Edale, Heading for Kinder Scout, Derbyshire

Several days of promising sunny weather this week , very much standing out from the recent run of grey days.  Sunny enough to make us think that it is time to venture further afield once again.  Only problem will be……..  where of the great many places available should we head to ?

I guess that is a nice problem to conjure with.

Near or Far…….

Please Remember ….

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

29th January

(C) David Oakes 2022


The Weather Changes Again… Today its was for the Better


Morning Glory…..

A bright start to the day that just kept on getting better……  there was a real spring feel in the air.

Down on the Lake they were very busy carrying out the annual Fish Stock survey, checking on water quality and health of the fish.  Despite the sunshine it would still have been cold work.


Pussy Willow buds have started to swell, with one or two showing the first signs of bursting.  Catkins glowed yellow and their seeds ready to spread.

Not sure this spell of good weather will last.  For several months now we have had a roller coaster of weather sequences. But best not to complain as we can only accept what we get given.  So best to enjoy the spring sun whilst it lasts.


Whatever the weather and wherever you are….

Please Remember ….

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

12th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Nearer to Home……. On a Sunny January Day


Cannot believe our good fortune, after all the wet weather and grey days, we have enjoyed two days of blue skies and sunshine (OK the odd light shower thrown in just to keep us on our toes  🙂 ).  Our good fortune is also that we have some wonderful places to walk and explore right on our own doorstep.

So this morning we were drawn to the Beech woods. The winter sun is low and with the trees just skeletons, its seek out all the dark areas…..  it also starts to dry last years fallen leaves that carpet much of the woodland floor.

It is always a magical place.  Maybe the shapes of some of the Beech have something to do with that feeling, it is always special.

Despite the very damp ground there was a distinct and rather pleasant woodland aroma….. you could say it had the smell of the spring to come.

As for those very occasional light showers, they did produce the odd Rainbow..


Rain or shine…. rainbows of hope….

Please Remember ….

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


3rd January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Wordless Wednesday…… December Sundown.


The Sun goes down at the end of a December day over the River Trent, Derbyshire

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this Wednesday……

Please Remember ….

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

29th December

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday….. Just a Winters Day


The River Derwent, Darley Abbey, Derby

It may not be snowing…..  The Derwent is flowing fast and it is definitely a Winters Day.

As always and especially over the winter……

Please Remember ….

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

23rd December

(C) David Oakes 2021