Two Counties View


A rather fine late summers afternoon walk….great views over  some mellow countryside, all with a backdrop of Bunster Hill, to the left and Thorpe Cloud, to the right.  Hiding in the shadow of Thorpe Cloud is Dove Dale with the famous anglers River Dove flowing through.

The River Dove also marks the boundary between Staffordshire on the left and Derbyshire on the right. 

The only downside to the evening, is that the sky does indicate yet another change in the weather….more storms due.

Please Remember ….

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

24th August

(C) David Oakes 2020



It is all colour…Countryside or Garden


Garden Blooms…. or Wild Flowers out in the wider Countryside…it makes no difference all the green is punctuated by lost of this summers colours.


I guess that is what July is all about.

13th July

(C) David Oakes 2019

and the Summer moves on…


It is that time of the summer when wild areas around our woodlands, hedgerows and roadside verges start to sport a purple/pink  hue. Yes, its that time of the summer when Rosebay Willowherb makes a very visual presence in our countryside.

To many Rosebay is just a ‘weed’  but to me it is just one of our many ‘wild flowers’ and as beautiful as so many of our cultivated garden flowers. It is indeed ‘wild’ and can spread prolifically onto any disturbed ground.


Right now it is just the occasional flower head wide open and for bees and insects a very welcoming fleurette’s… soon these areas will be just a mass of these coloured flower spikes…. it is then you can recognise why some places call this plant ‘Fireweed’


Now…. what is that saying “A weed is just a flower in the wrong place”…. for me this is not a weed and it certainly is in the right place adding colour and for wildlife great value to the areas it chooses to inhabit.

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2019

The perfect mix…. Warmth, Rain and Sunshine


Perfect growing conditions.  Our mild winter and warm spring gave the vegetation in woods and the wider countryside a great start to the year.

Add the rains of recent days, plus yesterdays warm sunshine and there has been a green explosion…. yep, the growth has been given a blast of the ‘supercharger’.

The truth is that whilst we did have some rain we do need a good deal more. Areas are tinder dry, the ground hard and water levels in reservoirs exceptionally low.

So much as we love warm dry sunny days, the reality is, that it may just be a luxury we need to forego.

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2019