In Need of Repair…..


I guess this gate like many of us after the Christmas and New Year Celebrations could do with some care and attention to ease us back into work mode.

The weather over this period has been rather kind.  Sunshine and a light wind has dried the carpet of autumn leaves…. reviving them from there dark brown soggy state to a bright orange and golden brown once again. It will not last of course as time and weather will see them rot down and return to the earth.

Till then they give a bright and colourful boost to the woods….. even on a dull day.

7th January

(C) David Oakes 2020

At last a Lull in the Weather…….


A Calm by the Lake

It was with some relief that we managed a dry(ish) walk yesterday…there was a rather quite lull between the heavy rains and yesterdays wind, welcome and for a couple of hours.  It was an opportunity not to be missed, a refreshing spell in the outdoors.

The meadows and wildflowers have had rather a beating but the wild Foxgloves do seem robust enough to withstand the worst…. I guess they are also one of my favourite flowers to encounter in the countryside. With the vegetation being so lush it is not so surprising that the rains have made there mark…as for this field gate I guess it is going to be some time before it can swing closed…. it is a good job that right now it is only meadows flowers that it would be protecting


Now it just remains to dry off the boots 🙂

13th June

(C) David Oakes 2019

November Dawn…


November DawnA cold start but no frost, damp in the air but a little flurry of early morning sunshine….sadly I think the damp will turn to winter showers and we will see little if any further sunshine  today….I may of course be wrong, after all the Forecasters get it wrong at times.

Despite the lack of frost this morning does feel like the first real winters day so far this year

27th November

(C) David Oakes 2017


A Bright Start……after the rains


A May Dawn over Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

Calm and sunny over the Lake this morning….it makes a welcome change from the past few days of rain.  Yesterday we didn’t think it would ever stop but overnight we have had a miraculous change for the better.  We better not get complacent as we are told the rain is returning tomorrow.

Looking down over part of the woodland the horizon is still shrouded with an early morning mist.   Hawthorn Blossom seems to have survived the heavy rain and is still imparting its distinctive spring smell mixing beautifully with the equally distinctive fresh scents of spring.


18th May

(C) David Oakes 2017