Is this really November…. I guess so


Days that get dark ever so quickly, days that when it is not raining it is rather damp, days when you wake to mist and fog….. yes it is November.  Autumn was again late arriving but unlike last year it is vanishing fast….fast even though we haven’t as yet had a frost.

It has though left us with a legacy of Fungi and fallen leaves….

The compensation is that the fallen leaves do add a splash of colour to a dull day


7th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

Not a fan of Halloween……


 I am not a fan of Halloween…  most definitely not since the Retail Band Wagon took charge.  OK.  I am an old grumpy, but I can still remember those ‘good old days’ when carving the Pumpkin was the treat….. followed of course by delicious homemade Pumpkin Soup

But I am pleased with the increasingly popular trend of putting the old Pumpkin heads outside for the wild animals. The squirrels, mice and birds in our local woods are in for a real feast… all the more important at this time of the year when they are busy building up their food and fat reserves for the winter.


As the saying goes…. “Waste not Want not”

5th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

October comes to and end….yet Autumn has just arrived


A Sweet Chestnut Tree, Derbyshire

(we have known this tree for well over 30 years and it has always been as this jaunty angle -despite many gales)

You might think that autumn has arrived….. well it has in some ways.  The seasonal change to autumnal gold and browns was very late starting this year.  I suppose we shouldn’t be that surprised,  for the past few years autumn has been slipping further into October and overlapping into November.  There was a time when I would confidently book trips to autumn ‘hot spots’ but that is no longer possible, one has to play the ‘wait and see’ game.

So here we are the last day of October.  Certainly there is more golden colours showing across the woods but the prevalent colour is still green, all be it a much lighter bright green than earlier in the month.  So lets take a stroll together…


On a sunny day like this it just makes our woodland walk all the more beautiful…something to remember over the coming winter months.


31st October

(C) David Oakes 2019


A near Perfect Autumnal Day


A double jolt to the system yesterday.  First we had the ‘joy’ of putting our clocks back 1 hour. Then we had the welcome surprise of a bright blue sky and some bright autumnal sunshine…. there had been times this last week when I did wonder if the rains were ever going to stop, but someone eventually managed to turn the tap off!

So it wasn’t a day to be wasted, the outdoors called.  Destination was to be Stanton Moor our favourite stretch of open moorland, ringed with birch and covered in heather and bracken…. the bracken right now a rich autumnal gold in colour.  Bright as the sun was it did little to take away the chill of the mornings breeze…. and all the fresher and invigorating for that.

 From now on, for the next few weeks, the days will be getting noticeably shorter as we head for the Winter Solstice.  So recognising this fact we stopped and paid our respects to the ‘Nine Ladies’ in their Stone Circle.  This morning all was calm and peaceful and the circle glowing bright in the low sun. Come the Solstice it will not be so quiet,  a good few folk always come to mark the passing of the solstice and to welcome the winter.




 A few more days like today will set me up nicely for whatever winter has to throw at us.

28th October

(C) David Oakes 2019