Has Summer Returned ?


We were promised some sunshine and weather much more like summer.  It did arrive, but took till late morning to be called anything like summer.  It was though great to wander round the Lake and across the fields, without a waterproof, fleece or sweater.


It was also great to dine out on the patio, the first time for over 5 weeks.  So nice to just relax in the warmth….20c. neither to hot, nor to cold and just a little breeze.


Travel is not that inspiring right now because of all the difficulties.  So nice to be able to explore locally and  then just relax at home.


Not sure how long this summer is going to last, but it is nice whilst its here…

Please Remember ….

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

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Paler shade of White……..


White Roses are never quite white….always a hint of green, yellow or pink.  They also tend to show the weathering much more easily.   So not perfectly white but maybe that’s no bad thing…..  nothing is ever perfect.

As to the weather, well the garden has taken a bit of a battering over the past couple of  weeks.  Just surprised that it hasn’t caused that much damage…. just a few very weary border plants still doing their best to stand to attention….


But here we are  again, Friday afternoon and that elusive sun has just started to put in an appearance.  Sunlight catching the Dream Catcher for the first time in weeks.


As for dreaming… I may well have been dreaming ,as I seem to recall that the forecast for the weekend is sunshine with just a few showers…..  now that cannot be right 🙂

But whatever the weather….

Please Remember ….

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

10th July

(C) David Oakes 2020



A Calm Lakeland View…..


Always a popular spot for me.  Standing on Hallin Fell above Howtown and looking down over Ullswater.  Ullswater is located on the eastern side of the English Lake District, Cumbria.  In the tourist season the Lakes can be very busy, but in places like this  you can find that peace and just to stand and stare. 🙂

Please Remember ….

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

9th  July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Still Waters Run Deep…….


Just up-stream from here the River Derwent is showing that once again it is on the rise..


Not really a surprise after all this lovely summer rain we have been ‘enjoying‘.  Well you have to enjoy it, there is little we can do to change the current weather flow off the Atlantic.

I do feel sorry for the plants.  They survive underground all winter.  Struggle to break our of captivity in the spring, absorb all the goodness they can suck from the ground…then burst into July flower – and get absolutely drenched.


Of course the wild flowers always seem to survive the worst that nature can throw at them.  Willowherb standing tall and plentiful along the river bank.



A very welcome splash of colour on an otherwise damp, drab day…..yep, it is July – honest.!

Please Remember ….

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

8th July

(C) David Oakes 2020