Septembers Charm……


Cley next the Sea

A memory of a fantastic end to a September day.  Evening light over Cley Marshes, Norfolk.

The reeds had yet to adopted their autumnal colours….but in late September they had made a start.

Wherever you are this Friday and whatever you have planned for the weekend…

Please Remember ….

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

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2021


A Positive Swing…….


A humble Silver Birch, a blue sky and some cotton wool clouds.  Nothing special then ?

Weather has a big influence on our wellbeing, in old fashioned talk that means our mood, how we feel about the world in our immediate surrounds.

Last week started with a mini heatwave, yep temperatures reaching 30c.  Then the weather changed, since then the days have been dull, grey and often damp and sometimes really wet.  We might well have the right clothing for bad weather, so we are still able to get out and about…  but clothing doesn’t always lift the spirits.

But waking to sunshine this morning was a real treat…..   certainly lifted my spirits. 🙂

That humble Silver Birch looked rather special today.

The weather changes on a whim….. but whatever we do…

Please Remember ….

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

15th September

(C) David Oakes 2021


September Ends….. still no autumn but the change has to come soon


Yesterday, 29th September was a day you could wish for.  We  had managed to book tickets to visit Calke Abbey a Parkland.  Like other National Trust Properties, CV19 means you have to book in advance.  Trouble is you do have to predict in advance what the weather will do (no booking allowed on the day!).  So, we were lucky.

The woods are always a great place for a walk.  Despite it being the end of September there was little indications that autumn is knocking at the door…  It will come but not for a week or so yet.

The Red Deer Hinds were relaxed, feasting on the Acorns. The Red Stags were in hiding, soon their testosterone levels will rise and peace in the woods shattered….

Till then the Hines are making the most of a bumper crop of Acorns.  The ground is literaly littered with Acorns under the Veteran Oak’s.


The Beech is the other dominant tree in these woods.  Still rich green and with the low sun, quite spring like on the trails….


Like many Trust properties, they seem to feel the need to dress up these natural spaces with sculptures and other so called ‘Art Works’.  I can understand temporary exhibitions, indeed I rather like them, they make a change…. but as permanent fixtures I am none too sure.  I know the tree below is well past its “sell by date”….  and I like the silhouette it casts in all weathers…. but this adornment seems more than a little out of place.


We have passed this tree for many years; it has always been a skeleton Each winter it loose just a little more of its structure.  It has though become like an old friend.  Even the sapling tree on top thrives.

As the end of the afternoon approached those blue skies started to vanish. The forecast is for some bad weather ahead.  The evening sunshine did make the Coach House and Stable block glow…


but the clouds told the story of change….


Nor did those clouds tell any lies…  today, the last day of September and it’s raining.  We cannot complain as we do need the rain and today, we are certainly getting it !


Please Remember ….

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

30th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place


Location: –  Lune Light, Morecambe Bay from Cockerham Sands, Lancashire

It may well be Wordless Wednesday…… But we cannot let the passing of September go without some comment.  Indeed, it is a positive comment as September,  for the most part,  has been more like summer than summer itself.  You could say that summer was topped and tailed by a great Spring and now a great September.  

September is also the time that I associate with sunsets.  They suddenly seem much more intense an intensity which I think is helped by the arrival of colder evenings.  

As for my favourite places…..  The Lune Light, used to mark the entry into the River Lune from the wide expanse of Morecambe Bay, seen here from Cockerham Sands, it just has to be near the top of my list. 

Where ever you are……

Please Remember ….

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

30th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Near Perfect Start


After what has seemed like weeks of storms, rain and at the best mediocre days with flashes of sunshine, this morning, the 1st of September, started rather well.  Gin clear blue sky, no wind  and a sun that was as warm as any summers day.

True, there was a little mist showing in the valley bottom but that soon cleared. 


There are though signs that year has moved on and we are heading towards autumn.  The shadows are longer and the low sun, penetrating but also creating harsh shadows. 


A perfect start to the month and the perfect morning for a walk through one of our local Parks and through a little of Derby’s Industrial Heritage.  The Park is Darley Park.  It runs on two sides of the River Derwent.  One side is very much based upon an old arboretum.  The opposite side is more like the usual ‘civic’ rather plain parks, with playing fields.  All in all it makes a rather pleasant circular walk, punctuated with little snippets of Derby’s past, from historic bridges to Heritage Status Mills, workers cottages, a village of now much sort after cottages.  Despite being less than a mile from the City Centre…..lots of fresh air.  You are welcome to join us……


Late afternoon and some clouds starting to bubble up.  Somehow I don’t think this weather will last to see tomorrow, let alone the rest of the week….but best not to complain, just enjoy today.


Please Remember ….

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

1st September

(C) David Oakes 2020