It can be confusing……

Beech Woods

Sunshine in the Beech Woods…… and it can be confusing.  It is at this time, when the seasons really do have to make up their minds.

Our Beech woodlands do send out a mixed visual message.

Autumn colours have come through the Winter, and now need to make way for new Spring growth.

Please Remember to ….

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

9th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Not Just any Winters Day…..


A December Sunrise…

Not just any winters morning…….. but December 1st.   In the Meteorological Calendar it is officially the First Day of Winter.   Strange as it seems in 20 days time it will be mid winter – the Winter Solstice.

Which ever way you look at it, Spring is a small step closer 🙂

Please Remember ….

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

1st December

(C) David Oakes 2020

The Lamp Room……. A sign of the Times

The Lamp Room

The Lamp Room….

There was a time when the Lamp Room was one of the most important rooms in our large Town and Country Houses.  The heart of those houses was debatably the Kitchens, but like all the other rooms, from Bedroom the Ballroom, Lounge to Library, Nursery to Games Room…. all needed light when the days became darker.  A light switch and electricity were not an option.

So, you can understand why the Lamp Room was so important.  In this room a member of staff was responsible for cleaning the lamps, trimming the wicks, filling with oil….and the distributing them as needed in the house.

Tonight, we have a change in TIME…….  24th October the last day under British Summer Time.  Tomorrow we are back to Greenwich Meantime.

As we gain on hour overnight, as we ‘put our clocks back’ by one hour….  you could say that time, for a short while, stands still.

So, remember to change your watch and also….

Please Remember ….

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

24th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday….. The Peace will soon be Shattered


A Red Stag looking in prime condition, and for the moment, peacefully grazing the vegetation.  He will also be rubbing his antlers on the branches to scent mark his territory.

I say peacefully,  this time next month, if not sooner, he will be tilting his head back (like above) and sending a dramatic roar across his territory.  The roar is known as Bolving, once heard never forgotten.  It is the seasonal sign that the rutting season is upon us.


Please Remember ….

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

14th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Before the Change…..


A Dry Stone Derbyshire Gritstone Wall, frames the view from above the Goyt Valley looking down the Errwood Reservoir.  Another week or so and the colour of the landscape will change becoming more autumnal in appearance.

As for that Dry Stone Wall, well it is in need of some care and attention.  But I guess we can forgive it for showing signs of wear and tear as it will have been there for several hundred years….. as for being ‘Dry’ that refers to its construction, no concrete or mortar, just the skilful placing of the local stones. As the weather here can be rather wet and harsh in this locality it certainly would have been far from dry on occasions 🙂 

Please Remember ….

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

10th September

(C) David Oakes 2020