Lucky September Days…..


A very warm start to the day….. 4 consecutive days now.  There was a very light mist first thing but cleared as quickly as I manged to get my eyes open and start my day.  Bright sun but a very this layer of cloud just softening the  early light….all very nice and calm by the Lake.

But the season is moving along.  My favourite Silver Birch is changing colour…..  I say favourite, mainly because of its solo location against a low wall.  It did loose one of its trunks during gales in the early part of the year, so appearance has changed just a little…..



You don’t have to venture far into Big Wood before you loose the sun.  Some days its a welcome relief to head for the shade, today we just past swiftly through….


Once we got back to Lakeside the sun had increased in intensity, both warmth and strength…… its going to be a very hot day.  Forecaster’s reckon on reaching 29c in our part of the world. 


Cannot last, so best enjoy whilst we can

Please Remember ….

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

15th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

We needed some rain…but

Rain Stopped Play

Rain Stopped Play..

We needed rain, though I do hate to say that, but once it arrives we change our minds.  It also worked like magic.  Mums and kids were playing happily, then, just one spot of rain made them pause and 5 minutes later the downpour  began.,,, not a soul to be seen, just a soggy Dog and me.

We haven’t had the thunder and flash floods that some places have endured but still rather heavy and  seems to be staying with us for for a good while longer.

Some plants have succumbed to the  drenching but other always seem to survive….

Still Standing Tall

A bit droopy but still standing tall.

Please Remember ….

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

19th August

(C) David Oakes 2020


No takers….. for a Seat in the Sun


Just a tad warm to sit in the sun.  But don’t worry, if the forecaster are correct its going to be wet tomorrow, in fact very wet….or so they say  🙂

Wet or dry…..  Hot or cold….

Please Remember ….

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

14th August

(C) David Oakes 2020


and so it continues…… Hot and Humid


Lakeside, one spot we can usually rely upon for a breath of cool air.  Not today.  We certainly had the shade, but it was just as hot and the humidity now becoming stifling.  Here in the UK , whilst not noted for its hot summer days (there are in fact many more than folk give us credit for),  it is the  high humidity which is the most taxing aspect of this current mini heatwave.  I say mini as it cannot last for that long.  So we don’t have AC as standard in our homes.

So we make the most of shade in the woods and down along the lake….. hot, humid but still not a bad place to be….

Taking advantage of the shade ,Buster found some friends and a chance to socialise, owners of course at a safe distance, dogs not so !


It appeared as if it was also too hot for this Goose to even go for a swim.  Standing with a sorry look upon its face, not moving ….. but there is a sad story to tell…


This Goose came to my attention in October last year.  For some reason it became attached to two Canada Geese.  All winter they were a threesome, what ever the weather you would find the 3 happily swimming, sheltering, sliding on the ice, or just simply as they say “hanging out” together.  Then The Canada’s started nesting,  and I though that would be that.  But no, as the female sat on eggs, the male Canada and the White Goose kept guard, no one dared venture near.  Then the eggs hatched and for many weeks, six goslings , mum and dad Canada’s and the White Goose cruised the waters. Again the Goose played its part in protecting and  rounding up the chicks.  The chicks grew as they do, then last week this troop of Canada’s have flown…  leaving the Goose on its own.   There are a few other White Geese on the Lake, but this one has kept itself to itself, and looking rather lost and sad.

It has been a strange year in so many ways for wildlife, flora and habitat.  The Lilly pond has taken  up until now to produce anything like real Lilies.  Buds have formed, but never matured into a flower….  this week we see some progress…


Who knows what else this strange year will have instore for us all….  So….

Please Remember ….

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

12th August

(C) David Oakes 2020


Hot…… and the Seasons move along


The fiery Red of a Dahlia is  a fitting image to portray the 34c temperature,  and the high humidity that goes with it.  OK, I know places are hotter, but for everyday life here in midland England this is a little bit exceptional.

Again the woods were a blessing,  we could enjoy a walk in some comparative cool, long shadows,  sunlight filtering through leaves and that summer sound of  happy bird song.


Mid morning and the early morning haze seemed reluctant to lift from the Lake


The summer garden is full of colour and providing plenty of food and cover for Bees and Butterflies, some plants starting to droop but that is probably due to lack of water rather than seasonal age…

Like it or not, there are signs of seasonal progression.  It happens every year and seems to take us by surprise…. “too soon we say” or “we haven’t enjoyed summer yet”….. well that change is here.  Rowan Berries, Acorns and Conkers all familiar autumnal signs.


I guess the so called hero’s of the morning are the Golfers.   No shade for them on this course…brave or daft I am none to sure….


Hot and steamy is perhaps the best way of describing the day.

Please Remember ….

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

11th August

(C) David Oakes 2020