Yippee….. from Midday today Summer arrived (again!)


Midday and the sun that had been trying so hard to break through a thin layer of cloud eventually  won the fight.  And with the sun the temperature start to shoot up the scale.

The Met. Office had placed an order for a mini heatwave…it just showed up rather late. Still better late than never.  Cool down by the lake and rather pleasant.

All sounds very good.  But we have already enjoyed a yo-yo weather for too many days now….. summer then something approaching winter then back to summer.  So when the forecast is for more sun tomorrow you would think we would be shouting with joy……  but all good news has a sting in its tail –  Thunderstorms tomorrow evening and a damp weekend ahead.  Joy of joys.

The seasons move on.  Seed heads of the Cow Parsley make their own contributions to a late summers day and a reminder that August is on the way.


Please Remember ….

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

30th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Fun in the sun….. and Kids know best!


There is a  well equipped  Children’s Play Area.  It has been re-opened for their use for about 3 weeks now.  But this old tree trunk has proved to be much more fun both before and since the dedicated play area was opened.  The trunk itself was a gift from the river when it was in flood in December.

It has been a strange old year for weather.  The weather which has had its ups and downs hasn’t helped matters much.  The National Hydrangea Collection should have been bursting with colour at least a month ago.  Thankfully they is some colour and some healthy looking plants, I say thankfully as they plan an open day with guided tours this weekend.  Nothing like the usual bountiful blooms… but still some to give an impression of what it is striving to look like….

Seasonal progress is indeed strange.  Not yet the end of July…. but this Rufus Oak is already starting to show signs of it autumn colours, far too early for autumn to my mind.


Despite the heavy rains of this last week and weekend, the River Derwent is rather placid.  Maybe this yo-yo weather of one day sun, one day rain and the next sunny again has enabled the Derwent to ship its waters down stream …..


I guess that this weather has also helped our garden.  Lush greens and an abundant flush of summer flowers, warmth and wet with a sprinkling of sunshine seems to be the right tonic..  and in the current climate that discourages  travel very far from home,  both the garden and the park have been a god send in keeping one sane..

Now the question is…what will the weather do tomorrow ?? Just a little different today from the established yo-yo scheme…. it has bee hot and sunny and cold and wet… all in one day.  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

28th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Yo-yo Weather…….


Lake or Field the sun did shine…..


Today was Sunday and the SUN did decide it was its day to shine.  Yesterday was mostly grey but ended with several severe downpours.  They say tomorrow will be wet again, so this yo-yo weather looks likely, according to those who are supposed to know, will continue for most of this week.

No mater what the weather we do have some home made sunshine in the garden.  It is the  humble Nasturtium that is stealing the show at the moment.  Dismissed by many, the Nasturtium is a rather fabulous example of  botanical  engineering, much loved by Bees who are enchanted into entering that central labyrinth.   But some other hot spots add to the the colour range…

So Sunday lived up to its name….   and we did enjoy the warmth and the chance to sit and laze in the garden.   We did though ponder just why our weather cycle this summer is so much a case of ups and downs….real yo-yo weather.

No matter what the weather….

Please Remember ….

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

26th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Summer… is rather teasing us


Friday, summer returned.  Saturday we were back into winter.  Today it is summer again, but perhaps not quite as warm.  Nice and fresh by the lake, calm and tranquil.

On into the meadows and there is a change.  The yellows and pinks of buttercups and clover have all but gone.  The grasses are now the dominant species….  but it is also that time of the year, when the greens start to  lose there bright green hue for a more uniform darker green, the glistening sparkle on the leaves gone.


Willow Herb is now the prolific wildflower in many parts of the hedgerow…. not everyone’s favourite, but I rather like there tall spikes, as do the Bees.  Butterflies are also active, too active for me, I only managed to capture a shot of one Gatekeeper.

  The slightly cooler temperature made walking much more pleasant.  So I guess, now that we are past the mid point in July, we can start to detect more seasonal changes.


Time to relax and enjoy but also to ponder on just what season the weather will bring us tomorrow!?

Please Remember ….

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

19th July

(C) David Oakes 2020