A Bit Windy on the Moor

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The title for this morning’s post was “Morning Calm”….  it was from the archives.  Trouble is, it certainly didn’t fit with the morning’s weather.  More than a little breezy, a wind, not quite gale force, but you get the idea.

Despite that we headed off to Stanton Moor for a leg stretch with great views over Derbyshire.  The moor is surrounded by trees.  Oak and Silver Birch are the key feature which creates a great approach to the more open moor. 

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Not many signs of autumn, the trees still look green even though some are a little thinner in the canopy.  Round the moor edge Fungi were making a colourful autumnal statement of their own….

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Of course, as we always do, we paid our respects to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle.  Not another soul about so we could savour the mood and moment… it may not be as big as the famous Stone Henge but it’s just as special…

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As the wind was getting stronger (and colder) we didn’t linger long and headed back to shelter and lower ground.  Just enjoyed the expansive views from high then made haste.

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Fresh and invigorating… but nice to get back to the car and a flask of hot coffee….  and the sun shone throughout so that was a indeed a bonus.  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

25th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

What a Difference a Day Makes…….

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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.   🙂

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Remember ….

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

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Change is in the Wind…..

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A Spreading Chestnut Tree, heavy with leaf, leaf that is ever so slowly changing colour.  The leaves that have fallen are autumnal, those in much of the canopy still various shades of green.

September 22nd.  The sun shines bright, and being noticeably lower, casts long shadows. A warm breeze and it’s a perfect morning.  With a weather forecast, for the remainder of the week making grim reading, this morning was an opportunity not to be missed

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Shipley Woods was the destination chosen……  quiet, calm, and high above the surrounds, make it a wonderful place for Buster to run and Jean and I to just take a leisurely stroll….

 

But even here you cannot escape the reach of Covid 19.

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We did love this seasonal sign to the Old Orchard…..

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If the weather does indeed turn grim, we can be content knowing that we didn’t waste another fabulous September day.

No matter the weather…..

Please Remember ….

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

22nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Few signs of Autumns Approach

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It is also Spider Time….

We are past the mid-point of September.  It is that time in the seasons when, in some places, it can still look like summer. But increasingly splashes of colour, new berries and fruits indicate that autumn is on the way.

Down by the Lake autumn looks some way off…

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But elsewhere those hints of autumnal colour are becoming more prevalent….  seed heads of long-gone blooms contrast with bold Nasturtiums bold making a final statement of intent to stay. Leaves on the Maple are turning and Teasel heads have lost their fluff and now all spikes, Rose Hips bright Red only matched by the Yew Berry …. it is a time of contrast.

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Days of high summer sun are rapidly fading, soon they will be just memories.  The upside is that we have all the glory of Autumn to come

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Make the most of today…   the official last day of summer.  Tomorrow is the Autumn Equinox.   But as always…..

Please Remember ….

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

21st September

(C) David Oakes 2020