Sometimes you don’t get what you wanted….. some might call it a surprise!

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This spring we planted a new Clematis, a later summer flowering variety.  The first of the buds have burst and one of the flowers has now revealed itself.

Well we did want a late summer flowering Clematis, but we also wanted a dark rich Red flower…..  This is what we actually bought…

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The bloom we have got is still nice bloom, so I guess we will have to try again next spring, find a different location in the garden, and may be we will get lucky.

Sunday has been rather sunny.  Not all day but for the most part blue skies and warm sunshine.  This morning we headed for Big Wood.  It is just over a week since we were last there. In that week the already thick woodland canopy has increased dramatically in density…….  dark, with just the occasional gap in the canopy to let the odd shaft of sunlight reach the woodland floor.

The sun also brought our the Golfers.  It would seem that all restrictions on numbers and time of play have been lifted, all foursomes and all chasing each others tails…  still they are having fun…   not sure they are really playing safe

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One last surprise of the day.   I bet you know that feeling when you suddenly feel as if someone or something is silently  watching you.  Well I was sat on the bench at the bottom of our garden, and that feeling came on.  I turned to my right, at first I couldn’t see anything, then a little flicker of wings.  I was being stalked by a Damselfly.  I didn’t dare move, but carefully swung the camera round and click.  No chance to get nearer and he had had enough and was off…

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The end of June and so far this July the weather has been rather damp at best and distinctly wet at worst.  So lets hope we have turned another weather corner and  some consistent sunshine is heading our way.  Then we can continue to enjoy all the colours of summer

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Whatever the weather…..

Please Remember ….

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

5th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

 

 

Saturday…… and another Grand Day Out

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Brixham, Devon

Brixham Devon it the destination for this weeks Virtual Grand Day Out….best we can do with the current restrictions, even though they are easing.

Brixham is a  traditional Fishing Harbour and once a Port for sailing ships of old.  Nestling under the protection of the high cliffs of Berry Head, on the wester edge of Torbay, with easy access to the English Channel.

Original Fisherman’s cottages cling to the hillside above the harbour . Fishing was the main stay industry for Brixham and still plays an important role today.  It is though Tourism that has overtaken it in importance for the town.  So be prepared for a busy harbour side and  crowded narrow streets, but that all adds to the atmosphere.

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A replica of  Drakes Golden Hind  is a prominent permanent feature of the harbour.  Elsewhere modern Marinas are home for todays Maritime play folk.  Then if you want to get away to a more peaceful space to take in the views over the town and bay, then head for Berry Head.

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So here is a quick tour of Brixham and Berry Head.  Boats cram the harbour, which seems crowded in by houses and dominated by the high tower of  All Saints Church. Don’t miss the lighthouse on the Head, no need for a tower on this high point above the channel. The Cliff Top Fortifications are vanishing into the surrounds, built between 1794 & 1804 as defences against a possible French Invasion.

Lots to see but also take the time to just sit and take in the view…

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We will be able to plan again….one day.

Please Remember ….

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

4th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Just for Fun…. After all its Friday

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Delving into the files, I found this image, an image that I had been playing with many years ago.  OK, not to everyone’s taste… but I spotted it again and was rather pleased I had found it.

Have a good weekend and….

Please Remember ….

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

3rd July

(C) David Oakes 2020

The Pikes……

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The Langdale Valley, Cumbria

The Langdale Valley surround by Cumbrian Fells but dominated by the Langdale Pikes.  With names that remain in the memory long after they have been climbed in younger days…. names like Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle, Loft Crag and Gimmer Crag not forgetting Raven Crag. The Dungeon Ghyll often a ragging water fall when the mountain sides seem alive with water.  But also, Dungeon Ghyll  the name of  the hostelry nestling below the Craggs with a welcoming Pint to top-off any mountain day.

The Langdale’s, great in all seasons, but especially beautiful in March with snow touching some of the adjoining summits.

Please Remember ….

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

3rd July

(C) David Oakes 2020