Don’t stare at My Red Face…..


A Gold Finch.   A Derbyshire resident hiding in the hedge.

Just an idea for Saturdays 6 words and the Theme of Local Wildlife.

Keeping abreast with the local wildlife

Keep warm and..

Please Remember to ….

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

13th February

(C) David Oakes 2021


Keeping abreast with the local wildlife


Misty start… before the Storms


Misty Start, Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

It wasn’t the most encouraging starts to the day. In fact it was a very uninviting morning to head out for a walk. We took the decision as the forecast for the weekend, and thru the early part of next week, sounds rather grim.  Maybe snow !… now that would be a novelty,  increasing this years tally from just one snowy day. This morning it was just misty, some would say foggy.  It was also very damp.  Despite all that, in these restricted times outdoor exercise is a must….so anticipating much worse to come from the weather gods, it was best to get that early start.

For just a short while this morning, it did look hopeful that the sun might just break through…. but that was just some false hope on my part…. still nice whilst it tried.

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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