An Improvement in the Weather….well being honest, just a small improvement


Friday and the weather made a small change….it didn’t rain all day.  But when it did it was heavy.  Then the sun would make a break for it when the clouds were at there thinnest. It was always short lived.  Sometimes it was pouring down and sun shining all at the same time and, like early this morning, that sun was casting a strange glow over the lake.

Whilst much if not most of the autumn leaves have fallen there are spots that even on a dull day, and one like today wet, still hold a colourful attraction…


Even the bracken, now brown and brittle adds a spot of colour to a dark corner


I guess we can say that autumn has now past, short lived this year, but it has still taken us thru to mid November.  Sadly that now takes us in to the darker damp days of November.   So being positive…. winter will be here soon and maybe some real frosts.


Maybe winter will be short lived

16th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

The Leaves Fall down…..


Autumn came late and has now all but gone.  We have enjoyed some of the exiting autumnal colours across the woodlands but not as rich or as full as in a normal year.  Early morning and just a little sunshine and everything sparkles…


Leaves are falling fast, but they still create some real hot spots of colour, some even seem to radiate light….even in the darkest parts of the woods. Soon the trees will just be skeletons creating a new woodland world…

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Rain has been the key feature of recent days, heavy rain bringing floods, with it for many devastating destruction…. there has been a brief respite and water levels are falling leaving a temporary water meadow scene .


More heavy rain is due and with the River Derwent still running high and fast it does not bode well for those struggling to cope with last weekends destruction


14th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Yellow


Cee has stated that Yellow is this weeks topic for her Fun Foto Challenge.

So forgive me for going for the obvious subject…the Yellow of the Daffodils.

But with winter now trying to get in the door, I thought it would be nice to remind us that Spring will soon be here…. and with it some warm colours of flowers and sun.

Here is the link to Cee’s Blog :-


13th November

(C) David Oakes 2019