Rain is on the Way……


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.


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

A Little Gem on Exmoor……


Horner Water flowing through the valley of Horner Woods.    The hamlet of Horner, a great starting point to explore the valley, can be found near to West Luccombe which lies on the eastern edge of the Exmoor National Park.   Exmoor is, part in Devon and part, as is the case with Horner, in Somerset.  These quiet high wooded valleys are wonderful to tramp, paths weaving there way  through the woods, sometimes following old packhorse trails, with some leading you on and out onto the high open moors of Exmoor…. and maybe a coastal view.

Looking forward to exploring again…..   but till then….

Please Remember ….

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

24th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

It is getting Hot…… it won’t Last


Big Wood, Allestree

The sun was out from dawn, the sky was blue and for once not a hint of a breeze.

In the woods it was dark.  The leaves casting a shadow over the woodland floor like a giant umbrella. But there was also a real difference this morning.


For the first time this year there was a warmth, not just in the air, but that warm feeling of reflected heat from the ground….. now that is much more like summer.

I had thought we had seen the last of the Bluebells, so it was a bonus to find this small sweep of Blue…… past their best, but still a feast for the eye…


Friday and most of Saturday are forecast to be good….. maybe 26c tomorrow.  We will see as they also forecast Arctic Blast on Sunday and Monday with the potential for real wintery showers.

Keeps us on our toes…even in these trouble times.

Please Remember ….

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

7th May

(C) David Oakes 2020

Two Consecutive Sunny Days……


In a winter where heavy rains, dark grey skies and high winds have dominated one can be excused for bragging about two consecutive sunny days.

March has started well and it has been a joy to explore the woods without the encumbrances of heavy waterproofs.  True we still needed a warm fleece but with a temperature of 10c it felt very spring like.

Not to many real signs of spring across the bare woodland but surprisingly little damage following the series of storms that have raced thru our lives. Winters ravages have past without too much drama.

Daffodils are staring to spread whilst Snowdrops are starting to fade.  Bluebell shoots are becoming obvious, though they will be a few weeks yet before they flower.



It is nice to see light reaching the woodland floor with trees stretching away into the distance…. soon the Leaf canopy will cast its dark shadows.


3rd March

(C) David Oakes 2020