A Different Start to the Day…


After yesterday rather splendid day we had overnight Fog. and Frost  Despite pessimistic forecasts that the Fog would be with us for most of the day, the sun started to work its magic and morphed the Fog into a low lying mist.

With mist and frost draping the skeletons of the Oak trees it still made for a good mornings walk… even some distance views of the City.


For a winters day in January (and remember we are now more than halfway through the month) it different but rather good….. and that sun did break through bringing a clear blue sky…

The month maybe progressing but we still have to remain vigilant….so….

Please Remember ….

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

18th January

(C) David Oakes 2022


“Tuesday isn’t so bad. It’s a sign that you have survived Monday.”


It pays to be positive we are told….. I think this ‘not so Gruff’ Billy Goat would agree.

“Just don’t trim my coat yet….. it is still winter”

So be positive and as always…..


Please Remember ….

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

18th January

(C) David Oakes 2022


Not just a normal Monday….


Did someone say that today is BLUE  Monday !

Well I for one will not complain if all Mondays in January are as Blue as today

Moody Monday or Blue Monday it doesn’t matter just so long as you….

Please Remember ….

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

17th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Makes a Change……. Winter Sunshine


After several days of damp mist, followed by two foggy and even damper days, it was both a surprise to wake to sunshine ….OK mist still lingered but directly overhead the sky showed blue.

Too good a morning to waste, so we headed off to the tall Beech Woods at Shipley. With its carpet of leaves glowing in the sun and just a little mist still floating about it was rather magical after all the ghostly grey days.

Sadly that sunshine wasn’t to last the morning out.  We did though enjoy some misty views over the more open Derbyshire countryside.



Sheltering behind the woods can be found the foundations of Shipley Hall.  Once a grand Country House, built on the money from local Coal Mining.  Mining was also the undoing of the Hall as subsidence caused damage, which together with a change of fortunes, resulted in the Hall being demolished.

Shipley Woods and the surrounding Country Park are its legacy for all to enjoy. 

We will need to get back in a couple of weeks time for the woodland display of Snowdrops., which will then be followed in short order by Daffodils.  If the green shoots we observed are anything to go by, it should be a good Snowdrop year.  The Daff shoots are still in hiding. It does all depends upon the vagaries of our weather.

Good weather or bad……. 

Please Remember ….

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

16th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Fog today…. makes a change from mist!


Fog today, you could say it makes a change from the past two days of mist.  Even though we have the impression that there is a sun up there, somewhere, the fog persists.  True the fog comes and goes, thick one moment then a short while swirls about with that elusive sun making a brief try.  Add to that a frost on the ground and you might think we have a winters day….  I think you would be right.

Strange to see the sun peeping though the Silver Birch, the veil of mist making it look more like the moon. At times a very colour devoid world.


For a brief while the sun did look as if it was making a real effort…


Sadley it was only a brief appearance and the fog swirled in again.

No matter the weather, no matter where we are….

Please Remember ….

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

14th January

(C) David Oakes 2022