Red Roses, Dog Roses & Odds & Ends

A day you can only describe as scorching.  The sun is stark, hot and casting dark shadows.   The grass is going brown and vegetation thriving.  Not so many people out ‘exercising’ today, nor did we linger over long.

But here are a few odds and ends we came across that added a little interest, colour  and I hope give a little flavour to the day.



The Meteorological Office has just announced that May has been the hottest and sunniest since 18hundred and something…….  also the driest,  with still 2 day of the month left.

After several months when we had none stop rain and floods, the contrast is dramatic and sudden…..  so we can but wonder what next is the weather cycle, a cycle  that has a wonky wheel…..   On thing for sure the current CV19 issue isn’t going to change as quickly as the weather ….so stay vigilant.

Please Remember ….

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

29th May

(C) David Oakes 2020


A Morning along the riverside…..


Hang on Dad….I’m coming

( trouble with Dad is that he doesn’t know I am not ready for the Tour de France yet!)

Just one of the sights that caught my attention on this mornings ‘exercise’  …. until ‘lockdown’ Buster and I used to call it walkies!   No matter what its called it was certainly another rather grand day of blue skies and sunshine, even though it was a trifle hot.

But shadows and a cooling breeze along the river made it all rather acceptable.



The Local Pub, The Abbey, is closed…..  not because of CV19, but has been closed for some time now.


Once it was a key location in the village.  The Brewery had found a new tenant, but they pulled out just before lockdown appeared on the horizon…..  maybe that was a stroke of luck, no point in managing a new pub with no customers.

Another old building can be found by Folly Bridge.  They suggest the building was once a  small Mill.


It stands by a small tributary of the Derwent so it may well have been.  But why the name Folly Bridge?….. I don’t know.  I will dig deeper.

Now that lockdown rules have been eased a little, it is nice to see that the tennis courts are again being put to good use.


What is really nice is that instead of keen adult tennis players hammering away at each other, it is family groups, mum/dad and the kids…. so I guess that is one benefit that has come out of this situation.

I have said before that we are so lucky living here.  Despite lockdown restrictions we have been able to get out for exercise every day.  Two great and varied local parks to wander in.  We have also been able to participate in the change from winter to spring and now into summer.  Apart from the River, Meadows, Woodland and Open Vistas, there is so much variety to add flavour to the daily walks including gems from our industrial past….somehow nothing seems to becoming too familiar and repetitive ….

But when it get just a little too hot, the cool of the woodland beckons…


Nice as it is to be out.  Indeed more folk are now out, understandably taking advantage of a little more freedom and of course the glorious weather, we still need to take care.

Please Remember ….

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

28th May

(C) David Oakes 2020

Hot again….. Great for a stroll in the Park


Darley Park, Derby

They say it isn’t going to be as hot today……  well this morning it still felt rather warm.  We chose the wider open spaces to stretch our legs , also trying to avoid too many other folk……  plenty of space for all.

In the hedgerows, under trees and along the river bank there are drifts of Cow Parsley.  Look closely,  it is a fabulous delicate wild flower.



Of course many call it a weed.  So it is both interesting and heartening  to see that some in the gardening world have seen the light and welcoming it into their gardens.  Country gardens and the now fashionable wild meadow gardens are now favouring this weed…..even TV’s Monty Don was showing off his display of Cow Parsley.

There is, adjacent to the Park a house with a great Rose display… fact they cover the house from ground to roof, a spectacular and early Rose display….



This morning the Park is very quiet,  plenty of space to sit and enjoy the spring, or is it a summer day. Buster might be seeking the shade but I guess I might just rest awhile on a bench in the sun….

But not all is sweetness and light.   I guess yesterday had been busy in the Park.  Cannot blame folk for wanting to get out and enjoy the space and fresh air.  Sadly we couldn’t help but notice that so much litter had just been abandoned, dropped and left for someone else to collect.   What is even more galling is that there appears to be an art in piling it onto over full rubbish bins… not their problem.

If folk can carry it in…then carry it out.   The message has been for weeks now ‘To Stay at Home”….   perhaps it should now be ‘Take it Home’

But to finish on a more fragrant note….  Just another Rhododendron


Please Remember ….

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

21sy May

(C) David Oakes 2020


Another Day when the sun came and went……


River Derwent, Derby

The Derwent is running  all smooth and calm, only a distant Duke breaking the surface.  Mid May and the trees are all lush green, extra bright in one of the sunshine breaks.  Hard to think back to the beginning of March.   Where I am standing I would have been under water with flood waters rushing past.    So  very tranquil today.

It is here in Derby that the River runs through Darley Park, a Park that tucks itself into the northern edge of the City.  So it is no surprise that it has been a popular place for that Lockdown Exercise.  Since Boris made his grand ‘easing’ statement last week, those numbers have dramatically increased.  Thankfully it is only a small minority who act with no thought or care for social distancing or for other folk.

This morning the Park was busy (ish) but large areas were people free.


Plenty of space to relax and enjoy the May sunshine….. and they do recommend Vitamin D for the immune system – here you can get it for free.


May growth is very lush, perhaps all the winter rains, followed by this springs extra dose of sunshine and warmth, have produced  this rich green May.  A May that I cannot recall having been so full and varied in spring growth.  Growth both wild and cultivated.

Bold bright colours in the Herbaceous garden, Poppies and Iris the first blousy blooms….

In the meadows and hedgerows the very humble Daisy and Dog Rose,.  Simple, yet  they  add a joy to any days walk…..

As for the weather report.  Well we did get Sun, we did get cloud and it was also humid and warm.  Rain is threatened for tomorrow..  Daft as it may seem, we could do with some (not too much though).

So best make the most of the rest of the day absorbing  some more Vitamin D..

Please Remember ….

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

18th May

(C) David Oakes 2020