Not yet Autumn……..


We are now well past the mid point of October…..  but as yet Autumn has yet to bite.

Fly Agaric are starting the autumnal process, always a colourful corner of the woods.

Moving further into the woods,  there is very little to indicate that the seasonal change has started….green is still the dominate colour.


Dawn this morning didn’t fill us with confidence and the forecast was equally as vague. So the day did swing from blue sky and sunshine to threatening grey… warm sunshine to rain in the near blink of an eye.

Autumn has to arrive sometime, and soon I expect.  I just hope that it want be a fleeting visit.

Whatever the season, whatever the weather, enjoy the weekend ahead… and as always…

Please Remember ….

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

22nd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Mixed day… but still not bad


A Lone Fisherman on the Lake this morning.

A Grey Heron waiting the opportune moment to dive for his breakfast.  Some call the Heron the ‘Undertaker Bird’…..  I think they are of another world, a throwback to prehistoric times !

Early sun did vanish all too soon today.  But whilst it was with us ,it not only shed light to the woodland floor that has been in the dark for most of the summer, but also acted like a spotlight on the very few touches of autumn colour that are now becoming just that little more common.




Autumn is bound to arrive soon…. at the moment it is just teasing us.

As always…..

Please Remember ….

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

13th October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Seasonal Change continues……


I do believe we had a frost last night, wasn’t forecast, but felt very much like it when we set of on the morning walk. 

What was noticeable is the increase in autumnal colours…. true only in ‘hot spots’ but there none the less




The real change has yet to come…till then we will enjoy the last of these summer days, even if they do have a chilly start…


Please Remember ….

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

11th October

(C) David Oakes 2021

In Search of Autumn……..


Sunday morning and far too nice a day not to be out and about.  The plan was to head to some South Derbyshire Oak and Chestnut Woods in search of some signs of autumn and its colours.

Whilst we failed to find those elusive autumnal colours we did come across this lone Fallow Deer Stag.

He looked in magnificent condition, but was keeping himself to himself, and well away from the herd, so I guess the Fallow Deer Rut is over.

Nor did we disturb him.  He remained relaxed, accepted our presence and started to grace the lower branches of the Oak.  Once satisfied he just gentled turned away and ever so slowly calmly glided off in complete silence…


Just a few magic moments in the company of a fine stag.


Autumn colours still have to arrive.  The woods still have there green summers cloths on and also full of their own magic in the October sunshine.


There is one special resident in these woods.  He is know as the “Old Man of Calke”.  As this Oak has been in these woods for well over 1000 years, it is only right to go and pay our respects to him, which we do on every visit..


When those visits are nearing another years end, we do always wonder if he will survive yet another winter.  His trunk may be hollow and his hair now sparce but each winter he does seem to come through undaunted.

As for the colours of autumn…. well they will arrive, as and when ready, in their own good time.

Till then and as always….

Please Remember ….

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

10th October

(C) David Oakes 2021