Goodbye July……


Time to say goodbye to July.  Another month gone and another step nearer Autumn.  July weather has been both hot, for most of the time, but also in places very stormy with bursts of heavy rain.

Most of our local fields are now looking as if they are nearly ready for Harvest.  So as we enter August lets hope the weather provides the right conditions to enable a bumper crop.

Even though the months pass us by at a relentless speed, we still have to live with Covid as best we can.

Which means that we must still…. 

Remember ….

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

31st July

(C) David Oakes 2021

#TreeSquare (10) Over the Wall


A winter scene in Wharfedale, Yorkshire.  Despite the often inclement weather the wall is, like many others, known as a “Dry Stone Wall”.  Traditional field boundaries made from local stones, skilfully interlinked in there construction without the use of mortar or cement.  Dry Stone Walls are common in many regions across the UK.  The construction does differ from region to region, each has a distinctive style of its own. Variations there maybe but they all seem to have stood the test of time. Probably, these walls will out live the trees, trees that have most likely self-seeded,  finding sanctuary for their roots in the shelter of the wall.

Another post for the :- –The shadow of a tree – The life of B ( #TreeSquare

Where ever you are and what ever your plans…

Please Remember ….

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

29th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

#TreeSquare (7) …. The Shepheard’s Bridge

Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

The Shepheard’s Bridge on the side of Howden Moor, in the Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire.  A lone Silver Birch stands guard over the bridge that straddles one of the source tributaries of the River Derwent.

Another post for the :- –The shadow of a tree – The life of B ( #TreeSquare

Where ever you are…

Please Remember ….

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

22nd July

(C) David Oakes 2021

It’s Official… it’s Summer – or is it ?


June the 1st.  The Meteorological Office tells us that it now officially summer. Well, it is a new month and in 21 days it will be the Summer Solstice….  another milestone in our seasonal calendar.

But is it really summer?  For much of the past 2 months it hasn’t felt much like spring. April we froze with record low temperatures for the month. Then we had May, which has been the wettest on record. As a result everything seems to be way behind its annual cycle.

Being more positive, I can confirm that we have had three days of sunny shine and blue skies with the thermometer rising to heights not seen this year.  There is a song that says ” June is Busting Out All Over “.

 I guess, that in a small way, our garden and local countryside is suddenly doing its best the break thru to Summer.


So taking a deep breath of fresh air, I do hope that we have indeed turned the corner.  A spring that was unusual to say the very least….  and now the thrill of 3 days of real sunshine, wooing us into thinking that summer is here, it gives us hope.

The natural world often recovers well and plays catch up…this year, in our continuing stressed human world we can only hope that we all do the same.

Please Remember ….

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

1st June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Two Counties View


A rather fine late summers afternoon walk….great views over  some mellow countryside, all with a backdrop of Bunster Hill, to the left and Thorpe Cloud, to the right.  Hiding in the shadow of Thorpe Cloud is Dove Dale with the famous anglers River Dove flowing through.

The River Dove also marks the boundary between Staffordshire on the left and Derbyshire on the right. 

The only downside to the evening, is that the sky does indicate yet another change in the weather….more storms due.

Please Remember ….

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

24th August

(C) David Oakes 2020