Just a touch of Winter

We have had dire weather warnings for days now.  Certainly it has been bitterly cold…. so cold that one person on my morning walk remarked that “it was too cold to snow”

Well late afternoon we received the long predicted fall of snow.   It will not last, the ground is far too warm now….. in fact its melting as I type.

Will we get some more…  who knows!

Please Remember to ….

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

6th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Surprise, surprise….


If I said it had been raining heavily today, I might well be accused of under stating the weather situation.  So heavy the I agreed with Buster that walkies could wait.  By 3.30pm, and as Buster doesn’t like going out in the dark, we thought we best make the most of a bad day and  head out for a good leg stretch. 

The rain has eased, but then as we reached the riverside walk, the evening sun broke through the thick clouds.  It was only a brief appearance …but what a difference it made… autumn was back.

A word of warning.  The River Derwent was running high and wide and at a pace.  Someway to go before it reaches the top of its banks.  But it was this time last year,  a succession of floods started that last to the spring.  But in the last of the sunshine the river had a tranquil look that belied the force of its waters….


I guess we were lucky… a great finish to the day and we also got home dry.

Please Remember ….

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

27th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Morning Calm……


An early autumnal dawn on Lake Coniston in the English Lake District, Cumbria.  Just the occasional ripple over the water to disturb the fragile tranquillity of the morning.

Please Remember ….

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

25th September

(C) David Oakes 2020


Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge….This week its G and /or H

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

Kedleston  Hall, Derbyshire

This week the challenge was for something representing G or H.

So here we have both.  H is for Hall, Kedleston Hall near Derby and one of several very Stately Homes in Derbyshire.

But G is for Gates, after all every great Hall needs an grand entrance…there is even a Cattle Grid to accompany the Gates.

See what others have suggested on this link



24th March

(C) David Oakes 2017


Bleak Outlook for the Weekend…

Burbage-Moor Bleak outlook.jpg

Burbage Moor, Derbyshire

Outlook for the weekend is rather bleak……our brief honeymoon with spring has come to a pause…..high winds and rain forecast ( the aftermath of last weekends storms over eastern USA).

18th March

(C) David Oakes 2017