Moody Monday……

Glen Lui

Luibeg, from Derry Lodge, Glen Lui.

Moody Monday, seems to be, a description that fits many a Monday.  Nor is it always moody because of the weather….just the starting point of another week, which even if you are not working seems to have a routine mapped out for you.  But sometimes it is weather related.

I do believe it was a Monday, a very wet Monday when we walked up Glen Lui, in the Mar Forest, near Braemar, Scotland.  But even on a day of relentless rain there was a bright shaft of light as the sun tried but eventually failed to break through. tried

Please Remember ….

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

28th September

(C) David Oakes 2020


After the storms…..


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.


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.


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.


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



Goodbye July…….


Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree

Sunshine but also shadows, often dark and damp……  well that has been, for the most part, the weather this July.  August tomorrow and we move that little bit nearer to autumn.  Yet, here under the Chestnuts leafy canopy, last autumns fallen leaves still abound….. true they do add some extra colour to the woodland glades.

But less of this talk of autumn, lets hope August is this years summer month.

Please Remember ….

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

31st July

(C) David Oakes 2020



A Dreek afternoon on Deeside

Deeside in Rain

Dreek is a Scottish word that ideally sums up those days when the rain and dark skies conspire to make the weather, so the day,  rather miserable.  But just occasionally it is worth braving the rain, to  maybe capture one of those fleeting moments, when the sun does try to break through.  I say try,  more often than not it fails.

But occasionally you get a moment as this one at Braemar on the banks of the River Dee.

Our viewpoint is Arderg, we are looking to the west along the upper Dee valley towards the Forest of Mar, in the shadow of the Cairngorms.

Another memory, even though it was wet, was well worth the experience.  Till another time….

Please Remember ….

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

23rd July

(C) David Oakes 2020