Better than Predicted……..

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A Sunday morning that was so much better than predicted.  Sunshine, fast moving clouds and until mid afternoon none of the rain that was forecast……  I am glad those forecasters got it wrong.

A real spring like morning on our walk.  Certainly bright down by the Lake.  Up in the woods, a different story. It is now rather dark.  The new leaf canopy casting its shadows that will now be with us till the late autumn.

 

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The Bluebells that have depended upon the sunlight will now fade back into the ground where, with luck, they will multiply for the next spring.  Till they do their vanishing act they are still putting on a brave display…

Even when you were out in more open areas, the trees where now casting dark shadows…. but this is spring and the feeling and the look was of a perfect day…..

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Now…. if that old country rhyme is correct, we now know we are going to get wet…..  but not as wet as we might well have done.  The Oak is well and truly in full leaf – whilst the Ash is still struggling.

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The year continues to make its cyclical changes, real spring weather, which on a morning like this is also a tonic.

Please Remember ….

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

16th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Woodland Walk to mark the Passing of April

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The last day of April.  The coldest, driest and sunniest on record (at least in our part of the world).  The sun shone again, so off to Shipley Woods to see if Spring has really arrived.

Since our last visit 2 weeks ago, when the Beech trees were bare, they are now coming into full leaf.  Their ‘spring’ green leaves starting to form a thick woodland canopy.  It is a place of long shadows and intense spotlights of sunshine…… and that unique woodland aroma of spring. The perfect day and just right for a gentle potter.

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The woodland Daffodil of the last visit have now all but vanished.  Instead the Bluebells have started to make their presence felt.  Not the full blue carpet yet, but not that far off.  They have to be quick,  once the woodland canopy casts it shadow, they will also vanish till next spring…. such a short life.

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One surprise was the first sighting, this season, of a Rhododendron Bloom…..  OK. only small blooms – but the first of the season.

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As we headed for home, passed the gate and started to glimpse the meadows beyond where the sun shone even brighter..

It is May tomorrow.  Spring is here….  but the sun on the meadows seem to say that summer will not be far behind

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A green and pleasant land…. that’s Derbyshire

Goodbye April… hello May….. but do…

Please Remember ….

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

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Spring continues……. It’s Bluebell Time

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Bluebells in the very aptly named Spring Wood on the Derbyshire Leicestershire border.

Bluebells are only with us for a short spell each spring, once the tree canopy of leaves darkens the woodland floor, they will retreat till next spring…   but whilst they are here the do cast their spell of spring magic  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

20th April

(C) David Oakes 2020

Deep in the Woods…..

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Everything is now growing at breakneck speed.  The Bluebells are now starting to be swamped by more vigorous woodland herbage and brambles.  Our local wood has been fantastic this year with more Bluebells than I can ever remember, you can still find some areas where they are providing a wide vista of blue…

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One of the best ‘first finds’ this spring is this Lily. Always found on the edges of woodland or in the hedgerows it is known as ‘Lords and Ladies’ or ‘Cuckoo Pint’ (and many other old country names) it is actually an Arum Lily and its proper name is Arum Maculatum….

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Out in the meadows it is now Dandelion time, a plant that certainly doesn’t hide itself away. Not so brash is the May Flower much more delicate, more often than not, standing in loan isolation.

 The weekends rain has certainly encouraged a rush of new growth….. not bad for the last day of April

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2019

 

 

Some Proper Spring Weather……

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Sunshine and Showers and a much cooler climate, weather that is much more like the Spring weather we expect.

Yesterday morning’s woodland walk was fresh and stimulating. New growth everywhere, the bright greens and yellows of new leaves and of course lots of Bluebells. I hesitate to say it has been a bumper year for these iconic woodland flowers, but it might well be.  I make no apology for featuring these drifts of Blue again…after all we cannot enjoy them for long, in fact many are now retracting and falling back to disappear for another year.

26th April

(C) David Oakes 2019