Has Summer Returned ?


We were promised some sunshine and weather much more like summer.  It did arrive, but took till late morning to be called anything like summer.  It was though great to wander round the Lake and across the fields, without a waterproof, fleece or sweater.


It was also great to dine out on the patio, the first time for over 5 weeks.  So nice to just relax in the warmth….20c. neither to hot, nor to cold and just a little breeze.


Travel is not that inspiring right now because of all the difficulties.  So nice to be able to explore locally and  then just relax at home.


Not sure how long this summer is going to last, but it is nice whilst its here…

Please Remember ….

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

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

An Image of Hope………. just a little :-)

Disc One

Raining again today…..  We do have the promise that it will get back to weather much more like July summer weather next week..  Till then its more rain .

It all reminded me of an image of a shop front I spotted about 3 years ago.  It is a shop on the Harbourside at Portree, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

The cynical will say….it always rains in Scotland.  Well, Scotland and the Isle of Skye certainly get their share of ‘weather’  …..  but I can confirm it also gets a great deal of sunshine too..

So maybe they named this shop very much with tongue in cheek .

Please Remember ….

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

9th  July

(C) David Oakes 2020


Still Waters Run Deep…….


Just up-stream from here the River Derwent is showing that once again it is on the rise..


Not really a surprise after all this lovely summer rain we have been ‘enjoying‘.  Well you have to enjoy it, there is little we can do to change the current weather flow off the Atlantic.

I do feel sorry for the plants.  They survive underground all winter.  Struggle to break our of captivity in the spring, absorb all the goodness they can suck from the ground…then burst into July flower – and get absolutely drenched.


Of course the wild flowers always seem to survive the worst that nature can throw at them.  Willowherb standing tall and plentiful along the river bank.



A very welcome splash of colour on an otherwise damp, drab day…..yep, it is July – honest.!

Please Remember ….

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

8th July

(C) David Oakes 2020


Strange old Summer………..


Crocosmia Lucifer

Some sunshine this afternoon, when it was supposed to be raining.  Our Crocosmia is now starting to flower, glowing in that blast of sunshine.   Dull grey skies this morning when, you have guessed right, it should have been sunny.

So I did try to find some colour in the herbaceous borders at Darley.  I am still surprised that there is not more growth in these borders. I guess it is this years weather mix that has stunted some plants…..  at least we can rely upon the yellows and oranges to brighten the morning…    and just the occasional ‘Blue Note’ to match the feel of the morning


It is here in these gardens at Darley that one of the National Hydrangea Collections is cared for.  It would normally be opening about now.  I understand that it may open in the first week in August…..  not surprising as a spot check this morning was concerning.  Only a few white Hydrangea and the occasional Pink were actually in flower.  Judging the appearance of  the others,  they look along way from producing their big blousy heads.  So we must wait and see…..  maybe they will put on a big growth spurt over the next weeks

Now…  what sort of weather will we enjoy tomorrow – best not listen to the forecast

Please Remember ….

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

6th July

(C) David Oakes 2020