Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place plus a Few Extra Words!


Location:-   Chatsworth House and Gardens , Derbyshire

I guess like many of us I am a creature of habit. I have lots of “Favourite Places”, but some places just demand a more frequent visit. One such place is not that far away from us…. Its is Chatsworth House.

The above image was taken about 5 years ago in late March. Most years I try to time a visit to these gardens in March to coincide with the mass Daffodil displays. Sadly, this year I don’t think it is something that can happen. So next year maybe. I should also mention that the year this image was taken, 2015, was a year when spring was late in coming and those Daffodils had yet to reach there best….still a colourful breath of spring.

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

18th March

(C) David Oakes 2020


Snow outside …..but an Occasional burst of Spring Sunshine.


Cold outside, though our first covering of winter snow is melting fast.  The occasional burst of sunshine created a feeling of spring…albeit in the comfort of the conservatory….and the sweet scent of the Hyacinth adds dimension to the feeling.

11th February

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Small First…… well its a start


Our first flowering Crocus of the year…. delicate pristine white petals with the startling saffron/orange stigmas.  These are in one of our patio planters, so maybe that is why they are the first to flower.  The Crocus in the damp soils of the garden are shooting but some way off bursting into flower.

Elsewhere small isolated clumps of Snowdrops are starting to come into their own…


So despite the doom laden weather forecast for the coming weekend, we take hope that Spring is really on the way.

6th February

(C) David Oakes 2020

Well Worth A Closer Look……


If asked to describe a Hyacinth bloom I guess many of us would say ‘big and blousy – rather brash but with a delicate scent’.  Take a closer look and you find a cluster of petals forming individual delicate flower heads….. each a marvel in its own right.

Definitely worth a closer look….and a sniff.

19th February

(C) David Oakes 2019