I guess you can say that Spring is Gathering Pace

Sycamore

Sycamore

The weather may not be the most spring like, but progress is being made towards Spring.  With new leaves flourishing on the Sycamore, one of our early trees to come into leaf, you could be persuaded that Spring was here.  These shiny and colourful leaves are only on the lower branches at the moment….  the lofty heights are I guess a touch colder, so those buds have yet to pop

Fresh new leaves …..  well its another step forward 🙂

Please Remember to ….

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

12th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Perfect Early Morning….

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If we needed a reminder that the year was heading towards its close, then the low early morning sunshine did exactly that.  Long dark shadows, and a sun, where it fell, acted like searchlight…dazzling bright.  It certainly dazzled us as we walked through the village on the way to the woods.

Nor was it just the Graveyard by the village Church that was quiet.  The Village and then then Allestree Woods were also quiet.  Whilst it is nice to enjoy the peace and solitude it also seems so selfish not sharing the joys of the morning.  Thankfully a few of the familiar dogs had dragged their humans out for walkies….

The weather, from start to finish this year, has without doubt effected the seasonal changes in our trees and plants.  Spring seemed late to arrive, autumn was also slow to start and when it did the usual pattern of the autumn seemed different.  Silver Birch with their fragile leaves are normally, for us at least, the first to fall…. this season they have hung on till most of the Beech trees are bare.  The Oak have had a bumper crop of Acorns, normally slow to enter the change, they have started to turn in colour. Whatever the effect the weather has had on our climate, I can vouch for the fact that the Fly Agaric fungi has had, and still has, a successful autumn…

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Again we were proved right to ‘get out early’.  Once again, by midday, the sun did its disappearing act… as we left the Lake, cloud cover was already heading our way.   So we headed home smug in the knowledge we had enjoyed the best of the day…

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So whatever the weather tomorrow…..

Please Remember ….

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

13th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Life is a Beech…….

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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.

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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

With an EXTRA Hour today….it was no time to hide indoors, not when the sunshines

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So we gained an hour last night as the clocks stood still.  The big surprise this morning, was that the sun was shining and we enjoyed lovely blue skies…. not what was forecast, after yesterday’s monsoons it was an even bigger surprise.  It was so bright that even Buster was anxious not to waste a moment… that stare whilst we enjoyed our breakfast did work its magic, so off we went

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The season are moving along and that sun, although bright, is now a good deal lower, long shadows and bright highlights…… all add to the autumnal feeling in our woods, after yesterday’s rains this morning’s warmth has brought out those familiar woodland aromas.

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Now what will the weather gods deliver for us tomorrow?   We wait to see… whilst Buster now content, dreams about the next walkies

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Please Remember ….

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

25th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Rain is on the Way……

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The prediction is for rain, well that is what those who know best are saying.   So as the sun had woken up on time this morning, it seemed like the best thing to do…. get out and enjoy it whilst it lasts.

A  woodland walk took out fancy, so off we headed for Big Wood.  At this time of the year Big Wood is a great mix of Pine, Birch, Ferns and Bracken, with a few Oak for good measure.  The warm sun does bring out those rich woodland smells, the dry leaves under foot crackle,  as you walk though the bracken edged paths.  All rather good and great to lift the spirits.

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Late afternoon now and the rain has just started…..   perhaps its  just as well.  The Met. Office is forecasting another of those mini heatwaves,  they now seem to be part of this summers weather pattern   🙂

Please Remember ….

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

5th August

(C) David Oakes 2020