Just a Drop……


Just a drop of rain on the surviving Dahlia and a splash on the Acer


Not a bad October day……  more sunshine than rain, now that is better than forecast.

I trust your day is just fine and please do……

Remember ….

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

5th October

(C) David Oakes 2021


Best not to Complain…..


Swaying in the Wind

The pattern of our weather for the last week or so, has lets say been erratic!

The Met Office keep issuing dire forecasters for the day ahead which is always dispiriting. However the weather itself does at it wants.  Most days we have had some spectacularly sunny mornings but once past noon it all goes down hill rapidly.  

This morning is another good example.  We woke not to the doom and gloom of the forecast but to a really sunny morning.  True it was also rather windy as predicted.

The Silver Birch above, swayed and waved good morning to us as we past.  Nor were the clouds hanging around, scurrying across the blue sky behind, just like a jet aircraft quickly disappearing over the horizon.

True to recent form, come lunchtime and the rains returned….  returned with a vengeance. 

No point in complaining as we get what we get given.  The forecast for the week ahead sound rather dire again,  it may well turn out that way.  But a realistic and reliable forecast would help plan the day and the week ahead.  We wait to see, with waterproofs at the ready.

Indoors or venturing out…

Please Remember ….

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

4th October

(C) David Oakes 2021




The Season of Mists and Change…


Autumns Equinox has arrived. 

From this day forward (in the Northen Hemisphere) daylight ours get less and nights longer.

September…the gateway to autumn and the season of mists.  This ‘between seasons’ always produces rapid changes to our weather.  But when the sun shines and there is a morning mist its is magical…. still enough leaves on the trees to filter the low light but there is no doubting the subtle changes to their colour.

The seasons and the year move along…. and this year it seems to be moving at a greater pace.

If your are at home or you out enjoying the seasonal weather…

Please Remember ….

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

23rd September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Summer … with a slow merge into Autumn

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

Another ‘bonus’ summers day.  Just perfect for a late afternoons walk round the woods and lake at Kedleston Hall.  The Hall and Parkland are just a stones throw away from us, so a last minute decision to enjoy the afternoons sunshine was easy to make.  As for the woods..  as you will see there is just a touch of autumn colour, but I reckon still a bit more summer yet to come…




_DOI9001qqqThe day faded fast.  The Gates were locked so time for home.   

The Equinox approaches …and maybe there is also a change in the weather.  No matter it has been a grand afternoon, relaxing and just a little exhausting…


The seasons march to their own tune….  but we must also march to another tune….  so

Please Remember ….

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

22nd September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Not yet Autumn….


After yesterdays dire weather warning from the Met. Office that never materialised in reality, we did rather wonder if it would reap its vengeance today.

But not so…..  what a lovely September morning to wake to.  As for autumn, well summer still seems to be in charge for the time being.


Peace, perfect peace…..  but don’t drop your guard…

Please Remember ….

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

20th September

(C) David Oakes 2021