It was Inevitable……. Floods


After all the rains it was only to be expected that at some point the River Derwent would overflow.   Overnight, the waters crept over the river bank and started to engulf one of our local parks.

The Children’s Play area is definitely not to be used today.

The Park and the fields on the opposite bank have always been part of the Derwents flood plain…so I guess they are now doing exactly what they should.  Slowly but surely as the morning went along those waters were still rising…. and there are more waters heading our way  from higher in the Peak District.

I wonder just how much further the floods will encroach on the Park by tomorrow


I guess we have been lucky in this corner of the middle England. There are places not that far from here that have suffered far worse than just a flooded park.  I can’t think of many things worse than having your home inundated by muddy flood waters.

Please Remember ….

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

21st  January

(C) David Oakes 2021

January Sunshine……..


Furlong Meadow Oak, Allestree, Derbyshire

It did take a while for the sun to wake up this January morning.  The grey clouds cleared and we were donated a clear blue sky and a sun that did actually warm the soul.

It was still very wet underfoot, overnight rain falling on recently hard ground ensured that you watched your footing. Lockdown restricts us to our local area…. but that is no hardship.  The Parkland and Woods are always worth strolling through, watching the seasons gradual changes…..  mind you some scenes today, do look rather autumnal, rather than a winters January day.


The Lake has been frozen for several days now, but the air temperature has suddenly risen and with the sun, the thaw has been swift.  As always after ice the Lake does look rather dark…


Mid afternoon and that sun still shines…… the thermometer reads 9c.   So we will say thank you for a rather grand January day and wait to see, if the sun remembers to wake up again tomorrow.  🙂

(P.S. Did you spot the shoes “decorating” the Furlong Oak)

As always, no matter the weather….

Please Remember ….

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

12th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Midday gloom…….


We did start the day with Gin Clear sky and bright sunshine…… by the time I had dressed the sun had all but vanished.  With frost underfoot, it was still a good morning for stretching the legs.

Come lunchtime, this was the sky that welcomed in noon.  You could be forgiven for thinking that this was sunrise not mid-day.   

Please Remember ….

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

2nd January

(C) David Oakes 2021


Blink and it was gone!……


The Snow decided to pay us a visit this morning.  No sooner had it arrived than it vanished.  It did leave a few traces to prove a point.  The forecasters reckon we will get some more snow later in the week.

Golfers seem to play whatever the weather, so I guess today is no worse than any other…


It was though rather cold down by the Lake.  The weather seems to have brought in a large flock of Gulls.  Obviously hungry,  for as soon as anyone stands on the lakeside, they are down demanding a meal.

_DSF1545qqq The legacy of the snow was a day of sunshine……   I also know, that not that many miles away the snows have been a good deal thicker.

Whatever your weather….

Please Remember ….

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

29th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

There is a sun….. we were beginning to wonder


Bliss…. the sun shone this Monday morning.   Quite a novelty!

It was still a mixed morning of bright sunshine, surrounded by dark clouds, long shadows and of course, eventually rain (again).  So there still is a sun up there, we had begun to wonder.

Should you wander in the rain or shine, don’t forget

Please Remember ….

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

14th December

(C) David Oakes 2020