Blink and you could miss it…… The sun that is


The morning started well, but soon the elusive sun went into hiding.  It did tease at times with quick flashes.

Even though I was sat enjoying a coffee, this burst of sunshine didn’t catch us out.  As it caught this Bromelia on the coffee table I just couldn’t resist a quick shot.

That must have showed the weather gods who is boss. For a little later,  Buster and I, whilst on our mornings walkies, did manage to enjoy a slightly longer burst of sunshine. Cotton wool clouds and blue sky.  If it had lasted just that little bit longer we might have started to believe that this was summer 🙂


No matter the ups and downs of the weather….. Please remember

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

19th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

You might think it was summer….

A brief 2 day gap in the weather produces some welcome sunshine…..  to say that this summer has ben mixed would be an understatement. 

The Rudbeckia and the humble Nasturtium add their very own warm colours to this sunny summers day.

Out and about or pottering round the home…. maybe stuck in the office…..

Please Remember ….

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

12th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

So far its been a good summer….


August, and so far the summer has been rather good, with luck there will be many more summer days ahead, to enjoy the garden and to relax.

Yep, not a bad summer….so far 🙂

P is for Poppy

Where ever you are I hope your summer has been kind, but…

Please Remember ….

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

3rd August

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Sunny Day in the Dale…..

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

A warm sunny summers day by the River Bradford.   The river flows, below a stone clappers bridge, through the Dale of the same name which lies deep below the Derbyshire village of Youlgreave.

Sunny, shade and bubbling water a great venue for a leisurely walk.

Wherever you choose to walk this weekend…

Please Remember ….

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

30th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Felt like being on Holiday….


The River Trent at Derwent Mouth, Derbyshire Nottinghamshire Border.

It is only 15 miles away.  The sun shone, fair weather clouds graced the blue sky and it was comfortably warm, just as a summers day should…. and after a rather damp spring and early summer this was a bonus day. Destination was Derwent Mouth.  It is here that the River Derwent ends its journey from the high peaks of Derbyshire and now merges with the larger River Trent. They then both continue their journey to the Humber and then vanishing into the North Sea.

It looks tranquil today, but the new “Long Horse Bridge” is substantial and was built to replace the original Long Horse after it was washed away in floods.

It is also here that engineers back in the mid 1700’s started to construct the Trent and Mersey Canal.  From this point the Canal starts its long journey linking this part of the industrial Midlands with the industrial North West and its Sea Ports, on its journey passing through the Potteries and Mining and Mineral areas.

Today the traditional style Narrowboats of the canal waterways are mainly leisure craft, though a growing number of folk are choosing to ‘live aboard’ in preference to a permanent house.

Not many Narrowboats on the move this morning, but we did pass a group of Paddle Boarders, who having navigated the canal were heading for the River Derwent….  Paddle Boarding seems to be the next water sport trend.


The engineers who constructed the canal network did survey and plan to find the most level route for the water to flow.  Not always possible, so when levels change a system of Locks were built. These acted as water lifts to allow boats to move from one level to the higher or lower level.  The first Lock on the Trent and Mersey, is Derwent Mouth Lock and is there to keep a permanent level in the canal, which at this point is higher than the river,  whilst catering for rise and falls in river levels.

From the visual calm of the rivers the canals are in places, full of a colourful canal side life.  Makes any canal walk one that is for ever changing but always interesting… and this morning it was no different.


This walk is not unfamiliar to me.  It is only a couple of months since my last visit.  The current CV climate had, to a great extent, put a break on activities. It did though seemed much more like a grand adventure, not of discovery but a re-awakening of memories……  and of course the weather was a big bonus.

It did indeed feel rather like a holiday !  🙂

_DOI6418_00060A necessary maintenance barge awaiting the call to duty.

Restrictions are easing, but infection rates are again rising here…. but no matter where you are, as always….

Please Remember ….

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

9th July

(C) David Oakes 2021