Mixed September Days….


The Sedum changes colour, muted pinks and reds….. just like elsewhere this September.  It is a reminder that the seasons are moving along.  The weather is also mixed. Over the last couple of days we have swung from wet drab grey days to bright sunny summer days then back again.  Right now its evening and the temperature is still 24c and rather sunny. 


Like it or not we cannot hang on to summer, just enjoy what we can of the last, brighter, September moments.  Autumn colours are now more evident, berries are red and acorns are having a bumper year.  The hanging baskets are now past there best and starting to fade and the bracken in the woods is decidedly dry and brown…those song birds of summer have flown. 

But join me on one of my daily perambulation’s, a proper late summer pending autumn walk….


Now for something a little Different

At the weekend the Local Village had a Scarecrow Trail.  Over 25 Scarecrows at gardens round the village…all in aid of the MacMillan Charity.  Here are just one or two that I stumbled across…

A bit of fun for a worthy cause….  well done the Village.

Please Remember ….

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

8th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Under a Spreading Oak Tree…


The Oak tree’s this year are loaded with acorns….a great year for the Squirrels and Jays, amongst other wildlife.  Yes, it would appear to be a good crop this season with lots of plump acorns.

If one believes the Country Folk Lore, we best get ready for a severely bad winter!

Please Remember ….

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

4th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Noticeable Change….


A day of mixed weather fortunes.   A very wet morning that appeared to offer little hope for the rest of the day.  But by afternoon the sun came out to play.  It also illuminated some of the early autumn colours….. the autumnal change may well be subtle at the moment but it is happening.

There as also a noticeably different feel to the Park.  As the school term has started, there were no children of any age around…. in fact the Park, by comparison to the recent weeks,  since lockdown was eased, seemed rather strange.  Just the occasional Dog Walker enjoying the free space to roam…


Mid afternoon and the River Derwent looked quite inviting, all it needed was a rowing boat or two to complete what would be a perfect summer afternoon picture…


I guess we can call this a bonus afternoon.

But as always…..

Please Remember ….

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

3rd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Winds of Change…… Again


Again we wake to a blue sky.  But by the time we had coffee and breakfast the first signs of a weather front started to appear….a Mackerel sky is what we call it.  But also the wind started to blow not strong but enough to shake all the leaves and bend the branches on the Silver Birch.  The Met Office has predicted storms once again with two fronts heading across the Atlantic.


The Japanese Anemone are doing their best to hide from any incoming weather ravages.  Elsewhere the Crab Apples are staring to ripen and the Elderberries swelling but not as yet changed colour.  Hover Flies seeking another meal and Honeysuckle doing its best to produce a second wave of flowers  

You could be fooled into thinking that this was to be another lovely summers day….bright sunshine and dark shadows


But a quick look up at the sky and you know that this merely a brief tease before the weather change….


On hour later the rain arrived.


Please Remember ….

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

2nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

It was a Bright Start…. but the day never really lived up to those early expectations.


Early Sunday morning was indeed sunny…. a day full of promise.  The morning light is definitely more autumnal  and the leaves of the trees are now a much darker hue of green (forget the grass colour – it been regularly scalped by mowers and still suffering from summers drought.)


Already the angle of the sun is lower as it travels south now able to cast a warm glow though the trees…another hour and the leaf canopy will cast dark shadows.

The day didn’t fulfil all its early promise, so feeling rather smug with myself having got out early, as early as the cockerel


Please Remember ….

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

23rd August

(C) David Oakes 2020