Not a bad end to a Cold Day


The River Derwent, Darley Abbey, Derbyshire

The first really cold day of this autumn.  It has been sunny, a sun trying to tempt me out, sadly other duties rather got in the way.

At least the end of the afternoon was rather tranquil as the light rapidly faded. A perfect evening stroll.  The forecast is for mixed weather this week but becoming more wintery at the weekend.

Please Remember ….

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

23rd November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Sunshine and Wet Leaves…..


November days…..  sometimes sunny, often damp and always a carpet of leaves.  Doesn’t sound that appealing but somehow that makes November rather special.




Even when the sun goes into hiding, the golden coloured Beech leaves glisten over the Lake…….  soon they all will be gone and just skeletons to mark their passing.

Please Remember ….

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

16th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Autumn looks set to stay for awhile….


Frost and Fog welcomed in this November Saturday. The Fog turned to Mist that lingered for most of the day, a Mist giving a different flavour to Autumn…


The forecaster did suggest that we would enjoy some sunny intervals.  They were right, but may be bright spells would have been more accurate.  Not complaining as I guess for November it was rather a grand day to be able to be out and about.  Our Local Park was the destination, a Park that is for ever changing, different each season and each day… Today we  started by the Lake then headed up to more open ground…


 The mature Oak, are as usual, hanging onto their leafy canopy for awhile longer, a contrast in colour to the Birch.

Fungi, in the shape and colour of Fly Agaric, are still fighting the frosts.  The animals that nibble them, and in this case, big two legged folk who seem to take great pleasure in kicking them about…  still they come back year after year despite the abuse


All in all not a bad Saturday walk.  That sun still tried its best to kill off the mist….but for the most part failed.


This is our first Saturday under the new Lockdown measures, so…..

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

7th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Murphy’s Law……


An Early Start, as the Sun came up, Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

We had our first frost last night.  Only a light frost which soon vanished as the sun broke the horizon.  The outlook was for a day of blue skies and bright autumnal sunshine.  But Murphy’s Law dictated that after so many dark days, that the first perfect autumn day came with an agenda that prevented us taking advantage of this fantastic weather break.

So maybe a very quick  walk round the Lake could be squeezed in.   The Lake,  still much in shadow as the sun broke the treeline was looking dark and mysterious.


It didn’t come as a complete surprise as yesterday evening the skies started to clear banishing the clouds and welcoming the stars.

_DSC9293_00001qqq  So on with the fleece and off for a short, brisk and invigorating walk to set one up for tackling the days diary..

There were also two sides to the Lake this morning.   One for the Mallards who were still just enjoying a quiet lazy start….


On the opposite bank, the Black Headed Gulls were in a feeding frenzy for the first morsels of the morning…


So with a last look and a deep breath of fresh air it was off to do battle with the rest of the day.

_DSC9310_00018qqq No matter what your day has instore for you….

Please Remember ….

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

4th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Life is a Beech…….


When the alarm triggered this morning, I took one look out the window. I was greeted by very dark clouds and once again very heavy rain….. and for a moment or two, I thought that the best place would be to go back to bed and pull up the duvet.

Rather glad that I didn’t, for much against the forecast and my expectations, the sun came out and produced a fantastic morning…for November 2nd it was extra special….. so Big Wood here we come.

It was rather magical. Take some golden coloured Beech leaves, add some Sweet Chestnut leaves for good measure, plus a carpet of dry Bracken and you have a fantastic golden autumnal palette.



The morning sunshine vanished…… they say that it will return towards the end of the week. A great start to the new week and the new month.

With a new National Lockdown now confirmed, I do hope that more sunny weather will arrive to help us weather the CV storm.

Please Remember ….

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

2nd November

(C) David Oakes 2020