The Sun came out… eventually (better late than never)


Darley Mill Complex and Weir on the River Derwent, Derby

As they say…. “Better Late than Never“.   It was very late afternoon before the cloud broke, rolled back,  allowing the sun that had been in hiding all day, to break through.  It was low, and just like a searchlight, its penetrating beam lit up Darley Mills.  The receding clouds still dark added some drama to the evening.   The Mill complex has been recently restored and now home to a wide variety of businesses.  It is all part of the World Heritage Derwent Valley Site.

Not a bad finish to what had, until the very end, been a rather drab day


Maybe tomorrow will be so much better… we will have to wait and see

No matter what tomorrow brings….

Please Remember ….

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

25th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

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

One Year on………


A year ago the River Derwent had burst its banks.  Flooding over a wide area of Derbyshire.  The above image was taken as the waters receded.  But respite was short lived and floods returned in December and lasted well into February.

Despite the heavy rains over the past few days, and indeed an extended wet period in October, the River Derwent is running past Darley Abbey in a sedate fashion, Autumn colours reflecting in the smooth waters…


The last few days have also seen some high winds,  as always in autumn it has stripped many trees of their leaves.  But in todays brief splash of early morning sunshine, like the river, all looks calm, mellow and autumnal.



Please Remember ….

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

19th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

3 Hours of Autumn Sunshine…


Sunday Morning, the River Derwent at Darley Abbey, Derbyshire

Still waters run deep…… and after the heavy rains the River Derwent is running at a pace.  The placid surface hiding the true pace of the river.

After another wet start to the day, we, like many others headed out to enjoy a spell of warm sunshine and some of autumns colours…


3 hours of sun, more than we expected from the forecast.  Worth taking advantage of as it is now raining once more.

We have a new Lockdown pending for Thursday onwards. At the moment we have not been given full details, but no doubt our movements and activities will be severely restricted…which only goes to emphasise that we should all ….

Remember ….

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

1st November

(C) David Oakes 2020

What a Difference a Day Makes…….


Yesterday it was rather miserable….   rain and mist and a big drop in temperature.  This morning, the sun woke us up and all seems bright and nearly summer like.  Touches of autumnal colours are now a little more pronounced, but I do think that yesterday’s rain has given a new lease on life to many of the trees and leaves.

It was though a surprise, to find that on such a great bonus September day, that so few people were out taking advantage of the weather…..  quieter than I have known it.  It was an extra bonus, being very selfish,   added to the peace and tranquillity of the morning.   🙂

DOI_5056_00008qqq Even on such a perfect day it is still important to…. 

Remember ….

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

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2020