A Bright Start…. but the River is still running High and Fast


A sweeping bend in the River Derwent.  The sun from yesterday afternoon returned this morning.  It also brought a wind that was rising.  The Derwent is still running high and fast after all the rains of January and February.



Debris washed down river building up when ever it gets a chance to snag itself to the bank.

Even though the River is rather wild, further down stream a bankside Angler manages to find himself a calm eddy in which to fish….  though I suspect its just an excuse to sit and watch and enjoy the mornings sun.


Not sure this sunny spell of weather will last…. winds from the South West usually bring rains, and  this wind is gaining strength, so I reckon we will soon be topping up the Derwent once again.

No matter what the weather delivers…. Remember

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

23rd February

(C) David Oakes 2021

The Sun came out… eventually (better late than never)


Darley Mill Complex and Weir on the River Derwent, Derby

As they say…. “Better Late than Never“.   It was very late afternoon before the cloud broke, rolled back,  allowing the sun that had been in hiding all day, to break through.  It was low, and just like a searchlight, its penetrating beam lit up Darley Mills.  The receding clouds still dark added some drama to the evening.   The Mill complex has been recently restored and now home to a wide variety of businesses.  It is all part of the World Heritage Derwent Valley Site.

Not a bad finish to what had, until the very end, been a rather drab day


Maybe tomorrow will be so much better… we will have to wait and see

No matter what tomorrow brings….

Please Remember ….

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

25th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

3 Hours of Autumn Sunshine…


Sunday Morning, the River Derwent at Darley Abbey, Derbyshire

Still waters run deep…… and after the heavy rains the River Derwent is running at a pace.  The placid surface hiding the true pace of the river.

After another wet start to the day, we, like many others headed out to enjoy a spell of warm sunshine and some of autumns colours…


3 hours of sun, more than we expected from the forecast.  Worth taking advantage of as it is now raining once more.

We have a new Lockdown pending for Thursday onwards. At the moment we have not been given full details, but no doubt our movements and activities will be severely restricted…which only goes to emphasise that we should all ….

Remember ….

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

1st November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Surprise, surprise….


If I said it had been raining heavily today, I might well be accused of under stating the weather situation.  So heavy the I agreed with Buster that walkies could wait.  By 3.30pm, and as Buster doesn’t like going out in the dark, we thought we best make the most of a bad day and  head out for a good leg stretch. 

The rain has eased, but then as we reached the riverside walk, the evening sun broke through the thick clouds.  It was only a brief appearance …but what a difference it made… autumn was back.

A word of warning.  The River Derwent was running high and wide and at a pace.  Someway to go before it reaches the top of its banks.  But it was this time last year,  a succession of floods started that last to the spring.  But in the last of the sunshine the river had a tranquil look that belied the force of its waters….


I guess we were lucky… a great finish to the day and we also got home dry.

Please Remember ….

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

27th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Could be Summer….. well for a few days!


The River Derwent, Darley, Derby…….   the river is running smoothly, no breeze to disturb the surface, the sun shines and the temperature is climbing.  Its early morning so still a chill in the air, but the promise is for a warm day. The trees are bright green, vegetation lush.  The promise is for at least 4 days like this with temperatures set to reach 20c+……  it could well be a summers day, but those bright greens tell us it is spring.


Wild Garlic is both the colour and aroma for these early days of May.   This stretch of the Derwent is a corridor of Garlic.  This location has always supported a good crop, but I am sure, that this spring it is much more prolific….. it was underwater for several weeks so maybe those flood waters actually did it some good….

 The early morning added colour to the restored Darley Mills Complex. Apart from being a Wedding Venue it is also home to a mix of independent companies of offices, gyms, studios and a mini Brewery.  But like so many places in these times it is eerily deserted.

Back on the riverside meadows it is now Buttercup time,  just add children playing, cricket on the pitch beyond and it would really look like a summers day…


It will all happen again…sometime

Please Remember ….

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

6th May

(C) David Oakes 2020