A Rather Wet Finish…….

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A Bright Start, but only short lived…

Blue sky and sunshine, so todays destination for a leg stretch was Stanton Moor.  Indeed, a bright start as we headed up through the wooded slopes.  Sadly, it wasn’t to last.  As we broke out onto the Moor the skies closed in and we said goodbye to the sun.  

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For a short while it was just overcast, a muted glow under the Oak woodland.  

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Not long after, the rains swept in. Rain that looked as if it was settled for the rest of the day. 

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You have to feel a little sorry for the Sheep that graze these moors….. out all weathers with only a woolly coat for protection.

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3 weeks ago, we were here at the Cork Stone.  Shorts and Tea shirts was the order of dress.  Not today, the waterproofs essential…..   Buster was far from impressed.

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It may well have turned out more than a little wet, but it was still an invigorating walk, refreshing. Upon reflection…..  if it hadn’t been sunny first thing. we more than likely wouldn’t have headed up to the Moor….. and despite getting rather wet we would have missed a great moorland walk.

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Still it was a nice feeling once we were heading 

A New Month and a Change in the Weather…

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It looks as if the forecasters have it right…..  they predict a weather change tomorrow.  Storm Alex is heading our way.

But that is for tomorrow.

Today has been rather good…..  some showers, but in-between, a sunny late Summers day.  It may be October, but little signs of autumn…

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Whatever the weather, wherever you are….

Please Remember ….

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

1st October

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Bit Windy on the Moor

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The title for this morning’s post was “Morning Calm”….  it was from the archives.  Trouble is, it certainly didn’t fit with the morning’s weather.  More than a little breezy, a wind, not quite gale force, but you get the idea.

Despite that we headed off to Stanton Moor for a leg stretch with great views over Derbyshire.  The moor is surrounded by trees.  Oak and Silver Birch are the key feature which creates a great approach to the more open moor. 

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Not many signs of autumn, the trees still look green even though some are a little thinner in the canopy.  Round the moor edge Fungi were making a colourful autumnal statement of their own….

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Of course, as we always do, we paid our respects to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle.  Not another soul about so we could savour the mood and moment… it may not be as big as the famous Stone Henge but it’s just as special…

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As the wind was getting stronger (and colder) we didn’t linger long and headed back to shelter and lower ground.  Just enjoyed the expansive views from high then made haste.

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Fresh and invigorating… but nice to get back to the car and a flask of hot coffee….  and the sun shone throughout so that was a indeed a bonus.  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

25th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Winds of Change…… Again

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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.

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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

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

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On hour later the rain arrived.

 

Please Remember ….

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

2nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

After the storms…..

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Big Wood , Allestree

Well, after the storms of gales force winds and heavy rain, Saturday was very much quieter.  Still some gusty wind, much colder but some lovely sunshine filtering down, casting dappled shadows across the woodland floor.  It was also nice to be out without a waterproof. I was also surprised to find very little wind damage.  No big trees down,  but of course lots of leaves, acorns and small branches littering the ground. 

Migrations has well and truly started for our small summer visitors, but enough still remain providing some welcome birdsong across the wood. It is also that time of the year when autumn approaches and once again the majesty of the tree trunks come back into profile, every one different.

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It may be crumbling but the old Gardeners Cottage behind the old empty Hall, still has a sort of welcome to it, beckoning someone to lavish some love upon it…. sad to see it so neglected, like the Hall itself.

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The sun did not stay with us all day, nice whilst it lasted, but soon more dark clouds approached.  So far no more rain, though there is a definite threat in the clouds.  Dark reflections in the Lake and the wind raising some ripples again.

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Have a good weekend whatever you have planned but….

Please Remember ….

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

29th August

(C) David Oakes 2020