Winter Slowly Slides Away…..

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I am enjoying the last of the Snowdrops.  Snowdrops have always bridged that gap where Winter slides very slowly, and at times hesitantly into Spring.  In gardens, and in the woodlands, Snowdrops are the indicator that spring is just around the corner, it maybe slow coming… but it will arrive.  Though I guess winter weather will still have the occasional harsh sting in its tail.

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As individual flowers they show a resilience to resist the frosts, snows and rains, yet they show such grace with their sweeping, drooping white bell like flower on such a tender stem.  They hardly look tough enough, to fragile to survive, yet they do.

It is the mass woodland displays that so dramatically make the statement that Spring is on the way.  Those white carpets, giving light to woodland areas, areas that will soon be cast into darkness as the tree canopy comes into leaf.

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Those woodland settings are for me the place to enjoy the splendour of such simple flowers.

They are soon to leave us again, reminding us that Spring really is on the way.

Till then, be resilient and……

Please Remember to ….

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

5th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Winter can still be colourful…

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Hathersage Moor, looking towards Higger Tor.  Positively glowing in some welcome winter sunshine.  It was also taken prior to  the winter snows and frosts, which would  blacken and flatten,  the rich bracken that covers these moors.

A welcome winter glow, a reminder of the autumn that has long gone. Spring will eventually bring a fresh green glow of its own.

Till then…. Remember to ….

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

4th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

One of Those Days….

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Midday and Mist over Allestree Lake

Last week we were blessed with sunshine and record high temperatures…. 18c. What a change.

For the third consecutive day we have fog that lifts just a little to be able to call it a mist.  The trees drip with water and grey is the colour, as for temperatures…..  well at midday it had risen to all of 5c

The mist clings to everything, even the waterfowl have decided it is best to go into hiding…

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One of those days when, if you didn’t have to head outdoors, a book, an occasional coffee and a comfy chair would be a much better bet.  But out we head and try to make the most of a Lakeside walk.

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That mist is coming down again, so best head for home and that comfy chair……  I’ll have a Cappuccino please 🙂

Indoors or out……

Please Remember to ….

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

3rd March

(C) David Oakes 2021

In Need of Care and Attention…..

A dark and neglected corner of the village….much in need of some care and attention.  It might be  tumbling down but somehow it is still a interesting and mysterious space.

Please Remember to ….

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

2nd March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Spring might just have arrived…..

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Tomorrow is the start of the Meteorological Spring.      I think our Crocus and Dwarf Iris are ahead of the game.

Today is also the last day of February…..another month gone.  Not sure just where it vanished too !

No matter when and what….. please..

Remember to ….

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

28th February

(C) David Oakes 2021