Schhhh ……. Its a Sunny Sunday


If you made an early start to this Sunday you would have been greeted with some very welcome sunshine.  For some it was a chance to pause and absorb some extra Vitamin D.

The early risers were out taking advantage of this welcome break in the recent run of bad weather.  Ideal time for the prescribed lockdown exercise.  At a weekend, it is best to get out early, not just to make the most of any good weather that is on offer, but also to avoid larger numbers of people.  Whilst most behave with respect, give space and consideration for others, too many just couldn’t careless.

So a brisk walk, or for some a run,  through the Park and along by the River Derwent, was the location.  No surprise that the river is running high and fast.  It will not take much more rain to see it overflow its banks, reminding us that it did just that,  this time last year.

By the time we had returned via the Darley Mill Complex the sun was doing its best to hide.  The day was again changing and Gulls (the harbinger of bad weather, or so folklore says) were circling ominously above.


We wait to see what tomorrows weather will bring us….its may be wishful thinking but a little bit more sunshine would help….. at least it makes people smile  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

17th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Drip, Drip, Drip…….. and a clinging Mist


Church Walk was rather spooky this morning, dark and a constant drip of dew from the branches, ghostly shapes appearing through the mist (well fog really), as we silently crept past the graveyard.  Much as I would have liked to have remained warm at home, Buster insisted we head off for our allotted time span of lockdown exercise….. I suppose he was right to insist.

The only real ghosts were the skeletons of trees and the Water Bailiff appearing through the mists on the Lake….


Just hoping the weather improves…..days like today, do little to lift the spirits during lockdown.  Best not to complain, at least we have somewhere to walk in safety…

Please Remember ….

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

15th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…….. The Little Things


Thimble Hall, Youlgreave, Derbyshire

In these trouble times it is often the little things that mean the most.

I have always loved this aptly named, one up, one down village cottage.

Please Remember ….

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

14th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Yesterdays Euphoria… has been rather dampened


All the residual joy attached to yesterdays January sunshine, vanished when we woke this morning.  Woke, not just to a grey day, but a very damp day to say the least.  So it was more than a trifle wet for today’s permitted lockdown exercise……  a constant drip,  damp and the clinging mist enveloped everything, successfully drowning yesterdays euphoria.


Nor is the  forward forecast that encouraging, so try to stay dry and as always…

Please Remember ….

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

13th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

January Sunshine……..


Furlong Meadow Oak, Allestree, Derbyshire

It did take a while for the sun to wake up this January morning.  The grey clouds cleared and we were donated a clear blue sky and a sun that did actually warm the soul.

It was still very wet underfoot, overnight rain falling on recently hard ground ensured that you watched your footing. Lockdown restricts us to our local area…. but that is no hardship.  The Parkland and Woods are always worth strolling through, watching the seasons gradual changes…..  mind you some scenes today, do look rather autumnal, rather than a winters January day.


The Lake has been frozen for several days now, but the air temperature has suddenly risen and with the sun, the thaw has been swift.  As always after ice the Lake does look rather dark…


Mid afternoon and that sun still shines…… the thermometer reads 9c.   So we will say thank you for a rather grand January day and wait to see, if the sun remembers to wake up again tomorrow.  🙂

(P.S. Did you spot the shoes “decorating” the Furlong Oak)

As always, no matter the weather….

Please Remember ….

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

12th January

(C) David Oakes 2021