Goodbye July…….


Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree

Sunshine but also shadows, often dark and damp……  well that has been, for the most part, the weather this July.  August tomorrow and we move that little bit nearer to autumn.  Yet, here under the Chestnuts leafy canopy, last autumns fallen leaves still abound….. true they do add some extra colour to the woodland glades.

But less of this talk of autumn, lets hope August is this years summer month.

Please Remember ….

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

31st July

(C) David Oakes 2020



A Day of Three Half’s !……


A Weeping Willow over the River Derwent, Derbyshire

OK.  I do know there are only ever two half’s to the day, though some days one half does feel longer than the other.   But as we approach the run up to mid- summer and the longest day, days like today seem to divide in to different parts each very different and each feeling rather long.

The day started, hot, humid, very grey and misty.  Probably not surprising after last nights  thunderstorms. Despite yesterdays downpours the river was rather still and dark, the horizon lost in the mist….but better weather for walkies than expected.  No time to waste.   So there ends part one.

Just after lunch the sun broke through and summer returned, what a change to the day.  So time for some garden duties.  Herb Robert is having a bonanza this season.  It has seeded itself in just about every nook and cranny., including in amongst the Hosta.  True gardeners would probably be horrified,  but we are rather proud that it has adopted our garden for a home….. and the Bees love it.


Not sure if it was the sun or just boredom as Buster soon lost interest in this gardening lark……   so 40 winks to end this particular ‘half ‘of the day….

_DSC7976qqq Then it was change again as we entered the the  ‘3rd’ half of the day.

The Blue Sky that had graced us this afternoon started to play host to some rather worrying clouds again….could it be thunder approaching ?


Well the answer to that is most probably yes…… the blue vanished,  a stormy sky heralded in the evening. Not very promising….


Nor are the forecasters very encouraging for either tomorrow or the rest of this week.  Nothing we can do about that, we can but wait and see…

Please Remember ….

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

15th June

(C) David Oakes 2020



Well….. we got the rain we needed !

Well…. we got the rain we needed (I’ll not say wanted!).   Heavy rain overnight and this morning.  Eased a little now, so time for todays walkies with a reluctant  Buster. We did get a quick burst of sunlight – just like a flash going off on your camera, blink and it was gone.

It is the season for Wild Foxgloves.  Always hit and miss each season. They alternate each year between making leaf or making flower spikes.  Not sure, but most of the spikes I have found this year, do seem rather stunted.  Still nice to see and the Bees love them.

The rain has recommenced, the threat from the met Office is for more over the next few days.   I guess we need it, like it or not.

But no matter what ever the weather……

Please Remember ….

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

11th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Rain at Time….well mostly. But some sunny intervals !


Sheltering from one of the very sudden torrential rain showers.  Then with a high wind driving the clouds along, the sun comes out again…..


That sun is also rather warm.  Warm enough to create some rising mist on the damp golf course..


The sun and the moisture are working wonders on the meadows and hedges, growth in abundance with signs of lots mote to come…

The woodland shadows get deeper as each day passes…..  soon the leaves will become thicker, loose their transparent green, then this woodland floor will be lost to the light till autumn comes round.


Autumn is a long way off…we still have summer to enjoy, whatever the weather.

As our Political Leaders seem to be unable to give consistent CV19 advice …

Please Remember ….

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

6th June

(C) David Oakes 2020