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

Colder than it looks…… but it is November


Sunshine can be so deceptive…..  whilst it is doing a great job lighting up the Derbyshire Countryside, it is more than a little cold.  The wind direction has changed and has its origins in Iceland.  As an aside I should mention that the rural scene above was until a few years ago an open cast Coal Mine, the scars healing well.

But our destination was Shipley Woods.  A wood of mainly Beech Trees with some Oak’s. This year autumn has been elusive – well if not elusive, lets say different from the usual. We were here a few weeks ago hunting for those golden autumnal colours for which these woods are noted. There were none, though some trees were bare.  Today there is certainly some of autumns golden colours but still many trees still showing green.  None the less it was a rather fine autumnal blend, later than usual but best not to complain.



Another great morning to be out and about, as it is November its best to take advantage of these bonus sunny days when we can.

But I tell a lie…..  they are not sunny days but sunny mornings.  Come lunchtime the clouds roll in and that dull grey washes over the countryside.


Maybe tomorrow we will have another sunny autumn morning….. who knows, the forecasters have been far from accurate in our neck of the woods…


A bonus morning that was much appreciated.

Wherever you are and whatever your weather,  enjoy and……

Please Remember ….

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

20th 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

Colour on a Mid November Day……..


It was a watery start that morphed into a rather grand November day…. 

A day that ended rather well…….  what is they say “Red Sky at Night, Shepherds Delight”, I hope its true as our forecasters tell a different story.


Fable or Fact….  whatever tomorrows has in store for us…..

Please Remember ….

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

18th 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