Under a Spreading Oak Tree…


The Oak tree’s this year are loaded with acorns….a great year for the Squirrels and Jays, amongst other wildlife.  Yes, it would appear to be a good crop this season with lots of plump acorns.

If one believes the Country Folk Lore, we best get ready for a severely bad winter!

Please Remember ….

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

4th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Friday Again……. I think?


It is Friday again……  there are occasions in these troubled times, when normal is far from normal, that the days of the week blend seamlessly together and even merge with the weekend.

I am though, pretty sure that the Blacksmith and his assistant ( probably have been some young lad who should have been at school),   would know when the working week was coming to its close (probably Saturday lunchtime if they were lucky).  The Blacksmiths Shop above has long since stood idle…gone is the noise, heat and smells from hot coals and the metal  being shaped with the thud of a hammer.

Just for the record…it is Friday…I think

Please Remember ….

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

28th August

(C) David Oakes 2020


A Privilege….and not taken for Granted


Early Morning at Allestree, Derby

It is Sunday the 5th of April…. and it is a day full of Spring promise.  Early morning mist is lifting,  clear blue skies and a sun that really is starting to provide a welcome warmth.

I am one of the luck folk with somewhere to take my exercise.  I am also very much aware that many are unable to take advantage of an open air walk. It is a privilege.

So here are a few images from todays walk to share and I hope bring you just a little of the spring that is now starting to shape up rather well.


Trees are still bare, the Oak on the top of Burley Hill as stark as on many a winters day. The Silver Birch, that borders the Golf Course which is closed for the duration, waves it ever so fine top branches reaching up for warmth to encourage its leaves to burst…


But new growth is appearing, growth that over the next week will flourish into new clothes for the trees….

The Blossom on our Cherry Tree is also starting to show, but it is a few weeks later than usual….


The First of our ‘last’ batch of Daffodils has arrived alongside our first Camelia of this Spring.  So change is progressing at an increasing pace…

The more delicate flowers of the Wood Anemone are, for a short while, taking over the woodland floor, a carpet of white stars dotted with yellow buttons…


Colour is coming throughout the garden in front the Old Hall, it is the perfect compliment to a rather fine Sunday morning……

If you are one who cannot enjoy stretching your legs, even for a short while, in the sunny outdoors, then I hope these images help provide some virtual flavour to you of a sunny spring Sunday in these difficult times.

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

5th April

(C) David Oakes 2020

Friday Trivia……. Flamboyant


A Peacock displays his magnificent fan of iridescent feathers…. all set to attract the ladies.

Peacocks have long features in art from the very earliest of times.  For many the display is  a symbol of Joy, Creativity and new Life. Many countries around the world associate the Peacock more closely with their Religions, often seen as a sign of Immortality (the Greeks used to think the flesh of the bird would not decay). Else where the Peacock is recognised as a Guardian of Royalty.

The feathers have been used as  Fashion accessories over many centuries, perhaps because the closely represent the bright colours of a rainbow.

But some folk are not so sure about the Peacock and would consider a Peacock Feather as a sign of bad luck, the bringer of misfortune and even an all seeing eye…. maybe the circular disks are rather eye like and with so many on display, they certainly would be ‘All Seeing’.

AND Just to cheat I have spotted that Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge if for an image ending with the letters…… OCK

So very much with tongue in cheek here is my submission for this weeks B&W Challenge

The link to Cee’s Blog is :-https://ceenphotography.com/2020/03/05/cees-bw-photo-challenge-words-that-end-in-ock/ 


6th March

(C) David Oakes 2020

Full Tide along the Creek…..


Full Tide at Skippool Creek, River Wyre, Lancashire

Every so often I have the urge to look back to this time in years past.  This image is from the 3rd January 2012 at Skippool Creek on a very high Spring Tide…. shortly after this shot I had to move further back as the tide had not reached its peak.  Doesn’t seem like 8 years ago and yet another reminder of just how fast time can vanish.

3rd January

(C) David Oakes 2020