Not a bad end to a Cold Day


The River Derwent, Darley Abbey, Derbyshire

The first really cold day of this autumn.  It has been sunny, a sun trying to tempt me out, sadly other duties rather got in the way.

At least the end of the afternoon was rather tranquil as the light rapidly faded. A perfect evening stroll.  The forecast is for mixed weather this week but becoming more wintery at the weekend.

Please Remember ….

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

23rd November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Sunny Sunday….. well we were the lucky ones.


Much against the forecast…. and after very heavy overnight rain (the right time for rain) we had a fabulous cold but sunny morning.  Too good to waste so a walk at Darley Abbey Park and surrounds.   Apart from the Park itself and its Arboretum it also takes in Darley Mills, part of the River Derwent World Heritage Site.  So history and beauty all in one circular walk….. enjoy it with us whilst the sun shines….. 🙂



Can we go home for coffee now…….    my legs feel two inches shorter and they are only 4 inches long to start with


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

15th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

A November Evening……


November days get shorter and the nights longer.  Some days wild, other much more placid.  When the sun does grace us with its presence the evenings can be rather magical.

The winds and rain have taken their toll and many trees are now skeletons, whilst the Oak still hangs on, reluctant to acknowledge the approach of winter.  Now, I know the Sheep do have thick wooly coats, but I still feel rather sorry for them.  Out overnight in the open and not knowing what the weather has in store for them next.

Please Remember ….

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

12th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Murphy’s Law……


An Early Start, as the Sun came up, Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

We had our first frost last night.  Only a light frost which soon vanished as the sun broke the horizon.  The outlook was for a day of blue skies and bright autumnal sunshine.  But Murphy’s Law dictated that after so many dark days, that the first perfect autumn day came with an agenda that prevented us taking advantage of this fantastic weather break.

So maybe a very quick  walk round the Lake could be squeezed in.   The Lake,  still much in shadow as the sun broke the treeline was looking dark and mysterious.


It didn’t come as a complete surprise as yesterday evening the skies started to clear banishing the clouds and welcoming the stars.

_DSC9293_00001qqq  So on with the fleece and off for a short, brisk and invigorating walk to set one up for tackling the days diary..

There were also two sides to the Lake this morning.   One for the Mallards who were still just enjoying a quiet lazy start….


On the opposite bank, the Black Headed Gulls were in a feeding frenzy for the first morsels of the morning…


So with a last look and a deep breath of fresh air it was off to do battle with the rest of the day.

_DSC9310_00018qqq No matter what your day has instore for you….

Please Remember ….

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

4th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Life is a Beech…….


When the alarm triggered this morning, I took one look out the window. I was greeted by very dark clouds and once again very heavy rain….. and for a moment or two, I thought that the best place would be to go back to bed and pull up the duvet.

Rather glad that I didn’t, for much against the forecast and my expectations, the sun came out and produced a fantastic morning…for November 2nd it was extra special….. so Big Wood here we come.

It was rather magical. Take some golden coloured Beech leaves, add some Sweet Chestnut leaves for good measure, plus a carpet of dry Bracken and you have a fantastic golden autumnal palette.



The morning sunshine vanished…… they say that it will return towards the end of the week. A great start to the new week and the new month.

With a new National Lockdown now confirmed, I do hope that more sunny weather will arrive to help us weather the CV storm.

Please Remember ….

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

2nd November

(C) David Oakes 2020