Sometimes you don’t get what you wanted….. some might call it a surprise!


This spring we planted a new Clematis, a later summer flowering variety.  The first of the buds have burst and one of the flowers has now revealed itself.

Well we did want a late summer flowering Clematis, but we also wanted a dark rich Red flower…..  This is what we actually bought…


The bloom we have got is still nice bloom, so I guess we will have to try again next spring, find a different location in the garden, and may be we will get lucky.

Sunday has been rather sunny.  Not all day but for the most part blue skies and warm sunshine.  This morning we headed for Big Wood.  It is just over a week since we were last there. In that week the already thick woodland canopy has increased dramatically in density…….  dark, with just the occasional gap in the canopy to let the odd shaft of sunlight reach the woodland floor.

The sun also brought our the Golfers.  It would seem that all restrictions on numbers and time of play have been lifted, all foursomes and all chasing each others tails…  still they are having fun…   not sure they are really playing safe


One last surprise of the day.   I bet you know that feeling when you suddenly feel as if someone or something is silently  watching you.  Well I was sat on the bench at the bottom of our garden, and that feeling came on.  I turned to my right, at first I couldn’t see anything, then a little flicker of wings.  I was being stalked by a Damselfly.  I didn’t dare move, but carefully swung the camera round and click.  No chance to get nearer and he had had enough and was off…


The end of June and so far this July the weather has been rather damp at best and distinctly wet at worst.  So lets hope we have turned another weather corner and  some consistent sunshine is heading our way.  Then we can continue to enjoy all the colours of summer


Whatever the weather…..

Please Remember ….

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

5th July

(C) David Oakes 2020




A Wet Note……


June ended on a rather damp note and July has started in the same frame of mind.  But we did get a small window of dry weather.  Not to miss the opportunity for a ‘dry’ walk, the Lakeside was the destination point.  Might be grey and damp but the sun did try ….. just a little sparkle here and there!

Nice to see that the Willowherb is now beginning to flower, so if we do get some real sunshine, they will add colour to the shady areas and hedgerows for a few weeks.


But someone’s mummy is going to be rather annoyed when they get home….some toddler has left their jelly sandals, all alone,  on the edge of the boardwalk.


But the break in the weather was short-lived and normal wet service was resumed.


No matter Rain or Shine…..

Please Remember ….

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

2nd  July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Expect Rain they said…..


Well we did get some rain….  heavy for short showers. Then the sun would appear….. the process was then repeated for the rest of the day.

But we have, by all accounts, been rather lucky.  Some places not too far away from us have had  bad thunderstorms, torrential downpours and even in place hailstones .

Occasionally the horizon was very threatening, should we head for cover?   Thankfully the worst didn’t trouble us…

Rather pleased…   the Hydrangeas are  starting to fill and get some colour to their petals.   I  do get the feeling that they are later this season,  also those flower heads look much smaller than usual.


May be they will fill out, so we will have to wait and see..    and while we wait….

Please Remember ….

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

27th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

27…going on 29. C that is, Rather hot


It was hot yesterday and even hotter today….so it was up and out to the try and make the most of the cool of the day.   Down by the lake and through the wood was just the ticket.

I don’t think I can recall a summer that has been so lush and green..


Boris….. Our man of  inaction, who some call Prime Minister, made one of his memorable  speeches….  “we are out of hibernation” …..   as he kept thumping the Parliamentary Despatch Box.   Maybe he should be a little more in touch with what is actually going on.  There is a very significant minority who have believed lockdown ended weeks ago* and as for Social Distancing, they haven’t a clue.   Trouble is everybody is not only at risk but also having to clear up the constant mess from their social gathering in the park…

Rather ironic as this beer was called Corona.

As Boris stated last night …  the solution is to exercise common sense!….. problem solved

  • you can pinpoint the day Lockdown ended to when he made one of his other off the cuff statements…. get in your cars, drive to the Beaches, drive to the Countryside,  and what a chaotic weekend that was

Please Remember ….

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

24th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

24th June

(C) David Oakes 2020