It took until the afternoon to arrive…… but then a touch of Spring arrived

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It might be a small start, but the humble Periwinkle is very welcome…a splash of a blue gem in a dark corner.

The Hellebore’s or Christmas Rose are still doing well having battled against rain and winds for many months…showing the signs of wear but still putting on a brave face

The Skimmia  is now bursting into flower, its pin like buds that unfold into a dainty flower that all create larger head,  a magnet in the late afternoon sun for Hoverflies and Worker Bees.  All good signs that we may well be heading for Spring…

 What a change from this morning, dull grey and drizzle….it might be late in the day arriving, but I will count this as a bonus.

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

2nd April

(C) David Oakes 2020

March….. sprints to a mixed finish….

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A cloudy and cold start to the last day of March…then the sun broke through the cloud cover and the temperatures started to rise….

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Blossom is appearing, but sadly, some Blossom, that perhaps were fooled into bursting forth in last weeks mini heatwave, have suffered in the arctic winds and yesterdays rain. The leaves are fine but that vistal blossom has suffered….

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The woods are of course still bare, the low March light is harsh, the wintery look to the woodland floor remains…. but that should soon change.

 The Marsh Marigolds are staring to flower so that is a hopeful sign that spring is trying its best to chase off the remnants of winter…

There is now a hint of a green tinge to the tops of the trees, so over the next couple of weeks we should see some dramatic changes to our landscape…

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The Lake did glow in the early morning light, in this little corner new life is appearing….

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….. new life, not just in the reeds and marginal plants.  Looking carefully into what at first appears a muddy corner of the Lake…. and you will find Frogspawn.  So the cycle of life continues…..

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All there is to do now is to ponder as to just what April has in store for the World.

So as we wait…..

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

31st March

(C) David Oakes 2020

Only 11 more weeks… maybe!

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The start of week 2 of our lockdown and very much a change in the weather.  Cold, dull and also rain.  So it was great to find just a little piece of Spring colour whilst taking our allowed exercise…..Magnolia are rather beautiful and do vary in their exotic shapes. Sadly the blooms do not last for long with heavy rain turning the whites brown.  But fresh and nice today, something to lift the spirits.

As for Buster he is practicing Social Distancing’ ….. Where is everybody?

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Only 11 more weeks to go if it all goes to plan…. When we had our mini heatwave last week and the garden was so welcoming life’s restrictions didn’t seem to bad. However dull wet grey days are going to make it a long 11 weeks

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

30th March

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Gift…….

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Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

I heard various folk on the radio describing their approach to our periods of allowed exercise.  The one that most resonated with me was hearing it described as a Gift.

Indeed it is a gift and a gift we may well not be allowed for much longer.  So each day out in the fresh air with Buster, stretching out our legs is a real bonus.

Today it was cold…. very cold.  A wind straight from the Arctic made it feel much colder than any other day this year. For the first day of British Sumer Time you had to have a chuckle.

It was though still a privilege to wander round the Lake and through the woods.  It also still looks very much like winter, bare stark trees only a few buds swelling. As for that wind…well it did a great job sweeping clean the woodland floor. If we are to be subject to more restrictions then it makes each of these days even more precious….

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Still strange to feel so alone

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

29th March

(C) David Oakes 2020