Spring….. Enjoy the moment


Take Time

The tranquil River Wye, Derbyshire

Take time to enjoy these moments of Spring… a time when the slow morph into early summer begins. 

Spring sunshine, new growth as the temperatures gradually increases. 

Enjoy the spring moments that come your way….. but as always….

Please Remember ….

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

12th May

(C) David Oakes 2022




Daisies and Buttercups…. and some Garden odds and ends


Still not at there full height, Daisies are starting to force their way above the Buttercups.


It is though the bright yellow Buttercups that still hold sway in the meadows.  I guess a true sign that summer is here.   Meteorologically the start of summer is tomorrow.  Maybe a weather change is due, but we have had an unexpected but welcome series of mini heatwaves….we wait to see.  Meantime we can enjoy the  colourful meadows…

Foxgloves are staring to appear along the lane edges and darker corners of the woods.  This stand of Foxgloves are not truly the wild ones.  Someone has  allowed some seeds from cultivated stock to escape!

 Back home in the garden it was time to relax and enjoy the changing colours, each day something new appears….


Birds are all very active.  Main activity is feeding what seems like a never ending flow of youngsters.  All like this baby Blackbird demanding more food from an over worked mum…

But it is time to relax.   A pot of tea by the potting shed whilst Buster decides that a dose of shut eye is  what is needed..

If you are out and about…..

Please Remember ….

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

31st May

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Busy Bee…….


The first of our cultivated Poppies burst out from its shell this morning.  Shortly after the sun had started to warm everything up, along came the Bees. They kept busy for quite sometime, burying themselves in the black centre of stamens, lost to the outside world…

The delicate paper thin petals never last for long,  nor are they as prolific as our wild visitors……  none the less they are nice whilst they are here.

The morning was warm from the start today, a morning haze over the lake…


The prediction was that it was going to get hot,  very hot…. 27c which is hot for us in our corner of the World.   In the Lilly pond the water level is very low…. who would have thought that would be a problem after the floods earlier in the year…. and the first of the Lilies has appeared….


I had to stop and take a close look at this Iris (don’t know the variety), it was the tiny ant like insect that caught my eye.  Can you spot it?  If you know the name let me know.


A quick walk through the woods and meadows and back to the Lake where the that morning haze had finally burnt away…..


So a slow wander home and a lazy day in the garden was the answer….  rather nice to do nothing for a change.

The forecast is good for the week.  We have though, had disappointments, so we wait to see what actually comes our way.

Please Remember ….

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

26th May

(C) David Oakes 2020

A very Different Day…… Sun and Heat return


Yesterday we were hunting for sun on a very drab day.  This morning it was a case of hunting the shade…. sunshine and a rapid rise in temperature.  So it was the woods we headed for.  Those dark shadows were quite appealing..  Ferns, bracken are subsuming everything at ground level.  Rhododendrons are managing to keep their heads above it all……  and the sun through those new bright green leaves cast a green tinted light over everything.   All rather nice to be able to explore the woods away from the Bank Holiday crowds…..  (well here they are not crowds just more folk out than usual – so cannot complain)

Did I say it was hot!….   well just ask Buster.  Happy enough to run through the woods but also pleased when he could persuade me to head for home….   he does remind me that he wears a fur coat!


Yesterday I posted an image of some wild Welsh Poppies.  Wild as in self seeded.  They pop up everywhere, apart from   our flower borders.  Today as the sun shines they have their heads pointed up looking for the sun…


They may be spreading, but we are not going to deter them……. we reckon that if they like our patio so much and that  have chosen us, then leave them be and enjoy their company


On the way home we spotted some Ox-Eye Daisies tucked into a quiet corner…..  it reminded me that it will not be too long now before they will grace our wild flower meadows.

Now I wonder what this Yo Yo weather will bring us tomorrow.

Please Remember ….

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

25th May

(C) David Oakes 2020

Sunny and windy….. and the occasional shower.


Find the shelter from the wind and it is hot in the sun.  The wind is still blowing at a pace so the clouds are racing across the blue skies.  Those clouds are also bring a few light showers, but nothing to get the waterproofs out for.

The woodlands are darker and the bluebells all but gone.  Sad in one way to see the  dry fallen leaves and the dying flower heads turning to seed….but the season moves along

Out in the meadows Yellow is the colour of the  moment.   Buttercups are well into their short season.  I think the wet winter and early spring followed by these short burst of mini heatwaves have been just right for a bumper crop….


The Yellow theme continues with the Laburnum now sporting its flower fleurets…


The Yellow theme is picked up along the Lakeside.  Flag Iris are having their very own moment….


As you can see the  Iris were swaying in the wind but not as violently as the Cow Parsley in its more open location…..


Everything should be rather fine in this good weather…… a great opportunity for folk to get their lockdown  exercise and enjoy the spring turning  into summer, right there in front of them.   SADLEY….some folk just don’t seem to care .  The woodlands are great for a picnic but for some it would appear to have been rather more than that.   Wine, Beer and Take Away Food  and the left overs just abandoned..  There is no shortage of empty bins near by, so if they can bring a Take Away ,why cannot they Take it Home, or bin it when finished….  Disappointing.


It just takes one group of  thoughtless folk to spoil a corner of what is a great location.

The day comes to a close, and that wind still blows.   A heatwave again next week they say.


Please Remember ….

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

23rd May

(C) David Oakes 2020