A Bit Windy on the Moor


The title for this morning’s post was “Morning Calm”….  it was from the archives.  Trouble is, it certainly didn’t fit with the morning’s weather.  More than a little breezy, a wind, not quite gale force, but you get the idea.

Despite that we headed off to Stanton Moor for a leg stretch with great views over Derbyshire.  The moor is surrounded by trees.  Oak and Silver Birch are the key feature which creates a great approach to the more open moor. 



Not many signs of autumn, the trees still look green even though some are a little thinner in the canopy.  Round the moor edge Fungi were making a colourful autumnal statement of their own….


Of course, as we always do, we paid our respects to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle.  Not another soul about so we could savour the mood and moment… it may not be as big as the famous Stone Henge but it’s just as special…


As the wind was getting stronger (and colder) we didn’t linger long and headed back to shelter and lower ground.  Just enjoyed the expansive views from high then made haste.



Fresh and invigorating… but nice to get back to the car and a flask of hot coffee….  and the sun shone throughout so that was a indeed a bonus.  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

25th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Winds of Change…… Again


Again we wake to a blue sky.  But by the time we had coffee and breakfast the first signs of a weather front started to appear….a Mackerel sky is what we call it.  But also the wind started to blow not strong but enough to shake all the leaves and bend the branches on the Silver Birch.  The Met Office has predicted storms once again with two fronts heading across the Atlantic.


The Japanese Anemone are doing their best to hide from any incoming weather ravages.  Elsewhere the Crab Apples are staring to ripen and the Elderberries swelling but not as yet changed colour.  Hover Flies seeking another meal and Honeysuckle doing its best to produce a second wave of flowers  

You could be fooled into thinking that this was to be another lovely summers day….bright sunshine and dark shadows


But a quick look up at the sky and you know that this merely a brief tease before the weather change….


On hour later the rain arrived.


Please Remember ….

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

2nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Hot, Cold, Colour, a Thief…. and a Surprise


It  has been overall a very hot weekend.

The surprise on Sunday was a sudden change in the weather.  We went to bed having said goodnight to a rich sky after a very, very hot day.  We then woke to an easterly wind and a damp grey mist.  We live in Derby, well away from the coast….so I cannot really describe it as a  “sea fret”….  but that is what it felt like.  A temperature hovering around 15c., it was quite some change.

Normal service resumed after lunch with temperatures reaching  only 26c, so cooler than yesterday.

The morning cool and mist was another reminder that the seasons are moving along towards autumn.  Some plants fading, others producing new growth, but stunted , some berries forming and others just bursting with colour making the most of the warmth and the sunshine….

As for the thief….. this young Blackbird was certainly feasting on our Blackberries..


As for the surprise…..  well the sun brought a surprise visit from Great Granddaughter Margo who remembered to bring her daddy Martin along for company.  A fir cone proved much more interesting than any of our supply of toys..


As evening approaches, the temperature is starting to fall.   A lone vapour trail cuts across a sky, that has been clear blue all afternoon, now starting to show clouds that may be signalling a weather change.


Please Remember ….

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

9th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Summer… is rather teasing us


Friday, summer returned.  Saturday we were back into winter.  Today it is summer again, but perhaps not quite as warm.  Nice and fresh by the lake, calm and tranquil.

On into the meadows and there is a change.  The yellows and pinks of buttercups and clover have all but gone.  The grasses are now the dominant species….  but it is also that time of the year, when the greens start to  lose there bright green hue for a more uniform darker green, the glistening sparkle on the leaves gone.


Willow Herb is now the prolific wildflower in many parts of the hedgerow…. not everyone’s favourite, but I rather like there tall spikes, as do the Bees.  Butterflies are also active, too active for me, I only managed to capture a shot of one Gatekeeper.

  The slightly cooler temperature made walking much more pleasant.  So I guess, now that we are past the mid point in July, we can start to detect more seasonal changes.


Time to relax and enjoy but also to ponder on just what season the weather will bring us tomorrow!?

Please Remember ….

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

19th July

(C) David Oakes 2020