A Little more Autumn….. slow but steady progress


The Beech leaves are starting to turn, Chestnut leaves are dropping, and green is slowly losing its vibrancy on our trees.  Flowers are fading and petals falling, plants withering away into decay.  All signs that autumn is starting to pick up its pace…


Strange times we live in but some sunshine, some autumn colour, some fresh air…. and it does lift the spirits. 

Please Remember ….

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

10th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Winds of Change…… Again


Again we wake to a blue sky.  But by the time we had coffee and breakfast the first signs of a weather front started to appear….a Mackerel sky is what we call it.  But also the wind started to blow not strong but enough to shake all the leaves and bend the branches on the Silver Birch.  The Met Office has predicted storms once again with two fronts heading across the Atlantic.


The Japanese Anemone are doing their best to hide from any incoming weather ravages.  Elsewhere the Crab Apples are staring to ripen and the Elderberries swelling but not as yet changed colour.  Hover Flies seeking another meal and Honeysuckle doing its best to produce a second wave of flowers  

You could be fooled into thinking that this was to be another lovely summers day….bright sunshine and dark shadows


But a quick look up at the sky and you know that this merely a brief tease before the weather change….


On hour later the rain arrived.


Please Remember ….

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

2nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Still some Summer left to come……


September 1st…..  A New Month Begins

As September progresses we will  start to see an acceleration of autumn approach. Days start to get noticeably shorter and the evenings and nights longer.  But September can also bring us more tastes of summer.  Colours in gardens and hedgerows are still there to delight the eye.

Staying local, as we have been encouraged to do,  gives us all an opportunity to explore our gardens and  our local neighbourhood, and to discover what September has in store  this year.

Please Remember ….

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

1st September

(C) David Oakes 2020


Hot…… and the Seasons move along


The fiery Red of a Dahlia is  a fitting image to portray the 34c temperature,  and the high humidity that goes with it.  OK, I know places are hotter, but for everyday life here in midland England this is a little bit exceptional.

Again the woods were a blessing,  we could enjoy a walk in some comparative cool, long shadows,  sunlight filtering through leaves and that summer sound of  happy bird song.


Mid morning and the early morning haze seemed reluctant to lift from the Lake


The summer garden is full of colour and providing plenty of food and cover for Bees and Butterflies, some plants starting to droop but that is probably due to lack of water rather than seasonal age…

Like it or not, there are signs of seasonal progression.  It happens every year and seems to take us by surprise…. “too soon we say” or “we haven’t enjoyed summer yet”….. well that change is here.  Rowan Berries, Acorns and Conkers all familiar autumnal signs.


I guess the so called hero’s of the morning are the Golfers.   No shade for them on this course…brave or daft I am none to sure….


Hot and steamy is perhaps the best way of describing the day.

Please Remember ….

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

11th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Hot, Cold, Colour, a Thief…. and a Surprise


It  has been overall a very hot weekend.

The surprise on Sunday was a sudden change in the weather.  We went to bed having said goodnight to a rich sky after a very, very hot day.  We then woke to an easterly wind and a damp grey mist.  We live in Derby, well away from the coast….so I cannot really describe it as a  “sea fret”….  but that is what it felt like.  A temperature hovering around 15c., it was quite some change.

Normal service resumed after lunch with temperatures reaching  only 26c, so cooler than yesterday.

The morning cool and mist was another reminder that the seasons are moving along towards autumn.  Some plants fading, others producing new growth, but stunted , some berries forming and others just bursting with colour making the most of the warmth and the sunshine….

As for the thief….. this young Blackbird was certainly feasting on our Blackberries..


As for the surprise…..  well the sun brought a surprise visit from Great Granddaughter Margo who remembered to bring her daddy Martin along for company.  A fir cone proved much more interesting than any of our supply of toys..


As evening approaches, the temperature is starting to fall.   A lone vapour trail cuts across a sky, that has been clear blue all afternoon, now starting to show clouds that may be signalling a weather change.


Please Remember ….

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

9th August

(C) David Oakes 2020