It has not been a bad November…….


November has been rather kind to us…. true we have ‘enjoyed’ a severe Storm over this last weekend but that said the Month has rather excelled.  We have had some autumn colour but for the most part its has been a green extension of the season.

In our small corner of the UK we have also had a rare visit of snow, only a little dusting compared with other areas.


What made the morning magical was an overnight frost plus a minus 5c temperature… sealing the snow to the trees.  The sun did try from the very start to break through the clouds, eventually succeeding for a short spell round lunchtime.


The Lake, surprisingly free from Ice, still looked differently  cheerful with it surrounding coat of snow… 




But the star of the show as always is the venerable Furlong Oak….. a stark skeleton against the morning sky, the few leaves it sports catching and holding tight to the snow for a while longer


Over tonight the snow will vanish……  will it return? who knows.  Our past few winters have been surprisingly snow free.  Maybe this year things will change.


Rain or Shine, Snow or Storms…… we will get, what we get given, and please…

Remember ….

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

30th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

It could be the Calm before the Storm


Shardlow, Trent and Mersey Canal, Derbyshire

Early morning sun on the Trent and Mersey Canal at Shardlow.  But the sun did little to ease the cold….it was the coldest morning so far this winter.  Till now, November has been a benign month. As for autumn, well if you blinked over the past week you would have missed it. 

Now the Met Forecasters tell us we have sever storms heading our way, so this truly could be the “calm before the storm”.

So this was a day to enjoy a winter walk along part of this historic canal..


The sun never did warm up the day but we were not complaining …. just great to be out


Whatever your weather wherever you are….

Please Remember ….

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

27th November

(C) David Oakes 2021


Mid November…. has been rather kind


Mid November on Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

November has been rather kind to us weather wise, a welcome relief after a very wet October.  Not that the weather has been perfect….. its been a little like the Curates Egg – Good in Parts. Those good parts have mainly been in the mornings.  Plenty of blue skies and sunshine, even the thermometer has been at respectable levels.  Come lunchtime the weather changes back to cloud and drab grey.

But the mornings have been just great to get out and about so this week we headed to Stanton Moor. The definition of a ‘moor’ brings to mind somewhere rather bleak and windswept.  Indeed Stanton Moor can be wild in parts and at time fits that description well, but it also has a softer side.

Stanton Moor isn’t unique, but there are few moors that are surrounded by ancient Oak and then play host to Silver Birch glades…  all of course surrounded by Heather and Bracken.  In autumn the Heather and Bracken have lost their colour and now brown. 


At a time when we are encouraged to take more exercise and enjoy the outdoors there are few place that are much better, so enjoy a tramp across and around the moor with me…



A moor of contrasting vista’s..


The day ran to the current weather pattern.  Early afternoon the clouds had arrived, and the mood and character of the moor changed again….


So back to home fully refreshed a little leg weary but otherwise the batteries had been recharged.

Resting or recharging  – as always….

Please Remember ….

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

23rd November

(C) David Oakes 2021

Colder than it looks…… but it is November


Sunshine can be so deceptive…..  whilst it is doing a great job lighting up the Derbyshire Countryside, it is more than a little cold.  The wind direction has changed and has its origins in Iceland.  As an aside I should mention that the rural scene above was until a few years ago an open cast Coal Mine, the scars healing well.

But our destination was Shipley Woods.  A wood of mainly Beech Trees with some Oak’s. This year autumn has been elusive – well if not elusive, lets say different from the usual. We were here a few weeks ago hunting for those golden autumnal colours for which these woods are noted. There were none, though some trees were bare.  Today there is certainly some of autumns golden colours but still many trees still showing green.  None the less it was a rather fine autumnal blend, later than usual but best not to complain.



Another great morning to be out and about, as it is November its best to take advantage of these bonus sunny days when we can.

But I tell a lie…..  they are not sunny days but sunny mornings.  Come lunchtime the clouds roll in and that dull grey washes over the countryside.


Maybe tomorrow we will have another sunny autumn morning….. who knows, the forecasters have been far from accurate in our neck of the woods…


A bonus morning that was much appreciated.

Wherever you are and whatever your weather,  enjoy and……

Please Remember ….

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

20th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

Winter Sun through the Larch…..

Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

Bland for most of the year, the Larch come into their own as autumn comes to a conclusion….. 

rich red golden brown glisten in the low sun along the Upper Derwent valley, Derbyshire.

Wherever you are……

Please Remember ….

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

20th November

(C) David Oakes 2021