A Few signs of Autumns Approach


It is also Spider Time….

We are past the mid-point of September.  It is that time in the seasons when, in some places, it can still look like summer. But increasingly splashes of colour, new berries and fruits indicate that autumn is on the way.

Down by the Lake autumn looks some way off…


But elsewhere those hints of autumnal colour are becoming more prevalent….  seed heads of long-gone blooms contrast with bold Nasturtiums bold making a final statement of intent to stay. Leaves on the Maple are turning and Teasel heads have lost their fluff and now all spikes, Rose Hips bright Red only matched by the Yew Berry …. it is a time of contrast.


Days of high summer sun are rapidly fading, soon they will be just memories.  The upside is that we have all the glory of Autumn to come


Make the most of today…   the official last day of summer.  Tomorrow is the Autumn Equinox.   But as always…..

Please Remember ….

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

21st September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday…… Halfway


As we pass the halfway point of September the signs that Autumn is approaching will start to increase with each passing day

Please Remember ….

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

16th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Lucky September Days…..


A very warm start to the day….. 4 consecutive days now.  There was a very light mist first thing but cleared as quickly as I manged to get my eyes open and start my day.  Bright sun but a very this layer of cloud just softening the  early light….all very nice and calm by the Lake.

But the season is moving along.  My favourite Silver Birch is changing colour…..  I say favourite, mainly because of its solo location against a low wall.  It did loose one of its trunks during gales in the early part of the year, so appearance has changed just a little…..



You don’t have to venture far into Big Wood before you loose the sun.  Some days its a welcome relief to head for the shade, today we just past swiftly through….


Once we got back to Lakeside the sun had increased in intensity, both warmth and strength…… its going to be a very hot day.  Forecaster’s reckon on reaching 29c in our part of the world. 


Cannot last, so best enjoy whilst we can

Please Remember ….

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

15th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday….. The Peace will soon be Shattered


A Red Stag looking in prime condition, and for the moment, peacefully grazing the vegetation.  He will also be rubbing his antlers on the branches to scent mark his territory.

I say peacefully,  this time next month, if not sooner, he will be tilting his head back (like above) and sending a dramatic roar across his territory.  The roar is known as Bolving, once heard never forgotten.  It is the seasonal sign that the rutting season is upon us.


Please Remember ….

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

14th September

(C) David Oakes 2020