Mixed Weather…but an overall decline


More grey skies, some more rain and just a little sunshine.   That sunshine tries hard to reach into the woods but failed, thankfully the golden leaves added  a warmer glow.




As the end of October approaches, I suppose we cannot complain too much. But as those leaves are now falling at a greater pace, one does feel rather sad that autumn is nearly over.  It would be nice to finish the month on a sunny note, I fear that the forward forecast tells another story..we wait to see


Please Remember ….

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

28th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Surprise, surprise….


If I said it had been raining heavily today, I might well be accused of under stating the weather situation.  So heavy the I agreed with Buster that walkies could wait.  By 3.30pm, and as Buster doesn’t like going out in the dark, we thought we best make the most of a bad day and  head out for a good leg stretch. 

The rain has eased, but then as we reached the riverside walk, the evening sun broke through the thick clouds.  It was only a brief appearance …but what a difference it made… autumn was back.

A word of warning.  The River Derwent was running high and wide and at a pace.  Someway to go before it reaches the top of its banks.  But it was this time last year,  a succession of floods started that last to the spring.  But in the last of the sunshine the river had a tranquil look that belied the force of its waters….


I guess we were lucky… a great finish to the day and we also got home dry.

Please Remember ….

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

27th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

With an EXTRA Hour today….it was no time to hide indoors, not when the sunshines


So we gained an hour last night as the clocks stood still.  The big surprise this morning, was that the sun was shining and we enjoyed lovely blue skies…. not what was forecast, after yesterday’s monsoons it was an even bigger surprise.  It was so bright that even Buster was anxious not to waste a moment… that stare whilst we enjoyed our breakfast did work its magic, so off we went


The season are moving along and that sun, although bright, is now a good deal lower, long shadows and bright highlights…… all add to the autumnal feeling in our woods, after yesterday’s rains this morning’s warmth has brought out those familiar woodland aromas.


Now what will the weather gods deliver for us tomorrow?   We wait to see… whilst Buster now content, dreams about the next walkies


Please Remember ….

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

25th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Who Turned the Lights On ?..


After several dull day grey days (too many for my liking) this morning was a dramatic change…   it was just as if someone had turned the lights on!  


Indeed what a change.  The sun is now low and getting lower with each day.  Long dark shadows add to the vibrance of the day and those fast emerging autumn colours.


Golden leaves have started to make a rich carpet, a carpet that can only get thicker over the next few days. Then a wind will come and sweep them away to nothing. 

Buster is never that impressed with autumn’s leaves.  I always associated the fallen leaves with little boys  running through them, kicking them high and wide.  None too sure that kids have fun that way anymore…as for Buster, running through leaves isn’t for him…


It has been a bonus sunny autumnal day.  But at the close of play this evening, dark clouds have arrived, whilst the sun has one last blast of light to bestow on the Poplar that has yet to loose its leaves…


We will see what tomorrow will bring us…  we cannot choose…. so whatever the weather…

Please Remember ….

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

22nd October

(C) David Oakes 2020