021