Flippant Friday….. Black and White Weather


High Neb, Stanage Edge, Derbyshire

It may well be May, spring is supposed to be here…. But the weather and the forward forecasts are far from being Black or White.  Like life on the edge, this years springs weather is always on the the edge…. Do we jump into spring OR back into winter.  Well, we all know that spring, ultimately, has got to win the argument, but at times it does feel as if winter has other ideas.

Please Remember ….

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

7th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

A bit of Grit on the Gritstone Edge


Burbage Edge, Derbyshire

The rugged gritstone edge of Burbage, high above Hathersage Moor.  On a clear day it provides a viewpoint with great views towards Kinder Scout and over to Higger Tor. Looks calm in the sun but can be the complete opposite if the weather is inclement.  Still a great place to pause and to get ones breath back when you reach the top.

Don’t go to near the edge…. and

Please Remember ….

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

4th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Woodland Walk to mark the Passing of April


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.


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.


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


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


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

April is nearly Over…..


The Weeping Willow weeps.    This April it is the exception as far as weeping goes.  The old rhyme “April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers” was in reality, this Spring, missing the showers.  True, we have had plenty of welcome sunshine,  we have also experienced the coldest April on record for over 40 years.  One Official Weather Presenter said that Aprils weather has been bonkers….. I think that is a technical term.

Despite or perhaps because of all that ‘weather’, April has provide a month of colour and variety.  Bulbs, wild flowers and trees have tried to react as if Spring is here….  yes, a colourful month…

Buster is just hoping that May will bring some equally good ‘walkies’


It has been un-seasonably dry.  Nice whilst it lasted……  but I guess May,  may well make up for that.  We do needs some water. What ever the weather…

Please Remember ….

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

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Dear Deer…..


Deer Grazing at dawn on a Spring Morning

Whilst doing an image search, I stumbled upon this image from April 3 years ago…… 

I thought it was worth a reprise this April morning.

Please Remember ….

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

27th April

(C) David Oakes 2021