A Rather Nothing Day


A rather nothing day…. a day that didn’t wake up and make up its mind what to do.   Shame, as all we needed was a glint of sunshine and we might well have thought that autumn is on the way


Just a little sunshine and parts of the woods would have started to glow..


May be tomorrow!…then again maybe not.  We just have to wait and see…

Please Remember ….

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

10th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Mixed September Days….


The Sedum changes colour, muted pinks and reds….. just like elsewhere this September.  It is a reminder that the seasons are moving along.  The weather is also mixed. Over the last couple of days we have swung from wet drab grey days to bright sunny summer days then back again.  Right now its evening and the temperature is still 24c and rather sunny. 


Like it or not we cannot hang on to summer, just enjoy what we can of the last, brighter, September moments.  Autumn colours are now more evident, berries are red and acorns are having a bumper year.  The hanging baskets are now past there best and starting to fade and the bracken in the woods is decidedly dry and brown…those song birds of summer have flown. 

But join me on one of my daily perambulation’s, a proper late summer pending autumn walk….


Now for something a little Different

At the weekend the Local Village had a Scarecrow Trail.  Over 25 Scarecrows at gardens round the village…all in aid of the MacMillan Charity.  Here are just one or two that I stumbled across…

A bit of fun for a worthy cause….  well done the Village.

Please Remember ….

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

8th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Noticeable Change….


A day of mixed weather fortunes.   A very wet morning that appeared to offer little hope for the rest of the day.  But by afternoon the sun came out to play.  It also illuminated some of the early autumn colours….. the autumnal change may well be subtle at the moment but it is happening.

There as also a noticeably different feel to the Park.  As the school term has started, there were no children of any age around…. in fact the Park, by comparison to the recent weeks,  since lockdown was eased, seemed rather strange.  Just the occasional Dog Walker enjoying the free space to roam…


Mid afternoon and the River Derwent looked quite inviting, all it needed was a rowing boat or two to complete what would be a perfect summer afternoon picture…


I guess we can call this a bonus afternoon.

But as always…..

Please Remember ….

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

3rd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Winds of Change…… Again


Again we wake to a blue sky.  But by the time we had coffee and breakfast the first signs of a weather front started to appear….a Mackerel sky is what we call it.  But also the wind started to blow not strong but enough to shake all the leaves and bend the branches on the Silver Birch.  The Met Office has predicted storms once again with two fronts heading across the Atlantic.


The Japanese Anemone are doing their best to hide from any incoming weather ravages.  Elsewhere the Crab Apples are staring to ripen and the Elderberries swelling but not as yet changed colour.  Hover Flies seeking another meal and Honeysuckle doing its best to produce a second wave of flowers  

You could be fooled into thinking that this was to be another lovely summers day….bright sunshine and dark shadows


But a quick look up at the sky and you know that this merely a brief tease before the weather change….


On hour later the rain arrived.


Please Remember ….

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

2nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

After the storms…..


Big Wood , Allestree

Well, after the storms of gales force winds and heavy rain, Saturday was very much quieter.  Still some gusty wind, much colder but some lovely sunshine filtering down, casting dappled shadows across the woodland floor.  It was also nice to be out without a waterproof. I was also surprised to find very little wind damage.  No big trees down,  but of course lots of leaves, acorns and small branches littering the ground. 

Migrations has well and truly started for our small summer visitors, but enough still remain providing some welcome birdsong across the wood. It is also that time of the year when autumn approaches and once again the majesty of the tree trunks come back into profile, every one different.


It may be crumbling but the old Gardeners Cottage behind the old empty Hall, still has a sort of welcome to it, beckoning someone to lavish some love upon it…. sad to see it so neglected, like the Hall itself.


The sun did not stay with us all day, nice whilst it lasted, but soon more dark clouds approached.  So far no more rain, though there is a definite threat in the clouds.  Dark reflections in the Lake and the wind raising some ripples again.


Have a good weekend whatever you have planned but….

Please Remember ….

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

29th August

(C) David Oakes 2020