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


It might be the last of the Autumn….


Early sun…and more than a few folk out enjoying a breath of fresh autumnal air, with their dogs, for a morning walkies.  Shadows are both dark and long but once one is in the open that autumnal sun is stark and bright.

Many trees have now lost the leaves and with them the colours of autumn.  Thankfully the Oak is making up for them with bold splashes of gold and brown, they will loose their leaves slowly over the months ahead, some hanging on till spring arrives and the new buds push the old leaves off the branches.


The adjacent River Derwent that has been in flood, causing much stress over the past few weeks, has now dropped back just a little.  It is still running high, fast and rather murky so yesterdays and today sun giving a dry spell much welcomed by those in the flooded areas.


11th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

An Improvement in the Weather….well being honest, just a small improvement


Friday and the weather made a small change….it didn’t rain all day.  But when it did it was heavy.  Then the sun would make a break for it when the clouds were at there thinnest. It was always short lived.  Sometimes it was pouring down and sun shining all at the same time and, like early this morning, that sun was casting a strange glow over the lake.

Whilst much if not most of the autumn leaves have fallen there are spots that even on a dull day, and one like today wet, still hold a colourful attraction…


Even the bracken, now brown and brittle adds a spot of colour to a dark corner


I guess we can say that autumn has now past, short lived this year, but it has still taken us thru to mid November.  Sadly that now takes us in to the darker damp days of November.   So being positive…. winter will be here soon and maybe some real frosts.


Maybe winter will be short lived

16th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

The Leaves Fall down…..


Autumn came late and has now all but gone.  We have enjoyed some of the exiting autumnal colours across the woodlands but not as rich or as full as in a normal year.  Early morning and just a little sunshine and everything sparkles…


Leaves are falling fast, but they still create some real hot spots of colour, some even seem to radiate light….even in the darkest parts of the woods. Soon the trees will just be skeletons creating a new woodland world…

Sycamore - Copy

Rain has been the key feature of recent days, heavy rain bringing floods, with it for many devastating destruction…. there has been a brief respite and water levels are falling leaving a temporary water meadow scene .


More heavy rain is due and with the River Derwent still running high and fast it does not bode well for those struggling to cope with last weekends destruction


14th November

(C) David Oakes 2019