Daybreak…. and a Day that lived up-to its promise


What a joy to see a sunny dawn….nor was it short lived,  the day just got better.  Makes a change from the recent run of wet weather…..  mind you it has left a legacy.  All that moisture created a thin low lying mist that lingered for much of the morning.


Autumn has now long gone and the Trees are now just skeletons…..  stark and dramatic against todays blue sky.  Just like all the season early winter brings its own charms …..  when its not raining that is!  I guess it will not be long before these skeletons will be draped with frost and maybe snow, creating another seasonal picture. It was indeed a day to get out and enjoy the fresh air, we didn’t venture far-afield.  There are several Parks near to us, so a choice of local venues is a bonus.  So join us on this mornings walk round Darley Park….  it is only a mile from the City Centre but you could be many miles way…

After the rains of recent weeks, the River Derwent that flows  through the Park, is running rather high.


The Weeping Willow weeps as the branches brush the surface of the Derwent.


The River may be running high, thankfully not as high as this time last year.  It was the start of floods, floods that last to March.  There is more rain forecast but lets hope that we don’t get a repeat of last winter.

We can do little to influence the weather we ‘enjoy’.  We can all do something in these trouble times…..

Please Remember ….

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

17th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

As Good as it Got this rather Wet Sunday


If I said today was rather miserable, if I said it was wet…. both would be understatements.

Our current weather trend  has now reached the stage where depression could soon take over the thought process.

Long term predictions are not encouraging, in fact rather bleak, a bit like our current Political outlook here in the UK.

Despite all that it is still important to ask you to…

Please Remember ….

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

13th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

Naked…but still as shapely


Just another sunny December morning……. and the trees may be bare, just skeletons awaiting the new clothes of spring, but just as lovelly.

Our good fortune with the weather continues for another day.

10th December

(C) David Oakes 2019

So Far….. So Good



Sunny Sunday Morning, Darley, Derbyshire

Storm Atiyah was due to ravage the UK this weekend….and indeed it has brought gales, high seas and heavy rain.  Sunday out TV Weather Forecasters and the maps presented showed, that whilst we here in our little part of the country were not in the eye of the storm, we best batten down the hatches and be cautious if we had to head out.  For those not far away from us who have suffered badly in the resents floods it must have been the news they did not want to hear.

Luckily good fortune seems to be on our side and we could all breath a little more easily.

Even today, Monday morning, the warnings are in place.  But again we appear to have been very lucky…just another rather nice sunny December day.

Fingers crossed for the rest of the week which we are told is going to be full of wet and windy ups and downs…we will see.

9th December

(C) David Oakes 2019


I guess that the Folklore about sunrise is true.


Red Sky in the Morning – Shepherds Warning

The sky was rather striking this morning, the air was still and the blue from the night sky lingered on.

But that was the best part of the day…. within a few hours the mist was down, hugging the woodlands trees, hiding a sun that struggled but failed to break thru.


Even without the sun, it was still a good day to be out and about

6th December

(C) David Oakes 2019