Gone…. but not forgotten


Well I guess that is it…… summer is finally over.   Petals have fallen and seed heads remain.

The last of the Rudbeckia for 2012.  They have put on a fantastic display and we are indeed sad to see them go.  At least the birds have some tasty seeds to feed upon over autumn  and prior to the winter  cold.

Time as always move on at a relentless pace…. but despite that we must still..

Please Remember ….

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

18th October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Its Official…. Summer is over (I think)


Summer must be over…. The Local Cricket Club has ‘parked’ its Sight Screens for the winter  and its Club House all secured.

But walking round the rest of Darley Park this morning, it looked much more like summer than autumn.  That said, it did feel just a touch cooler despite the bright sunshine.  After the past few days of rather wet and awful weather, this was in modern parlance – a welcome ‘Window’ in the current weather cycle..


Despite the recent days of sever wet weather, the garden seems to have withstood the battering rather well.  The Rudbeckia still stand tall, the Dahlia droop, Geraniums brighten a corner,  greenery is lush and surprise surprise one of our Clematis is having a ‘third coming’ .


It cannot be left for too long before we start to winterise the garden.  We have the Spring Bulbs ready for planting……  but whilst there is still a chance of more ‘windows’ like today, we will wait.

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

3rd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

October 1st…… The Year moves on at a Pace


Memories of the colours of Westonbirt Arboretum 

A new month, October an indicator that the long dark winter months are ahead of us.  But before they arrive we have Autumn to look forward to…..  I just hope that October 2021 will live up to our hopes for another colour packed month of autumnal colours.  Now that would set us up well for whatever winter has to throw at us, fingers crossed. 

Whatever your hopes and whatever the weather ahead…

Please Remember ….

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

1st October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Late September……


A typical late September day.  Temperatures have fallen but the sun still shines very brightly.  The sky is blue, but sometimes hides behind some fast moving clouds…..  darker clouds are never far away and rain expected at intervals throughout the day.

_DOI9126qqNow that the sun is lower in our skies the shadows are longer and seem much darker.  That same sun does highlight the early autumnal colours, teasing us, but the best is yet to come once October get underway.


 The dominant colour is still green, though it has to be said the tint is now much darker on the trees before they start to adopt their autumn colours.

Just nice to be out and about, able to potter at a leisurely pace, pause and just gaze..


We are just hoping that autumn will be kind as well as colour packed.

(nor did we get wet… the rain gave us the courtesy of waiting till we reach home)

The seasons change, but our strange human world continues to be far from normal…. so, 

Please Remember ….

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

29th September

(C) David Oakes 2021