1st of May…….. rather drab


Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

The 1st of May has turned out to be rather dour.    Gone are those sunny days of April, and with them the  hopes of a bright warm new month to take us onwards through Spring into Summer.

The hope is that it is just a temporary delay…. but we exercise caution, having just had the warmest and driest April on record, and March hadn’t been bad either, so maybe a change in fortunes is due.  Who knows what the weather gods have instore for us.

Whatever the weather and no matter where you are…..

Please Remember ….

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

1st May

(C) David Oakes 2022


New Life….. and some gradually declining


A very venerable Oak, known as the Furlong Oak. It has seen off another winter, just one of several hundred in its lifetime. Small bright green leaves are starting to grow and looking forward to another summer.

For the past few weeks, Bluebells have welcomed in the spring.  Breaking through the covering of last autumns leaf carpet, desperate to flower before the trees cast their dark canopy to restart the natural life and death cycle of the woodlands.

Today, their colour is starting to fade, and foliage fall back…. but still a cheerful reminder that spring is progressing and eventually summer will arrive.




Woodland Rhododendron are now starting to flower, maybe just a little early. Meanwhile Crab-Apple Blossom is starting to show…  most of our other Spring Blossoms have gone or are fading fast.

As for the woods themselves…. each day they get darker as the canopy cover increases.  Dark it maybe but it is still full of the song of happy birds retuning from their warmer winter homes.


The weekend approaches, a time to relax for many….. but as always…

Please Remember ….

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

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

Wordless Wednesday…… A very Favourite Place


Location:-  Winter over Allestree Lake, Derbyshire.  Has to be a favourite place, it is just round the corner from home. The Lake and its Country Park has been a lifeline over the Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions.

We often take things for granted, and whilst, as they say, there is some light at the end of the tunnel, we should still…..

Please Remember ….

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

2nd February

(C) David Oakes 2022

Now this is a better day…… Wednesday is alright


It has only been days, but seems like months, when we have woken to dull, drab, grey days that never woke up. So to wake this Wednesday to a bright sunny morning, all very welcome but also came as a shock to the system.

Not a morning to be wasted so Buster and I headed off early for our walkies….  just in case that sun decided it would rather be elsewhere 🙂

The bright morning sunshine also did its best to make our local Hall look rather appealing.  Sadly close up it is in need of a great deal of care and attention….


Equally sadly efforts to restore and give the Hall a new life always seem to hit the barriers.

No time to linger and ponder the Halls fate, but time to stride out, stretch the legs and breath in fresh air, air that has had the cold edge taken away with some real warmth from the sun,



Once back home Buster grabbed his favourite Office Chair and waited, not so patiently, for something to eat…….  after all, it  had been an early start and a long morning!


Reality of life hits home when these are the daily essentials on the Office shelf..


Which reminds me to ask you as always to….

Please Remember ….

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

26th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

A Memory….. of Snow.


10pm on the 24th January 2021. This was the first snow of the year. 24 hours later it was all but gone.

This memory came up on my Facebook reminder. It brought to mind just how ‘rare’ snow falls are now in our part of the UK have become. We moved into this house on the 21st January 1979, the snow that day was very much deeper. It had started to snow the previous 1st December, froze and was regularly topped up just about daily till mid March. The Team from the Removal Company had previously struggled up a snow covered Motorway for over 125 miles, then manfully cleared parts of the Drive and carried everything into our new house very carefully….. they deserved and got a big Tip.

43 years on and we have not seen snow like it since. Each year the snow events have been for fewer days and not as deep, then soon melts away. Even frosts are fewer.

I guess in its own little way it is another marker that the climate has and is changing.

I also find it a strange British phenonium that we have a love affair with snow. We anticipate it with love, a thing of beauty….. fun for the first day (maybe two)…. then we cannot wait for it to go.

Whatever the weather, wherever you are……

Please Remember ….

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

24th January

(C) David Oakes 2022