A ‘Little’ Surprise…..


This is Margo…….  one of our Great Granddaughters.

She gave us a big surprise yesterday and paid us a visit.   It is so long since we last visited (back in January pre lockdown), so she needed re-introducing to us.  That didn’t take long as Margo is full of confidence.  Back in January she was just finding that confidence to stand up on her legs……  now she is off, at a pace, exploring the garden and climbing any obstacle that gets in her way.

 It really was a BIG treat to see Margo, and her Mummy and Daddy,  a real delight after all these months in this strange world we all now live in.  Events and life changed as we all went about in our own little worlds


Things will get better with time…by how much we will have to wait and see.

But till those better times arrive…

Please Remember ….

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

13th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Paler shade of White……..


White Roses are never quite white….always a hint of green, yellow or pink.  They also tend to show the weathering much more easily.   So not perfectly white but maybe that’s no bad thing…..  nothing is ever perfect.

As to the weather, well the garden has taken a bit of a battering over the past couple of  weeks.  Just surprised that it hasn’t caused that much damage…. just a few very weary border plants still doing their best to stand to attention….


But here we are  again, Friday afternoon and that elusive sun has just started to put in an appearance.  Sunlight catching the Dream Catcher for the first time in weeks.


As for dreaming… I may well have been dreaming ,as I seem to recall that the forecast for the weekend is sunshine with just a few showers…..  now that cannot be right 🙂

But whatever the weather….

Please Remember ….

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

10th July

(C) David Oakes 2020



Golden Splendour…….. Russian Style


Nothing quite prepares you for the golden spectacular Fountains of Peterhof Palace.  Whilst the Place itself is certainly magnificent, it is the gardens and this fantastic water frontage  that is the star of this Russian  Palace.

Peterhof  Palace (Petrodvorets) is a short drive from St. Petersburg

Another memory from when travel was just so easy…

Please Remember ….

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

10th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Still Waters Run Deep…….


Just up-stream from here the River Derwent is showing that once again it is on the rise..


Not really a surprise after all this lovely summer rain we have been ‘enjoying‘.  Well you have to enjoy it, there is little we can do to change the current weather flow off the Atlantic.

I do feel sorry for the plants.  They survive underground all winter.  Struggle to break our of captivity in the spring, absorb all the goodness they can suck from the ground…then burst into July flower – and get absolutely drenched.


Of course the wild flowers always seem to survive the worst that nature can throw at them.  Willowherb standing tall and plentiful along the river bank.



A very welcome splash of colour on an otherwise damp, drab day…..yep, it is July – honest.!

Please Remember ….

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

8th July

(C) David Oakes 2020