Makes a Very Welcome Change


Allestree Lake , an Early Morning Start

A very rare occurrence this May, we woke to a clear blue sky and a sun that was actually warming… the air was still, so an early start was indicated.  After all, with our dismal May weather record, it was best to be safe rather than sorry and possibly miss out.

The banks around the lake are flourishing with an abundance of new growth, it all augers well for the insects and birds that will feed here through the summer. Even our Swans were taking advantage of the warm sunshine to preen and relax before the days activities..


It was also great to see that our venerable Furlong Oak has made it through another winter.  Nice to see all the new healthy leaf growth which once again enhance this near skeleton of an Oak.


It is also a great place to sit and take stock of the day ahead. Thankfully a well placed bench is available, much appreciated by those of us of senior years…… and a viewpoint from which the world looks a very much better place  🙂

Maybe summer will arrive with June…we wait and see.

Please Remember ….

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

27th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Against this years Spring trend



Going against this springs curve, the Blue Ceanothus has actually flowered on time.  A very welcome sign in a year when the spring norm has gone out the window.  No doubt all will catch up in due course… I guess it just adds to the variety of habitat and weather watching.

Today, the 25th May, we have been told that May has been the wettest May on record….  and we still have 6 days of the month left.

A brief change in mood this afternoon…..  Yippeeee!!!


Blue skies and sunshine have indeed been rare across the whole month. So this afternoon we have enjoyed a brief respite from the rain. 

Whatever your weather

Please Remember ….

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

25th May

(C) David Oakes 2021


Spring Greens…….


Spring Greens……  Fresh new leaves, still transparent allowing them to glow in the sun.

Nearly the end of May…another month vanishing into time.  It has also been a strange month.  Lots of rain, some sunshine.  The big plus….. the cold has been replaced by warmer days.

The usual spring indicators have been erratic this year, some signs of spring were early, others yet to show. No doubt it will all correct itself given a little more time.

Strange times for all of us……

Please Remember ….

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

25th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Better than Predicted……..


A Sunday morning that was so much better than predicted.  Sunshine, fast moving clouds and until mid afternoon none of the rain that was forecast……  I am glad those forecasters got it wrong.

A real spring like morning on our walk.  Certainly bright down by the Lake.  Up in the woods, a different story. It is now rather dark.  The new leaf canopy casting its shadows that will now be with us till the late autumn.



The Bluebells that have depended upon the sunlight will now fade back into the ground where, with luck, they will multiply for the next spring.  Till they do their vanishing act they are still putting on a brave display…

Even when you were out in more open areas, the trees where now casting dark shadows…. but this is spring and the feeling and the look was of a perfect day…..


Now…. if that old country rhyme is correct, we now know we are going to get wet…..  but not as wet as we might well have done.  The Oak is well and truly in full leaf – whilst the Ash is still struggling.


The year continues to make its cyclical changes, real spring weather, which on a morning like this is also a tonic.

Please Remember ….

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

16th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

The Season of Quick Change……


Late evening and a walk in the woods is a great way to finish another spring day… a day where the  weather swung from sunshine to rain and back again and again and again.

Bluebells still carpet large areas, but sadly time is not on their side and the foliage is once again falling back…soon they will vanish till next Spring.  But on the Pines there is new growth that will continue throughout the summer.

It is though a spring milestone as the Bluebells decline.  They are though a tenacious wild flower.  Given the chance they multiply in numbers each year.  Woodland floors become blue carpets…..but Bluebells do fight for every bit of space and can be found on the roughest of ground and hiding in the roots of trees…

Not that all Bluebells are Blue……  they may not be traditional, but I do love the occasional clump of “White” Bluebells

Makes a change….but just like their Blue cousins,  they are now starting to disappear….


Enjoy your weekend… and …

Please Remember ….

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

14th May

(C) David Oakes 2021